Past Board Members Dr. Ayize Sabater Founding board – 2020 Co-Human Relations Officer Ayize is a dynamic social entrepreneur, researcher, author, and twenty-five-year veteran educator. He has co-founded several non-profits, including an independent school, a White House award-winning non-profit organization, and a Montessori public charter school in Washington, DC. Dr. Ayize is an alumnus of Morehouse College, the Wesley Theological Seminary, and Morgan State University. He has also completed his Montessori… Read More »Past Board Members
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Historically, research has been done TO communities and schools by researchers in the academy. In this series, researchers will share their current work in hopes of starting a conversation about research that comes FROM, WITH, and IS FOR the Montessori community. However, everyone is able to be a researcher both in the field and in the academy. The purpose of this joint venture is to showcase current research in the… Read More »Free Your Mind: Montessori Research Series
This is 401 years of systemic oppression and the devaluation of Black lives. This oppression and systemic racism is in Montessori – in our schools, our organizations, and in our discourse of the model as a vehicle for peace. It’s fed to our students through the white Eurocentric focus of our teachings. It is honored through the use of “grace and courtesy” to silence outcries of injustice in our schools, our training centers, and our children’s classrooms. And it is ignored through the use of posted solidarity statements but no actual action.
Less than two months ago, when the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land and rights to self-governance were under attack at the hands of the government, a call for support was met with swift action from members of Montessori for Social Justice. Today, the United States government is again implementing practices, policies, and tweets that support racist violence against Black and brown relatives.
On Friday, March 27th, the anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower, the U.S. Department of the Interior ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag (the tribe that welcomed the pilgrims) reservation land be disestablished. This crushing decision was made in the middle of a global pandemic, forcing the Mashpee Wampanoag’s leadership to divert precious resources from addressing the threat of COVID-19 toward fighting this blatant act of settler-colonial violence and disregard for tribal sovereignty.
To the Montessori for Social Justice Community, First, we would like to acknowledge the difficult position many in our broader Montessori community are in as a result of the recent cancellations and travel bans. Choosing to close schools to protect the health of our students sometimes comes at a steep financial cost. We also see many in our Montessori community exchanging ideas for how to support at home learning, and are… Read More »Statement Regarding COVID-19
Resources People, organizations, and schools we work in solidarity with: All Schools Equity Trainers ABAR Trainers Material Companies Classroom Resources Teacher Resources Parent Resources City Garden Montessori School Britt Hawthorne ABAR Trainer Zora Montessori School Tiffany Jewell Anti-Bias Montessori Keres Children’s Learning Center Colleen Wilkinson Trauma Informed Care Embracing Equity Know Thyself, Inc Diamond Montessori Teaching Tolerance Rethinking Schools Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility Nduoma Social Justice Books Have… Read More »Resources
Montessori for Social Justice 2020 The premier Montessori Conference focused on Social Justice, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist Classroom Lesson Development, and Liberatory Educational Practices. About Call for Proposals Location We will see you on June 25th, 2020! 00Days 00Hours 00Minutes 00Seconds About the conference The annual Montessori for Social Justice Conference brings Montessori teachers, administration, and parents together for four days to dismantle racism and bias in our school communities. The conference kicks… Read More »Conference
Past Conferences June 2019 Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Montessori for Social Justice Conference! Please click on this link to receive your MSJ Continued Professional Development Hours! Our 2019 conference was profiled in MontessoriPublic’s Fall 2019 Issue. If you haven’t seen it yet, please read and share with your communities! June 2018 Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Montessori for Social Justice Conference! Please click on… Read More »Past Conferences