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Dialogue, Not Debate. New Approaches and Resources to Support Ethics Education

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Dialogue, Not Debate. New Approaches and Resources to Support Ethics Education

Presented by Dr. Andrew Cullison, Director, The Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University; Kristina Kirtley, Senior Producer, Kids’ Media and Education, The WNET Group; Dr. Evelyn Hanna, STEM Innovation Chair, Computer Science and Engineering Chair, Mathematics Chair, Kent Place School (NJ); and Ashley Ganesh, Student at Brown University and Former Chair of the WNET Youth Collective Advisory Board

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Talking about hot-button issues in the classroom doesn’t have to be scary. This edWebinar focuses on ways ethics education can help students develop important life skills so they have the tools to identify multiple perspectives, decide what to think or do about an issue, and engage in thoughtful dialogue, especially with those who hold ideas different than their own.

Dr. Andrew Cullison, Director of the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, shares his experiences, strategies, and approaches to ethics education, and engage in a panel discussion with a classroom teacher and student. Kristina Kirtley, WNET Group Senior Producer for Kids’ Media and Education, introduces educators to Youth Collective, the WNET Group’s Generation Z media and education initiative that works to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world, and their collection of resources for educators on PBS LearningMedia. You’ll discover new ideas, new resources, and new ways to engage your students in ethics learning starting now!

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, counselors, SEL coordinators, and parent engagement coordinators.


Dr. Andrew CullisonAbout the Presenters

Dr. Andrew Cullison received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2006. Most of his scholarly work focuses on questions about how we can have moral knowledge. He defends the view that we can have moral knowledge, as well as the view that we sometimes know moral facts based on perception. His current research interests include moral epistemology, ethics of comedy, ethics of management, and ethics and technology. Dr. Cullison has over 15 peer-reviewed publications including pieces in Philosophical Studies; Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy; American Philosophical Quarterly; Pacific Philosophical Quarterly; Ratio, Faith and Philosophy; Religious Studies; European Journal of Philosophy; and two volumes edited by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor of the Continuum Companion to Epistemology. A DePauw alumnus, Dr. Cullison graduated in 2001 with a double major in philosophy and English (creative writing). He has worked with The WNET Group to develop resources for the Youth Collective.


Kristina KirtleyKristina Kirtley is a senior producer in Kids’ Media and Education at WNET New York Public Media, New York’s flagship PBS station. She creates education resources for PBS LearningMedia and manages outreach to support WNET productions like Mission US, American Masters, and Films BYkids. She also leads WNET’s Youth Collective, a youth media and engagement initiative that aims to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world. Previously, Kristina worked for eight years as a project manager at International Cinema Education, an NGO at the United Nations that uses film to teach students about global issues, and she also taught high school English for five years in the Bronx as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Kristina holds a BA in English from Stanford University and MA in education from City College.


Dr. Evelyn HannaDr. Evelyn Hanna is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her doctorate in mathematics education and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Dr. Hanna’s research and teaching explore the intersection of STEM content knowledge, affect, and identity with the goal of ensuring excellence and equity in STEM. Prior to joining Kent Place School in 2018, Dr. Hanna worked at Princeton University and Rutgers School of Engineering to advance in- and out-of-classroom STEM opportunities for all students. She has received over $3M in support of her work from the National Science Foundation and other non-profit organizations. Dr. Hanna is the author of peer-reviewed papers and a book, Teacher Discourse Community: What it Reveals about Knowledge of Teaching Mathematics. At Kent Place School, she teaches Upper School computer science, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in exploring STEM in interesting contexts. She also serves as the chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science & Engineering Departments and the STEM Innovation program.


Ashley GaneshAshley Ganesh is a first-year student attending Brown University pursuing a B.A. in economics and the former chair of the WNET Youth Collective Advisory Board. As the chair, she helped plan advisory board meetings and collaborated with fellow youth advisors to organize the “Youth Ethics Table: From Passion to Action” summit held in April 2021. Previously, Ashley has also been involved in various organizations including her high school’s mock trial team and the Nassau County Peer Diversion Court. She is currently the co-first year liaison for the Brown Women’s Pre-Law Association and hopes to pursue a career in the legal field after her undergraduate studies. Ashley will share her experiences with the WNET Youth Collective initiative.


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The WNET GroupThe WNET Group’s award-winning Kids’ Media and Education Team produces the PBS KIDS series, Cyberchase, interactive Mission US history games, and resources for families, teachers and caregivers. A leading public media producer for nearly 60 years, The WNET Group presents and distributes content that fosters lifelong learning, including multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty, jobs, economic opportunity, social justice, understanding and the environment.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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