Biennial AAPT Summer Seminars for Teachers

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.


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


The summer seminar for teachers at the 2016 AAPT Conference is now full. The next AAPT summer seminar will be held in summer 2018, and application information will be available here in fall 2017.