Welcome to Montessori for Social Justice, a community of educators and parents committed to public Montessori education as a vehicle for helping each child reach their full potential, providing educational equity, meaningful racial and economic integration of students and families, building vibrant neighborhoods, towns and cities
OUR HISTORYMontessori for Social Justice “hatched” in 2013 at the AMI International Montessori Congress in Portland. Mira Debs, a board member of Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, CT, was inspired by Terry Ford’s presentation about her work with Lumin Education in East Dallas. At the end of the session, Mira suggested launching an online community, “Montessori for Social Justice” in order to continue conversations about how Montessori could best serve the poorest families in America. The initial enthusiasm was palpable. Several days later, she and several others organized an impromptu public Montessori gathering during the AMI conference that garnered 50 attendees with no publicity and little advance notice.
Following the conference, the group then moved online with a Google list-serv and a Facebook group, and in 2014 launched a website for sharing media and education resources related to Montessori for diverse populations of students.
Less two years later, the Facebook group and listserv have over 300 members representing Montessori teachers, principals and parents from around the country. Public Montessorians use both forums as a place to pose questions, share advocacy victories, and post jobs. Montessori for Social Justice’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Montessoriforsocialjustice/) has shared news, alongside the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), about the public Montessori community.