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Committee: Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy

Committee Charge

The committee oversees activities of the association related to the teaching of philosophy at the pre-college level and initiates efforts to encourage and improve teaching at this level. It prepares periodic reports to the members of the association and facilitates cooperation between philosophers, teachers, and educational administrators in planning and evaluating instructional programs and requirements for the training and certification of teachers in areas relating to philosophy. The committee also collects and disseminates information on existing programs and instructional materials.

The chair of this committee serves in an ex officio capacity on the committee on the teaching of philosophy.

What's New

Video of the committee-organized session on "Raising A Philosophical Child" at the APA Pacific meeting in San Diego, April 2014: http://plato-philosophy.org/video-raising-a-philosophical-child-session-at-the-apa-pacific/

In 2009 the committee launched the organization PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization - http://plato-philosophy.org - which became an independent non-profit organization in 2012. PLATO advocates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing, and the development of a national network for those working in pre-college philosophy.

Teachers can become both PLATO members and APA Teacher-Associate members for $75 per year - more information here

A teaching and learning seminar for high school teachers will be offered at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Conference in July 2014, funded by PLATO, APA and AAPT - see announcement and call for applications: http://plato-philosophy.org/call-for-applications-for-2014-summer-seminar-on-teaching-learning-in-philosophy-for-high-school-teachers/

Committee Reports

2017–2018 report

2016–2017 report

2015-2016 report

2014-2015 report 

2013-2014 report

2012-2013 report

2011-2012 report

2010-2011 report

2009-2010 report

2008-2009 report

2007-2008 report

Upcoming Events
Nomination deadline for the 2019 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest
Monday, April 15, 2019
Nomination deadline for the 2019 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Nomination deadline for the 2020 Danto/ASA Prize
Friday, May 31, 2019
Submission deadline for the 2019 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Nomination deadline for the 2019 APA/PDC Prize
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Related Group News

Reminder: This Sunday is the deadline for Graduate Student Council nominations
Posted in APA Announcements, Monday, February 18, 2019

We are currently accepting nominations for two elected seats on the Graduate Student Council (GSC). All student associate members who are current graduate students in ... more »

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Chair (2021)
Wendy C. Turgeon
Member (2019)
Natalie M. Fletcher
Member (2019)
Steven E. Swartzer
Member (2020)
Marisol Brito
Member (2020)
Amy Reed-Sandoval
Member (2021)
Claire Katz
Member (2021)
John Torrey

 

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