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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.

Here we are, deep in the Baltimore summer, and for the first time in 11 years we aren’t doing any major construction at City Neighbors.  Since we first opened we have been adding grades, opening schools, renovating spaces…but not this summer.  We just have the usual touch ups, maintenance, and repairs.  So, what are we doing?  Summer Camp!

Thanks to the vision of our Camp Director, Kate Seidl, and our faculty and staff, this year the very first City Neighbors Children Summer Camp is up and running for the month of July.  With 40 students from 1st through 4th grade our camp is focused on literacy, math, and giving our students a true camp experience.  What is a true camp experience?  To us, that means plenty of targeted reading and writing anchored in amazing experiences like gardening, bike riding, field trips, visiting artists, clay work, songwriting, cooking, games, walking to the library, camping overnight, making friends, laughter, singing, dancing, and the joyful work of summertime.  Pretty much the usual City Neighbors experience – but in the summer.

We look forward to digging in to the data:  our reading levels, vocabulary, and of course, the most difficult to measure – every child being Known, Loved, and Inspired!

Next year we hope to expand our summer camp.  Offer it to more students, more teachers, and let it grow.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!

CN Summer Camp

Kaleb reading to the chickens in the garden.


Camping overnight on campus.

Camping overnight on campus.

Working with our Youthworker!

Working with our Youthworker!

Some fun and clay work by the boys!

Some fun and clay work by the boys!

4 students took off the training wheels with the help of some friends!

4 students took off the training wheels with the help of some friends!

Dear Baltimore,

We will continue highlighting the words and work of our students.  Our students come from all over this great city, and they want you to know who they are, what they think, how they feel, and what they need.

Please read this message from Levar Lewis, CNHS, Class of 2014.  He sees a great city rising from this time.



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