ABOUT US

PHILOSOPHY IN ONTARIO HIGH SCHOOLS – A MAJOR SUCCESS STORY 

In Ontario, more than 28,000 grade 11 and 12 students study philosophy in over 440 schools.

The Ontario Philosophy Teacher’s Association is the official voice of secondary school philosophy teachers in Ontario. As such, OPTA is recognized and accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ontario College of Teachers, and the Curriculum Forum of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.

OPTA is a not-for-profit organization whose purposes are:

  1. to support and promote the study of philosophy in Ontario schools;
  2. to represent members and liaise with the Ministry of Education, the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation in all matters that concern philosophy education in Ontario;
  3. to liaise with any and all provincial, national and international organizations that support and promote the study of philosophy in schools;
  4. to provide regular professional development opportunities for its members;
  5. to provide opportunities for the development and sharing of teaching and learning resources;
  6. to maintain a Web site.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kenneth Peglar, President and Secretary
Retired
kpeglar@rogers.com
info@ontariophilosophy.ca
Dana Wallace, Treasurer
History Department Head
Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School
135 Bristol Road
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 8J9
(905) 836-0021
dana.wallace@yrdsb.ca
Frank Cunningham
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science
Cities Centre
University of Toronto
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2G8
(416) 946-3688
www.citiescentre.utoronto.ca
Joseph Longo
Chair of English & Modern Languages Department
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, DCDSB
1918 Whites Road, Pickering  ON   L1V 1R9
(905) 420-7166 x 6419
Trevor Norris
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario
(905) 688-5550 x 5897
tnorris@brocku.ca
Raymond Unger
Retired
Anne Thompson (née Pringle)
King City Secondary School
2001 King Road
King City, Ontario L7B 1K2
(905) 833-5332
anne.thompson@yrdsb.ca
Craig Dougall
Dunbarton High School
655 Sheppard Avenue
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1G2
(905) 839-1125
Jamie M.A. Smith
Assistant Professor
University of Guelph Humber jamiesmith@guelphhumber.ca