The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), located in SUNY Cortland's School of Education, was founded in 1994 by education professor and psychologist Dr. Thomas Lickona. Its mission is to promote the development of performance character and moral character—excellence and ethics—in schools, families, and communities. Its staff includes Dr. Lickona, director; Marthe Seales, office manager; SUNY Cortland students; and community volunteers. It has trained more than 5,000 educators from 40 states and 22 countries.
Recent talks by Tom Lickona:
CEP's National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 26, 2013: "Raising Children of Character: What Parents Can Do and How Schools Can Build the Partnership"
University of Scouting, Nov. 9, 2013: "Building Character: How to Foster 10 Essential Virtues"
Recent articles by Tom Lickona:
"Educating for Character in the Sexual Domain,"
Peabody Journal of Education, Vol. 88, Issue 2
(research and best practices)
Lost in Transition: See the 3-part review
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The Center is grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for its past support, and to the Sanford N. McDonnell Foundation and Dr. Hal Urban for their ongoing support.
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