Category Archives: News

Montessori on NPR in Sacramento

Pediatric Neurospychologist and Montessori advocate Steve Hughes joins Bergamo Montessori Schools Head of School Matt Hillis on Sacramento’s Capital Public Radio’s program Insight this Monday, February 25.  More Montessori in the public eye, or ear, as the case may be.

* Update 2/27:  Matt Hillis let me know how the interview came to happen:

Insight is a locally produced NPR show with a broad focus.  I tweeted the host a few times with information about Dr. Hughes and his availability for an interview.

Matt has posted a YouTube slideshow of the interview here.

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“Montessori program helps dementia” on the local news in Grand Rapids

Thanks to Montessori Madmen for this: Montessori program helps dementia | WZZM13. It’s a 2 minute piece on the local news about a Montessori inspired program for demential patients.  There’s not a lot of Montessori visible in the piece, and the newscaster gets several things wrong, including calling it “Montezorri.”  No materials are seen or mentioned. But two things stand out.  One, she says “uses the Montessori techniques like you might have heard of them.  And two, the pieces of Montessori that come through are giving the patients choice, and the adult fostering independence.  Which are good ideas to have out there.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Tours Montessori Schools

Via AMI-Staff on facebook: Bright From the Start Commissioner Visits Roswell School.

The Roswell Patch, a community news website, highlights a visit to Village Montessori School (AMI, 3-12) by Bright From the Start, also known as the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.  It’s a nice piece of Montessori in the news, with great quotes about independence and respect for the child, a reference to Atlanta’s vibrant Montessori community, and a mention of AMI.

There’s more here than just the school visit, though. Apparently, this is part of  “a tour of exemplary Montessori schools” by the department with the collaboration of Atlanta’s Montessori Administrator’s Group. The article cites MAG’s work with the Department bringing Montessori programs into Georgia’s Quality Rated program for schools and child care centers that exceed licensing requirements.

AMS Annual Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2013 AMS Annual Conference, March 14-17, in Orlando, Florida.  The theme of the conference is “Sustaining the Light in Every Child.”  More than 170 presenters will offer lectures and workshops, including keynotes from pediatric neurospychologist and Montessori advocate Stephen Hughes and award-winning author, educator, lecturer, storyteller, and retreat leader Jennifer Morgan.

2013 Registration Now Open

2013 International Montessori Congress logo

Registration for the 2013 International Montessori Congress is now open!  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event taking place in Portland, Oregon next summer. Don’t miss it.

Celebrating Renilde Montessori

AMI-USA has a beautiful remembrance of Renilde Montessori posted here.  Renilde Montessori, granddaughter of Maria Montessori, former General Secretary and President of AMI and internationally recognized and loved Montessori leader, passed away on September 14 of this year.  AMI-USA also has a brief obituary at their site.

Milwaukee Public Montessori in the News

Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s public Montessori schools got a nice write-up in the Bay View Compass this week, covering the expansion of public Montessori in the system, giving an accurate and detailed explanation of Montessori with quotes from trainers Allyn Travis and Jay McKeever, and Montessori advocate Steve Hughes, as well as showcasing the Montessori in Milwaukee training center. From the article:

Though only about 3% of MPS’s students are enrolled in Montessori schools, their statistics—from test scores to attendance and discipline—far outpace the rest of the district as a whole, making expansion attractive to the data- and results-driven MPS administration.

Thanks to AMI-USA for the heads-up.