Category: Journal

Interview with Ray Girn

Ray Girn, Founder and CEO of Higher Ground Education (HGE), recently sat down with the Prepared Montessorian China team to share his thoughts on HGE’s sweeping vision. The Prepared Montessorian, the professional development arm of Higher Ground Education, will be conducting a set of workshops for teachers this summer across multiple cities in China. This… Read more »

Our Story

Higher Ground Education was founded by a small team of impassioned educators and business leaders — skilled operators who had spent their early careers creating and scaling one of the most high-quality, high-fidelity Montessori school networks in the world. For many years the team devoted itself to developing, testing, refining, and putting into practice the… Read more »

Our Mission

We want to make a Montessori education accessible to children and families, no matter where they are. By creating best-in-class education opportunities both online and in every global community, we enable children to realize their human potential as knowledge-guided, value-oriented, efficacious beings, so that they may experience joy in the process of growing into successful… Read more »

The Prepared Montessorian

We help leaders and teachers worldwide learn how to better serve children. The mission of the Prepared Montessorian is to provide the adult Montessori educator with the tools, training, resources, perspective, and inspiration—the prepared environment—necessary to optimally guide the children under her care. The Prepared Montessorian will offer its services directly through its professional development platform, and… Read more »

A Global Strategy

While initially focusing our efforts on the children in the United States that would benefit from a Montessori education, we cannot ignore the fact that lack of access to quality Montessori is just as pronounced internationally—or the fact that Montessori is already a massively global movement. Both the challenges for and the opportunity of Montessori… Read more »

What Does It Take to Achieve Excellence?

For many decades, researchers who have focused on achieving excellence in all realms have studied the practices of star performers and exceptionally capable learners. Mastery requires a careful focus on and commitment to improving the quality of one’s own practice—it is an ongoing process of refinement of technique whether in music, writing, mathematics, chess, coding,… Read more »

Cultivating Excellence

Dr. Charles Reavis’ Lessons from Extraordinary Educators tells the story of coaches, teachers, and principals who elicit extraordinary performance from “ordinary” students. We have all known a particular high school that won state or national championships in chess, debate, mathematics, choir, or other areas far out of proportion to their population. Reavis concludes from examining… Read more »

When Not to Help Your Child

Your child is capable of doing so many things for themselves. Of course, as a parent, you want to help your child when they are struggling or frustrated. But for your child’s development, confidence, and independence, it’s important to pause a few seconds before stepping in. Observe if your child is actually struggling, or just… Read more »

How to Help your Child Learn Patience

So much of the learning your child does before age 6 is learning how to interact with others. These learning moments of ‘What happens when…’ are grouped into Grace and Courtesy lessons in the Montessori classroom and are essential to building a positive school community. You can incorporate Grace and Courtesy lesson at home as… Read more »

The Montessori Multiplier

Looking backwards at the life you’ve lived, consider the sheer variety of experiences that make up your history. Hours spent conversing with friends or loved ones, learning to play the violin, reading a great novel, preparing a meal, walking on the beach, or researching some topic that is interesting to you. Looking forward at your… Read more »