Thursday September 8, 2005

Character Education Examined

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to headline Oct. 10 event.

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and the University of Dayton School of Education and Allied Professions will sponsor the seminar "Making Good Citizens — The Role of Civic and Character Education in 21st Century America." It will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton.

The seminar will include three presentations and two panel discussions. Topics to be discussed include the role of civics education in America's schools, the responsibilities of civics teachers in preparing students to be competent citizens, and the role community service and extracurricular activities play in civics education.

Rod Paige, former U.S. secretary of education and Thomas B. Fordham Foundation board member, will conclude the seminar with a presentation titled "The achievement gap and its impact on civic engagement."

This seminar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Contact Mea Greenwood at or (937) 229-3557 to register.

The seminar is part of "Dayton: A Peace Process," marking the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords.