• Becoming part of the national pre-college philosophical community.
  • Sharing lesson plans and other teaching materials with colleagues (through the PLATO website and listserv, newsletters, and PLATO-sponsored conferences).


  • Receiving discounts at all institutes, conferences and other trainings in pre-college philosophy offered by PLATO, as well as discounts at conferences offered by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.
  • 20% discount on Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People, a new anthology that emerged from the first PLATO conference in 2011.


PLATO memberships are managed by the Philosophy Documentation Center.
Register to become a PLATO member here



American Philosophical Association
Teacher Associate Membership

Teacher associate membership in the American Philosophical Association (APA) is open to those employed or seeking employment as teachers in primary or secondary schools who teach or are preparing to teach philosophy in a primary or secondary school, provided they do not also teach philosophy at the college or university level. Teacher associate members are not affiliated with an APA division and thus do not have voting privileges.

Teacher associate membership dues are $45 per year for APA membership only, or you can opt for a joint membership in both the APA and PLATO for $100 per year.

Use this link to join the APA as a Teacher Association member or join both the APA and PLATO.