Maren Schmidt

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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...

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 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...

SUMMER RETREAT: MAA In Napa Valley

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. 

Leading Towards Civility

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 06, 2018

Over the past four months we've looked at teaching civility. 

We've considered that there are key questions we need to keep in the air every day:

The High Costs of Incivility

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 06, 2018

One of the dangers of dealing with incivility is like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. 

If a frog jumps into boiling water, he’ll jump right out. 

Light the fire after the frog is in the pot, and he stays until it is too late.

With...

Dealing With Incivility

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 02, 2018

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

This nursery rhyme from the 1830’s, created to help children develop self-control in the face of taunting, sets us up to think we have to accept incivility.

From an early age, we...