David B. Wangaard is the President and Director of The School for Ethical Education (SEE). Prior to earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado, David was a K-12 school principal in Alaska. He has been applying his character education strategies in schools since 1984. Dr. Wangaard has taught junior high and high school math, sponsored student councils and student led community service projects, coached track, co-lead student foreign travel and led summer wilderness canoeing trips. Dr. Wangaard brings these eclectic interests to SEE recognizing how ethics and character are promoted in a variety of learning environments. David has successfully presented at numerous national and international character education conferences. He is an instructor for SEE courses has 20 years experience as an adjunct university instructor and facilitated regional character education conferences. While working at SEE, he has published two teacher/student workbooks to support character education and co-authored with Jason Stephens Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity: A Toolkit for Secondary Schools. Since 1999, David has also been a consultant for Character.org as an evaluator for their National Schools of Character Program.
Jason M. Stephens is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, NZ and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he taught classes on cognition, motivation, instruction, and research methods. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn in 2004, Dr. Stephens was a research assistant at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for six years, where worked on the Political Engagement Project and the Project on Higher Education and the Development of Moral and Civic Responsibility. In addition to the role and impact of higher education on undergraduates’ moral, civic and political development, his research interests include academic motivation, achievement and dishonesty among secondary and postsecondary students. He is co-author of Educating citizens: Preparing America’s undergraduates for lives of moral and civic responsibility (2003) and several related articles. Dr. Stephens is a graduate of the University of Vermont (1991), holds an M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University (1994), and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University (2004) and was a past Templeton Scholar.