How Shall We Serve?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 29, 2018

One of the fundamental ideas for me about leadership is servant leadership.

We lead to serve. 

As school leaders, we lead to serve the needs, wants and aspirations of children.

But what are the factors for service in our world today, especially...

FREE SERIES: Empowering Kids Now

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 27, 2018

Are you bothered by what’s happening with our kids right now?

The high rate of anxiety, the bullying, the endless striving, and maybe worst of all, the disconnection from who they truly are.

There’s almost endless achievement pressure, social...

FREE WEBINAR: Living Life Unplugged

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 23, 2018
  • How does our interdependence on the human created super structure of internet technology affect our humanity?  
  • How does technology affect our children’s natural and normal development, development that has been closely connected to nature...

Is Your School A Movement Or Nothing But A Business?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2018

Why aren’t more of our schools places of realized potential?

An attribute shared by places of realized potential is that the group and its leadership see their organization as much more than a business.  The people in those organizations view...

FREE TRAINING: The Five Most Important Questions

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2018

Are you...

  • Bending over backwards to develop staff harmony?
  • Disappointed with parent commitment to your school programs?
  • Hampered by staff members who lack essential knowledge of Montessori principles?
  • Vexed by children's disruptive behaviors?
  • ...

FREE TRAINING: The Five Most Important Questions

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 25, 2018


There are five questions that you should consider if you are going to create a joyful and confident school community of children, families and staff members.

Unfortunately, many school leaders spend decades without understanding what is missing...


Written by Maren Schmidt on April 11, 2018

This summer at the MAA Summer Retreat I'm going to be able to share information about one of my favorite topics, building community. 

FREE EGUIDE: 3 Tips For Effective Montessori Parent Education

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 07, 2018

If you haven't already gotten this eguide to help you with creating effective Montessori parent education programs, I invite you to do so now. 

Leading Without Power: Places Of Realized Potential

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 03, 2018

Over the past ten years I’ve pruned my book collection, literally by the thousands.  One book that remains in my library is Max De Pree’s, Leading Without Power: Finding Hope In Serving Community.

Teaching Civility: Articles To Share

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 27, 2018

Here is a list of Kids Talk articles that might help you in your work of teaching civility. Click on the titles to read the entire article.