Profiles in Innovation

Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School

Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School Maintaining Authenticity Amid the Press for Student Achievement In the four years since opening its doors in 2008 as Hartford, Connecticut’s second public Montessori program, Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School (AFMMS), has found a winning strategy for making Montessori a viable solution to the achievement gap. The solution, it turns out, is to lead with Montessori. Launched as part of then superintendent Steven Adomowski’s “all choice” plan to transform the state’s lowest performing and most segregated school system, Annie...

City Garden Montessori Charter School

City Garden Montessori Charter School Radical Hospitality Since opening its doors in 2008, City Garden Montessori Charter School, St. Louis, Missouri’s only neighborhood charter school, has pursued a single-minded vision of community engagement grounded in Montessori theory and practice and animated by an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and love. The combination of local connections and unrelenting outreach has come to be known among the City Garden community as “radical hospitality.” CGMS is situated in a racially diverse community and currently serves 300 students...