Creating Smart & Good Schools: Genesee Community College Hosts Free Symposium

Doing your best work, doing the right thing, living a life of purpose – these are the components of character. Incorporating character into schools is the topic of Creating Smart & Good Schools: Integrating Ethics & Excellence, a free symposium sponsored by the Genesee Region Teacher Center in collaboration with Genesee Community College on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 from 7:00-9:00 pm in Room T102.

Prospective teachers, paraprofessionals, faculty, staff, and other helping professionals are invited to attend. The focus will be on a character-based approach to address the two most important outcomes of a school education: academic skills and character development. Participants will explore ethical learning communities, performance and moral character, and the eight strengths of character.

Mathew Cole, Curriculum Coordinator for Livonia Central School, is a national trainer for this subject and will be the featured speaker. The workshop will highlight components of the groundbreaking report Smart and Good High Schools by Drs. Thomas Lickona and Matthew Davidson. Smart & Good High Schools is a national study of American high schools that offers a vision of education excellence and nearly one hundred promising practices designed to foster human flourishing over a lifetime.

“We hope this symposium will help us find ways to utilize all things in the life of the school – curriculum, discipline, co-curricular activities, rituals, and traditions – as opportunities to develop performance character and moral character,” said Christine Belongia, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Genesee.

Advance registration is required. Contact Belongia at 585-343-0055 x6278 or