Parents Meeting

Parents of current or former Montessori students are invited to meet with ICCSD Superintendent Steve Murley on Monday, April 9th at 6:30 pm at the North Liberty Recreation Center.  The transition of Montessori students into the public schools will be discussed. Parents are invited to share comments or concerns and to ask questions about their child’s transition or upcoming transition from Montessori programming into the ICCSD schools.

There will also be a brief update from the Montessori Elementary School Steering Committee and comments on the current prospects for a public Montessori program.

 Montessori Children’s Garden of North Liberty will be hosting this meeting.

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Montessori and the Future of Education

Dr. Steve Hughes, University of Minnesota Medical School, discusses Montessori education.


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“See the light in the children’s eyes.”

Trevor Eissler’s “Montessori Madness!” video.

HT: The Baan Dek Montessori

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Montessori in The Wall Street Journal

Read the Montessori Mafia in The Wall Street Journal here.

HT:  Harvard Business Review Blog: Montessori Builds Innovators.

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Magnet Schools in Iowa City

Another guest opinion about magnet schools in the Press-Citizen.

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ICCSD Facilities Committee

Elementary magnet school programs are on the ICCSD Facilities Committee agenda for the meeting scheduled for Monday, June 27th at 4:00 pm in the second floor conference room.

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The Press-Citizen Guest Opinion

Read our guest opinion in The Press-Citizen.

Update:  The link has expired.  Here is the text of our guest opinion:

The Montessori Elementary School Steering Committee (MESSC) is a group of parents, teachers, and administrators working to create a public Montessori option in the Iowa City Community School District.

The Montessori method is based on the work of Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator.  Through her direct observation of children, Montessori developed classroom and instructional practices that promote the optimal academic and social development of the child at critical sensitive periods in their individual development.

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Montessori: Education for the 21st Century

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are Montessori kids.  See what they say about their Montessori education in Wired Magazine here.

Update:  TechCrunch has another article crediting Montessori for the success of Page and Brin here.

HT:  Superintendent Murley.

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Evaluating Montessori Education

Click here for a study of the social and academic impact of a Montessori education in Milwaukee by Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest published in Science magazine.

Choose the article titled THE EARLY YEARS:  Evaluating Montessori Education.

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The Daily Iowan Article

Read about our efforts in The Daily Iowan.

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