The Minnesota Montessori Network
"Promote the conditions for Montessori education to flourish by cultivating and coordinating connection of Montessorians in Minnesota and Minnesotans to Montessori through outreach and education, networking, professional development support, and advocacy within and beyond the Minnesota Montessori community"
About This Cause
The Minnesota Montessori Network (MNMN) is a collaborative community promoting education that nurtures the development of the whole child, from infancy to adulthood, as envisioned by Dr. Maria Montessori, and substantiated by current research. We strive to invite engagement, coordinate efforts and enhance connections among parents and families, alumni, educators, professionals, schools, universities, organizations, media, and government to collectively safeguard and nurture the developmental needs of our state's children.
There are no membership fees to join. Every person with an interest in the well-being of children is welcome to participate in any network activities regardless of age, affiliation, experience, or knowledge of Montessori education.
Our vision is that Montessori education options are so widely available, easily accessible, and well-understood that every Minnesota family has the opportunity to choose Montessori education from birth through high school, and has the knowledge to make an informed decision with their child.
In 2014, long-standing Montessori organizations joined together to form a new national initiative in the United States called the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI).
MPPI's mission is to create a groundswell of activism through the establishment and support of grassroots advocacy coalitions, with a key objective of creating coalitions in every state. Together, these coalitions work toward the shared goal of advancing Montessori through public consensus, shared interests, and efforts at the local, state and federal levels of public policy.
Minnesota has always been home to leaders in the Montessori community, and we demonstrated that leadership again in the establishment of our state coalition.
Montessorians in Minnesota were in conversation with MPPI founders, even before MPPI was officially established. In July, 2013, local Montessorians worked together to form the Minnesota Montessori Network to connect Montessorians in Minnesota and Minnesotans to Montessori.