Our unique collaboration brings four very different schools together: two day, two boarding; two city-based, two rurally-based; and upper and elementary school divisions. Each school will provide PEL teaching fellows with exposure to certain kinds of learning and teaching. For example, fellows may learn about project-based learning at Putney, integrated studies at CSW, the city as school at Calhoun, museum collaboration at Unquowa. At the end of the two years, successful PEL fellows will have developed a clear understanding of what it means to teach in a progressive setting and will be assisted in finding teaching placement at one of our schools or at another progressive school.
By training young teachers specifically within a community of progressive educators, we believe we improve the chances that they will succeed and that they remain teachers, both in heart and practice, for years to come. Progressive schools offer ideal environments in which to train skillful teachers. They demand deep subject-matter knowledge, as well as creative child-centered and inquiry-based pedagogy. They also require an enduring understanding of how children learn and develop the ability to connect school to the community, and stamina. Indeed, we are confident that collaborating on a program will strengthen each of our schools and provide a model for others to follow.