Ella Jenkins

Grammy award-winning legend, Ella Jenkins, enchants students at our school!

On Friday, January 27, 2012, The Innovative faculty welcomed the legendary Ella Jenkins to our school. Jenkins, the best-selling artist in the history of the Smithsonian Folkways label, shared the power of words through music and singing. She performed classics like "Did You Feed My Cow?," "Miss Mary Mack," and played with our students.

Students sang Jenkins' 1966 celebrated recording of "You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song", the same song that was placed in the National Recording Registry by The Library of Congress. At age 87, the "First Lady of Children's Music," still beautifully brought out everyone's inner child, leaving us with laughter and excitement.


Visit by The American Montessori Society's Living Legacy, Marie M. Dugan!
Marie Dugan

Marie M. Dugan, the American Montessori Society's 2009 Living Legacy visited The Innovative School on Thursday - August 29, 2011. Marie has helped nurture the growth of the American Montessori Society—and, indeed, the American Montessori movement—since the earliest days, when AMS founder Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch became her mentor and friend. Marie currently provides consultation on Montessori practices for both public and private schools and is the co-coordinator for the Center for Montessori School Management at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/New York. Marie spent the morning observing each of our classroom environments. Her feedback at the end was a real treat for our faculty to hear: "It was such a pleasure to be in all the classrooms, I didn't want to leave. What it says on your logo is true, Authentic Montessori Education". Marie later spoke to thirty invited Montessori Heads of Schools at our campus, hosted by The Institute of Montessori Education.  We are avid proponents in supporting Montessori Heads of School networking for the purpose of raising the quality of Montessori education in the greater Houston community.


Judi Bauerlein, the American Montessori Society's 2010 Living Legacy Comes to Our School!

Judi Bauerlein

Judi is a Montessorian top to bottom, left to right, through and through. She has been gallivanting around the world educating and inspiring people in private and public schools for over 35 years.

Judi and local Montessori schools, heads of schools gathered for a meet and greet after a tour of our school on Thursday - September 30,2010. Judi was very impressed with our program.

The Institute of Montessori Education hosted a Montessori Leadership forum on Friday, October 1, 2010 with Judi Bauerlein as the keynote. Eight Montessori master teachers from Texas were part of the panel. Kathryn Miller our EC Primary Guide was one of the panelists representing early childhood Montessori teachers. Way to go Kathryn!


Renowned Author, Dr. Jane Nelsen visits The Innovative School!

Jane NelsenDr. Jane Nelsen is an internationally acclaimed author and contributor to the Positive Discipline methodology. She has written over twenty books and regularly conducts lectures and workshops worldwide. She has made television appearances on Oprah, Sally Jessy Raphael, amongst others and was the featured parent expert on National Parent. Her work is renowned and has achieved continued success and popularity as an expert in her field.

The Innovative School's Munir Shivji and Kathryn Miller along with twenty-seven participants  spent hours brainstorming, role playing, discussing, documenting, writing and learning how to facilitate and teach parenting the positive discipline way workshops for parents. Everyone laughed, networked, played, learned and experienced a well planned and organized session by Dr. Jane Nelsen. Munir and Kathryn are now both Positive Discipline Parent Educators. Jane was very impressed with The Innovative School!


Author, Maren Schmidt visits Houston!

Maren Schmidt

The Innovative School encourages all parents to join the Parent's Book Club. A book club, also referred to as a reading group, is a collection of readers who participate in the regular discussion of books. This year, the parents read Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents by Maren Schmidt. Maren has been a Montessori parent, teacher, school founder and director. She has teaching credentials from the Association Montessori Internationale and a Masters in Curriculum and  Instruction from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.  Maren currently writes the award winning weekly column, Kids Talk.

Her book, Understanding Montessori seeks to help parents see the power that Montessori education holds for their children at all ages. Understanding Montessori draws on her twenty-five years of working with children to affirm what neuropsychologists are beginning to discover: Authentic Montessori education is the most powerful way for our children to learn.

Research shows that children learn faster and more easily in a properly prepared Montessori classroom than in traditional schools. Montessori classrooms all over the world have proven that when implemented correctly Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy works for children at all socio-economic circumstances and levels of ability.  Montessori education offers an unmatched complement of principles, methods and materials that work with the child’s developing mind in strong and compelling ways.

Parents had the opportunity to meet and greet Maren Schmidt after completing her book.


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