About PEL

PEL is a two year fellowship (a training year followed by an internship) designed to give young people who wish to become teachers an understanding of the fundamentals of progressive theory while learning from their experiences at four different progressive schools. PEL’s mission is to prepare new teachers to become powerful educators and agents of change in the profession.

The experiential curriculum will be braided with theoretical work in:

  • The social foundations of progressive education

  • Child, adolescent and adult development

  • Brain research, learning styles and adaptive teaching

  • Summative and formative assessment

  • Curriculum and lesson design

Our Program: Working for the greater good of education—bridging theory and practice. 

Our Schools: One Progressive principle, four different experiences. 

Application Process:

We are currently recruiting applicants for our 2019-2021 cohort. No prior education coursework or experience is required.

  • Stage 1: Apply by January 15th, 2019

  • Stage 2: Phone Interviews (February-March, 2019)

  • Stage 3: Fellows are notified of acceptance (April, 2019)

  • Stage 4: Fellowship begins! (August, 2019)


Statement of Non-Discrimination:

The Progressive Education Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic, or national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in admission to, or operation of, its programs, services, or activities.