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Character Education Conference at Russell Sage College
   March 3, 2004


TROY, N.Y. -- The Academy for Character Education (an affiliate of The Sage Colleges) will hold its 5th annual Northeastern United States Conference on Character Education at Russell Sage College in Troy on March 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Four nationally recognized keynote speakers and over 35 classroom, school building, and community experts will be featured at the conference.

Delivering a Required Curriculum

In carrying out the legislative mandate requiring that character education be taught in schools, the conference is committed to serve not only educators and parents but the entire community. According to Dr John Walko, director of the Academy, "The goal is to provide critical help to those just starting and to take those already actively participating in the character education movement to a higher level." He adds, "By making the effort to get everyone-parents, students, staff, community-to work together, character education initiatives can help create a caring education community featuring responsible, respectful behavior that welcomes the quest for justice and excellence." Mel Horowitz, associate director of the Academy adds, "The conference is a fountainhead for ideas and skill building techniques for developing violence prevention and anti-bullying techniques as well as character developing academic strategies for our schools and classrooms."

A Panel of Experts to Speak

Four national award-winning character education authorities highlight as keynote speakers this year. Clifton Taulbert was keynoter at the 2003 National Character Education Conference and is author of The Eight Habits of The Heart, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Last Train North. Dr. Hal Urban, high school teacher and 1999 Educator of the Year, is the author of Life's Greatest Lessons. Principal Phil Catania heads a school which was named the Maryland 2000 Model Peace School and 2001 National School of Character. Superintendent of a suburban Chicago school, Dr. Gary Smit has taken his message on character education throughout the United States and Europe.

Visit the Academy for Character Education web site at for more information about the academy and details about conference presentations and other available programs.

About The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges was founded in 1916 and comprises Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y., and the coeducational Sage Graduate School and Sage College of Albany. The Sage Colleges is a member of the Associated New American Colleges, a group of small- to medium-sized comprehensive private colleges and universities dedicated to integrating liberal and professional studies.



Dr. John Walko
Director of the Academy for Character Education
(518) 244-2336 or

Mel Horowitz
Associate Director of the Academy for Character Education
(518) 244-2356 or

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