Creating Clarity

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 01, 2019

What do we mean by having clarity within an organization?

Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Advantage, describes clarity as the alignment of values, goals, strategies and behaviors so that there is little possibility for confusion, chaos or...

Building A Cohesive Leadership Team

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 05, 2018

Patrick Lencioni in his book,The Advantage, asks us to imagine two organizations.

The first is led by a leadership team whose members are open with one another, passionately debate important issues, and commit to clear decision even if they...

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...

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...

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.

The Deep Well Of Time

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 11, 2016

I want to tell you about an important book. 

Michael Dorer’s, The Deep Well Of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom.

Human beings learn best through stories. 

As Montessori teachers we are asked to be storytellers of...