PLATO (The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) advocates for and supports introducing philosophy to pre-college students; and connecting the education and philosophy communities through programs, and resource-sharing. It also seeks to develop a national network of all those working in pre-college philosophy including pre-college teachers and administrators, philosophy students (both graduate and undergraduate), and academic philosophers.

SFF supports PLATO both as a funder and as a presence on the Board of Directors. Creating a responsive, comprehensive network of pre-college philosophy teachers, and helping educators and philosophers work together, furthers SFF’s mission of introducing the subject to more pre-college students.


Watch this video from our June 2015 conference held in Seattle at the University of Washington.


Third Biennial PLATO Conference
“Inquiry and Equity”
Jonathan Kozol, Keynote Speaker
June 29-30, 2015
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Conference Information

Call for Conference Proposals
All proposals must be submitted by email attachment no later than December 1, 2014, to
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Make the most of the conference:
ICPIC, The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children, will be holding its 17th international conference in Vancouver immediately before the PLATO conference, from June 25-27, 2015, at the University of British Columbia. The ICPIC conference theme is “Identity and Philosophical Inquiry in the Age of Diversity.”
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The 2014-15 PLATO High School Student Essay Contest
Deadline: January 31, 2015
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PLATO 2014-2015 K-12 Philosophy Teaching Award Nominations
Deadline: January 31, 2015
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AWARDS: View PLATO-related awards

LEARN MORE: Explore the PLATO website