Progressive Thoughts

The latest in progressive education thoughts from the PEN community.

Center for Progressive Education—Fall Institute 2018

The Center for Progressive Education at Presidio Hill School presented its Fall Institute 2018 on October 20. Organized around the theme of Reaching and Teaching All Learners and held on the campus of Children’s Day School in San Francisco, the institute brought together progressive educators from around the San Francisco Bay Area for a day of learning and collaboration focussed on working with diverse school populations.

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.”


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