Since its founding, the Center has run dozens of workshops in Seattle and around the country for teachers, parents, and other adults interested in facilitating philosophical dialogues with young people. Center staff often 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 over the succeeding year.
The Center holds an annual three-day workshop on Philosophy in Schools each June at the University of Washington.
Unfortunately, the 2019 workshop will not take place this June, due to the Seattle Public Schools extended school year to cover this winter’s snow days. We will be holding our next workshop in spring 2020.
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.
Questions? Please contact Jana Mohr Lone at [email protected]
Register Online (2020 WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE POSTED IN SPRING 2020)
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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|