Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 27, 2006

Noted Character-Education Expert Thomas Lickona to Lead Workshop,
Meet with Education Students at Whitworth

Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., an internationally known character-educator and director of the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility), will visit Whitworth March 3-4, where he will conduct a workshop for middle- and high-school leadership teams and speak to Whitworth education students.

Lickona's campus visit, which is sponsored by the Whitworth School of Education, underscores the school's involvement in the national grant program Future Educators for Character. The program prepares new teachers to integrate sound character development in their classroom work.

"Having Dr. Lickona visit Whitworth and provide his expertise to our faculty and students and to schools in our region is an exciting part of our efforts to help those in the education profession succeed as teachers of excellence and ethics," says Sharon Mowry, associate professor of education and chair the Whitworth Graduate Studies in Education Department.

Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he has done award-winning work in teacher education. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston and Harvard universities.

In addition to directing the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs, Lickona co-authored, with Matthew Davidson, Ph.D., the landmark study Smart & Good High Schools: Integrating Excellence and Ethics for Success in School, Work, and Beyond (2005).

A past president of the Association for Moral Education, Lickona serves on the advisory councils of the Character Education Partnership, Character Counts Coalition, and Medical Institute for Sexual Health.

Lickona is a frequent consultant to schools on character education and is a frequent speaker at conferences for teachers, parents, religious educators, and other groups concerned about the moral development of young people. He has lectured across the United States and in Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland, and Latin America on the subject of teaching moral values in the school and in the home.

Lickona holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and has done research on the growth of children's moral reasoning. He has been named a State University of New York Faculty Exchange Scholar and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, SUNY at Albany.

In addition to his book Smart & Good High Schools, Lickona is the author of a number of publications, including the books Character Matters – How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues (2004) and Character Quotations (2004), co-authored with Matthew Davidson.

Lickona's work has been featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story, "Teaching Johnny to be Good" (April 30, 1995); in two videos, "Character Education: Restoring Respect and Responsibility in our Schools" and "Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education" (National Professional Resources); and in a four-part video training series on character education (Quality Educational Media, Inc.) In October, 2001, the Character Education Partnership presented Lickona with its Sandy Award for lifetime achievement in character education.

Lickona has also 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.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Sharon Mowry, associate professor of education and chair of the Whitworth Graduate Studies in Education Department, (509) 777-4393 or smowry@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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