Conversations about Montessori
Every August The Glen holds a week long in-service for its faculty and staff to prepare for the new school year. Training sessions take place on topics such as curriculum, fire and disaster preparedness, first aid and CPR, and Montessori philosophy.
Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of some of our faculty during first aid and CPR training. We are very fortunate that our own Ms. Lyndsay, who is a phenomenal PE teacher is also a certified first aid and CPR trainer.
“Education is the best weapon for peace.”- Dr. Maria Montessori
The following is a list of websites and support materials for peace education from the American Montessori Society. Now, more than ever, Dr. Montessori’s curriculum focusing on peace education is crucial for our school and community.
The following websites contain valuable resources for peace and social justice education.
- Montessori for Social Justice
- Black Lives Matter at School, Rochester City School District
- Sarasota Peace Center
- Richmond Peace Education Center
- Teaching Tolerance
- City Garden Montessori Charter School
- National Public Radio, Resources for Educators
- The Washington Post, Teaching about Race
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Resources for Talking about Charlottesville
- Common Sense Media
- A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice
- Social Justice Book List
To promote peace through literature, we offer this extensive list of books about peace(originally published in Montessori Life, Spring 2016). It is divided by suggested age levels, with a short summary about each book.
Educating for Peace: The Essence of Montessori, produced by Eric Johnson (Educational Video Publishing) in partnership with AMS.
Featuring children from birth through high school, this 21-minute DVD examines how children in Montessori programs learn grace and courtesy, resolve conflicts, care for the environment, and come to respect other cultures. To order, contact Educational Video Publishing.
The Peace Alliance is an excellent resource for information about peace education and conflict resolution. Sign up for their eNewsletter for regular updates on their activities and peace actions alerts.
Dear Glen Families:
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at The Glen Montessori School. The Glen has a long tradition of providing an exceptional Montessori education to children and this year is promising to be no exception.
The Glen’s long tradition began in September of 1986 in the small fellowship room of a church in Glenfield with just six Children’s House students. Today, our school has grown to serve children from eight weeks to twelve years old. We have more than a dozen classrooms and more than 200 students, making us one of the largest Montessori schools in the greater Pittsburgh area.
The growth of The Glen is attributable to the families and faculty who have given generously of their time and resources over the last 31 years.
Today, there are still many opportunities to get involved. We continue to move forward with the goals outlined in our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan which contains objectives in five key areas. Committees have been convened in the areas of Communication and Technology, Facilities, Education, Advancement, and Organizational Development. Our Parent Teacher Community (PTC) is also a great way to help the school, by volunteering in the classroom or at school community events.
The Glen is a school for children, but more importantly it is a community. We have all come to The Glen, as families and faculty, because we believe in the benefits of Montessori education and value the partnership between home and school to provide the best nurturing support of children.
Ours is important work. As Dr. Montessori said, “Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.”
It is wonderful to be surrounded by a community of families, faculty and our Board of Directors that is as passionate about the mission Dr. Montessori has set for us and the commitment to the lives of children that have brought each of us to The Glen. And that is why through our work together, our children will continue to receive an extraordinary Montessori education in a school which truly values them.
Head of School