the 2019 MSJ Conference

  We are so excited to be working with the folx at Harmony Montessori School this year! Our call for proposals is out now and you may find it here. (Submissions are due December 15th)   Share This:

Our Mission

We support the creation of sustainable learning environments that dismantle systems of oppression, amplify voices of the Global Majority, and cultivate partnerships to liberate the human potential. Share This:

2018 Montessori for Social Justice Conference!

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Montessori for Social Justice Conference! Please click on this link to receive your MSJ Continued Professional Development Hours! If you haven’t seen the Montessori for Social Justice Conference Press Release yet, please read and share with your communities!   ***** Register for the 2018 MSJ Conference here! The Montessori for Social Justice Conference brings together educators, parents, social justice advocates, and global citizens committed to anti-bias/ anti-racist Montessori education. The conference provides space and time to address the resource gap within the Montessori community  as the “opportunity” and “achievement” gap discussion cannot be …

Charlottesville, Virginia Statement

We would like to share a statement from the co-Presidents of the Montessori for Social Justice Board about the recent terrorists acts that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia: Montessori for Social Justice is a community of educators and parents committed to anti-bias, anti-racist Montessori education that actively works towards creating a more just and equitable system –  one that guides us towards liberation from systemic, institutionalized racism, and allows each child to reach their full potential. Montessori for Social Justice condemns the actions of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others who uphold their values and call, nor do we condone the actions …

MSJ Statement on the Election

Dear Montessori for Social Justice Community, The American election results have impacted our children, families, schools and all of us and in many different ways. The messages of hate that many of us heard during the campaign have become real and threatening. Some of us have felt uncertainty, fear, rejection, concern for our physical safety and the safety of our children and our friends. Students and teachers who are more recent immigrants fear deportation and splitting apart their families. Our Native American Montessori colleagues see the irony in American immigrants further restricting access to land that was not originally theirs. …

Our Big Work: Reflections on being Anti-Racist Montessorians

Tiffany Jewell and Laura Kraby, both Montessori elementary teachers, write the first in a series of reflections teaching anti-bias anti-racist Montessori. Tiffany: I grew up in one of the poorest cities in the country.  Our neighborhood of renters and elderly home-owners was filled with friends of varying shades of light and dark brown skin.  My twin and I lived with our white mom.  Our Black dad lived in Georgia.  Our public magnet school was just a few blocks away and our mom walked us there every morning.  It was our neighborhood school; the ceiling in the gym was crumbling, the textbooks …

Dismantling the Artificial Obstacles, by Joshua Vogt

Joshua Vogt teaches government at Gamble Montessori High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here is the graduation speech he was invited to give in June 2016 by the senior class. You can listen to his speech here. First I’d like to thank our class of 2016 for inviting me to speak at your graduation today. Honestly, what were you thinking? Actually, I am truly honored to be here today in this space with this amazing group of young people. I was privileged enough to share our final morning meeting with this group a short time ago – there is power in …

MSJ 2016 Conference Keynote Speaker

The Montessori for Social Justice steering committee is delighted to welcome Darcell Butler as our 2016 keynote speaker! Mrs. Darcell Williams-Butler teaches lower-elementary at City Garden Montessori School in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University, and a Masters in Teaching from Webster University. She earned the Pre-Primary Montessori Certificate (3-6) from the Missouri Montessori Teacher Education Program (MOMTEP) in St. Louis, Missouri and the Primary Montessori Certificate (6-9) from Central Ohio Montessori Education for Teachers (COMET) in Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Butler has taught science, math, sensorial, and language in pre-primary teacher education programs and is considering …

An opportunity to join the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools

Last week I spoke with Halley Potter, a fellow at the Century Foundation. Halley is the author of recent briefs including A Better Start, on the importance of racially and economically diverse preschools and A New Wave of School Integration, highlighting the 90 school districts and charter schools that are taking steps to be racially and socioeconomically diverse. Halley is also part of a group of educators who have created a new grassroots organization (sound familiar?) called the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools. Unlike magnet schools, which have an explicit mission of desegregation, there are currently few structures in place to …

Advancing Montessori public policy, expanding access and equity

Katie Brown reports from the Montessori Public Policy Initiative Retreat in Washington DC. Katie is a Doctoral student in Urban Education at University of North Carolina Charlotte and a former Education Associate coordinating Montessori Education at the South Carolina Department of Education. Last month, I attended the Montessori Public Policy Initiative Retreat in Washington, DC. This gathering brought together leaders of national, regional, and state Montessori organizations to discuss how to better advocate for Montessori education. Guest speakers included Libby Doggett from the Office of Early Learning in the U.S. Department of Education, Jolene Ivey of the Maryland House of Delegates, and …