Category: Journal

Higher Ground Launches Education Think Tank 

Higher Ground’s growing network of in-person and distance-learning programs are all premised on a distinct approach to education, grounded heavily in Montessori principles and practices, and informed by a broad engagement with the histories of philosophy and education. To further the core of Higher Ground’s mission, the company has launched the think tank, Montessorium.    By… Read more »

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 »

What is Higher Ground Education’s Vision of Montessori?

For decades Montessori has historically been subjected to two diametrically opposed critiques: some feel it gives children too much freedom in the classroom, while others argue it gives them too little. That’s because Montessori is typically seen as a progressive alternative to mainstream education. In fact, Montessori transcends the false choice between progressive and traditional… Read more »

Calling All Educators: Back to Work in the Context of COVID-19

Returning to the classroom during the disruption caused by the pandemic has been challenging for both parents and teachers. Each family must evaluate their own risk tolerance in balance with the financial, logistical and emotional needs unique to their dynamic. At Higher Ground Education, which runs the world’s largest dedicated network of Montessori schools, diversifying program offerings to secure continuity of education for children and continuity… Read more »

Guidepost Montessori Launches Nanny Shares, Home Learning Pods Nationwide

(Lake Forest, CA, JUL 2020) – Guidepost Montessori is offering families across the country new childcare and education solutions with the national expansion of Guidepost at Home, a service that places vetted and trained Montessori nannies and educators in the homes of families searching for an alternative to brick-and-mortar daycares and schools this fall. The at-home service… Read more »

Human Achievement and Human Development

It is well-known that Maria Montessori views child development as a self-directed process. When children learn, whether it’s to grasp or to walk, to count or to write, to classify plants or to empathize with others, it is done by the child’s activity. Educators and caretakers can and ought to help children learn and grow… Read more »