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Dear Principal: A Father Writes a Letter to Himself Without Knowing It

Cincinnati Montessori Society – Online Newsletter, Issue 23, Winter 2016 A Father Writes a Letter to Himself Without Knowing It By: Jeff Groh Photo taken by: Tracy Casagrande Clancy In 2013, I became a father. I had been a Montessori teacher for 13 years and started imagining the type of education I wanted for my newborn son. As an exercise, I wrote a letter to the fictitious principal that would one day be in charge of my son’s elementary school years. I rediscovered the letter recently while rearranging my office at home. It was perfect timing, because my son will start …

City Beat published an article about True Theatre and TNSM Director Jeff Groh

It’s human nature to enjoy both hearing and telling a good story. TNSM’s director, Jeff Groh, and his friend Dave Levy started a Cincinnati tradition of storytelling called, “True Theatre.” To learn more about it and to see the article in its entirety, click here. (Photo above was taken by Mikki Schaffner)

Winter thoughts from Jeff Groh

Dear Friends, I hope everyone is having an enjoyable winter break. This time of year can often bring up many mixed emotions: stresses or pleasures that come from visits with extended family, remembering those we have lost, or the anticipation and hope that a new year brings. Whatever your circumstance, we wish you joy and peace. We are 4 months into the school year, and the staff at The New School Montessori is filled with gratitude toward the families and children we get to serve. One of life’s greatest joys comes from putting one’s talents and gifts toward a cause or …

This is the Place!

Forty-five years ago, a group of parents were searching for a place to create a school that encouraged alternative views and challenged students to consider, explore, and think deeply about themselves and the world around them. They found the Mitchell Mansion and knew, “This is the Place.” From that time in 1970, parents and staff have worked together to protect and nourish those same values in the lives of children. Through long hours, generous donations and volunteerism, our founding community, and generations since, have promised to keep the doors open for families looking for a school that understands education is …

Welcome-back-to-school letter from Director Jeff Groh.

Dear Friends of The New School Community, “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities. “ -Dr. Maria Montessori Whether you at the beginning, in the middle, or nearing the end of your journey with us, each year is an opportunity to blaze “new paths” into unlocking our individual and collective potentials. As the only school in Cincinnati accredited by the American Montessori Society, we are proud of our dedication to adhering to the principles and philosophy set forth by Dr. Montessori. She understood, over a hundred …

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Visual Thinking Strategies at TNSM

The New School Montessori Looks at Art in a New Way. Since its inception, 44 years ago, The New School Montessori has been doing things a little differently. Founded by a group of progressive parents looking for an alternative to the traditional form of education that was being offered in local public schools, The New School Montessori began a journey that has kept them experimenting and asking new questions about how best to teach children. So it should come as no surprise to hear that The New School’s professional development day for its teachers on November 7 is dedicated to looking at art…in new ways. …

Days 1-3 at Harvard’s Art of Leadership: Improving Schools

Hello TNSM! I am having an amazing time here at Harvard and can’t wait to share all my experiences with you when I return. That being said, I’m just too excited not to share a little right now! Day 1: Two remarkable educational leaders shared their journeys and discoveries with us. Dr. William Henderson had been a principal for over 30 years. He began to loose his sight as a young man and by thirty was blind. Although he was encouraged to quit working and collect disability, he decided instead to turn his visual limitations into strengths. He became a …

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Montessori: Pulling Education out of the Past and Launching It into the Future

By: TNSM Director, Jeff Groh Angeline Stoll Lillard’s book, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, begins with this sentence: “Two fundamental cornerstones of American schooling today were placed at the turn of the 20th Century: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate.” Modern research shows that both of these ideas are outdated and ineffective when it comes to educating children, and yet, they remain deeply embedded in the educational models of the United States. The first, the school as a factory, was the result of mass public education spreading across America starting in the mid-19th …

Why the Arts Matter

There used to be a story that went like this:  You go to school, you go to college, you get a job, and you remain at that job for the next 30 years and then retire.  It was a linear story, it moved in one direction.  That story no longer exists. Life is not linear. It is organic and unpredictable. Now more than ever. Here are facts that drive this point home: It is estimated that today’s students will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38. 1 out of 4 workers today is working for a company they have …