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Faces of Progressive Education in the 21st Century:
Infancy through College
April 5-6, 2013

This conference commemorates the Child Development Institute's (CDI) 25th anniversary, the Early Childhood Center's (ECC) 75th anniversary, and Sarah Lawrence College's long history of innovative education.

In light of the current national dialogue surrounding what the purposes of early childhood, public school, and higher education should be, it is a critical time for educators, child development professionals, administrators, and parents to come together and engage in a discourse around what meaningful education is in the 21st century. This conference provides a forum for articulation and discussion of progressive education’s opportunities and challenges impacting children from birth to college.


Friday April 5, 2013
Reisinger Auditorium

5 p.m.
Keynote: Joseph Featherstone
2013 Longfellow Lecture
Looking Out for Josie: Witnessing the Hopes and Problems of Progressive Education

The Longfellow Lecture series, inaugurated in 1987, honors the memory of Cynthia Longfellow’72, who devoted her professional life to bettering the lives of young children. The lecture is funded by an endowment established by family and friends.

A reception will follow.

Saturday April 6, 2013
Reisinger Auditorium

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Registration and Light Refreshments

9 – 9:10 a.m.

9:10 – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary I: What’s Happening to Early Childhood Progressive Education

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

12:40 – 2 p.m.
Plenary II: Challenges and Opportunities for Progressive Public Education

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II

3:25 – 4:45 p.m.
Plenary III: Upholding Progressive Values in Higher Education

4:45 – 5 p.m.
Closing Remarks  

Stay tuned for additional details and registration information!

Progressive Education Conference