Our Mission & Vision

The Montessori movement has been both international and grassroots from its very inception. Around the world, across decades, enterprising Montessorians have built thousands of schools and educated countless children—often in the face of immense and varying challenges, fueled by nothing but the conviction that something better is better for children.

Higher Ground International seeks to help bring together and empower the international Montessori community, to help solve these challenges and to accelerate the growth of Montessori worldwide. Our mission is to support Montessorians with the guidance, the systems, the resources, and the people that will help them launch and grow quality Montessori schools wherever they may be.

For every child world-round to have access to high quality Montessori education from birth, every Montessori leader world-round needs comprehensive, effective resources. We envision a future where educators have access to comprehensive Montessori training and ongoing leadership development throughout their careers in education. We envision Montessori leaders connected to a global network that supports, shares, and grows the movement together.

We envision, in short, a cosmopolitan network that serves as a prepared environment for the enterprising, global Montessorian—as a natural extension of Higher Ground’s mission to amplify the efforts of Montessorians.

A Global Strategy

Higher Ground Education (HGE) based in Lake Forest, California, is creating a platform to open and operate great Montessori schools.

While initially focusing our efforts on the children in the United States that would benefit from a Montessori education, we cannot ignore the fact that lack of access to quality Montessori is just as pronounced internationally—or the fact that Montessori is already a massively global movement. Both the challenges for and the opportunity of Montessori education are fundamentally global.

There are thousands of educational entrepreneurs across the world trying to bring Montessori to children in their communities, but they lack the support they need to launch thriving schools. Higher Ground International strives to address this need by providing such entrepreneurs with the tools, trainings, resources, network, perspective, and inspiration needed to succeed in their work.

Higher Ground was founded in 2016 in Lake Forest, California. Last year, Higher Ground opened seven Montessori schools in four states across the United States, with many more in the pipeline.

Since its inception, Higher Ground has reached out internationally, with partners on the ground in Asia and opportunities being actively explored in Latin America, Europe, and Africa. Higher Ground International formalizes and institutionalizes this ongoing work, extending its platform globally and entering into many more partnerships.

HGI is in the process of opening an office in China this year, with HGI Central Europe and HGI Latin America opening in 2019.

The Prepared Montessorian

Prepared Montessorian is the training and professional development arm of Higher Ground, helping leaders and teachers worldwide learn how to better serve children. The mission of the Prepared Montessorian is to provide the adult Montessori educator with the tools, training, resources, perspective, and inspiration—the prepared environment—necessary to optimally guide the children under her care. The Prepared Montessorian will offer its services directly through its professional development platform, and indirectly by supporting and championing others engaged in the great work of preparing Montessori educators.

What does Prepared Montessorian offer globally?

  1. World-class teacher and school leader training deeply rooted in the Montessori Pedagogy that spans childhood from birth-through-high school.

  2. Practical apprenticeship training and directly applicable professional development in our network of schools around the world.

  3. Re-imagining the education career track as an esteemed profession of dignity, a vocation that offers expansive professional development opportunities.

  4. Re-thinking talent recruitment and management in the world of education.

For more about The Prepared Montessorian brand, please visit preparedmontessorian.com.

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