Welcome to Montessori for Social Justice, a community of educators and parents committed to anti-bias anti-racist public and non-profit Montessori education as a vehicle for helping each child reach their full potential, providing educational equity, meaningful racial, economic, religious and special needs integration of students and families, building vibrant neighborhoods, towns and cities.
Social justice is defined as “… promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.” It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.” (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006). What does social justice mean in your community?
Montessori for Social Justice “hatched” in 2013 at the AMI International Montessori Congress in Portland inspired by Terry Ford’s work with Lumin Education in East Dallas. After an impromptu gathering during the AMI conference that garnered 50 attendees, the group then moved online with a Google list-serv and a Facebook group. In 2014, we launched a website for sharing media and education resources related to Montessori for diverse populations of students.
Less two years later, the Facebook group and listserv have over 1000 members representing Montessori teachers, administrators, parents and supporters from around the country. We use both forums as a place to ask questions, work on collaborative projects, share news and advocacy victories and post jobs.
Montessori for Social Justice has hosted an annual Unconference since 2014, first in St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Cambridge, Massachusetts that have brought hundreds of Montessorians together to discuss issues of anti-bias anti-racism, social justice and Montessori.
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