Charis Sharp ’08 (PhD Leadership & Change) recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Metro Montessori, a family of private schools in Washington, DC and Maryland. She is also involved in national-level policy work through the Montessori Public Policy Initiative council. She recently managed a state policy landscape analysis conducted by Bellwether Education Partners, which illuminated trends and common policy-related obstacles to authentic Montessori education across 37 states.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm