The Center for Progressive Pedagogy

Gabriela Akerman, Head of the Center
Gabriela Akerman, Head of the Center

The Center for Progressive Pedagogy

Who are We?

The Center for Progressive Pedagogy is a collaborative effort between Kaye Academic College of Education and the Institute for Democratic Education (IDE). We seek to promote educational tools to meet high standards of creativity and the requirements of a dynamic society and democratic values in the 21st century.

Our Mission

The center’s goal is to implement meaningful learning experiences in the educational field. According to John Dewey, education is the “participation of the individual in the social consciousness of the race” (My Pedagogic Creed, 1897). As such, progressive education sees students as social beings who learn by doing and interacting with the world. Using these premises, and in order to help the college to consider the needs of children in the 21st century, the Center for Progressive Pedagogy strives to promote, develop and foster innovative practices for training teachers to share their knowledge and skills with a new generation of students.

Main Activities

  • Creating progressive educational approaches and practical methods of teaching through workshops among special interest groups
  • Training teachers in the professional field, and helping them to implement diverse pedagogies such as Project-Based Learning, Site-Based Education, Heutagogy (i.e., the study of self-determined learning) and Personal Education.
  • Implementation of theoretical insights into practical skills for the enrichment of future teachers with classes and educational programs at Kaye College.

Who are Our Students?

They are staff members, teachers and graduate students who are looking to review and improve their teaching skills and who want to experience new techniques and approaches

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