Author: Jon Glatfelter

Guidepost Montessori and the Academy of Thought and Industry Earn Cognia System Accreditation 

April 12, 2021  LAKE FOREST, CA – Higher Ground Education, the leading network of schools dedicated to Montessori education, announced today that Guidepost Montessori and the Academy of Thought and Industry have earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.  Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of learners, and effective leadership…. Read more »

Higher Ground Education Raises $30M Series D and Acquires Award-Winning FreshGrade Platform to Accelerate ‘Montessori Everywhere’ Mission 

  Led by Learn Capital, the $30M USD Series D will power Higher Ground’s ‘Montessori Everywhere’ mission, enabling investments that drive technological, pedagogical and international business growth   Higher Ground has acquired FreshGrade, an award-winning digital portfolio and assessment platform used by 85,000 teachers, 1.3 million students and 1.8 million parents. FreshGrade will enhance and enable more widespread access to Higher Ground’s high-agency Montessori curriculum   Higher Ground has doubled its revenue… Read more »

The Purpose and Pedagogy of Black History Month: A Panel Discussion with Higher Ground’s Advisory Group on Montessori and Identity

Last week, Higher Ground’s advisory group on Montessori and Identity gathered for a discussion on the purpose and value of African American history and closely connected questions of identity and humanism.   Moderated by Higher Ground’s VP of Pedagogy, Matt Bateman, the panel dove into topics including the original purpose of Black History Month (and why we might want to… Read more »

Higher Ground Education Acquires Altitude Learning LMS to Accelerate ‘Montessori Everywhere’ Mission  

Higher Ground Education has acquired the Altitude Learning LMS technology, along with Altitude’s product and engineering teams, to invest further in high-agency curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher training. The acquisition brings in-house the underlying tools that power Higher Ground’s wide range of offerings and accelerates its mission to power the global growth of Montessori-informed pedagogy and… Read more »

Higher Ground Education and Altitude Learning Partner to Modernize Education 

Building on their shared vision of changing the world through education and a long-standing partnership supporting Montessori and learner-centered education, Higher Ground Education and Altitude Learning are collaborating to extend their collective impact and accelerate progress toward each organization’s mission.   Higher Ground Education, a super-user of the Altitude Learning platform which it leverages to enable parents, students… Read more »

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Guy Barnett

Mr. Barnett earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto.   From 2003 to 2010, he worked as a Senior Executive at Dominion Management, a property management and development firm in Canada. There he was responsible for 25 properties located in Canada and the southeastern United States, overseeing 60 employees.   In 2010,… Read more »

Rebecca Girn

Ms. Girn is an attorney with an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from UCLA, with dual specializations in business law and philosophy of law. She also holds an AMI Montessori teaching diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, specializing in 0 to 3 year olds.   A member of the California State Bar,… Read more »