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The Lincoln Center
c/o DuPage Regional Office of Education
421 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: (630) 302-2136
Fax: (630) 665-2136


The Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development offers training classes for all levels of experience with Character Development initiatives. Each class is based on solid principles and includes many practical examples, no matter what “program” you are using.

No classes are currently scheduled. Call to request dates for any of our training courses at (630-302-2136) or register using this form.

Introduction to CHARACTER COUNTS!

CHARACTER COUNTS! is the most widely used character education framework in DuPage County (and the country). This course provides an overview of the Six Pillars of Character with practical ideas for integration into many aspects of school  and community life.

$125 per person
ONE Day (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Building Character in Today’s World

This course provides an understanding of implementing a character education initiative using the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework and the practical applications of the CEP Eleven Principles of Character.

$200 per person
2 Days (8:30 – 4:30)
12 CPDUs

Refresh, Review and Revive

This seminar is designed for participants who have an established character education initiative. Participants will learn how to use the CEP Quality Standards to evaluate and enhance their character education initiative and take it to a new level.

$125 per person
1 Day (8:30 – 4:30)

Enhancing Character Development Through Data Analysis

This workshop is designed to help school and community teams analyze the data from the Global Portraits of Social and Moral Health Survey. Workshop participants will work through analysis exercises and begin creating a strategic plan based on the data.


Length: 1 Day (8:30 – 4:30)



Smart & Good High Schools Regional Institute

In this session, Drs. Tom Lickona & Matt Davidson present the research findings from the recent Report to the Nation for Smart & Good High Schools. This is for high school staff and administration who are interested in how to develop Excellence and Ethics for success in school, work and beyond.

Length: 1 Day (8:30 – 4:30)

Staff Development Workshops

The Lincoln Center for Character Development is able to provide customized staff development workshops to meet the character development needs of individual schools and districts.

Contact the Lincoln Center to discuss specific needs and cost.

Lead Instructor

Cathy Fisher, Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Maercker District 60 in Clarendon Hills, IL and an experienced national trainer.

CPDUs will be available for educators but courses are designed for all community members.


Classes are held at the ARAMARK Regional Offices, 2300 Warrenville Rd. Downers Grove, IL 60515 Registration fees include materials and breaks, but lunches are on-your-own and available at the excellent on-site ARAMARK cafeteria. ARAMARK has a “business casual” dress code.


Nearby landmarks: South of the Morton Arboretum (off Rt. 53), just south of I-88 and I-355. Just west of Finley. Two miles east of Rt. 53 (Hyatt hotel). One block north of Ogden (near the Illinois Tollway Headquarters).

From N or S on I-355, exit onto Ogden and go east to Short St. (traffic light before Finley). Turn left and go N one block to Warrenville Rd. Turn right (E) and ARAMARK is on the left.

From E on I-88, exit Rt. 53 South. Right after underpass, turn left onto Warrenville Rd. Go two miles, ARAMARK is on left before Finley.

From W on I-88, exit Naperville Rd. Turn left (N) one block to Warrenville Rd. Go six miles (cross Rt. 53) ARAMARK is on left before Finley.

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National                 CHARACTER COUNTS! Training Offered in DuPage County:

Character Development Seminar (CDS): intensive, three-day course for educators, youth-service professionals and community leaders.

Pursuing Victory With Honor (PVWH): two-day course for coaches and athletic directors

Contact                             CHARACTER COUNTS! National Office to register call 800-771-2670 or visit their website.