In the summer of 2009, during an inspirational progressive education symposium at The Putney School, four independent school leaders asked the big questions: “What if?” and “Why Not?” And the Progressive Education Lab was born. Through a generous leadership grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, PEL became a reality.
What brought these four schools together is their collective belief in the power of progressive education and its deep connection to what is necessary in education today:
Placing students, not curriculum, at the heart of schools.
Focusing on critical thinking to empower creative problem-solving.
Realizing the importance of social justice and educating for participation in the democratic process.