Author: Theresa Collins

How To Get Early Childhood Education Right

Hey U.S. policy makers–Better get your heads out of the sand! You’ve been going down the wrong road for a long time and you need to start over. The evidence is overwhelming:  early childhood education can make a lasting difference in children’s lives and bring enormous benefits to society. But only if it’s done right. There’s a great model to show us the way and it’s right next door!

“Backpack Full of Cash” @PEN2017

“Backpack Full of Cash traces the push for privatization and market- based reform, exploring the impact on primarily low income children of color, their families and communities.”


As progressive educators, we are in a moment where we must advocate for our students by advocating for policy that will protect them.

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Supporting Responsive Pedagogy

“…nothing could be more responsive than answering the student call for more conversation, more preparation, more learning around the history of and issues surrounding race, privilege, and  justice in this nation.”

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A Message to Colleagues

“Progressive education cannot be static; it must be ever searching, ever experimenting, ever moving onto higher ideals and more complete realization of them.” – Eugene Randolph Smith

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PEN’s New Look!

Notice anything different? After months of conversations, design, and revisions, we are excited to introduce you to PEN’s new look & feel!

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Progressive Education & Racial Justice

One hundred years ago, John Dewey described the pages of Democracy and Education as “an endeavor to detect and state the ideas implied in a democratic society and to apply these ideas to the problems of the enterprise of education.” One hundred years later, we continue to explore and to map the intersections of education and democracy in our classrooms, our schools, and our communities — promoting a vision of progressive education for the 21st century that advances diversity, equity, and justice in our schools and our society, and engages students as active participants in both those spheres.

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The “Why” of Learning

Watch how these elementary students from Pennycook Elementary School in Oakland California experience the wonder and majesty of the Muir Woods National Park.