Are numbers real? Can trees think? Who am I?

PLATO

Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization

PLATO nurtures young people’s curiosity, critical thinking, and desire to explore big questions, through philosophy and ethics programs for students, educators, and families.

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WHY PLATO?

Children ask big philosophical questions – Are numbers real? Can dogs think? But often their thoughts and questions are not taken seriously.

PLATO creates opportunities for young people explore, in rigorous and meaningful conversations, life’s deeper questions – nurturing their curiosity and helping them to learn to think clearly and reason well.

Our innovative work serves thousands of students, teachers, families, and community members nationally and internationally. We offer an array of in-person and online programs, as well as a wealth of open-access resources for use in schools and at home.

PLATO’s mission is based on the conviction that every child’s voice matters, and that philosophy helps young people to express their own ideas and questions confidently and well.

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Winter and Spring Events for Educators

Check out PLATO’s events for the first half of 2024.
Events flyer

March 2024 Online Workshop

Register for PLATO’s March Online Workshop: The Art of the Philosophical Question.
Information & Registration

Wondering Aloud Blog

Most recent blog post: “Building & Running a Philosopher-in-Residence Program” by Karen Emmerman.
Read the blog
PHILOSOPHY TOOLKIT

PLATO’s Philosophy Toolkit is one of the most extensive collections in the world of free resources for philosophy sessions in schools, at home, during community events, and beyond!

There are over 250 lesson plans for leading philosophical discussions with children and youth, including activities and exercises, games, and discussion plans for works of children’s literature.

The Toolkit includes lesson plans for philosophical topics in:

  • Art
  • Film
  • History and Social Studies
  • Language Arts and Literature
  • Math and Logic
  • Music
  • Science

Plus additional resources for many other subjects, including ethics, philosophy of science, epistemology, race and gender, philosophy of art, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education, and much more!

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Support our efforts to expand philosophy and ethics programs in classrooms and communities around the country.

PLATO
3518 Fremont Avenue North #353 Seattle, WA 98103
Federal tax id #46-1064993

Programs and People Around the United States


High School Ethics Bowls
PLATO Partner Organizations
Other Philosophy Programs

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High School Ethics Bowls
PLATO Partner Organizations
Other Pre-college Philosophy Programs

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Arizona
Maurice Carlson
Arkansas
Jana McAuliffe
California
Kyle Robertson
Colorado
Nick Schulte, Grey Havens
Connecticut
Sian Charles-Harris
Florida
Jon Matheson
Georgia
Eddy Nahmias
Hawaii
Ben Lukey
Idaho
Evan Rodriguez
Illinois
Kelly Laas
Indiana
Christiane Wisehart
Iowa
Emily Lemmon
Kansas
Rik Hine
Kentucky
Laura Newhart
Louisiana
Corey Horn
Maine
Kirsten Jacobson
Maryland
Daniel Gellasch
Massachusetts
Suzy Russinoff
Michigan
Cassie Finley
Minnesota
Daniel Groll
Mississippi
Deborah Mower
Montana
Marisa Diaz-Waian
Nebraska
Jinmei Yuan
New Hampshire
Timm Triplett
New Jersey
Ariel Sykes
New York
Roberta Israeloff
North Carolina
Michael Vazquez
North Dakota
Jack Weinstein
Ohio
Aaron Yarmel
Oregon
Alex Sager
Pennsylvania
Dustin Webster
Rhode Island
Erik Kenyon
South Carolina
Steve Michelman
Tennessee
Carmen Marcous
Texas
Claire Katz
Utah
Karen Mizell
Vermont
Katherine Caldwell
Virginia
Rhiannon Boyd
Washington
Jana Mohr Lone
Washington DC
Allison Cohen
Wisconsin
Katie Deaven