Progressive Education at HVA

Cultural Competence

Cultural competence is an essential part of our work. As educators, it is particularly important that we are reflective about and tuned in to issues of privilege, race, class, gender, and inclusion, and especially sensitive to the cultural identity and cultural norms of the students and families we serve. As we seek to understand both the similarities and differences among our students, we honor both that which makes each student unique as well as the common bonds that make us a strong community. We approach this work with humility and a learner’s mindset, that is, we seek to listen and learn as we continually improve. Our practices are continually evolving and informed by our commitment to cultural competency.


The Progressive Education Institute

We are a community of educators and activists with a passion for progressive pedagogy and a commitment to social justice. We select graduate students who share our vision and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it.