BOOK REVIEW | The Big Disconnect

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 30, 2018

The rate of change in our digital world confounds.

Published in 2013,The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, cites research from 2010, now over eight years old.  Eight years in digital time is ancient...

FREE TRAINING: The Five Most Important Questions

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 28, 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...

BOOK | Building Cathedrals Not Walls

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 21, 2018

Building Cathedrals Not Walls is a collection of ninety Kids Talk essays to inspire you in your work with children, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or other adult in the life of a child.

Cathedrals endure as symbols of vision and dedication...

FREE WEBINAR: Understanding How Children Learn To Read

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 20, 2018
  • Want FUN reading activities to do with preschoolers?
  • Want to feel confident about children's reading?

In Understanding How Children Learn To Read, you'll learn:

  • Skills essential to reading success
  • Common developmental obstacles
  • Why one...

BOOK | Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 11, 2018

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori education more than anything is about understanding and aiding the natural process of child growth and learning.

FREE WEBINAR: Helping Parents "Get" Montessori

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 07, 2018

 Are you a school leader concerned about helping your school families "understand" Montessori?   

Please join me for a 45-minute "instant" webinar on Helping Parents "Get" Montessori.

In this free webinar you'll learn about:

Is Your School A Healthy Organization?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 06, 2018

The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.

Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health...

FREE WEBINAR: What Does It Take To Become A Good Observer?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 06, 2018
  • Have you ever wished for the proverbial teacher's eyes in the back of your head?
  • Do you want to help children overcome their learning obstacles?

Observation is the skill to help you become more a more effective teacher. 

The Art of Observation

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 01, 2018

One of the key principles of Montessori philosophy is observing the child involved in a self-selected activity, which Dr. Montessori referred to as “work.”

To observe, we should make sure that the children we are observing have something...

FREE INSTANT WEBINAR: How To Help With Spelling

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 10, 2018

In today’s tech world with computerized dictation programs, along with the ability to use spelling auto-correct as we write, there is an educational faction that says that learning to spell is unimportant, that spelling is dead.

Research shows,...