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Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO)


Mission Statement

PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) is dedicated to being a national voice for advocating for the introduction of philosophy into pre-college classrooms and to connecting the education and philosophy communities through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy.

History and Purpose

PLATO offers support and resource-sharing for teachers, parents, philosophers and others involved in teaching philosophy to pre-college students. Initially launched by the Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association, PLATO is an independent organization in the process of attaining 501(c)(3) status. Its goal is to attain a visible, national presence by providing education for teachers about ways to introduce philosophy in pre-college classrooms, supporting faculty and graduate students working in the field of pre-college philosophy, and advocating in both the philosophical and educational communities for more pre-college philosophy instruction.


As a PLATO member you will benefit by:
  • Becoming part of the national philosophical community

  • Sharing lesson plans and other teaching materials with colleagues (through the PLATO website, regular newsletters, and PLATO-sponsored national and regional conferences)

  • Receiving discounts at all institutes, conferences and other trainings in pre-college philosophy offered by PLATO

  • Having access to a national membership list of teachers, philosophers and others teaching philosophy in pre-college classrooms

  • Online access to several philosophy journals

  • Membership is open to anyone interested in philosophy in the pre-college classroom. JOIN NOW!

    Prefer not to join online? Download a PLATO membership form (pdf)