News from the Montessori Leaders Collaborative (MLC)
Here is some news from the Montessori Leaders Collaborative, a group consisting of the heads of various Montessori organizations and representatives from various constituencies such as teachers and parents. The MLC is trying to put the "move" back in Montessori movement. The Montessori MadMen are cheering them on!
1. The MLC has convened 3 times (New York, San Francisco, Washington DC) and three times virtually. We will be meeting again for three working days in January in Austin, this Spring in Hershey OH and in August at the International Montessori Congress in Portland.
2. There are four new participants in the group: Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director at Montessori Institute Northwest, Jackie Cossentino, Senior Associate and founder of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation, John Moncure, President of MEPI and Rebecca Pelton, Executive Director of MACTE. The complete list of participants can be found at www.mccallkulak.org
3. The MLC's proposal for a joint panel presentation at the International Montessori Congress in Portland (August 2013) has been accepted and we are looking forward to sharing our work with the world.
4. In November of this year, the MLC gave a joint panel symposium in Toronto focusing on spreading "unity in the movement". David Kahn began with a keynote, followed by a panel discussion that included Jackie Cossentino (MLC participant and Senior Associate at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector), Stephanie Miller (MLC Convenor and Principal, Miller Philanthropy Craft), Laurie McTeague (MLC Convenor, Trustee the McTeague Catalyst Fund), Christine Harrison (President, The Montessori Australia Foundation) and Stephen Hughes (Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Montessori researcher and MLC participant) at centenary celebration of Montessori in Canada at CCMA.
5. It is also worth noting that Jackie Cossentino (MLC participant) has just embarked on a recent tour of public Montessori schools across the country and there is considerable momentum building around an AMI-AMS collaboration in the public sector. This organization is quickly becoming one of the most significant joint association efforts yet in Montessori history encouraged and funded in part by MLC.
6. The MLC has built bridges of trust and collaboration and they have formed working groups to focus on advancing the national work in a number of vital programmatic areas, including research, communications/advocacy, teacher training and early childhood (0-6).
7. The McCall Kulak Family Foundation and the McTeague Catalyst Fund are creating a collective action fund, designed to leverage additional thought leaders and funders to support the work generated by MLC over the long term, as they focus on bringing Montessori to more children in the United States, with emphasis on those children who need it most. Feel free to take a look at www.mccallkulak.org