Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young
Advancing Philosophy Education in the Philadelphia Region
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Philadelphia Ethics Bowl
Philosophy and Critical Thinking in English Language Arts - ReadyGen and Beyond, Grades 3-5: We were fortunate to be able to collaborate with Philadelphia School District teachers on a project to create lesson plans that explore philosophy and critical thinking. Specifically, we worked with several third, fourth and fifth-grade teachers enrolled in a Teachers Institute of Philadelphia course hosted at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. Following lectures and discussion on philosophical topics, the teachers...
New Collaboration with Mighty Writers: We are excited about a new initiative with Mighty Writers. Mighty Writers is a not-for-profit that offers free workshops and activities for K-12 students in and around Philadelphia with the goal of supporting the development of writing skills. We began with a two week workshop which met (virtually via videoconference) for one hour each day as part of the Mighty Writers summer programming for students ages 8-11. The plan currently is to continue this same program into the fall, meeting once each...
More on the Philly Ethics Bowl: The Penn Today website has an article reporting on the Ethics Bowl competition hosted at Penn on February 8th. Please take a look! Shortly after this article went to press the winner of the bowl, the Masterman team, went on to compete in a play-off with a winner of a Baltimore-based regional bowl. We are excited to report that Masterman won! As a result, the team will travel to the National Finals in April, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Links: The Philly Ethics Bowl...
Thank You to Our Supporters!
We wish to thank PLATO, the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, for a recent grant. We are also grateful recipients of a grant from the Penn School of Arts and Sciences’ Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Initiative. We also thank the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Graduate School of Education, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, the Penn Carey Law School, and the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for their support.