Progressive Thoughts

The latest in progressive education thoughts from the PEN community.

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!

SF Bay Area Winter Institute 2018

Progressive Educators from around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area gathered on January 20 for a Winter Institute, inspired by last fall’s National PEN Conference theme of Amplifying Student Voices.  Educators from partner schools throughout the region presented a diverse set of workshops, focusing on a wide swath of the curriculum and varied grade levels. Our collaborative efforts continue to grow!

“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.”

#DefendDACA

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.”