Why Ethics? Why Dewey?

Because our best hope of creating a more just and compassionate world lies in teaching our children lifelong habits of rigorous and open-minded ethical inquiry.

The Ethics in Education Network embraces a secular, progressive, and pragmatic approach to education based on the work of John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer.

While traditional character education focuses on the individual, ethics is always about interaction – interpersonal relationships or community, national, or global issues. Deweyan ethics emphasizes an ongoing process of speculation about the consequences of each possible action over others in light of social changes and scientific discoveries.

EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, SCHOLARS…Whether you’re here to begin learning about ethics in education, you’re ready right now to add an ethics component to your curriculum, or you’ve come to converse with colleagues, you’ve come to the right place.

Spring 2018 Workshops

Our two Spring Workshops on Trauma featured Lauren Graham of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In Understanding Trauma, we discussed early childhood experiences of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse and loss of a parent, significantly impact children’s development. We looked at ways to identify children who have experienced trauma and to help them to thrive academically, socially. and emotionally.


Then, in Self-Care, we learned some skills to combat secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout, and began to develop a self-care plans. The workshop included self-inventory, video, experientials and group discussion.

Self Care Inventory

My Personal Self Care Plan Handout

Fall 2017 Symposium Highlights


04:00 Abena Koomsen-Davis

25:00 Paula Rogovin

01:03 Amy Halpern-Laff

1:08:40 Lev Moscow

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Critical Care, Cultural Humility and the Reflective Practitioner

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By Anthony De Jesús

As a social work educator trained as an education researcher, my understanding of the work of practitioners in schools and other community settings is informed by a number of conceptual frameworks. My […]

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Holistic College and Career Advisement

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By Silvia Canales

I have worked in college and career counseling at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem since 2001; during the past five years I have formalized the program and spent most of my time on […]

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All Students Deserve an Education in the Arts

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By Adán Vásquez

How do we, as educators and active participants in society, ensure that all children, not just those parents have money for elite schools, receive music and art education? How did music and other […]

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The Devastating Impacts of Homelessness on Learning

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

By Blanca Battino

In 2015-2016, one in every 10 children was homeless, up six percent from the year before. That’s more than 111,500 New York City schoolchildren and, as The New York Times pointed out, “enough to […]

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Events and Opportunities

Summer 2018. Since 2009, Youth Empowered Action Camp has been running life-changing, ridiculously fun and inspiring camps across the country for progressive teens who want to do something about the problems they see in our world. Information

August 2018. Costa Rica. “The Delicate Connection of People and the Biology of the Rainforest: Implication for Curriculum (Grades 2-8)” combines the teaching of tropical cloud-forest ecology and the anthropology of the local community. Offered by Bank Street College of Education. Credits available. Information

Ongoing. New York Area. Factory Farming Awareness Coalition offers free presentations for classes, assemblies, and staff meetings on the social and environmental impact of factory farming. Schedule a presentation.

January 25-27, 2018. The National Institute of PEN, a subsidiary of the national organization of the Progressive Education Network, is holding a six-day, two part workshop to learn about Progressive Education. Register here.

If you’re planning an event that might be of interest to our Network, please let us know. events@ethicsineducationnetwork.org