At ProgressiveKid, we’re all about kids, families, and the planet we call home. It’s our goal to use our products and site to support the development of progressive kids. What’s a progressive kid, you ask? Well, for starters, an authentic kid, one who is more interested in the world, art, animals, and dirt than, say, murder-based video games and makeup. Basically, a progressive kid loves and protects living things, acts on principle, strives to be self-aware, lives healthfully, honors difference, challenges gender roles, and thinks creatively.
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In addition to co-founding On a Ledge, ProgressiveKid, and Green Goat Books, Sarah is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. She has written scores of articles on environmental and social justice issues. She illustrated A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids by Julie Hall and A Story of Witchery by Jennifer Calkins. A former Chicago high school teacher, Sarah also trained teachers in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Education Program, created curriculum for elementary through college students, and worked for a number of Chicago-based textbook development companies. After moving to the Northwest, she embarked on a 15-year freelance writing and editing career. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. At ProgressiveKid, Sarah co-manages as well as illustrates, designs, wrangles our technology, and writes for our products, websites, blog, and advertising.
Co-founder of ProgressiveKid and Green Goat Books, Julie is a writer whose poetry has won grants and awards and appeared in anthologies and magazines, including The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Bloom. Her book-length collection of poems was a finalist for the 2003 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing. She has published twelve nonfiction books for children and has worked as a freelance writer and editor of curriculum; career, health, and travel books; business materials; and website copy for nineteen years. She is the author of Green Goat Books’ new book for kids about global warming, A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids, and the accompanying curriculum packet. In addition to co-managing ProgressiveKid, Julie writes, photographs, and designs for our products, websites, blog, and ads.