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.
"If we practice Dr. Lickona’s wise, proven, warm advice, we will raise a generation of thriving, kind-hearted kids who want to better the world. What better legacy could there be?" —Michele Borba, author, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
How to Raise Thankful Kids, Tom Lickona's article in Mother magazine (Nov. 1, 2017) is adapted from his forthcoming book, How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain (Penguin, April 2018). Read full article. See also www.thomas.lickona.com.
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"Battling Pornography: The Power of Media Literacy and Character Development," presented at “Character Education and Digital Lifestyles” Conference, Rome, Italy; October, 2016.
PowerPoint presentation that complements the above paper, "Battling Pornography."
An invited lecture at the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, England
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Our Strategies and Tips for Parents and Caretakers and Raising Caring and Fair Kids are based on the collective wisdom of a coalition of diverse organizations brought together by our Making Caring Common project, all of which have extensive experience working with children, educators, and parents on issues such as bullying, social-emotional development, character education, building strong communities, and empowering youth.