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Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.

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Dr. Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility). A past president of the Association for Moral Education and Board member of Character.org, he speaks around the world to teachers, parents, religious educators, and other groups concerned about the character development of young people. He writes a monthly blog for Psychology Today called "Raising Kind Kids."  

His 9 books on character development include:

Dr. Lickona has been a guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows, including "The Larry King Live Radio Show," "Good Morning America," and "Focus on the Family." His work was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny to be Good.” In 2001, the Character Education Partnership (now Character.org) presented him with the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education.

He and his wife have two sons and sixteen grandchildren and live in Cortland, New York.

See list of topics on which Dr. Lickona speaks.

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Marthe Seales

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Marthe Seales is the office manager at the Center and the co-editor of excellence & ethics. She has coordinated the Smart & Good Schools Summer Institutes and 1-Day Conferences and maintains the Center's website. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and completed a year of graduate work in the same field.