Minnesota Montessori Network, March 2019
Did You Miss the “Inside Montessori” Screening
and the 1st Montessori Access Event?

We have you covered!
We had so much fun!  On Saturday March 2, 150 Montessori advocates and curious community members joined together to close Montessori Ed Week 2019 with a special screening of "Inside Montessori", and an engaging panel discussion about the state of access to Montessori education. The film is filled with beautiful images of Montessori communities from around the country and its powerful message sparked excitement to ensure all families have a option to choose Montessori education for their children.

You can order a screening kit to share this breathtaking film with your community! Following the film, the panelists took questions that explored challenges and opportunities to transform current programs to offer Montessori methods, expand existing programs to offer more seats, and open new schools to expand access. 

One of our very special guests from the community shared this comment:
 “We felt really honored to be there ... so appreciative
of the way you all welcomed us...thrilled and nearly
speechless about the documentary. We talked about
it the entire car ride back to our center.

Very excited to discuss ways we can bring Montessori
into the Somali community. The event was also the talk
of our teachers meeting on Saturday/Sunday night.
So excited to meet Barbara Williams!”
Speaking of honored...we feel boundless gratitude to our panelists for helping us kick-off the first in a series of events MNMN will host to explore increasing access.

Vina Kay
"Inside Montessori" Co-Director/Co-Producer and Executive Director of Voices for Racial Justice
Barbara Williams
Director of Outreach Programs of Montessori Center of MN
Teresa Ripple (EdD)
Program Director of Early Childhood and Montessori programs at St. Catherine University
Katie Toghramadjian
Montessori Advocate
Erin Doan
Head of School Oak Hill Montessori
Tami Limberg
Lower Adolescent Program Director Great River School
Ann Luce
Founder af Brightwater Montessori & Teacher-Leader of Sweet Pea Montessori
Many of you wrote expressing your desire to attend and regretting conflicts. Lucky for you we have some resources and additional opportunities to engage!

We have created an e-booklet of the paper version shared at the event. This will answer the questions in our emails proceeding the event! We also have an audio recording of the discussion panel for you to listen at your leisure! Please watch our email for future events and engagement opportunities focused on expanding access to Montessori education in Minnesota.

Find your place at the table in MNMN!

Coordinating the 1st Montessori Access Event opened our eyes to a few dramatic needs in the MN Montessori community. Thank you for sharing your passion and interest to keep MNMN grounded in the needs of the Montessori community in our State. We are humbled by your trust that MNMN will be able to help address these key needs.

MNMN is thrilled to announce three new opportunities for engagement and connection in the Minnesota Montessori community. Pick your places at the table and make sure you share the opportunity with everyone! All are welcome!
MNMN Montessori Access Advisory Council (MNMN MAC)

Do you have a passion for seeing Montessori education opportunities expand at current schools and new programs in MN? This is the place to join forces with others who share that passion and make it happen! Email AccessMontessori@mnmn.org with your statement of interest today!
MNMN Montessori Parent, Student, and Alumni Association (MNMN MPSA)

Are you a parent of a Montessori student, a Montessori student, or an alum? It is time to join together and bring a voice to the Montessori family experience! At any time, there are more than 15,000 Montessori families in MN . That is a powerful and exciting voice to support Montessori in MN! This group will have dedicated social and education events, identify and support advocacy efforts, promote research and focus on the outcomes of Montessori students, and form and share resources valuable to the Montessori family experience! 
MNMN Montessori Professional Association (MNMN MPro)
Are you a current, retired or aspiring Montessori professional? Do you serve students with Montessori methods or lead Montessori programs? Do you train or support Montessorians in their practice? Are you a Montessori guide/teacher, assistant, support staff, administrator, leader, trainee, trainer, or consultant? 
We estimate that there are 3,000 people in MN who will answer “Yes! ” to those questions. Don’t miss the joy of connection and shared experience offered by a community of peers, and the support of a group focused on your needs and voice. 

This group will have dedicated social and education events, identify and support grassroots advocacy and teacher-stress resiliency efforts, promote research, focus on Montessori methods and teacher retention, and form and share resources valuable to the Montessori professional experience!  JOIN HERE!

Don’t miss the 2019 Montessori Professional Development Workshops at St. Kate’s as a great way to start networking with your peers in MN! Are you offering a workshop for your staff and are open to others joining? Do you know of a need for a workshop or have an idea for other social or support opportunities for Montessori Professionals in MN? Email MPro@mnmn.org !

Don’t assume everyone is in the Network.  This email is reaching less than 1% of Montessori families and professionals in the state.  With your help, we know we can change that to 50% by 2021 and 100% by 2023. Make sure everyone interested in, or connected to, Montessori in MN is part of our network! 

Who is missing from the Network? Have all the parents and teachers of Montessori students you know been invited to join the Network?

Send your ideas for reaching all Montessorians to info@mnmn.org ! Encourage those in your network and everyone in your school community to join MNMN and connect with their peers in the Parent, Student, & Alumni or Professional Associations. 
They can also text “MNMN” to 22828 to join!
Montessori Ed Week: It's a wrap!
It was another year of great celebrations and community building in MN during International Montessori Ed Week 2019!

The snow and cold can’t keep Minnesotans down! Over the course of the week, Minnesota celebrated with library displays, classroom activities and celebrations of all kinds. Many of you took the time to engage students and parents and let them share why Montessori is so important to them and their families.

MNMN used our Facebook page to share posts from Montessori communities around the world! If you’d like to see some of them, search #montessoriedweek or visit (and follow!) our Facebook page.
Unfortunately, our impressive winter weather this year did cause the cancellation of the community’s traditional (and well-loved) MEW Kick-Off at St. Catherine’s University. Daisy Han, partner at The Wildflower Foundation and founding member of Montessori for Social Justice, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker and planned to speak about “Teaching for Liberation”. We missed hearing her!

We also missed connecting with everyone at the event and providing the annual reminder to invest in teacher wellness and stress resilience. We are grateful there is a Preparing for Peace & Joy: A Self-Care Workshop for Educators  on April 6 from 2pm-5pm to ensure all our educators can take a much needed “time out” to restore themselves in order to continue to offer their best to the children they serve so passionately.
We wrapped up MEW with a MNMN sponsored screening of “Inside Montessori” at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights. With popcorn in-hand, Montessori educators, students, alumni, alumni parents and education advocates enjoyed the first feature-length Montessori documentary, produced and directed by two MN, Montessori Moms, Jan Selby and Vina Kay. A panel discussion about Montessori Access in MN followed the screening and an amazing gathering of local experts reflected on challenges and opportunities the community faces to make Montessori available to ALL MN students and families.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Montessori Education Week:
S unday, February 23, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

We’ll be celebrating. Will you?
Will this be MNMN's 5th year at the State Fair?
Let's make this happen! Donate & Volunteer!
We connect with thousands of Minnesota families, educators,
and policymakers… ONLY when we all join together to

Volunteer 400 hours & Donate $4,000!

Thanks to the generous participation of Children's Workshop ,
Lake Country School and Sunny Hollow , we're already
20% of the way to our 2019 fundraising goal!!! Thank you!

During the month of April, we need to raise the remaining
80% of State Fair funds and identify a few State Fair Coordinators.  

That’s where you come in!

Please DONATE today!
Volunteer to help COORDINATE today!

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019
Advocacy for Children Day
Join other parents, children, early childhood advocates and providers at the Capitol for the 2019 Advocacy for Children Day on Thursday, March 28. The event will begin at 1:30 and will include activities for children and a short program with speakers. Together we'll show our support for investments in high-quality early care and education, starting with our state's most vulnerable young children. You can find more information here.

Child Care for Working Families Act
Last week in DC Members of Congress reintroduced the Child Care for Working Families Act . This legislation aims to make high-quality care more affordable for families. It also addresses some training and compensation needs of the early childhood workforce. Both Minnesota senators and several representatives are cosponsors of the bill.

Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour
Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour is a monthly opportunity for early childhood and afterschool professionals to connect with each other and learn about current policy issues in an informal setting.
Bring your lunch. Invite your friends. No RSVP necessary.
Attend in person or stream it right from the Minnesota's Future Facebook page .
Mark your calendars! Ann Kaner-Roth Policy Hour is held the first Tuesday of each month, October 2018-June 2019, from Noon-1:00 p.m. at ThinkSmall (2021 East Hennepin Avenue | Suite LL20, Minneapolis, MN 55413).

Session Resources From ThinkSmall
Community Events
St Kate’s has the 2019 workshop series open. Visit the Montessori PD page for opportunities to engage in practicing self care, refreshing our knowledge on Education and Peace with an Anti-bias lens, building gratitude in the classroom and more! There are workshops for all ages, as well as for administration.
Career Opportunities
Primary Guide
Choo Choo Montessori

Apply now to guide the development of children ages 33 months to 6 years old in the children's house. Choo Choo Montessori is accredited by NAEYC and 4 star rated school from MN Parent Aware. Apply by: 5/1/2019 by contacting Natasha Hong

Elementary Summer Camp Assistant
St. Croix Montessori School

Summer Camp Assistant in our Lower Elementary camp. We are located on 15 beautiful acres in the St. Croix River Valley. Our Summer Camp is located on our farm. The camp is an outdoor nature based camp that takes place in our beautiful nature pavilion. Become a part of a great team while enjoying our natural surroundings and help children fall in love with the great outdoors. Apply by 3/29/219 by contacting Valerie Olson at valerie@stcroixmontessori.org or by phone: (651)436-2603

Multiple Assistant/Support positions
White Bear Montessori School

White Bear Montessori School is currently hiring multiple positions, toddler - primary, FT and summer only, beginning June 10th and August 22nd, 2019.AMI Montessori training is preferred but not a requirement for all openings. Contact Marnie McPherson at info@wbms.org . See open position at https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/270440/WBMS%20Mulitple%20Positions.pdf
Wildwood Montessori
Montevideo, MN

Wildwood Montessori is currently seeking:

Montessori Instructional Coach, Elementary
Great River School

The Montessori Coach is an educational leader who focuses on day-to-day implementation of the curriculum. The Coach will mentor the Great River School elementary teaching team. Montessori Instructional coach will use programmatic data to provide insight, ensuring that program delivery meets educational standards and aligns with Montessori principles. The Montessori coach is in a role of support, role modeling, best practice design, and team building among our 12 elementary classrooms in an innovative Montessori public charter school in St Paul MN.
Apply by 4/30/2019 by contacting Sam O’Brian at jobs@greatriverschool.org

Lead Montessori Guide
Mandala Montessori

Full time, permanent position as a lead guide in a Montessori Children's House classroom. Apply by 3/22/2019 by contacting Wendy Sanchez at wendy@mandalamontessori.com

Assistant Teacher
Kinderhaus Montessori School

We are looking for an Assistant Teacher to work at at our small, non-profit Montessori school for the 2019-20 school year. This position would start in August 2019 with salary starting in July 2019.

Apply by 3/31/2019 by contacting Taylor Amigon at taylor@kinderhaus-montessori.org, 612-719-2739

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