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Richard Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses "Raising Caring, Respectful, and Courageous Children and Preventing Cruelty and Bullying."

National School Climate CenterRegister now for the 17th Annual Summer Institute, July 8-10, or the 2nd Annual Policy Institute, July 7, both in NYC. These events will bring together K-12 education leaders and legislative advocates to support school improvement efforts.

Alive to the World curriculumALIVE TO THE WORLD, a series of engaging stories about friends who grow up together over 12 schools years. Fosters the universal qualities which bring true peace and happiness: respect, generosity, perseverance, integrity
and responsibility.

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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.


CEP logoCharacter Education Partnership's 2014 National Forum on Character Education: "Beyond Accountability; Inspiring Greatness."  Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014, Washington, D.C.

Recent articles by Tom Lickona:

Peabody Journal of Ed. cover "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
of the important book on the dark side of
emerging adulthood.

Lost in Transition book

Materials from Tom Lickona's workshop for the Leadership Academy in Character Education 

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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Helping schools, teachers,
and parents
develop good

character in youth.
  Smart & Good Schools
Resources for schools and teachers

excellence & ethics winter/spring 2013Current issue (with "hot" links)
on dating violence, the hookup culture,
and girls in danger

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Center for Curriculum Redesign Logo"Character Education for a Challenging Century,"
a global conference in Geneva Switzerland and online,  Oct. 22-24, 2014.  

New UK character project:

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 "There is no more important human quest than the Jubilee Center's undertaking—to generate useful knowledge about how to foster good character in every area of our personal and public lives."              —Tom Lickona

Smart & Good High Schools (national study)

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Click here to order Raising Good Children.
Contact Tom Lickona to arrange a talk,
"Raising Children of Character:
10 Things Parents Can Do."