Since its founding, the Center has run dozens of workshops in Seattle and around the country for teachers, parents, and other adults interested in philosophical inquiry with young people. Center staff also travel to other areas of the region and country to provide intensive training for schools, which might include, for example, a week of demonstration philosophy classes, afterschool workshops with teachers, programs for parents, and follow-up support.
The Center holds an annual three-day workshop on Philosophy in Schools each June at the University of Washington.
The 2021 workshop will be held Tuesday-Thursday, June 29-July 1. We are hoping to hold the workshop at the University of Washington, but it is possible it will be online depending on the pandemic situation. We will make this decision in spring 2021.
The workshop is open to teachers and others interested in exploring how introducing philosophy can enrich student learning. Participants learn about the history and methods of pre-college philosophy, and engage in philosophical discussions on topics such as: “What can we know? What makes something right or wrong? Are we free? What is a mind? How do we define happiness?” The workshop is generally approved for 16 clock hours for Washington State teachers.
The registration fee for the workshop is $200 for general registration, $150 for preschool through high school classroom teachers, and $100 for graduate and undergraduate students.
Space is limited. Once we have 25 participants, registration will be closed.
Questions? Please contact Jana Mohr Lone at [email protected]
Registration Form & Payment Options
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Sample Workshop Format
This workshop is an intensive introduction to methods for bringing philosophy into pre-college classrooms. Philosophy sessions use children’s books and various activities to inspire discussions that emerge from the children’s own questions, based on the understanding that questioning is central to independent thinking. The workshop will focus on ways in which to establish philosophical “communities of inquiry” in classrooms, and will introduce a conception of what constitutes a philosophical discussion, basic reasoning and logic tools, and a general introduction to the discipline of philosophy, including ethics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and logic.
The workshop emphasizes learning by doing. We will form our own community of inquiry, and will spend most of each day discussing philosophical questions such as: When do we know something? What is justice? What is the self? What is friendship?
Sample Workshop Schedule
|9:00am – 9:30am||Coffee/Tea and Pastries + Introduction|
|9:30am – 10:15am||Community of Philosophical Inquiry|
|10:30am – 11:15am||Are you a philosopher? Games and activities|
|11:30am – 12:15pm||Personal Identity – “Double Trouble” and Ship of Theseus|
|12:15pm – 12:45pm||LUNCH (provided)|
|12:45pm – 1:30pm||Middle/High School Epistemology: Plato’s Cave|
Elementary School – Philosophy of Mind “Cookies” in Frog and Toad Together
|1:45pm – 2:30pm||Middle/High School – Ethics: The Bluest Eye|
Elementary – Ethics: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
|2:45pm – 3:30pm||Social inequalities/race and racism: Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles|
|9:00am – 9:30am||Coffee/Tea and Pastries|
|9:30am – 10:15am||Middle/High School – Metaphysics: A Wrinkle in Time|
Elementary – Metaphysics: Morris the Moose
|10:30am – 11:15am||Middle/High School Metaphisics & ethics: Nature of happiness|
Elementary – Metaphysics & epistemology: The Bear That Wasn’t
|11:30am – 12:15pm||Gender: The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch|
|12:15pm – 12:45pm||LUNCH (provided)|
|12:45pm – 1:30pm||Refugee politics: The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman|
|1:45pm – 2:30pm||Thinking about animals: an activity|
|2:30pm – 3:00pm||Final questions and concluding remarks|