Montessori for Social Justice

Linking Montessorians with Progressive Educators

This past weekend I attended the Progressive Education Network conference held in Brooklyn, New York. I was interested to see what connections there were between Montessori and the broader progressive education world. Here’s what I learned: Progressive education is a BIG tent. As a researcher on Montessori schools, I was welcomed enthusiastically. Teachers and the Principal of the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School were some of the organizers of the PEN… Read More »Linking Montessorians with Progressive Educators

Starting a school isn’t a pipe dream

by Rashidah Lovick, North Carolina Montessorian On June 26 and 27, 2015, 75 Montessori teachers, administrators, researchers, and advocates from across the country convened on the tranquil campus of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. This diverse group of dedicated individuals gathered for Montessori for Social Justice’s second annual Public Montessori Unconference, which was hosted by Westminster’s Institute of Montessori Innovation. Based on participant input and expertise, 16 workshops… Read More »Starting a school isn’t a pipe dream

Refocusing the mission

Jen Heeter, a teacher at Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland, CA reports from the 2015 Public Montessori Unconference Red sandstone and scrub-covered mountains grew larger and more clear as we approached Salt Lake City. We circled, revealing downtown and the larger cityscape. We were flying in for the second Montessori (un)Conference, to be hosted by Westminster College’s Institute for Montessori Innovation and Montessori for Social Justice. As is usually the… Read More »Refocusing the mission

Teaching Ferguson

Christie Huck, the Executive Director of City Garden Montessori School, a racially and economically diverse neighborhood charter school in St. Louis, is graciously sharing an email she sent today to her staff.  In the message, Huck encourages her staff to talk with students and shares resources about the grand jury verdict of no charges against Office Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. — As we return to school tomorrow, I want… Read More »Teaching Ferguson

Seeds of a New Georgia Montessori Movement

by Annie Frazer Starting public Montessori advocacy in Atlanta, October 29 meeting. Front row: Susan Kibler, Mark Berger, Camille Hankins, Emily Hayden. Back row: Kysha Hehn, Annie Frazer, Mary Ellen Sheehan, Joen Bettmann What will it take to get Montessori to more children and families, especially those for whom a private-school education is out of reach?  A group of passionate Montessorians in Atlanta has formed to take up this challenge… Read More »Seeds of a New Georgia Montessori Movement