VAPS Conference 2020

COVID-19 Update

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, VAPS has postponed it's biennial conference that was scheduled for July 9 & 10, 2020.

VAPS plans to reschedule the conference and/or host an online conference and professional learning opportunities in its place

Those who have already purchased tickets have been contacted and may hold their ticket over, or be issued with a full refund.

Presenters who have been accepted to present have been contacted will be offered a place to present in our replacement event.



Introducing the VAPS Conference for 2020

We are proud to announce our two keynotes for the conference:

Dr Philip Cam & Professor Thomas Wartenberg

Our focus for this year is on Sharing Best Practice

The conference will focus on best practice for everything that we do, including:

Philosophy for Children

Community of Inquiry

VCE Philosophy

Teacher Training

Curriculum, resources, strategies, assessment, and more!


Keynote Speakers

Our two Keynote Speakers, Professor Thomas Wartenberg & Dr Phillip Cam, have been invited to present at the VAPS Conference not only a result of their decades of experience within the Philosophy in Schools community, but because of their highly accessible and practical publications. Our conference focus is on Sharing Best Practice, and both of our Keynote Speakers have shared much of this best practice in ways that are easy to pick up and use for everyone; from recent inductees into Philosophy in Schools to the most seasoned veterans.

VAPS would like to highlight their work over many years and invite VAPS members to begin thinking about the Best Practice in our field that our two keynotes provide through their through various and extensive publications, even before the conference begins!


Phillip Cam - Teaching Ethic in Schools: A New Way to Approach Moral Education

Thomas Wartenberg - Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children's Literature

Phillip Cam - Twenty Thinking Tools

Thomas Wartenberg - Philosophy in Classrooms and Beyond: New Approaches to Picture-Book Philosophy

Phillip Cam - Philosophy Park: A Beginners Guide to Great Philosophers and their Ideas

Thomas Wartenberg - A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature

Phillip Cam - Thinking Together: Philosophical Inquiry for the Classroom


And an upcoming book that will be released just in time for our conference!

Phillip Cam - Philosophical Inquiry: Combining the Tools of Philosophy with Inquiry-Based Teaching & Learning