Montessori Madmen

Advocating Montessori

We're an impatient, ragtag group of dads and advocates from around the world, united by a common zeal to bring the Montessori method to millions more. Our mission is simple: to advocate for Montessori education so that one day it's not called Montessori school; it's just called school.

March Newsletter (posted here without the pretty pictures and links you get if you sign up to receive it!)

March Newsletter By MMM Member Derek Eiler of Atlanta, GA MARCH FOURTH - the greatest day of the year, when we all pledge to "March Forth" on our hopes, dreams, and aspirations. What will you do today to help advance Montessori education around the globe?

The Montessori Madmen try to march forth for Montessori every day of the year. We had another productive month in our effort to achieve our mission: "to advocate for Montessori education so that one day it's not called Montessori school; it's just called school."

Since the launch of our new site and monthly newsletters, we have heard from hundreds of you across the U.S. (and from more than a dozen countries across the globe) about your support for advancing Montessori to children everywhere.

We are building momentum, stirring the pot, challenging the status quo, raising questions, trying hard, failing and succeeding, and advancing Montessori one email, one story, and one conversation at a time.

We need your feedback and we need your help - please encourage your friends and others to check out montessorimadmen.com and sign up for our monthly newsletter. We love to be an inspirational voice and want to hear from you.

Some highlights from the past month and the month ahead...

Capital Public Radio, an NPR affiliate in Sacramento, CA conducted a terrific profile of Montessori education as a part of a series on alternative educational methods. Montessori advocate Dr. Steve Hughes and Bergamo Montessori head of school Matt Hillis were featured on the interview.

A charter Montessori school in St. Louis has transformed its surrounding neighborhood since its launch in 2007. Learn more about The City Garden Montessori School and the positive role it is playing in uplifting an entire community.

MMM founding member Daniel Petter-Lipstein will be speaking as a part of BLK SHP's Voices for Education panel discussion at 92Y - Tribeca in NYC on April 4th at 6:30pm. He will be joined by panelists from Teach for America, the Future Project, The Economist, and McKinsey & Co.

50 Montessori Elevator Speeches and growing...grab your phone, take 60 seconds and tell the world your view on "What is Montessori?" Send your video to trevor@montessorimadness.com or post to DropBox. Check out all of the latest videos here.

Need to promote your school? Check out the new list from the Madmen of 101 Ways to Spread Montessori on the MMM site - http://montessorimadmen.com/101-ways

Crowdsourcing from Montessorians worldwide. Be sure to check out the latest Montessori project on Quora, where the MMM are seeking to build the best answers to the most common Montessori questions. Special thanks to new MMM member Todd Webb for heading up this important initiative. Log into Quora to check it out and add your thoughts while you are there.

Montessori Method is featured in a national Apple ad campaign again. Congrats to MMM founding member Bobby George whose Intro to Letters iPad app from Montessorium.com was featured in a national iPad billboard campaign across the U.S. starting in late February and running into the Spring.

An update on the "We Want That Teacher!" campaign...

The viral "I Quit" video from Stephen Round of Rhode Island, and the resignation letter of North Carolina teacher Kris Nielsen prompted the Madmen to try to recruit them as Montessori teachers. Neither teacher knew much about Montessori education, nor had they ever been in a Montessori classroom.

The Madmen contacted these teachers and invited them to visit schools in their local communities. Both Mr. Round and Mr. Nielsen were impressed: "I was blown away" and "a dream come true" were some of their quotes. The Madmen raised scholarships for their training and had job offers lined up. Both teachers were very gracious but ended up pursuing other options -- Mr. Round is starting his own tutoring business and Mr. Nielsen to write a book. Both will be speaking at the "Occupy DOE" event in April. And now both will be able to reference Montessori when talking about solutions to the conventional system!

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