Maren Schmidt

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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...

What Is Civility?

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 05, 2017

Washington Post article offers a startling statistic: 71% of employees are looking for new jobs.

The main reason for their job dissatisfaction is employees don’t feel appreciated on the job in two basic way, recognition and compensation.

The...

What The World Needs Now Is...

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 31, 2017

Here I sit with a long-view, physically and philosophically.

As I write this, it’s my 62nd birthday.

Gazing over the ocean from my lanai, I wonder how I can help in the time I have left.

What's The Tone Of Your School?

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 03, 2017

Victoria held back tears.

"I see now that my over-reacting to difficult and unexpected situations created this negativity at my school," Victoria said.

"When things don't go my version of perfect I get upset.  And it shows. A parent complains, a...