Over the past few years,TPS has re-visited its historical roots to define more clearly its progressive vision. In the preceding years, there had been some mission drift as the school was responding to shifting demographics and an uncertainty about its educational philosophy. Not so these days as Head of School, Amy Purcell Vorenberg, along with the Board of Directors has led a strategic planning process culminating in a reclaiming of the founding core values of the school and its commitment to the principles of progressive education.
|Amy Purcell Vorenberg|
These four value categories underpin Amy's definition of progressive education. For example, the relational imperative shapes the school's commitment to social justice. In Amy's words, "We do two things: we take care of each other and we get smarter." She describes how TPS programs place kids into the broader community to gain knowledge about their city, and to give back. For example, the 3rd graders ask the question, "How can we be a fairer community?" They take trips to many places around Philadelphia to learn about life across the city's ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic spectrum . Classroom activities allow the students to reflect on what they believe is working in their community, and ways to address injustices.
|TPS's a capella choir sing at the NBOA conference|
TPS has a bouncy vibrancy one doesn't feel at every school. Kids are actively engaged and there is an ineffable buzz of activity throughout the school. With its progressive mission and vision securely intact, TPS is surely on the move to a bright future.