Every other year PLATO hosts a conference for all those interested or involved in pre-college philosophy. The next conference will be held at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida on June 21-22, 2019 (details below). To receive information about future conferences please sign up for the listserv at the bottom of the page under “Get in Touch”.
The Fifth Biennial PLATO Conference will be held on June 21-22 at Rollins College, Florida.
The deadline for submissions has passed.
Fifth Biennial PLATO Conference
Dates: June 21-22, 2019
Location: Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
Theme: Innovation and collaboration: Making Classrooms More Philosophical
The conference will emphasize the collaborative nature of philosophy for children, both inside the classroom and across disciplines. Expanding the traditional conception of how philosophy is introduced to young people, the conference will highlight many innovative ways to bring philosophy into classrooms and into classes devoted to other subject areas. Presentations that explore non-traditional forums for discussing philosophy are especially encouraged. Submissions on other topics in pre-college philosophy also are welcome.
Call for Proposals
Submit yours today!
We welcome proposals for workshops, presentations/papers, and the poster session from faculty, graduate students, teachers and others practicing and/or interested in pre-college philosophy.
Submissions are no longer being accepted
Workshops: These sessions will help participants apply new ideas to their own contexts. These may include, but are not limited to, innovative classroom techniques, new best practices, current challenges or programmatic endeavors. Presenters will lead workshop participants through a scaffolded, collaborative process, and will clearly guide workshop participants through a mix of small and large group discussions. Presenters should frame the discussion but speak no more than 1/3 of the total allotted time.
- Workshop Proposals should include the following:
- Names and affiliations of presenters, as well as short biographies. [75-word limit]
- Overview of the workshop to appear in the conference program if accepted. [500-word limit]
Presentations, Papers & Posters: These sessions will provide participants with scholarly viewpoints, seek feedback on new ideas, and model programs related to pre-college philosophy. Presenters should prepare to speak for half the time, allotting the other half for discussion.
- Presentation, Paper & Poster proposals must include:
- Abstract that briefly explains the relevant issue, purpose, and expected discussion themes to be covered in the 20-minute talk and 20-minute engaged discussion time. [250-word limit]
- On a separate, last page, list the name and affiliation of the presenter and give a brief biography. [75-word limit]
Proposal Topics: Possible topics related to innovation and collaboration, in addition to those listed above under “Announcement and Conference Theme,” include:
- Philosophy for children outside of school, such as summer camps
- Engaging children in philosophical discussions
- Philosophy in specific disciplines, such as science and mathematics
- Approaching philosophy through other media, such as art and film
- Techniques for teaching philosophy to children, such as argument mapping
- Starting a pre-college philosophy program
- Philosophy of childhood
- High school ethics bowls
- Evaluating philosophy programs
Financial Support: A number of grants of $250 are available to defray expenses for teachers and early career scholars. If you wish to be considered, please attache a request to your submission that details your anticipated expenses and need. [100-word limit]
- You must be a PLATO member in order to present at the conference, become a member today: https://www.plato-philosophy.org/membership/
- Paper, presentation, and poster proposals will be blind-refereed. Workshop proposals will be reviewed but not blinded.
- By January 31, 2019 all authors will be informed whether their proposals have been accepted
- All proposals must be submitted online at: www.plato-philosophy.org/plato-conferences, in the form area below, no later than November 1, 2018.
- Please email email@example.com with any questions.
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Additional 2019 Conference Theme Details
Learn more about this years' theme
The theme for the conference emphasizes the collaborative nature of philosophy for children, both inside the classroom and across disciplines. It seeks to include many innovations that have been made to the traditional conception of doing philosophy with young people including bringing philosophical content into classes devoted to other subject areas.
Presentations that explore non-traditional forums for discussing philosophy are especially encouraged. Submissions on other topics in pre-college philosophy also are welcome.
What to expect from a PLATO conference
The 2019 PLATO Conference will feature concurrent sessions involving hands-on workshops, papers, and presentations on the general theme of collaboration and innovation and other topics relevant to pre-college philosophy. There will also be a demonstration of the Rollins College pre-K philosophy program. There will also be a poster session to showcase pre-college programs and initiatives not included in the program as well as organizations that are now partnering with PLATO.
Throughout the conference, there will be an attempt to employ the Community of Inquiry methodology in which participants interact with one another rather than listen to lectures. Sessions chairs will be instructed to adhere to this and to be sure that each participant has the opportunity to respond to what has transpired in the session.
Please check back in January 2019
Here’s what some participants had to say about the 2015 conference:
- “I learned multiple new strategies for engaging in the classroom, especially with regard to inclusivity and discussions of social justice.”
- “I’ve made connections with several colleagues that will lead to national and international collaborations.”
- “I am not a teacher, but I have learned ways to integrate philosophy and philosophical thought into a classroom, specifically an elementary classroom.”
For more information about past conferences (including presentation topics) please click on one of the conference brochures below, or check out the video about the 2015 conference: