Progressive Ed Traditions (PET)

First offered in 2008-09, Progressive Education Traditions (PET) is a six-part evening course for adults and Calhoun's Upper School students. It's aim is to deepen our understanding of the progressive education.

Classes are held in the evening, over the course of six months. Participants are provided with articles to read in preparation for each class session, and are expected to participate in class discussions, complete one small group assignment and one final project for in-class presentation.

Guiding Questions

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • What is known about the way children learn and how can it and does it inform teaching?
  • Who are the partners in a student's educational process?

Possible Class Topics

  • A Lively History of Progressive Education: chalk tablet to iPad tablet
  • Theory into Practice: Realizing the Ideals of Equity, Diversity and Democracy in Schools
  • How We Learn: Brain-Based Research and Educational Implications
  • The Macro: The Landscape of Schooling: Progressive Education Today, in NYC and the U.S.
  • The Micro: What does Progressive Teaching Look Like in the Classroom at all Levels—Lower, Middle and Upper School
  • Project Presentations

For more information, please contact Andrew Hume.

Program Details

2018-19 Dates (Wednesday evenings)

February 27
March 13
April 10
May 1
May 15

Time: 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: Calhoun School, 433 West End Avenue @ 81st Street

Cost: Free, with application

Who can apply? Calhoun Upper School students and the entire adult Calhoun community (employees, parents, Alumni, grandparents, former parents) are invited to apply. NYC educators are also welcome.

(Please note: Due to heavy interest and limited space, application does not guarantee enrollment.)

For More Information

For more information about the PET Course and requirements, please contact Andrew Hume, 212-497-6511.