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Abbe Futterman

Program Director, Progressive Leadership

Abbe Futterman is co-founder of The Earth School (PS 364M), a public elementary school in New York City, where she worked for 27 years as a teacher and principal. Abbe specializes in​ ​anti-racist leadership, social-emotional learning, curriculum development,​ ​authentic assessment, and constructivist pedagogy. She has worked extensively with Prospect Center’s Descriptive Processes, a set of protocols for school development through collaborative inquiry and self-review, and frequently leads study groups for parents, principals, and teachers. A passionate advocate for public education, Abbe has an abiding commitment to culturally responsive-sustaining schools, community empowerment, and social justice.​

Educational Background

MSEd Early Childhood and Childhood Education, Bank Street College of Education


Futterman, A., Spielberg, D., & Traugh, C. (2016). Holding Space for Progressive Practice. Bank Street Occasional Paper Series, 2016 (35). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2016/iss35/9

Publications (Featured In)

Knecht, D. (2018). Schooling for and with Democratic Participation in Schools: Studies in Education, University of Chicago Press.

Simpson, C. (2014). Raising (Food On) the Roof of the Earth School in Edible Manhattan, (35). https://www.ediblemanhattan.com/foodshed-2/raising-food-roof/

Baker, L. (2013). Picturing Good Practice: Grow a Salad! in Teaching Young Children, Vol. 6, No. 4, NAEYC. https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/apr2013/grow-a-salad

Fusaro, J. (2010). Wonder-Igniters: An Interview with Abbe Futterman in Art 21 Magazine. http://magazine.art21.org/2010/01/20/wonder-igniters-an-interview-with-abbe-futterman/#.X1o2bi2z00o