The New Progressivism is Here!

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Published on October 9, 2009

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Presentation on one view of the evolution of progressive education in the 21st century, originally made for the Progressive Education Network national conference in October 2009.

The New Progressivism …is here! Peter Gow Beaver Country Day School PEN 2009

“ What is Progressive Education ?” A question that baffles the general public A question that challenges educators to explain themselves and what they do A “whipping boy” of an idea that has complicated our lives with distractions and red herrings for a century Target of choice for Hirsch, Ravitch, Finn, and more (especially when we let them define us) A question some of us are tired of answering

A question that baffles the general public

A question that challenges educators to explain themselves and what they do

A “whipping boy” of an idea that has complicated our lives with distractions and red herrings for a century

Target of choice for Hirsch, Ravitch, Finn, and more (especially when we let them define us)

A question some of us are tired of answering

Assault on Progressive Education “ Permissive” education “ Content-free” education “ Alternative” education Founding Father John Dewey, condemned as Atheist Socialist Elitist conspirator “ One-worlder” (And our work is often damned in the same terms) ‏

“ Permissive” education

“ Content-free” education

“ Alternative” education

Founding Father John Dewey, condemned as

Atheist

Socialist

Elitist conspirator

“ One-worlder”

(And our work is often damned in the same terms) ‏

Why a “New Progressivism”? To acknowledge the evolution of the paradigm To focus on the positive aspects of current best practice To acknowledge the adoption of new ideas and practices in many schools--independent, charter, pilot, some public To position progressive education positively for a new century To acknowledge continuities and clarify distinguishing characteristics

To acknowledge the evolution of the paradigm

To focus on the positive aspects of current best practice

To acknowledge the adoption of new ideas and practices in many schools--independent, charter, pilot, some public

To position progressive education positively for a new century

To acknowledge continuities and clarify distinguishing characteristics

The New Progressivism Not fundamentally ideological or political but politically progressive in its essence Grows out of the “child-centered,” “experiential,” and “democratic” traditions of old Progressive thinking Incorporates new understandings of child development, cognition, and Constructivist learning theory Universalizes “Old Progressive” belief in the potential of each child through new models of intelligence, cultural identity, and pedagogical practice

Not fundamentally ideological or political but politically progressive in its essence

Grows out of the “child-centered,” “experiential,” and “democratic” traditions of old Progressive thinking

Incorporates new understandings of child development, cognition, and Constructivist learning theory

Universalizes “Old Progressive” belief in the potential of each child through new models of intelligence, cultural identity, and pedagogical practice

What’s been happening? New understandings of human and child development New understandings of brain function and cognition New ideas about the nature of intelligence New ideas about “learning style” Social/political evolution: civil rights, environmental awareness, global awareness

New understandings of human and child development

New understandings of brain function and cognition

New ideas about the nature of intelligence

New ideas about “learning style”

Social/political evolution: civil rights, environmental awareness, global awareness

New Ideas about Development Cognitive, social, moral, and racial identity development: Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Bronfenbrenner, Cross, Parham, Helms New answers to questions like When are children ready to learn? How does language development relate to other kinds of development? When can children internalize particular kinds of intellectual and moral concepts? How do social, cultural, and racial contexts and factors affect child development? How can curriculum best engage and serve many kinds of learners at different developmental levels?

Cognitive, social, moral, and racial identity development: Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Bronfenbrenner, Cross, Parham, Helms

New answers to questions like

When are children ready to learn?

How does language development relate to other kinds of development?

When can children internalize particular kinds of intellectual and moral concepts?

How do social, cultural, and racial contexts and factors affect child development?

How can curriculum best engage and serve many kinds of learners at different developmental levels?

New Ideas about Intelligence Intelligence and learning theory: Bruner, Gardner, Sternberg, Ritchhart Intelligence: multiple, triarchic, dispositional (and does it matter, except insofar as models help us design effective learning experiences?) New answers to questions like What does it mean to be “smart”? What role do interest and experience play in intelligence? Are learning differences and “learning disabilities” expressions of neuropathy or neurodiversity?

Intelligence and learning theory: Bruner, Gardner, Sternberg, Ritchhart

Intelligence: multiple, triarchic, dispositional (and does it matter, except insofar as models help us design effective learning experiences?)

New answers to questions like

What does it mean to be “smart”?

What role do interest and experience play in intelligence?

Are learning differences and “learning disabilities” expressions of neuropathy or neurodiversity?

Principles of Progressive Education (Smith et al. for PEA, 1924) ‏ Freedom to develop naturally Interest, the motive of all work The teacher a guide, not a taskmaster Scientific study of pupil development Greater attention to all that affects the child's physical development Cooperation between school and home to meet the needs of child life The progressive school a leader in educational movements

Freedom to develop naturally

Interest, the motive of all work

The teacher a guide, not a taskmaster

Scientific study of pupil development

Greater attention to all that affects the child's physical development

Cooperation between school and home to meet the needs of child life

The progressive school a leader in educational movements

Hallmarks of the New Progressivism Thematic, cross-disciplinary, understanding-based curriculum Assessment-driven instruction Real-world problem-solving to engage students Emphasis on the creative self Exploration of character and values in authentic social contexts Technology as a powerful tool, but not an end A culture of professional reflection and growth

Thematic, cross-disciplinary, understanding-based curriculum

Assessment-driven instruction

Real-world problem-solving to engage students

Emphasis on the creative self

Exploration of character and values in authentic social contexts

Technology as a powerful tool, but not an end

A culture of professional reflection and growth

Some Key Differences New Progressives skeptical of psychometrics: DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION, not differential diagnosis New Progressives believe that ALL children can meet high standards New Progressives acknowledge and celebrate cultural difference New Progressives emphasize outcome-based curriculum design

New Progressives skeptical of psychometrics: DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION, not differential diagnosis

New Progressives believe that ALL children can meet high standards

New Progressives acknowledge and celebrate cultural difference

New Progressives emphasize outcome-based curriculum design

Some Key Continuities Interesting and engaging students remains the key to success Experience and thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum are central to learning The “teacher as guide” role The teacher-observer role focuses on detailed understanding of individual differences Focus on the development of the whole child as an individual free from unnecessary constraints

Interesting and engaging students remains the key to success

Experience and thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum are central to learning

The “teacher as guide” role

The teacher-observer role focuses on detailed understanding of individual differences

Focus on the development of the whole child as an individual free from unnecessary constraints

Understanding-Based Curriculum Incorporates work like that of Bruner, Gardner, Wiggins & McTighe, and others in curriculum (“backwards design”) ‏ Constructivist to its core Acknowledges new findings in cognitive science Builds understanding around powerful questions and experiences, active inquiry Teaching for Understanding; Understanding by Design

Incorporates work like that of Bruner, Gardner, Wiggins & McTighe, and others in curriculum (“backwards design”) ‏

Constructivist to its core

Acknowledges new findings in cognitive science

Builds understanding around powerful questions and experiences, active inquiry

Teaching for Understanding; Understanding by Design

Assessment-Driven Instruction Makes standards explicit, offers tools for improving performance Uses explicit instruction-assessment-feedback loop to build student understanding and capacity Multiple modes of assessment to build multi-dimensional picture of individual student performance and understanding

Makes standards explicit, offers tools for improving performance

Uses explicit instruction-assessment-feedback loop to build student understanding and capacity

Multiple modes of assessment to build multi-dimensional picture of individual student performance and understanding

Real-world problem solving Challenges students with multiple perspectives “ Authentic assessment” using real problems Project- and problem-based learning methodologies to engage student interest Assessment for audiences beyond the teacher or classroom Embraces ambiguity and open-endedness Permits and elevates themes of globalization, environmental awareness

Challenges students with multiple perspectives

“ Authentic assessment” using real problems

Project- and problem-based learning methodologies to engage student interest

Assessment for audiences beyond the teacher or classroom

Embraces ambiguity and open-endedness

Permits and elevates themes of globalization, environmental awareness

Emphasis on the Creative Self The arts as a catalyst to analytical and critical thinking Values design and story as modes of communication and analysis Problem-solving that rewards innovation and flexibility of mind Builds on the public and collaborative nature of creative activity

The arts as a catalyst to analytical and critical thinking

Values design and story as modes of communication and analysis

Problem-solving that rewards innovation and flexibility of mind

Builds on the public and collaborative nature of creative activity

Character and Values in Authentic Social Contexts Student participation in school decision-making, governance Schools as diverse, collaborative learning environments Importance of living, working, and creating across boundaries: race, gender identity and expression, culture, religion, age, ability Service, service learning, social justice, and cross-cultural experiences built into learning Equity pedagogy acknowledges difference and works to give all students equal chance at success

Student participation in school decision-making, governance

Schools as diverse, collaborative learning environments

Importance of living, working, and creating across boundaries: race, gender identity and expression, culture, religion, age, ability

Service, service learning, social justice, and cross-cultural experiences built into learning

Equity pedagogy acknowledges difference and works to give all students equal chance at success

Technology as a Powerful Tool “ 21st-century learning” integrates emerging and established technologies with proven methods Promotes collaboration, communication, creativity, and in-depth research Expands the boundaries of the classroom to support authentic learning and expand social contexts Acknowledges limits of technology in creating human-scale learning environments and solutions to issues of social justice

“ 21st-century learning” integrates emerging and established technologies with proven methods

Promotes collaboration, communication, creativity, and in-depth research

Expands the boundaries of the classroom to support authentic learning and expand social contexts

Acknowledges limits of technology in creating human-scale learning environments and solutions to issues of social justice

A Culture of Professional Reflection and Growth Teaching as a profession with established standards and expectations Acknowledges ongoing research and improvements in practice; idea-driven Promotes and rewards professional collaboration and creativity Technology promotes establishment of professional learning networks, sharing of best practices (Contributions of Coalition, Ted Sizer)

Teaching as a profession with established standards and expectations

Acknowledges ongoing research and improvements in practice; idea-driven

Promotes and rewards professional collaboration and creativity

Technology promotes establishment of professional learning networks, sharing of best practices

(Contributions of Coalition, Ted Sizer)

A Little Survey NP themes in PEN workshops: Curriculum & Assessment 28 Diversity, equity, civic engagement 20 Social and cognitive development, in context 18 Reflection on professional culture and practice 16 Arts, creativity 8 Technology 4

NP themes in PEN workshops:

Curriculum & Assessment 28

Diversity, equity, civic engagement 20

Social and cognitive development, in context 18

Reflection on professional culture and practice 16

Arts, creativity 8

Technology 4

NAIS “Alive & Well” Schools Anecdotal research from summer 2009 “ Thriving” schools in challenging contexts Common themes Curriculum development on New Progressive themes Values-driven initiatives around civic engagement Intentional development of reflective and growth-oriented professional culture

Anecdotal research from summer 2009

“ Thriving” schools in challenging contexts

Common themes

Curriculum development on New Progressive themes

Values-driven initiatives around civic engagement

Intentional development of reflective and growth-oriented professional culture

Here and there… Charter and pilot schools prime exemplars of New Progressive ideals and practice; walking the walk of democracy and inclusivity A few brave public schools bucking the trend of retreating to the safety of progress as measured only by standardized tests But still, small voices examples can be found almost everywhere, in every school Probably erroneous to declare victory, but the New Progressivism is here

Charter and pilot schools prime exemplars of New Progressive ideals and practice; walking the walk of democracy and inclusivity

A few brave public schools bucking the trend of retreating to the safety of progress as measured only by standardized tests

But still, small voices examples can be found almost everywhere, in every school

Probably erroneous to declare victory, but the New Progressivism is here

Your thoughts? Peter Gow [email_address] www.newprogressivism.org

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