Biennial AAPT Summer Seminars for Teachers


Announcement: Application for the July 25-29th Summer Seminar on Teaching and Learning Philosophy is now open!

 

Deadline to apply: March 16, 2018

 

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2018 Seminar Information:

  • Location: North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dates: July 25 – 29, 2018
  • Seminar Facilitators: Wendy Turgeon & Steve Goldberg
  • Participants: Maximum of 15

For each seminar, PLATO provides:


Conference Registration Fees
Lodging Fees for ALL Participants
Travel Costs for Each Participant

 

The seminar is open to both full and part-time high school teachers and librarians, as well as to administrators, substitute teachers, and other classroom professionals.  All applicants must be PLATO members.

“I would and will definitely recommend this to others. I would describe it as inspiring and practical, as well as gratifying for those of us who love this field and seek meaningful ways in which to grow in our work.”
– 2014 Seminar Participant


Description: Through readings and interactive experiences over four days, seminar participants will explore issues, experiment with approaches, and engage in a community of reflection aimed at developing and improving high school philosophy teaching. Topics will include preparing to teach (for example, syllabus design), developing learning-centered philosophy classes, various methods for introducing philosophy to high school students, using traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment, and engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We hope that the friendships and collegial relationships built here will be an invaluable part of this experience.

 

Eligibility: The seminar is open to both full and part-time high school teachers and librarians, as well as to administrators, substitute teachers and other classroom professionals. All applicants must be members of PLATO (join here).

 

Registration, Travel,  Housing & Meals: The seminar will be held in conjunction with the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Conference. Participants are encouraged to attend the regular conference sessions each afternoon and evening. The conference registration fee and cost of lodging for seminar participants will be paid by PLATO (approximately $350 per participant). PLATO will cover, with the help of a generous grant from the American Philosophical Association, up to $300 in travel costs for each participant (participants will make their own travel arrangements and be reimbursed). The cost of meals, approximately $200 per person, will be the responsibility of the participants.


History of the Program:
Every two years, PLATO sponsors a summer teaching and learning seminar for high school teachers at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) biennial conference. Through readings and interactive experiences over four days, seminar participants explore issues, experiment with approaches, and engage in a community of reflection aimed at developing and improving high school philosophy teaching.

 

“It was refreshing and encouraging learning from other teachers, especially since being a philosophy teacher is a sort of lone profession, particularly at the pre-college level! This assured me that others are out there and that the field has much room to grow. Learning from each of the participants pedagogical approaches provided me with a useful repertoire of teaching methods and resources, which I will definitely implement in my own teaching.”
– 2014 Seminar Participant

 

Topics include preparing to teach (for example, syllabus design), developing learner-centered philosophy classes, various methods for introducing philosophy to high school students, using traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment, and engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We hope that the friendships and collegial relationships built here are an invaluable part of this experience.

 

 

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