Category: Journal

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 »

Press Release: Higher Ground Education, The Roots of Progress Co-Found Global “Progress Studies” Curriculum for High School Students

(Lake Forest, CA, MAY 2020) –  The Roots of Progress and Higher Ground Education have partnered to create a high-school program within the emerging field of Progress Studies – the study of scientific, industrial, technological, and economic advancement. “Progress Studies for Young Scholars” is now enrolling applicants globally for a June launch. The program, which will… Read more »

Guidepost at Home Partners with city-based housing brand Kin to bring childcare on-site

Kin, a real estate brand that builds and operates community-focused housing for young families, launched in 2019 as a collaboration between Common and Tishman Speyer. They  are a small team on a big mission to forge tech and shared spaces in a way that creates truly family-friendly urban living. Everything from the design of residential Kin buildings to community programming is rooted in the belief that families live better when they are part of a strong community. When Guidepost Montessori launched Guidepost At Home’s nanny share in the city this… Read more »

Guidepost Montessori Launches Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers

Lake Forest, CA, MARCH 20 2020— While many schools are temporarily closing as the nation mobilizes around coronavirus response measures, Guidepost Montessori is re-opening its early childhood campuses to ensure that essential workers do not lose crucial childcare services during the crisis. “To successfully address this global pandemic, we inescapably rely on certain critical work forces, and these essential workers… Read more »