100 Years of Progressive Education

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Celebrating 100 Years of Progressive Education 

  • 100th table settingSuperintendent Carleton Washburne introduced Progressive Education to The Winnetka Public Schools when he arrived in the District just over 100 years ago. Washburne transformed the student and educator experience during his tenure and made The Winnetka Public Schools a prominent, nationally recognized, public school system. Progressive Education has impacted thousands of students in Winnetka, inspired lifelong learning, and fostered a deep connection in the community that is still prevalent 100 year later. 

    To celebrate this milestone, the District hosted an event in late winter 2020. Approximately 250 community members, staff, and families attended the celebration, which featured learning opportunities with educators; choral, band, and orchestra performances; artifacts from the Winnetka Historical Society; refreshments; and more. 

    “For over a century, the children of Winnetka have benefited from the community's investment in Progressive Education.  This 100-year milestone encouraged us to reflect on what we have accomplished as a community, as well as provide an opportunity to look ahead,” said Dr. Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent. “We are grateful that Washburne's vision continues to thrive in The Winnetka Public Schools.”