University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Three new Philosophy for Children Fellowships for graduate students have been established at the University of Washington. These fellowships are open to graduate students in the Department of Philosophy or the College of Education.

Fellows will be involved in the Center's "Philosophers in the Schools" program, which sends UW graduate and undergraduate students into Seattle public schools to conduct philosophy sessions in K-12 classrooms. For 2014-15, each Philosophy for Children fellowship will be $3,000.

Fellow Responsibilities

1. Enrollment in the Center's "Philosophy in the Schools" June workshop (which will be held this year on June 26-27, 2014). If the fellow is unable to attend the workshop, alternatively he or she may enroll in the fall quarter Philosophy for Children class, PHIL 595.
2. Involvement in teaching philosophy in Seattle schools and mentoring undergraduate students involved in the "Philosophers in the Schools" program.
3. Involvement in the High School Ethics Bowl, including helping to organize the event and attendance and involvement at the competition.

Total time commitment is expected to be an average of 5 hours per week for the three quarters of academic year 2014-15. The fall quarter will generally require more time than the winter and spring quarters, especially in the beginning of the school year.

Application Process

The fellowship application process consists of the following:
1. Please submit a one-page statement describing your interest in being involved in the "Philosophers in the Schools" program. Please include complete and current contact information. Experience in philosophy, K-12 teaching or philosophy for children is not required for this fellowship.
2. Each applicant should attach to his or her statement one letter of support from a faculty member in the applicant's department who can speak to the student's suitability for this fellowship.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to by May 15.

2014-15 Fellows

Di'Anna Duran is a first-year graduate student in the College of Education. Her focus is developing the application of Philosophy for Children/Community of Inquiry for "at-risk" youth. She is currently developing supportive field-based literature in order to propose the integration of Philosophy for Children in social outreach programs and alternative education centers for "at-risk" youth. A proud Latina from the Mexican border, Di'Anna's motivation stems from first-hand experience and second-hand accounts highlighting student frustration with the lack of critical, creative, and caring thinking in schools. She hopes that sharing the work of Philosophy for Children will promote social and educational growth in her community and at large.

Janice Moskalik is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is writing a dissertation on interpersonal moral blame. Janice teaches courses at UW on moral theory, contemporary moral problems, philosophy of law, and philosophy of criminal punishment. This is her third year participating in the Center's Philosophers in the Schools Program, teaching philosophy to children in Seattle Public Schools, and mentoring undergraduate student participants in their teaching in Seattle Public School classrooms.

Debi Talukdar is working towards her Ph.D. in the College of Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research focuses on incorporating reflective practices in teacher education. She also teaches an introductory course in early childhood and family studies. Debi has previously worked with children and teachers at schools in India, and with the foster care/residential care system in the UK. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and cooking. This is her first year participating in the Center's Philosophers in the Schools Program.

Questions about the fellowships? Contact Center director Jana Mohr Lone at