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The Progressive Ed Summit is a free conference in Baltimore.  There you will find a groundswell of people taking a stand for children.  A stand that sees children (All children!) as capable, creative, loving, powerful, and worthy of the deepest respect.  At the Summit  you will find a grassroots gathering of teachers sharing and learning together – with over 40 workshops to chose from.  You will also find artists and poets, shop owners and philanthropists, politicians, and students – coming together for a day of community.

New this year you will have a choice of 3 Master Classes at the Summit.  Master Classes will be led by three strong leaders in the field of education.  Dr. Susan Engel – our Keynote Speaker – will lead How to Help Children Develop Their Ideas.   Obi Okobi, Principal of City Neighbors Hamilton, will lead Social Justice and Racial Equity in Education.  Dr. Shyla Rao, Graduate Director at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will lead Arts Education as a form of Social Act.    Please join us for this opportunity and connect, learn, and share.


Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Schools

The 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit will take place on Saturday, November 12th with keynote speaker, Dr. Susan Engel, a welcome address by Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises, over 40 workshops from local progressive practitioners, and breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese reception.

We hope you will join us!  REGISTER HERE.

The 6th Annual Progressive Ed Summit is November 12, 8:30 – 3 at City Neighbors in Baltimore.  This is a conference that brings together educators and folks who care about education from diverse backgrounds to learn and grow together.  We offer the Summit for free – a day of learning, good food, a keynote speaker, and a chance to connect with others.  Here are a few good reasons you don’t want to miss the Summit this year:
(Just a few examples, there are over 40 workshops!)
  • Arts Integrated Workshop: Adapting Radio Drama to Grades K-8
  • Using Handwork to BUILD a Growth Mindset
  • How Do I Plan This Stuff?
  • Small Group Instruction in the Middle Grades
  • Accommodating All Learners in the EL Literacy Classroom
  • Using Games to Engage, Enhance and Enrich Math Instruction
  • Leap Off the Cliff: The What, Why and How of Small Group Instruction
  • Drop Everything & Design
  • Teaching Entrepreneurship As a Project Based Class
  • Fostering Independent Exploration and Choice in the Classroom
  • Jumpstart Arts Integration Lessons with Artful Thinking
  • Navigating Complex Text in Differentiated Classrooms: Strategies for Comprehension and Composition
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Have you been to the Summit?  Do you want to add to the list? Please Leave a comment below.
See you at the Summit!
Why come to the Progressive Ed Summit?
Because the revolution won’t happen without you.
As Sir Ken Robinson points out in his book, Creative Schools, a revolution is underway to compel districts and states to give schools the power to transform themselves. He writes, “Although education is now a global issue, it is inevitably a grassroots process. Understanding that is the key to transformation. The world is undergoing revolutionary changes; we need a revolution in education too. Like most revolutions, this one had been brewing for a long time, and in many places it is already well underway. It is not coming from the top down; it is coming, as it must do, from the ground, up. ” (p. Xxvi)
Here’s how to spot the revolution around you. Think of the best schools you know. Who is making decisions? Who is engaged in creating that school? Where is the spark, the inspiration, the love? It’s happening in classrooms, hallways, parking lots, committee meetings and staff meetings. It’s happening in on-the-ground conversations with people who live and work every day with children and families — at the grassroots.
Grassroots transformation is what The Annual Progressive Education Summit is all about.
Each year, we gather at the Summit to exchange ideas, be inspired, make connections, and grow our community. We are like a flash mob, a self-forming community that is represented by folks across many sectors who want to transform themselves and their schools from the ground, up.
This year, we want you to join us. Come share the work you are doing. Come learn what others are working on. Come hear Susan Engle speak on curiosity and children’s ideas. Be part of the revolution!
Already coming to the Summit? Great! Tell folks why in the comment below.



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