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Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Progressive Education Summit on Saturday, January 27th.  The Summit is our annual conference with over 40 workshops, 3 master classes, a delicious lunch, and this year a resource fair and ignite talks.

Why come to the Summit? There are so many reasons! Just to get us started, here are the top three reasons to come to the Summit this year:

Because you are an educator who wants to keep learning. You see children as powerful, capable, and worthy of the deepest respect, and you are determined to continually hone your skills, build your network and create for yourself an environment of learning, growth and well being.

Because you love to hear from inspirational people. Keynote Ron Ritchhart is an important thought leader and you enjoy hearing from people in the field. You will come away with new ideas, new practices, new connections.  You want to be around folks who know how to put theory into practice and believe things like this:

“A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work.”

― Ron Ritchhart, Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools

You know that in the midst of the winter days it will be wonderful to gather at the Summit.  You will be at City Neighbors with hundreds of educators, non profits, parents, students, and more…and feel the warmth of being with so many people who care passionately about teaching and learning. We need each other.

Do you have more reasons you would like to add?  Please add your comments below.

Register Here!

More about the Summit on the City Neighbors Foundation Website.

See you there!

– The City Neighbors Summit Team


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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.

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Today we took a long ride up Belair Road all the way to Rocks State Park. We walked and walked up a long winding pathway, stopping to take a breath here and there, careful not to trip on the roots of the trees, or the big gray and green rocks on the path, and we kept going up and up. Until finally we reached the top. And there was a huge stone overhang – just sticking out of the side of the mountain we were on – and the rocks were piled impossibly high and huge and tilted out over the deep valley. We climbed on top of these rocks and walked out to the furthest edge. And we towered above everything – there was nothing right below us.  And we realized – it wasn’t the vista we came to see. We came to see ourselves in such a glorious and fearless position. The beauty of striving! Of imagining ourselves in such a place…at the Summit!

So, this is our invitation to you, to please come to the 5th Annual Progressive Ed Summit.  Together we will climb, and look closely, and go further, and see what we can imagine together.  We have over 40 workshops and here are just 10 of them to get you excited for the climb:

The Re-Imagining Education Project

Not Just a Binder:   The Teaching Portfolio as Reflective Tool for All Teachers

Why Teacher Voice Matters

Educating for Insurgency. The Role of Young People in Schools Of Poverty

Failure is Success:   Using Improv Theater in the Classroom to Promote Risk-Taking

Taking Ownership:   Giving Young People Ownership of Their Education
Lessons Learned From Dreaming:   Youth Dreamers

Using Essential Questions About Social Issues to Design Electives

Play Is Power:   Play-Based Preschool in a Climate of Educational Emergency

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Cooperative Learning
Service Learning and Curriculum

If Not Now, When?  Afterschool.
Starting Your Classroom Makerspace

Presenters Include:  Howard Fuller, MICA, The Park School, Jay Gillen, Baltimore Improv, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, Sam Chaltain, City Neighbors Hamilton, The Green School, Nancy Shelton (UMBC) and Bess Altwerger (Towson),  City Neighbors Charter School, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, Halley Potter, Kristina Berdan and Youth Dreamer, The Baltimore Curriculum Project, City Neighbors High School, Teacher/Artist Institute, The GreenMount School, Drew Freeman Middle School (PG County), Creative City Charter School, The Working Together Initiative, Digital Harbor Foundation, TIES, Baltimore Green Map/Place, Convergence, The Community Play School, RENEW/BYHIS, Future Makers, and more.

You are invited to the Summit!


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