There is no Pro in progressive education.
There are professionals.
There is progress.
There is proactive thought and actions.
There is product and most importantly process.
There is provocation.
But, there is no pro in progressive education.
There is not one person, not one teacher, not one advocate that can say they have mastered the implementation of progressive education.
Pro implies that one has perfected the task at hand. Perfecting progressive education is impossible; it is ever-changing and based on the moment of each child and classroom community. There will be moments as educators that we just get it wrong.
This blog is dedicated to the journey of finding ways of getting it right. I am not a pro. I am in the process- I have the privilege of being an educator for a(n amazing) progressive nature based preschool program (just a hint of bias, but a heap of sincerity). I believe we learn through experience and sharing our experiences. Here you will find the things I have come to know about early childhood and the world of progressive education.
– Jeanne, Teacher at ALPOE
Jeanne is an early childhood educator for a progressive nature preschool in California. She is a Western NY native. She believes PLAY is a child’s work and learning platform. When she is not submerged in her passion of teaching she is connecting with family and loved ones (including her adorable chocolate lab).
Credentials: Educational Leadership Masters Extension Certificate from Pacific Oaks College, Masters in Reading and Literacy from Walden University, B.S. in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia
Teaching Experience: Toddlers, Preschool/Pre-K, Head Start, K, 2nd, and Youth Soccer Coach.
Advocacy Work: CCAEYC (affiliate of NYSAEYC & NAEYC), Learning through Play, Nature and Outdoor Play