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Jeffrey Katz

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Peace Education in 2019 and Beyond

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”--Maria Montessori 

Many people these days have a hard time reading the headlines without feeling fearful or resentful. Unless it's a story about a rescued animal, rarely is there something that everyone agrees we should be universally happy about....

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Sometimes Old School is Best


Do you enjoy reading illustrated children's books with your own child in your lap?  Who doesn't, right? Well, it turns out that may be the best way to help children learn.

A recent study used MRI's of young children's brains to compare the effectiveness of animated cartoons, audio tapes and illustrated picture books.  The review of the three methods is best framed using the terminology of ...

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Richest Man in World Starts $1 Billion Montessori School Fund


Chances are you know Jeff Bezos by now, the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world as of September 2018 ($162 billion).  What you may not know is that this September he also started the Day 1 Academies Fund, a $1 billion commitment to support private Montessori schools in underprivileged areas throughout the U.S.  The schools will be 100% scholarship based.  

If you're wondering...

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The Mayo Clinic and Montessori

Have you ever met individuals who knew from an early age what they wanted to do with their lives? I blogged about a friend of mine, rocket scientist Stacy Weinstein, some years ago.  Last year we invited her, along with our Middle School and Upper Elementary students, into a Skype session from her office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  Listening to her describe her...

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Double Majors More Innovative and Valuable to Employers

MPA recently hired a wonderful new science teacher who graduated from college this spring with a major in biology and a double minor in chemistry and marketing.  It was a combination difficult to ignore.  She also indicated she wanted to keep growing, keep learning, keep adding value to our institution.  We were sold.  

If she sounds like a Montessori kid, you're not far from the truth.  Her...

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MPA's Full Accreditation by the American Montessori Society

News Release

Montessori Private Academy (MPA) recently received accreditation from the American Montessori Society (AMS).  Rising to this level of excellence is very rigorous and took 2 1/2 years of self-study, refinement, and AMS onsite review to accomplish.  Illinois, which has had a long Montessori tradition, has 25 accredited schools, by far the greatest concentration in the U.S.

To be...

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Montessori's Only Unsupported Theory--Until Now

For over 100 years those who've read her volumes of pedagogy have known about Dr. Maria Montessori's stance on fantasy for ages six and under.  She felt it was inappropriate, perhaps even damaging, for children to be peppered by the imaginative stories written by adults.  In fact, she had observed just the opposite, that children are much more interested in understanding, and working with, the...

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What Does It Take to Become a Montessori Teacher?


When a beloved teacher walks into your office and says she is moving out of state, what is your first thought?  I must admit mine is usually,  "Where will I find another one like her?"  

And yet year after year we find them.  But who are they?  Where do they come from?  

Dr. Maria Montessori first started training teachers more than a century ago.  She often said she preferred individuals...

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Children and the Dangers of Social Media 


The CEO of Apple won't let his nephew on social media.   

Sean Parker, one of the earliest investors in Facebook said in an interview late last year that Facebook "...literally changes your relationship with society, with each other ... It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains.

"The thought process ... was all about: 'How...

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What Time Should Your Kids Be in Bed?

We all know how important a good night's rest is, particularly for children.  But sometimes schedules get out of whack, time gets away from us, or children simply do not want to go to sleep.  For some families, it is tough to stay on schedule.  Some parents might be tempted to ask: Is the recommended amount of sleep for each age really that important?

In a word, yes.  

If it's late at night,...

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