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Literacy Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO LITERACY GRANT RECIPIENTS Great news! All schools within the Choice network have been awarded the Early Literacy Grant! ​​​​​​​A huge thank you goes out to all of the Literacy Coaches and Carrie Paddock for their hard work to meet the grant deadline. What does this mean for you and your school? It means more great materials, books and professional development opportunities. We are so excited to see the impact of this grant in the students.

2018-12-04T13:11:15+00:00November 26th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

Remembering Rev. Bullock

Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Bullock, Jr. was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Detroit, Michigan after completing his early education in the Boston Public Schools and an honorable tour of duty in the United States Army. He passed away on July 12, 2018. Rev. Bullock was the founding board president of Macomb Montessori Academy where he partnered with fellow board members as well as the school leader to provide a safe, quality, and tuition-free education to the children of Warren. His dedication to his community was evident as he served on numerous boards and dedicated much of his time to others. He studied at Highland Park Community College and Wayne State University leading toward an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree respectively. He continued his education and preparation for ministry at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts and Drew University in New Jersey from which he now holds a Master and Doctorate of Ministry Degrees.

2018-07-26T12:12:31+00:00July 26th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

A True Balancing Act: Technology and the Montessori Classroom

When I think of the presence of technology in a classroom, whether it be a traditional or Montessori classroom, one requirement comes to mind: Meaningful. If you watch carefully how public and private schools now market their schools (yes, they now have to market), you often hear things like “We have 1:1 technology!” or “Every child has a tablet.” When I see these statements, my overall reaction tends to be “So what?” “What do you do with that technology?” ”How is it meaningful?” There are mixed views on the place of technology in a Montessori school. While there are some Montessori schools that have strict regulations, many schools use technology regularly – but only in a purposeful, meaningful way. As a Head of School at a Montessori Academy, our students use technology in the form of practical life. We use it as a supplement to our curriculum and not as a substitute for books and materials. The purpose of Practical Life in a Montessori school is not only to teach concentration, increase small motor skills, expose students to new interests and opportunities, but also to prepare the child for real world experiences. As an educator in the 21st century, I [...]

2017-12-21T14:25:05+00:00September 25th, 2016|School News|0 Comments

Meet Lisa Key, Area Superintendent

Lisa joined the Choice family as an Area Superintendent in 2015 after twelve years of Educational Leadership experience. She previously worked at Lighthouse Academy, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and worked at Pine Rest Christian Services as a social worker. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and her Masters of Social Work & Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. In the 2014-2015 school year, Lisa was named one of MAPSA’s (Michigan Association of Public School Academies) top five finalists for Administrator of Year. Lisa is passionate about children and their academic and social development. For Lisa, educational leadership is not just a job, it is her life mission to support educators in providing children with optimum educational opportunities. “I am a servant leader who believes that all children have the capacity to grow and learn so that they can become contributing members of society.” In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time on the beach in California with her son, Jordan, who resides in Los Angeles, her daughter, Jasmine, who is a student at Michigan State University, and her two dogs, Domino and Sammy. Lisa also enjoys horseback riding, gardening, interior design, and cheering on [...]

2017-02-06T10:43:37+00:00August 26th, 2016|School News|0 Comments

The Common Core and Montessori

As the administrator of a public Montessori charter school, I can’t even begin to explain the excitement on a parent’s face when I tell them that at our school their child can receive a Montessori education for free. I explain to them how a charter school receives funding much like any other public school. They shake their head in agreement and then slowly I see a realization come across their face and then they exclaim, “Does that mean you follow the Common Core!?” Over the last few years, there has been much controversy over the Common Core State Standards and standardized tests. Many parents have moved their children to private school in avoidance of these modern-day aspects of today’s education. As a Montessori, many parents think we too are exempt from the Common Core and state tests. With confidence, I can say aloud, “I like the Common Core and honestly, it works well for us”. Why? Montessori education naturally takes learning to a much deeper level than the Common Core does anyway. Montessori done right is already better than the Common Core. Why the Common Core State Standards work in a Montessori School: Rigor: The Common Core goes beyond memorization [...]

2016-10-17T15:59:04+00:00July 25th, 2016|School News|0 Comments