Pre/Post Conference Workshops

Optional workshops will be offered before and after the formal conference program for an optional fee of $30. This fee is lower than usual to encourage participation. You will be able to sign up for these workshops during registration. You may add a workshop to your itinerary even after you have registered by revisiting the registration site and logging in with your last name and email address. Workshop registration will close November 1.


RAVE: A Skills- and Relation-Based Approach to Moral Character Development
Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame
Tonia Bock, University of St. Thomas
3:00-6:00 pm, Longfellow 207

The RAVE (relationships, apprenticeship, village, expertise) model provides an intentional, holistic, comprehensive, empirically-derived approach to moral character development. It is informed deeply by evolution, ancient philosophy and current developmental and learning sciences about what contributes to cultivate human flourishing. Participants learn to apply the four step model to their classroom or workplace, including foster moral expertise development and attending to triune ethics. Handouts will be provided and guidebooks from the Minnesota Community Voices and Character Education project are available.

Doing and Teaching Educational Ethics through Case Studies
Dr. Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jacob Fay, Ed.D. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
4:00-6:00 pm, Gutman G05

This three-hour workshop provides educators and researchers an opportunity to explore how to do and teach educational ethics through normative case studies. Educational ethics is typically treated as a branch of “applied ethics.” Students and scholars take established philosophical theories and then apply one or more of them to specific dilemmas in education. However, rather than an applied approach, we argue that educational ethics requires a phronetic approach that synthesizes and develops insights from philosophy, social science, and educational practice. The workshop begins with a brief introduction to the method itself, addressing its theoretical foundations and practical outcomes. Participants will then discuss one particular case in-depth and have an opportunity to debrief the case discussion. We will share a variety of discussion protocols and other pedagogical tools, so that workshop participants can develop their own understanding of how to teach educational ethics using normative case studies.

Facing History & Ourselves in a Digital Age: Supporting Youth Civic Participation in the Digital Public Sphere
Adam Strom, Director of Scholarship & Innovation, Facing History and Ourselves
Dr. Carrie James, Research Director & Principal Investigator, Project Zero
4:00-6:00 pm, Gutman 440

This interactive workshop will explore the way that digital technologies are influencing the way young people think and act in the civic sphere and consider the implications of these changes for the way that teachers, researchers, and practitioners should approach civic education. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to research on the changing nature of civic participation from the MacArthur Foundation’s Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network and explore classroom materials drawing on those research findings developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Facing History and Ourselves. Using materials designed to  support students in developing the reflective skills and civic dispositions to participate responsibly and effectively in public life today will provide opportunities for participants to consider connections to their own practice.

[Canceled] The Scout Method in Education and Management
Dr. Slawomir Postek, Academy of Special Education (Warsaw, Poland)
Marta Filipiak, Ph.D. Candiate, Academy of Special Education (Warsaw, Poland)
Jacek Smura, Deputy Chief Scout of Poland, Kontekst HR International Group

The workshop is aimed at presenting the participants with the foundations and principles of ‘the scout method’. It’s  a system of progressive non-formal education,  made up of seven specific elements, which work together to provide a rich, active and fun learning environment.

During the workshop, we will experience the way civic leaders in scouting are trained first-hand, via a series of exercises and simulations. We will discuss the psychological (including ethical) aspects of shaping the moral system of adolescents and young adults, especially in today’s world. We will take a peek into what is now termed global competencies and how they relate to educational systems.




Domain Theory-Based Moral Education (DBME): A Hands-On Workshop for Classroom Teachers and Teacher Educators

Dr. Larry Nucci, University of California Berkeley
Robyn Gee, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Berkeley
Allegra Midgette, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Berkeley
Deborah Powers, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Berkeley 
1:00-3:00 pm, Gutman G05

Previous work with domain based moral education (DBME) has found that attention to domain is critical to promoting students’ development and that by engaging students in discussions that are matched to the domains of the issues under consideration, their understandings about society and morality is optimized. This workshop will provide basic information and hands-on activities to prepare teachers to apply DBME in their classrooms.  This will include specific information for how to establish a developmentally optimal classroom climate, provide effective responses to student misbehavior, and how to use the regular academic curriculum to create lessons that promote moral development. 

The Ethic of Dialogue: Art as Forum for Moral Education

Jordan B. Magid, Education consultant
Ilya Vidrin. Researcher at the Centre for Dance Research, UK
Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig, The Prepared Mind
1:00-3:00 pm, Longfellow 228

The Ethic of Dialogue: Art as Forum for Moral Education is an arts-based workshop for experts and youth to explore how ethics, dialogue and the arts intersect. During the workshop, local high-school aged youth work alongside participants (you!) in three unique learning spaces: (1) body-based practice, (2) mural-making, and (3) reflective tea conversations. Led by a creative team — including a professional muralist, an arts educator, and a somatic practitioner — this workshop reveals constraints and resources under which participants engage in co-creative artistic processes. Each learning space is designed to build relationships based on concepts within Putnam’s (2001) notion of social capital (i.e. bonding and bridging). We offer a new, arts-inspired perspective on moral education by reflecting on the process of co-creation as a means for participatory dialogical ethic. At the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a vibrant mural representative of the multi-sensory education experience.