Mission

Expand access to quality, child-centered education through a network of public and community-based Montessori schools.

How will we accomplish this?

  1. Engage parents and community members to drive demand

  2. Ensure that state and local policies support Montessori

  3. Assist in implementing high-quality Montessori education

  4. Support continuous improvement for teachers and administrators

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Engage parents and community members to drive demand

Accomplishments

  • Convened team of Southwest Atlanta community leaders to develop a Montessori charter petition
  • Presented parenting workshop to “I Am a Leader” refugee women’s group in Clarkston
  • Presented parenting workshop and “Mommy and Me” class to Healthy Start Initiative participants with Center for Black Women’s Wellness

Future Goals

  • Strategically offer parent workshops where public or sliding-scale Montessori programs are available or in the start-up phase:
    • DeKalb County
    • Savannah
    • Southwest Atlanta
    • South Clayton County
  • Collaborate with parent groups supporting high-fidelity public  Montessori

 

Ensure that state and local policies support Montessori

Accomplishments

  • Successfully advocated for changes to make the Georgia Pre-K guidelines more Montessori-friendly
  • Trained 25 staff from the Georgia Quality Rated program to understand Montessori environments
  • Initiated formation of a state task force to develop a Montessori teaching certificate
  • Introduced numerous policy leaders to Montessori through our Tour and Conversation series

Future Goals

  • Develop a Montessori teaching certificate for Georgia, so trained Montessori teachers can teach in public Montessori schools
  • Ensure that state licensing regulations support fully-implemented Montessori
  • Identify and support braided funding streams for Montessori Children’s House programs (age 3-6)

 

Assist in implementing high-quality Montessori education

Accomplishments

  • Awarded contract with Fulton County Schools to design a Montessori choice program for 995 students in Georgia’s fourth largest school district
  • Convened a team of partners to develop a Montessori toddler community serving the clients of the Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta
  • Negotiated 15% discount on AMI elementary teacher training for network schools
  • Developed Practical Lifesavers materials rescue program to restore donated Montessori materials and make them available to network schools

Future Goals

  • Support development of a Montessori charter school for Southwest Atlanta
  • Help Georgia’s existing public Montessori schools strengthen and expand their Montessori offerings
  • Work with additional school districts and community groups to start Montessori programs
  • Connect network schools with sources of sustainable funding
  • Extend our network into every county in Georgia

 

Support continuous improvement for teachers and administrators

Accomplishments

  • 2016: Montessori Principles and Practices 2-day course: 40 attendees
  • 2017: 2 educator workshops at GAYC Conference: 50+ attendees
  • 2017: Introduction to Structural Racism workshop: 49 attendees

Future Goals

  • Establish peer mentorship program for Montessori teachers within our network
    • Develop pilot to support Briar Vista Elementary School, DeKalb County Public Schools
    • Convene existing public and sliding-scale programs to share knowledge and resources
  • Design and implement 40-hour Fundamentals of Montessori course for public school administrators
  • Present workshop on inclusion in Montessori