A multi-day, two part workshop to learn about Progressive Education and enhance your practice as a progressive educator, within a cohort context (a lasting community of supportive, inspired colleagues).
Develop powerful relationships with progressive educators from across the country
Strengthen knowledge of Progressive Education (history, pedagogy, ideals, and assessment)
Immerse in progressive school settings during both segments
Enhance progressive practices at their schools, and contribute to the mission of progressive education at large
“I have gone to many wonderful conferences and workshops over the years, but none have inspired me to take so much action as NIPEN. Because of our work together, I have been trying to take risks, and have done so in some big ways (that feel big to me at least!) over the last year.”
“NIPEN is a game changer. These are my people!”
“I’m forever grateful for my time spent at the PEN Institute which is still helping to drive the work that I do.”
“I went back to my school to push for more progressive ed.”
“NIPEN helped me understand that Progressive Education has a history bigger than best practices.”
“I realized at NIPEN that I don’t want to start a revolution. I’m part of a revolution.”
“Where I was before NIPEN to where I am after is enormous. It started with me thinking ‘I have a voice,’ and ended with me thinking ‘I’m ready to put it out there.'”
“I’m so incredibly grateful for PEN and NIPEN.”
The National Institute of PEN, a workshop series offered by the national organization of the Progressive Education Network. It is a 6- day, small group (maximum 24 participants), progressive learning experience.
NiPEN was created as an answer to the question, “Where can I go to learn more about Progressive Education?”
1. Increase participants’ knowledge about progressive education (historical context, ideals, and pedagogy), and
2. Embolden participants to be able to contribute to the mission of Progressive Education in their school setting and at-large.
NIPEN is a 6-day experience, divided into two 3-day segments. The two segments are separated by about 3 months to allow each participant to begin to implement his/her action plan, with the support of their “triad” (a 3-person study support group).
The two segments are held in two different schools (in different cities). For example, NIPEN 4.0 was held at High Meadows School (Roswell, GA) and at Open World Learning Community (St. Paul, MN)
…want to learn more about Progressive Education (historical context, ideals, & pedagogy)
…want to serve as a Progressive Education leader in your school
…are needing a dose of inspiration
…want to increase your students’ connection to social justice & democratic ideals
…relish the idea of having the support of like-minded colleagues & friends from across the country
…like the idea of learning and playing together
…want to make a difference to your students, your colleagues, your school, and education at-large through a Progressive Education message & action plan
…want Progressive Education to gain in strength and numbers across the country