About the Seminar
The rate of change in society is staggering. The complexity of modern life requires that
we sequentially and deliberatively build ethical understanding in students throughout
their schooling. In a recent address in the House of Lords in the British Parliament  
Rabbi Jonathan Sachs said; " We need to give our children an internalised moral
satellite navigation system so that they can find their way across the undiscovered
country called the future" Students learn to develop an understanding of ethics as they
explore issues and interactions with others, discuss ideas and learn to be accountable
as members of a democratic community. Inquiring into ethical issues includes giving
reasons, being consistent, finding meanings and causes, and providing proof and

At this day-long seminar and workshop we will explore ethical theories and see how
these theories apply to issues around human rights and responsibilities, animal rights,
environmental issues and global justice. We will help teachers develop strategies and
resources to enable their students to gain an ethical understanding as they interrogate
issues through authentic cases such as global warming, sustainable living and
socioeconomic disparity. Various ways to foster group inquiry, critical and creative
thinking, and co-operative teamwork will be explored.
Click here for the Aitsl Standards covered in this workshop.

•        How can we teach normative ethical theories i.e Natural Law, Virtue
Ethics, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism in a way that fosters an ethical
understanding in students?
•        What do these theories say about human rights issues, animal rights,
environmental issues and issues around global justice?
•        What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can this assist
students in developing ethical understandings?
•        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?
•        I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom
and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?
•        What is a Philosothon and how do students develop ethical
understandings through involvement?

The seminar will be useful for Primary, Secondary and tertiary educators. Also for
teachers of English, Theory of Knowledge, Civics and Citizenship, Personal
Development, Philosophy and Ethics, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum co-ordinators,
Chaplains, Religious Education teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals and anyone else
interested in teaching higher order thinking skills to students.
Feedback from the previous seminar;

-"What an inspiring day! I feel resourced and better
equipped to run my Communities of Inquiry"

- "I would have loved another day!"

- "I loved the sense of community, collaboration and
enquiry. Thank-you!"

- "An amazingly generous number of resources."

- "It was great to experience what the students do in a
COI and to learn more about the available

-"Matthew is a great facilitator... It was great PD."
-"Great tips for classroom activities. The
COI was great.

- " Thanks I need to re-evaluate what we are doing
with our Philosophy Club in our school."

-"The take home resources are great and will be

-"Matthews presentation was inspiring and

-"I loved the engagement in the COI inquiry practice. I
loved the knowledge and experience of the presenter.
Thank-you!" Matthew for your energy and knowledge.

Please note there is a maximum of 30 people at
each seminar. Latecomers might miss out.


$268 – one delegate ($248 - If more than two
delegates attend from one school) Teachers from
schools enrolled in the 2018 Ethics Olympiad will also
receive a 20% discount on the registration fee.

Lunch and morning tea is included. Each delegate will
also receive a free teaching package.  

We will post you an invoice on receiving your
registration details. Please book in online by clicking
here. You can also book and pay with a credit card by
clicking here.

Alternatively you can print out the attached flyer, fill it
in and email or post it to;

Conditions: Please note that cancellations will be
refunded up to October 3rd. If a cancellation is made
after that date but more than two weeks before the
seminar there will be a 10% administration fee. If the
cancellation is received within two weeks of the
seminar no refund will be provided. Teachers ideally
need to find someone else to attend in their place.

Dialogue Education  
PO BOX 116 Dernancourt SA 5075
Ph: 0400029660
(ABN 53 345 326 968)
AiTSL standards addressed in this workshop:

Advanced Teacher Standards
1.2.3 Participants will gain an understanding of best practice in inquiry-based learning for
ethical understanding.
2.1.3 Participants will be provided with methodologies for engagement and programs for
teaching theoretical and
applied ethics.
2.6.3 Participants will hear about new ITC based methodologies for improving teaching
practices and engagement.
2.2.3 Participants will gain insights into models of best practice from throughout
Australasia and a systematic way of
teaching ethics throughout the primary and secondary years.
3.4.3 Participants will be provided with a series of new resources for teaching ethics which
engage student learning.
3.6.3 Participants will hear about a new national program encouraging critical,
collaborative and creative thinking in
ethics including student and teacher feedback.
5.3.3 Participants will receive a range of assessment options used nationally and
internationally in assessing student
performance in the formation of an ethical argument.
6.2.3 Participants will gain access points for doing relevant research and opportunities for
program development
including assistance offered to pre-service teachers for training and assistance.
6.3.3 Participants will be provided with numerous opportunities for improving professional
knowledge and networking
both within the workshop and afterwards through ongoing training opportunities.
7.4.3 Participants will hear about the current work being done by the Philosophy in
Schools Association NSW and more
broadly the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association. (FAPSA)

Lead Teacher Standards
1.5.4 Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of learning and
teaching and learning across
a range of abilities.
2.1.4 Effective, research-based learning and teaching programs will be used to enable
participants to lead initiatives
within their school enabling them to evaluate programs and
improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies.
2.2.4 Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge of ethics to improve the selection
and sequencing of content into
coherently organised learning and teaching programs.
2.6.4 Participants will be given strategies to support their colleagues as they expand
learning opportunities and apply
an effective ICT based teaching strategy.
3.3.4 Participants will be provided with resources that can be used with colleagues to
review, modify and expand their
repertoire of teaching strategies in problem-solving, and
critical and creative thinking.
3.5.4 Participants will explore a new model of engagement and achievement which uses
verbal and nonverbal
communication and which incorporates collaborative strategies.
5.4.4 Participants will be provided with a means of measuring student performance using
internal and external
assessment which takes account of ethical understanding. They will
also be provided with a process of evaluating
programs against an ethical understanding
audit process.
6.2.4 Participants will be provided with a range of professional learning opportunities,
including grant opportunities to
share with colleagues and some of these are designed to
cater for the needs of pre-service teachers.
7.4.4 Participants will be invited to take a leadership role in supporting colleague teachers
as they participate in co-curricular learning opportunities.

9.30am-  Introductions and setting the scene.
9.45am-  Theoretical Ethics  - (Years 1-12)  How can students
engage meaningfully with
ethical issues beyond a simple gut
reaction and or whatever the latest post online says?
What are the
different frameworks for ethical discourse?
10.30am  Community of Inquiry and Philosothons- The P4C
pedagogy will be explained
and we will see how it can be used to
 engage constructively in ethical issues. We will
provide teachers
with background information and practical advise about how to prepare
for a Philosothon.
11am-  Morning tea provided
11.20am-  Applied Ethics? (Years 1-12) Environmental Ethics- Here
we will focus on
environmental ethics including human rights and
animal rights and see how the ethical
theories apply to
environmental ethics.
12.00 am- Ethics in the round- Often ethical issues can divide
people but by creating a
Philosophical Community of Inquiry
students can engage in issues collectively and with
depth. Here we will demonstrate ways of conducting a Community
of Inquiry.
12.45am- Lunch provided
1.30 pm - What is an Ethics Olympiad? (Years 8-11) We will outlinethe rationale and
praxis for an Ethics Olympiad.
2.00pm - How to prepare and run an Ethics Olympiad at your
school. We will train you to
be able to run a heat and show the
steps which can improve ethical discourse and
2.50 pm - Free Resources distributed to delegates.
3.00 pm - Finish
Note: Each delegate will receive a free Resource Package including
over 40 extensive
power-point presentations including notes for
teachers, video links, Kahoots, revision
games and much more. Each of
the following headings are covered in depth.