Progressive education encompasses a collection of powerful ideas about how children learn best, emphasizing experiences that matter, true intellectual challenge, learning by doing, a respect for children's natural curiosity, the social-emotional well-being of students, and democracy in action.
Since 1934, Green Acres School has championed this approach—and even helped to define it. #theoriginals #cheersto85years
In this episode, Michael—our 5th, 6th, and 7th grade social studies teacher—and three 6th grade students look back on the six weeks they spent engaged in their Black History Museum projects.
Hear more about the important legacy of Henrietta Lacks, Bass Reeves, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; our students' experiences researching these historical figures; and how Michael challenges and inspires those he teaches by tailoring each research topic to each student's background, interests, and passions.
As the trial of Derek Chauvin culminates in a verdict, we reaffirm our commitment not only to social justice and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) work, but also to the wellbeing of our community members.
In this episode of "Live from Danville Drive," Middle School Head Peter is in conversation with a current 8th grader, alumnus, and two language arts teachers. At once reflective and forward-looking, this group engages in a wonderful discussion that ultimately unveils the secret to influential teaching: building strong relationships. (43 minutes)
In a statement following the recent tragedy in Atlanta, Head of School Rebecca Geary reaffirms Green Acres School's commitment to justice, inclusivity, and compassion.
In this interview, the finale of our engaged learning interview series, 3rd grade teacher Mary delves into that which makes learning such a marvelous experience in her classroom: sincere student engagement.
In this interview, part of our engaged learning interview series, 1st grade teacher Ali articulates the magic that happens in her classroom as students learn to love learning, as well as the lasting impact that engagement has on students' educational outcomes.
In part I of the engaged learning interview series, we delve into Michael's 5th, 6th, and 7th grade social studies classrooms to explore what genuine engagement looks like in his classroom—be it virtual, in person, or hybrid—and why that engagement is so essential for students' learning outcomes.
By ensuring that the literature and thematic units in 4th grade are centered on developing multicultural understandings of depth and meaning, Alison's students leave her class not just prepared for Middle School, but prepared to be global citizens in the truest sense of the word.
Images of the Capitol under violent siege are both stunning and disheartening. The citadel of our republic was the site of what Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rightly called “a heinous attack on our democracy.”
I appreciate that our connected Green Acres community of students, staff, and families is open, shares and listens to others’ perspectives, and makes space for respectful conversation. As we affirm in our Statement of Philosophy, our values at Green Acres address the world’s abiding need for compassion, community, responsibility, and independent thought.
Bevin, our school librarian who leads 5th and 6th grade social justice book clubs, and Kara, 7th & 8th grade language arts teacher and director of service learning, discuss the significance that literature has in creating an educational experience that fosters not just academic excellence, but empathy and compassion, too.