Our progressive educational approach isn’t based on a simple formula, a set of lockstep classroom strategies, or a new, fleeting educational fad. Instead, it is grounded in a powerful and complex set of ideas about learning that was first articulated over 100 years ago. It’s been overwhelmingly validated and further informed by decades of educational research and writing. In recent years, this body of work has continued to emerge with greater intensity as the field of neuroscience has expanded, enabling us to learn more about the brain and how learning actually occurs—and as the demands of modern society have become increasingly dependent upon conceptual understanding and broad-based academic, social, and emotional skills.
Over the past year, we have been gathering and capturing this body of research, categorizing it into important topics that inform the progressive teaching and learning that take place each day at Green Acres. The resource we’ve created, entitled “The Research Behind What We Do Every Day at Green Acres School,” is a growing collection of annotated books and films, as well as articles. Many of these writings have become central to our new teacher orientation program and to our ongoing teacher professional development—and some of them have been written by our very own staff members!
I invite you to explore this new addition to our website: click on topics that intrigue you, immerse yourself in the research that launched and has sustained Green Acres School, and delve deeply into the world of Green Acres–style progressive teaching and learning.