The first Colloquium of the Adolescent Initiative sponsored by Great Work, Inc. brought 60 Montessori adolescent practitioners, administrators, and organizers together in Denver, Colorado to participate in five simultaneous Deep Dive sessions to discuss and distill key Montessori principles for the third plane. Practitioners represented Montessori adolescent programs and organizations from Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, California, Oregon, Florida, and Colorado. Programs that were represented encompassed sites with farm, urban, urban-farm, and suburban settings. The groups discussed key principles such as “Observation,” “The Educational Syllabus,” “Social Organization,” “Psycho-Disciplines and Key Experiences,” and “Production and Exchange.” An open forum session invited discussion on topics such as equity and inclusion, social justice, the nature of a Diploma Course for the third plane, and pathways for professional development. One attendee described the event as “the most delightful, intense, concentrated event that I have been to in a while. I am ever so grateful for every minute I sat around the table with such inspired people.”
Keep checking the Great Work, Inc. website for more information on Deep Dive discussions and Colloquiums as well as forthcoming information about a diploma course, professional development opportunities, and ways to be involved with the Adolescent Initiative.