Unfortunately, we have decided to suspend the teacher training aspect of the program effective June 2019. We will not be forming a 2019-2021 cohort.
PEL was created as a lab to support mentors and to train teachers within progressive schools in a two-year program. Students, who were typically recent college graduates, spent year one in a cohort of four, working and learning at four different progressive schools. In the second year of the program, students were placed in more full-time positions at one of the four participating schools, and then went on to work in progressive schools across the country. The Board plans to continue to develop other aspects of PEL’s work, including working with other schools to develop mentoring programs for progressive pedagogy.
Graduates of PEL are working at independent schools all over the country. During the 2018-19 school year, PEL became a 501[C]3 and hired a part-time executive director, Mollie Gambone, PhD. While program directors worked closely with Mollie to strengthen connections with colleges and universities, several competing programs for recent college graduates have been founded in the past decade. It became clear that the PEL model was not sustainable, and therefore we decided that it was time to close the program.
Current board members Emily Jones, Putney School; Jane Moulding, The Cambridge School of Weston; Susannah Wolf, The Miquon School (PA) and George Zeleznik, The Crefeld School (PA), have made this decision with heavy hearts but with the knowledge that PEL will resurface in new ways over the coming years.