MEXICO, NY – Individuals from education, business and the community in Oswego County recently gathered at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Mexico campus to discuss ways to promote positive character development for students.
Ralph Singh, CEO and chair of the Wisdom Thinkers Network and coordinator of the Inspire 14! Initiative, brought dozens of community leaders together to brainstorm ideas on how students can build and develop good character traits, while also developing the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
The Wisdom Thinkers Network is a non-profit organization that attempts to develop students with the power of storytelling.
Singh’s latest project titled “Stories to Light Our Way,” is a compilation of stories that celebrates diverse cultures and the traditions of different cultures.
Aligned with the stories are a series of projects that reinforce their lessons and help students understand the importance of building character.
“Wisdom Thinkers is another vehicle school districts can use to promote respect, character education and diversity,” said Stuart Amell, superintendent of schools for the Sandy Creek Central School District. “Our students need to learn that in order to be a successful citizen, they must demonstrate respect and an understanding that being a ‘team player’ is a priority in today’s job market.”
During the meeting, three small focus committees were comprised to develop ideas on how to expand on the initiatives and ideas of the Wisdom Thinkers Network.
The three committees were broken into educators, community members and business officials.
After brainstorming ideas on their own, each committee shared their ideas with the rest of the attendees.
“Our meetings give us the opportunity to learn more about Wisdom Thinkers and share what each school district is doing,” said Amell. “It also gives educators an opportunity to hear what business and industry has to contribute to our mission.”
Prior to the meeting, a luncheon was held and featured food prepared by culinary arts students at CiTi. A tour of the campus’ new renovations was also given by Roseann Bayne, assistant superintendent of instruction; CTE principal Marla Berlin and CiTi business education liaison Garrett Weiss.
During the tour, attendees were able to visit several new classrooms on the CiTi campus, including culinary arts, digital media, public safety and justice, cosmetology and nursing.