Training

Level 2 Teacher Educator Workshops in 2017

FAPSA runs Level 2 teacher training courses for teacher educators in philosophy in schools. These courses are designed for those who have completed Level 1 training and have either gained considerable experience as classroom practitioners or else have completed an Honours or higher degree in philosophy. Level 2 courses are normally residential and run for 5 days.

FAPSA issues certificates in three categories: Teacher-Educator (Classroom Practice), for those whose experience comes from the classroom; Teacher-Educator (Philosopher), for those whose background is primarily academic; and full Teacher-Educator  certification for those who have both related classroom experience and appropriate academic qualifications. FAPSA certified trainers normally assist the associate organisations of FAPSA in the delivery of Level 1 certificate programs and related professional development.

 

Level 2 Teacher Educator Workshop

January 15 – 19, 2017

Venue:  Galong Retreat Centre, NSW

Presenters: Associate Prof. Phillip Cam and Dr Vanya Kovach

 

The course is designed to support teachers who wish to implement the Philosophy programs in schools by extending their skills in facilitation of Philosophical Communities of Inquiry. For further information head to the SOPHY website http://www.sophy.org.au/training.htm

If you have further  queries, please contact Catherine Geraghty – Slavica, President of SOPHY on  02 61665343 or 0448903331 or email catherin1@bigpond.com.au

Critical, Collaborative and Creative Thinking Seminars

No matter what profession our students go into their skills in critical thinking, collaboration and creativity are vitally important. Recent research provides educators with proof that these skills are substantially improved where students participate in a short weekly period of philosophical communities of inquiry. When this is done more often the impact on student learning can be profound and extensive. This seminar is designed to answer the following questions:

    • How can we explicitly develop students’ critical thinking skills in the classroom and the co-curricular program at my school?
    • Given the competitive nature of our education system how can my school develop a climate where collaborative thinking is celebrated and fostered?
    • What is a Philosothon and how can our school get involved or how can we improve our current standing in our local Philosothon?
    • What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for students to engage with other students around the world about important ethical issues?
    • What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can my school develop a whole school approach to democracy in the classroom?
    • I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?

The seminar will be particularly useful for teachers of English, Civics and Citizenship, Personal Development, Philosophy and Ethics, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum coordinators, Chaplains, Religious Education teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals and anyone else interested in teaching higher order thinking skills.

Matthew Wills is the Head of Philosophy, Values and Religion at Hale School in Perth Western Australia. He has worked in excellent independent schools in NSW, SA and W.A. Up until 2007 he was the Chief Executive Officer for DAN, a network of over 450 Australasian schools and universities. He was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2009 and an Australia Award in 2013 from the federal government for excellence in teaching. He is an executive member of the WA Association of Philosophy in Schools. He has completed level 1 and level 2/3 training in P4C and he has been instrumental in the successful introduction and growth of various popular initiatives designed to promote critical and creative thinking including Philosothons and Ethics Olympiads. In 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia.

Click on the link below to register. Note number are limited for each session.

Advanced Workshops

Some FAPSA associates now also offer Advanced Workshops, for those who wish to refine their practice, become more familiar with reasoning and philosophy, and begin constructing their own support materials for the classroom, but do not yet wish to take on the role of training others.

Advanced Workshops in 2016:

Canberra, January 20th – 21st  (SOPHY Advanced Workshop 2016)

Melbourne, January 12th – 14th,  (follow link to VAPS, found under “Associations”)

Auckland, July 13th – 15th (follow link to P4CNZ, found under “Associations”)

 

Level 2 Teacher Educator Workshops

FAPSA runs Level 2 teacher training courses for teacher educators in philosophy in schools. These courses are designed for those who have completed Level 1 training and have either gained considerable experience as classroom practitioners or else have completed an Honours or higher degree in philosophy. Level 2 courses are normally residential and run for 5 days.

FAPSA issues certificates in three categories: Teacher-Educator (Classroom Practice), for those whose experience comes from the classroom; Teacher-Educator (Philosopher), for those whose background is primarily academic; and full Teacher-Educator  certification for those who have both related classroom experience and appropriate academic qualifications. FAPSA certified trainers normally assist the associate organisations of FAPSA in the delivery of Level 1 certificate programs and related professional development.

 

Level 2 Teacher Educator Workshop

Brisbane, September 26 – 30, 2016

Venue:  Hillbrook Anglican School

Presenters: Prof. Phillip Cam and Lynne Hinton

 

The course is designed to support teachers who wish to implement the Philosophy programs in schools by extending their skills in facilitation of Philosophical Communities of Inquiry.

For more information regarding costs, presenters, an enquiries, please download this document:

Teacher Educator Workshop Brisbane

 

Successful participants will acquire:

1) Advanced skills in the teaching of Philosophy to school students (including ‘community of inquiry’ pedagogy, development of classroom materials and advanced concept development), and

2) FAPSA accreditation to assist other teachers who wish to implement the Philosophy in Schools program.

Those who successfully complete the course will be accredited by FAPSA either as a Teacher Educator (philosophy) or a Teacher Educator (teaching), depending upon their background. Occasionally a person will satisfy both requirements. Those who do not will be encouraged to add to their particular strength by working in their less strong domain: Philosophers are encouraged to gain teaching experience by working with school students and teachers to extend their knowledge of academic philosophy by further study.

Prerequisites: This course is open to any educator or philosopher who has completed Level 1 Philosophy in Schools training and a minimum of one year’s practical experience in teaching philosophy in the classroom or at the tertiary level.  To prepare for this training, participants will be required to complete a number of readings prior to commencement.

 

For level 1 workshops, please visit the websites of regional associations.