Deborah Meier’s Stand on Central Park East I: A Crucible for Progressive Education

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In 1974, a small elementary school blossomed in East Harlem. The seeds were planted by Deborah Meier, renowned thinker, teacher, principal, education activist, and recipient of a McArthur “genius” award. Blessed by Anthony Alvarado, a forward-thinking superintendent in New York City, Central Park East I became a beacon of progressive, child-centered practice.

The school embodies Meier’s vision. “Democracy demands we acknowledge everyone’s inalienable capacity to be an inventor, dreamer, and theorist—to count in the larger scheme of things,” she wrote in The Power of Their Ideas. She warned us long ago about the dire . . . Read full article →

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Jillian Best Adler's Ode to Black Children

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“When you undermine the dreams of the children, you undermine the nation,” the Reverend William Barber II declared at the People’s March in Washington, DC, on July 8. Jillian Best Adler, mother and early childhood educator, is guarding those dreams.

A quality improvement coordinator at the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, she provides coaching and training at childcare centers and preschools in the Philadelphia region. With her sister, Alison, she presides over The Best Sisters: Tales of Caffeinated Parenting, a Facebook page aimed at destigmatizing the challenges of parenting young . . . Read full article →

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