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«Schools of Tomorrow,» Schools of Today

Progressive Education in the 21st Century – Second Edition


Edited By Susan F. Semel, Alan R. Sadovnik and Ryan W. Coughlan

The second edition of «Schools of Tomorrow,» Schools of Today: Progressive Education in the 21 st Century documents a new collection of child-centered progressive schools founded in the first half of the twentieth century and provides histories of some contemporary examples of progressive practices. Part I discusses six progressive schools founded in the first part of the twentieth century (City and Country; Dalton; the Weekday School at Riverside Church; The Laboratory School at the Institute of Child Study; Alabama State Teachers College Laboratory High School; and Highlander), tracing them from their beginnings. Part II examines four more contemporary schools (Central Park East 1; Central Park East Secondary; Learning Community Charter School; and KIPP TEAM Academy), showing how progressive practices gained momentum from the 1960s onward. As a volume in the History of Schools and Schooling series, this book seeks to look to the past for what it can teach us today.
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This book exists because of the collaborative efforts of many individuals. First and foremost, this book would not have been possible without the assistance of our team at Peter Lang. Chris Myers, our editor, has provided leadership and support from the beginning stages of this project. Additionally, we want to thank Phyllis Korper and Bernadette Shade, who have provided invaluable advice and guidance throughout the production process.

Additionally, there are a number of individuals who have been helpful in providing our contributors with access to archives, including the photos seen in this text. We want to extend our gratitude to Peter Mutarelli of the Weekday School at the Riverside Church, Beth Softness of the Dalton School, Kate Turley of the City and Country School, Richard Volpe from the Laboratory School at the Institute of Child Study, Susan Williams of the Highlander Center, and Howard Robinson of the Alabama State University Archives.

Most importantly, we must thank our contributing authors for their commitment to this project and their meticulous research. Without their hard work, this book would not exist. We also want to thank the contributors for their patience and perseverance throughout the production stage of this book. While the process has been long, the product is certainly worth the time and effort.

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