Teaching for Wisdom
Developing Character in the Classroom

  • Are you interested in helping kids and adolescents develop as whole persons and not merely intellectually?
  • Have you considered how wisdom can be taught in schools and its implications for human flourishing?
  • Do you want to know more about the key elements of practical wisdom and how they can be applied to your life?

Teaching for Wisdom (TFW) is a yearlong, certificate-granting program that aims to help UC students become wiser persons, educators, and educational leaders by incorporating findings from the science of wisdom into educational practice. Members of the cohort will take part in seminars that target the recognition and development of strengths essential for wisdom’s exercise—including epistemic humility, perspective taking, and navigating complexity. They will participate in workshops with an experienced educator they will discuss and conceptualize practices that encourage wisdom’s development in various educational contexts. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to directly engage leading wisdom scholars and exemplar educators outside typical university course settings.

If want to join an exclusive cohort of curious students interested in discussing how wisdom and character development can influence your personal trajectory and the lives of kids, apply today!

*This program was developed in collaboration with UChicago Careers in Education Professions.

Application Info:

  • Criteria: All University of Chicago students are eligible to apply.
  • Application: To apply, please complete the form here.
  • Deadline: Extended to Oct. 13th, 2020.

For any questions, please contact Zack Loveless, zloveless at hydeparkinstitute.org.

Schedule of Meetings


Keynote Seminar:

  • Speaker: Howard Nusbaum, University of Chicago
  • Date/Time: Oct. 24th, 2020, 10am-1:30pm

Lecture/Discussion 1:

  • Speaker: Candace Vogler, University of Chicago
  • Date/Time: Nov. 10th, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Workshop 1:

  • Leader: Mary Beth Mersch
  • Date/Time: TBA


Lecture/Discussion 2:

  • Speaker: Anne Henly, University of Chicago
  • Date/Time: Jan. 11th, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Workshop 2:

  • Leader: Mary Beth Mersch
  • Date/Time: TBA

Lecture/Discussion 3:

Workshop 3:

  • Leader: Mary Beth Mersch
  • Date/Time: TBA


Lecture/Discussion 4:

  • Speaker: Kay Fujiyoshi, University of Chicago
  • Date: March 29th, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Workshop 4:

  • Leader: Mary Beth Mersch
  • Date/Time: TBA

Lecture/Discussion 5:

  • Speaker: Karen Bohlin, Montrose School
  • April 21st, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Keynote Seminar:

  • Speaker: David Johnson, University of Chicago
  • Date/Time: May 8th, 10am-1:30pm

Closing Workshop

  • Leaders: Zack Loveless, Mary Beth Mersch
  • Date/Time: TBA