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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.

Students at City Neighbors in a thoughtful moment, working together.

Students at City Neighbors in a thoughtful moment, working together.

Save the Date!  January 26, the 3rd Annual Progressive Education Summit is coming our way.  Every year at the Summit, educators and community gather  to attend workshops, hear a great keynote speaker, and eat some good food together. At the Summit we learn from eachother about progressive education for Baltimore City students.

This year our keynote speaker is Alfie Kohn.  Education reformer and author, Alfie is known for his commitment to progressive practices. But what do we mean when we say “progressive?”    With eight more weeks until the Summit, I decided to do the countdown using a description of values from the writings of our keynote speaker, Alfie Kohn: Progressive Education, Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find (published in INDEPENDENT SCHOOL, Spring 2008).

So, here goes.  As you read, think about whether these values feel true to you, in your experience.  And then, try and imagine schools that believe in these values.

The 8 Values of Progressive Education:  What it IS
Value #8 – Attending the Whole Child

#8.  Attending to the whole child: Progressive educators are concerned with helping children become not only good learners but also good people. Schooling isn’t seen as being about just academics, nor is intellectual growth limited to verbal and mathematical proficiencies.

Have you ever been in a school that works in this way?  Do you think it may be difficult?  Why is this value important for a school?   Please leave a comment below.  I am interested in your thoughts.


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