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.

June Newsletter

June Newsletter

By MMM Founding Member Trevor Eissler

3 Things! I ask you, reader of the June Montessori MadMen newsletter, to do three things.

  1. Videotape yourself giving a Montessori Elevator Speech. You have 30 days until the June 30th deadline. No fancy production, acting, or special effects needed. Just you, a smartphone camera, and your 60-seconds-or-less answer to the question, “What is Montessori?” Make it personal and make it unique. What would YOU say to fire-up the interest of a stranger who asked you that question? Would you give them the encyclopedia definition? Would you paint a verbal picture? Would you tell them a story? Would you ask them a question? Would you throw up your hands and walk away?
  2. Take a look at the initial, still-growing version of The Map of the Montessori movement. Laureen Golden and Rita Stull approached me with the idea of a map recently. We’ve made an initial attempt to map out who is doing what so that people can see how the various pieces of the Montessori movement fit together and can more efficiently make connections. Explore The Map (use + and - next to the tabs in order to drill down to deeper layers of info) and then send edits, additions, and suggestions to me at trevor@montessorimadness.com (mailto:trevor@montessorimadness.com) . We need your help to improve it. Inevitably (and embarrassingly) we’ve overlooked some key parts. Please tell us what those are!
  3. Contact us to add your school to the Advertising Clusters page. We want schools in your region to try teaming up to collaboratively purchase advertising. Dip your school’s “toe” in the water by joining with several other schools in your area to purchase a Montessori billboard, Facebook ad, newspaper ad, etc. But I’m getting ahead of myself: just have us put your school’s name on the list for now. Easy.

Building a Dads Community John Badalament will be doing a webinar with AMS on Tuesday, June 11th 2013, 7-‐8:30pm (ET) called "Building A Dad Community In Your School" www.moderndads.net (http://www.moderndads.net/) ; sign-up here: http://ams.networkats.com/members_online/registration/register.asp?mt=MTWEB53&af=AMS


MadMan Daniel Petter-Lipstein Storms New York City!

Montessori MadMan Daniel Petter-Lipstein speaking at the “BLK SHP Voices: Education” event - http://youtu.be/CYJL8_gop18

A couple of interesting articles for your entertainment

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/30/should-schools-require-children-to-learn-cursive/the-benefits-of-cursive-go-beyond-writing

http://www.slate.com/articles/newsandpolitics/science/2013/05/cheatingscandalsandparentrebellionshighstakesschooltestingisdoomed.single.html


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