Author: Jon Glatfelter

Meet Monna Istranyi: From education to corporate and back again

Monna Istranyi has always been drawn to education. Today, she runs both marketing and admissions for Polis Montessori World School, but her thoughtful journey to get here included an extensive corporate career first — experiences that only validated what she’s always known: She loves school more. Monna grew up in Shanghai but was eager to… Read more »

Academy of Thought and Industry high school launches online courses for summer 2019

AUSTIN, TX, April 22, 2019 — The Academy of Thought and Industry has launched ATI Online, an offering of virtual classes that will begin this summer. This pilot program is part of a larger network of physical campuses and will add to ATI’s growing global community. “ATI is renowned for its dialogue-based courses,” says Michael… Read more »

Meet Erin Hennigan: Montessori a right fit from the beginning

Years ago, Erin Hennigan was a three-year-old boy, working joyfully in a Montessori classroom. He would engage thoughtfully with the materials, solve conflict peacefully with his peers and believe fully in his capabilities — within the environment and beyond. He remained in a Montessori setting through sixth grade, at which point he entered into more… Read more »

Meet Divij Munjal: Enthusiasm for life sustains the work

At Higher Ground Education, businessman Divij Munjal maximizes his efforts — every day, all the time, “as much as possible.”  He’s new to the organization, but his heart is settled. There is an evident zest for the work that feels established, ingrained, and intuitive.  “I’m very fast-paced,” he says. “It’s in my genes, since I… Read more »

The American Experiment as a Prepared Environment

“Ye that love mankind!” implored Thomas Paine in 1776, “receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”  In Paine’s view, the cause animating the American resistance could be extended to all people everywhere. Seeing the rejection of freedom across the world, he longed to welcome the global oppressed to American shores. But… Read more »

Fundamental Barriers to Education Reform

Venture capitalist Paul Graham and others often talk about how winning, world-changing ideas seem obvious in retrospect. We see this also on a historical grand scale: The industrial revolution made the value of science obvious in a way that would have been unimaginable a few hundred years before. In education, there are three transformative ideas… Read more »

The Goals of Montessori Education

Ray Girn, CEO of Higher Ground Education, sits down to answer a fundamental question. “How are the goals of Montessori education different from traditional expectations of education?”

Creating a Child’s World

It’s common to recognize that young children are highly perceptive and unusually sensitive to their surroundings. Montessori agreed, and took this a step further: she believed that children take their early experiences and use them to build the very foundations of their minds. If the child finds herself in a world of beauty and order,… Read more »

New Higher Ground Website

With this new version of the website, we really wanted to focus on telling the stories of our amazing ventures and the incredible team that is assembled together to change education in our lifetime. To get us started, we discovered a remarkable video of Maria Montessori. For many of us, it was the first time… Read more »

Meet Polis Montessori World School

Raising Children of the World An Education for Students Ages 2 to 11 Today’s world is flush with global opportunities. It is a playground of innovation, culture, and connection for those with the right skills and mindset. The person who can focus, self-regulate, and problem-solve—that has the foundation to understand herself and to recognize and… Read more »