Progressive Education Traditions (PET)

“I loved the class and I would take it again. It provided a lot of context for what has been happening in the educational world over the past few decades. I found the readings fascinating, and felt everyone in the room had a lot to bring to the conversation--even non-teachers, since we all have our own educational memories. It was really eye-opening in terms of what works and what does not work in the classroom.“ —Jessica Dudley, member of PET Cohort 5

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

2017-18 Dates
(Thursday evenings)
December 7
January 11
February 8
March 1
April 12
May 3

Time: 6:30-9:00 pm

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

Cost: Free, with application (note that due to heavy interest and limited space, application does not guarantee enrollment)

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. Space, however, is limited.

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

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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