Mission: We are 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.
Our Work: Over the last 4 years, Montessori for Social Justice has moved from an email listserv of 50 people to a vibrant community of over 2000 members across the United States. We plan an annual conference and connect several times a year to create plans for building schools which are more accessible, equitable, and anti-bias/anti-racist.
As we grow bigger, we are taking an exciting next step of forming a Founding Board of Directors of 9 members. We are looking for enthusiastic leaders to help us shape the next several years of MSJ.
- Attend monthly board meetings held by conference call
- Attend (in person at your expense) annual conference and board retreat in June each year you are actively on the board
- Sit on or chair an MSJ committee and serve as the board/committee liaison. Committee meetings are held monthly by conference call. The time commitment varies by committee. Committees include:
- Executive Committee
- Strategic Planning/Governance Committee
- Conference Planning Committee
- ABAR Curriculum Committee
- Media and Communications Committee
- Non-profit Montessori & Entrepreneurship Committee
- Ad hoc Committees
- Make a personally meaningful donation to the MSJ board. Financial amounts of the annual board member donation are decided by each individual board member. We ask only that the amount be meaningful to you and represent your commitment to support and further the work of our organization.
Time Commitment: MSJ is a grassroots organization with no paid employees. This founding board will be a working board. It is important that all prospective board members understand and commit to doing the work necessary to take our organization to the next level of sustainability. Board members must be willing to commit for a total of 6-10 hours/month. We estimate 3 hours/month for board level work and 3-6 hours/month for committee level work. Additionally board members must be willing to commit to attending the annual conference and board retreat each June that they actively serve on the board.
- Commitment to the MSJ mission and to forwarding the work of Social Justice through the Montessori community
- Able to represent and advocate for diverse communities
- Able to commit 6-10 hours/month to MSJ
- Comfortable collaborating on projects with team mates at a distance using conference calls, google docs, etc.
- Skills in one or several of the following areas:
- Strategic Leadership
- Governance structures
- Event/Conference Planning
- Non-profit leadership
- Community Organizing
- Advocacy/Public Policy
- Anti-bias/Anti-racist practices in schools or non-profit organizations
- Project management
In keeping with the MSJ commitment to making the Montessori method of education accessible for all students, particularly underrepresented students of color, low- income students and immigrants, the MSJ board is committed to creating a board composition that represents the greater community in regards to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, family composition, and socioeconomic status.
If you know a Montessori teacher, administrator, or community member who is passionate about Montessori education as a vehicle for social justice we urge you to consider nominating them for this board. We are also accepting self-nominations. Please apply online (https://goo.gl/K3AwCo) by April 1st.
Questions? If you have questions about serving on the MSJ board, we would love to speak with you. Please contact Karen Farquharson, Strategy Committee Chair, Aurora, Colorado