Executive Committee

Thomas Wartenberg, chair
Committee Members:
  • Michael Burroughs

  • Roberta Israeloff

  • Jana Mohr Lone

  • Stephen Miller


Composed of board officers; exercise board responsibilities, if necessary, between board meetings, including working with the Development and Communications Coordinators to manage PLATO’s day-to-day work (for fuller description of officer and Executive Committee responsibilities, see bylaws)

Finance Committee

Stephen Miller, chair
Committee Members:
  • Jana Mohr Lone

  • Tom Wartenberg


  • Oversee preparation of annual budget
  • Create and monitor organization’s Finance Plan
  • Recommend to the board any necessary financial guidelines
  • Assist Treasurer in setting up accounting procedures and monitoring financial transactions

Development Committee

Jana Mohr Lone, chair
Committee Members:
  • Alex Marmor

  • Sara Goering

  • Roberta Israeloff

  • Cheri Carr

  • Janice Moskalik

  • Susan Russinoff

  • Adam Valenstein

  • Kelly Laas


  • Create and oversee organization’s fund development initiatives and involve board members in development efforts
  • Develop strategies to advance PLATO’s visibility
  • Administer and expand PLATO’s sponsorship program
  • Oversee PLATO’s membership program, including developing strategies for increasing PLATO’s membership, enhanced member benefits, and stewardship of existing members
  • Manage the development and administration of the PLATO Philosophy Fund

Education Committee

Allison Cohen and Stephen Miller, chair
Committee Members:
  • Steve Goldberg

  • Chris Ng

  • Ben Lukey

  • William Mottolese

  • Wendy Turgeon

  • Ariel Sykes

  • Joseph Murphy

  • Developing an online pre-college philosophy workshop

  • Working with regional centers to support their teacher-education and other education programs, including college pre-college philosophy courses and dual high school/college enrollment philosophy courses

  • Responsible for developing online resources and virtual networks

  • Coordinate the biennial AAPT Teaching and Learning Seminar


Current Projects:

The Education Committee is currently working on developing a curriculum of Ethics Across the Disciplines and is in the beginning stages of planning a webinar series in conjunction with the National Humanities Center.


Recent Accomplishments:

The Education Committee is most proud of the growing list of lessons on our Philosopher's Toolkit.  We have already had a good deal of positive feedback suggesting the lessons are being enthusiastically used by teachers.

Essay Contest & Awards Committee

Megan Laverty, chair
Committee Members:
  • Steve Goldberg

  • Roberta Israeloff

  • Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd

  • Cristina Cammarano

  •  Josh Dohman

  • Jon Ficaro

  • John Torrey

  • Manage the annual High School Essay Contest

  • Work to spread the word about the contest more widely and increase the number of participants

  • Laisses with the editor of Questions in order to coordinate the journal's call for papers with contest theme

  • Manages and promotes the annual High School Essay Contest

  • Oversees and bestows the Teacher Award

Conference Committee

TBD for 2019 Conference, chair
Committee Members:

The 2019 Conference Committee will be formed in spring 2018

  • Responsible for organizing the biennial conference, including logistics, choice of theme, creating a call for presentation proposals and evaluating the proposals, etc.
  • If the committee chair does not live at the location of the conference, the chair will work with the onsite coordinator to manage all of the conference details.

Research & Advocacy

Michael Burroughs, chair
Committee Members:
  • Joe Biehl

  • Alex Chang

  • Allison Cohen

  • Alexis Dyschant

  • Steve Esquith

  • Sara Goering

  • Roberta Israeloff

  • Stephen Miller

  • Pedro Monque

  • Ariel Sykes

  • Debi Talukdar

  • Responsible for leading PLATO’s efforts to to increase public reach, understanding, and impact of philosophy in schools, including the cultivation of research projects, conference presentations, publications, and promotional/informational materials.

  • Responsible for furthering PLATO’s efforts to influence educational policy, including the development of relevant collaborations with other education and humanities organizations.

  • Develop strategies for advocating for philosophy in schools.

  • Collaborate with other PLATO committees to achieve the aims listed above.


Current Projects:

  • To solidify our partnership with the NHA and/or ASCD, including participation in national meetings for one or both of these organizations.

  •  To complete the PLATO-APA survey, distribute to APA members, and work through the resulting data with an eye toward future use for PLATO advocacy.

  •  Using data from the PLATO-APA survey (and other resources), potentially develop a PLATO sponsored publication in a journal or public forum. For example, education organizations such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Developmental Studies Center have many organization-based publications that discuss their work and impacts. These are useful for advocacy purposes and, in general, to let the public know what they do and why it matters.

  • Consult with additional leading researchers in pre-college philosophy to learn about their impressions of important areas of research going forward, how to unite current leading researches in pre-college philosophy, and marshal current research for advocacy purposes.

  • Potentially coordinate with PLATO Centers to assist in advocating for and publicizing their current work to a broader audience.


Recent Accomplishments:

  • The creation of a concise version (1 page, front-and-back) of the PLATO White Paper that can be used for fundraising and/or to help develop program collaborations with schools.

  • The creation of sample grant proposals for precollege philosophy efforts and sample email/cover letters that can be used and adapted by potential precollege philosophy programs in order to develop collaborations with schools.

  • The creation of a PLATO tri-fold brochure to be used for research and advocacy purposes, promotion of PLATO, and for help with developing collaborations with schools.

  •  In collaboration with the APA, the development of an online survey regarding their first experiences with philosophy, the impact of this exposure on their career decision, and their current engagement, if any, with precollege philosophy efforts.

  •  The (in progress) collection of articles, blog posts, and other media on precollege philosophy and its impacts; tp be hosted on the PLATO website

Questions Journal Committee

Wendy C. Turgeon, chair
Committee Members:
  • Wendy Turgeon, Editor

  • Steven Goldberg

  • David Heise

  • Rory E. Kraft (Editor Emeritus)

  • Stephen Miller

  • Jana Mohr Lone (Founder and Editor Emeritus)

  • Janice Moskalik

  • Megan Mustain

  • Alison Reiheld

  • Jesse Walsh

  • Responsible for managing the journal, including recruiting people to serve on the editorial board of Questions, soliciting submissions from K-12 students and teachers and other philosophy educators, and maintaining a regular publication schedule.

  • Work with editorial board to review submissions and edit accepted submissions

  • Develop the journal into a resource-rich publication.


This year's journal theme: Knowledge & Truth


Recent Accomplishments:

  • In September 2017 the committee published journal issue #17 on the topic of Beauty


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