Teaching for Wisdom 2019-2020
Developing Character in the Classroom

  • Are you interested in education and how kids learn?
  • Have you considered how wisdom is 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 a select group of graduate and undergraduate students grow into wiser persons, educators, and educational leaders. Members selected to the 25-person cohort will take part in seminars, lectures, workshops, and experiential activities that incorporate instruction, application, and reflection. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage an interdisciplinary group of scholars engaged in wisdom research and leading exemplar educators employing strategies for wisdom development in the classroom. The program will focus on:

  • the nature and components of practical wisdom and their contribution to flourishing,
    • epistemic humility
    • perspective-taking and self-awareness
    • self-control and grit
  • strategies for fostering wisdom in the classroom

Selected participants will also work in community-based education or youth development settings and be encouraged to examine how theory meets praxis in myriad ways. Finally, students will complete curriculum-aligned prompts to ponder these concepts and collectively reflect on the challenges to developing practical wisdom and implementing it in the classroom.

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: Oct. 13th, 2019

For any questions, please contact Zack Loveless.

Schedule of Meetings


Keynote Seminar:

  • Speaker: Howard Nusbaum, University of Chicago
  • Title: Wisdom and Teaching
  • Date/Time: Oct. 26th, 2019, 10am-3pm

Lecture/Discussion 1:

  • Speaker: Anne Henly, University of Chicago
  • Title: All the Knowledge We Cannot Know… and Why it is Critical to Teaching
  • Date/Time: Nov. 13th, 2019


Lecture/Discussion 2:

  • Speaker: Candace Vogler
  • Title: Learning to be Good
  • Date/Time: Jan. 14th, 2019

Lecture/Discussion 3:

  • Speaker: Valerie Tiberius, University of Minnesota
  • Title: Wisdom, Perspective, and Well-Being
  • Date/Time: Jan 29th, 2019

Lecture/Discussion 4:

  • Speaker: David Johnson, University of Chicago
  • Title: Teaching for Wisdom: The Role of Context, Choice, and Intentionality in Development
  • Date/Time: Feb. 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm


Lecture/Discussion 5:

  • Speaker: Kay Fujiyoshi, University of Chicago
  • Title: Wisdom and Authenticity
  • Date: April 7th, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Keynote Seminar:

  • Speaker: Ted Richards, Chicago Wisdom Project
  • Title: Educating for Wisdom: Meaning, Space, and Process
  • Date/Time: April 25th, 2019

Closing Workshop

  • Leaders: Andy Tousignant, Zack Loveless
  • Date/Time: May 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm