Long Island Progressive Education Alliance

Find Meaning In Learning

The term progressive education is used to represent a movement that began during the late 19th century in response to the narrowness of formalized, traditional education. Progressive education aspires to meet every student as an individual and engage both intellectual as well as social intelligence. Creative and manual arts gained importance in the curriculum and children were encouraged towards experiential learning and independent, critical thinking. Progressive education established environments where civics and democracy were embedded into school life reflecting the larger society. Progressive educators pointed out the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, multiple intelligences, cooperative and collaborative learning and what has become known as a “child-centered’ approach to teaching.

The Children’s Sangha programs and consulting services offered under our Long Island Progressive Education Alliance have been created to help restore the value and vision of progressive education and advocate for a more balanced presence of these concepts and practices in our schools today. It is important to realize that “Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” (John Dewey)

Through our Long Island Progressive Education Alliance, comprised of parents, educators, administrators, clinicians and other professionals, we strive to assist in returning meaning to learning. Our learning community invites parents and schools to partner in creating environments where experiences can holistically develop the different abilities of our youth. In offering training and support to adults, we widen the circle of potential benefiting our community as a whole.

Visit our Resources page for information about our IMAGINE Campaign! The Long Island Progressive Education Alliance launched this education advocacy initiative during the 2015-2016 school year and will continue to build upon it in the coming year and beyond with our local and NYS partners. We have collaborated with Facebook group Multiple Pathways to a Diploma for ALL Facebook Page and are an ally of NYS Allies for Public Education working on education issues that impact ALL kids. Learn more and get involved! We look forward to community participation!

“The end and aim of all education is the development of character.” —Francis W. Parker