Please contact AME President Wolfgang Althof, if you would like to contribute to AME initiatives.
TRAVELING WORKSHOPS FOR GLOBAL CHANGE & SOCIAL JUSTICE:
There are workshops to promote moral education on contemporary topics for social change. AME envisions a set number of one-day workshops developed by members, and then offered on its web site for delivery on site around the world. These workshops would be given by AME members on topics like How to Teach about Corruption, Moral Identity Development, Integrating Theatre into Moral Education to Bring Students of Various Ethnicities together, Anti-Racism Education, Teaching to Build Character, and Anti-Bullying Education. These evidence-based workshops would be developed in such a way as to be deliverable to school systems and NGOs rather than as academic talks. Schools and agencies around the world would apply to receive a workshop and AME would selectively support the travel expenses and lecture costs of the member. We would hope to support 3-5 of these a year and the presenter would travel on behalf of AME to support moral education around the world with a focus on helping individuals to jump start programs that will be useful in their context.
PRIMING GOOD WORK INITIATIVE:
To complement its existing Good Work Award, AME would like to further encourage outstanding examples of moral educational practice. To do so it envisages a good work pump priming grant to broaden the impact of those who foster links between moral theory and educational practice. This grant will be awarded annually on application to an individual or team to enable the implementation or expansion of an existing project. These novel practices should aim to improve the moral quality of person and society, for instance, by increasing liberty, opportunity, equality, safety, fairness or mutual respect and concern. The practice should serve as an exemplar to others, be of significant interest to moral educators in other circumstances, meet high academic standards and include a research or evaluation component. It is envisaged that two good work pump priming grants be awarded each year.
TEACHERS TEACHING THE GOOD: Evidence-Based Resources:
Funding for the web-based project would enable the AME to provide resources through web links to moral development programming, materials, and resources of value to teachers and practioners. This portion of our web site, would be open to the public and disseminate evidence based theory and practice that contributes to the moral development, and education of children and youths. The creation of pages on which to collate links, entry of links, checking link functionality, and updating and adding links, to include regular outreach to AME members for references to links, will entail original set-up of 50 hours and an ongoing 2½ hours a month, the work to be performed by the AME webmaster. The research to set up the information on the site would necessitate a consultant position filled by a researcher familiar with the field.
GLOBAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION PROJECTS:
These are multi-country research collaborations through start up grants for moral education scholars.
The annual conference of the AME encourages rich inter-disciplinary and cross national dialogue. In order to allow these collaborations to flourish and develop into scholarly outcomes, AME envisages a fund to enable these research collaborations to begin and continue thus contributing towards comparative perspectives on common problems in moral education. Particular emphasis will be paced on learning across the Global North-South divide. It is envisaged that start-up and planning grants be offered, on application, to groups of three or more scholars working across national borders. Grants may be used for pilot studies, planning meetings and large-scale proposal preparation. Results of these collaborations will be showcased at the AME annual meeting and disseminated in top class international journals. Two grants a year each are envisaged for groups of three or more researchers.
TRANS-NATIONAL MENTORING PROJECT:
To ensure a new generation of moral education scholars and to provide grounding for these scholars in the historical growth of moral education and its contemporary issues, an annual mentoring program has begun. Mentoring includes partnering new and more experienced scholars in the field, and an introductory meeting at each annual meeting. To extend this program, we plan to hold an intensive preconference colloquium for new scholars focusing on the principles and approaches to moral education, and to set in place ongoing mentoring assistance to help new scholars gain practical experience, develop academic expertise and fast track publishing and research disseminating to scholars and practitioners. We aim to support ten new scholars (with at least half from the developing world) each year.