Biennial AAPT Summer Seminars for Teachers


2020 AAPT Conference is postponed until July 2021

Please read the AAPT website for more information about the postponement.

 

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2020 Seminar Information:

  • Location: Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio (near Columbus)
  • Dates: July 22 – 25, 2020
  • Seminar Facilitators: Wendy Turgeon & Stephen Miller
  • Participants: Maximum of 15

For each seminar, PLATO provides:


Conference Registration Fees
Lodging Fees
Travel Expenses

 

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

“The balance between one’s exposure to professional philosophers/professors and the PLATO group’s own work was a rich experience that inspired one’s professional development and helped in a very personal manner: to come to a better appreciation of philosophy in a historically anti-intellectual society.” – 2018 Seminar Participant


DescriptionWhether you have been teaching philosophy in your school for a while or are just thinking about starting a class or club in philosophy, this seminar will offer you valuable opportunities to plan and engage. Through readings and interactive experiences over four days, seminar participants will explore philosophical issues, experiment with new pedagogical approaches, and engage in a community of reflection aimed at developing and improving philosophy teaching in schools. Topics will include preparing to teach (for example, syllabus design), developing learning-centered philosophy classes, various methods for introducing philosophy to young people, using traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment, and engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will share their own ideas and experiences—and challenges—with the community. 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 classroom 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 teachers at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) biennial conference. Through readings and interactive experiences over four days, seminar participants engage in a community of reflection aimed at developing and improving philosophy teaching in schools.

 

“The seminar will open up your eyes to specific methods of questioning that will light up your students’ learning.  I have already reworked one lesson that didn’t foster student engagement as I had hoped last year.  The class felt alive!”   -2018 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.