In Minnesota, we are committed to creating intentionally diverse, small, authentic Montessori environments that model a community rooted in liberation and where all children are free to express their unique gifts.

We are committed to the liberation of every human being, every community, and the human spirit, so that we may all live in harmony with our individual purpose and the world around us, free from oppression and able to follow life’s unfolding journey. 

We believe that the Montessori pedagogy is a tool for racial justice and liberation. And we trust in the power of small, community-embedded schools, owned and operated by people responsive to the communities in which they exist. 

With this understanding rooting our purpose, MN Wildflower Schools exists to support the development of Montessori teacher leaders to design educational spaces that facilitate the intentional awakening of consciousness, and work in service of social change and transformation. 

Join the Wildflower community as we work toward a liberated future for children in Minnesota.

Minnesota Wildflower Schools 101

Join us to learn about Wildflower Schools’ liberatory vision for education in Minnesota.

June 22nd, 2021

This event is designed BOTH for local educators who want to learn more about what Wildflower Schools are, AND for those interested in starting a Montessori school in MN. Hear from local Foundation partners and current School Teacher Leaders about what it means to start a Wildflower school.

If you share a curiosity or passion for Montessori education, and have a vision for liberatory education, we welcome you to join us in community for an evening of inspiration and connectedness.

Knowing what we must do is neither fundamental nor difficult but to comprehend which presumptions and vain prejudices we must rid ourselves of in order to be able to educate our children is most difficult.

Maria Montessori

Open a School

What type of school would you design for your community that was high-quality, responsive to your child’s needs and aspirations, and accessible to all? 

Wildflower Schools are tiny (1-2 classroom), community embedded, teacher-led, intentionally racially and socioeconomically diverse Montessori Schools. We are committed to providing each child and family what they need for a liberatory education, finding their purpose and fulfilling their potential. Because of our nimble model, we are able to operate in response to community interest as independent, public, public charter or innovation schools. 

Wildflower Schools are tiny (1-2 classroom), community embedded, teacher-led, intentionally racially and socioeconomically diverse Montessori Schools. We are committed to providing each child and family what they need for a liberatory education, finding their purpose and fulfilling their potential. Because of our nimble model, we are able to operate in response to community interest as independent, public, public charter or innovation schools.

What type of school would you design for your community that was high-quality, responsive to your child’s needs and aspirations, and accessible to all?

The School Startup Journey

Are you an innovative, equity-minded, and entrepreneurial Montessori educator? Explore the process of designing a Wildflower School including our Wildflower Equity Initiative.

Our Charter School: The Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School

Are you interested in opening an elementary or middle school program?

Teacher Entrepreneur Essentials

Are you an innovative, equity minded, and entrepreneurial Montessori educator? Explore the process of designing a Wildflower School including our Wildflower Equity Initiative.

Our Charter School: The Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School

Are you interested in opening an elementary or middle school program?

Private Schools and Infant & Toddler Programs

Are you interested in opening an Infant & Toddler program? 

Do you have a vision for a liberatory school?

We believe that the Montessori pedagogy is a tool for racial justice and liberation. And we trust in the power of small, community-embedded schools, owned and operated by people responsive to the communities in which they exist. With this understanding rooting our purpose, MN Wildflower Schools exists to support the development of Montessori teacher leaders, to design educational spaces that facilitate the intentional awakening of consciousness, towards the goal of social change and transformation.

MN Wildflower Equity Initiative (WEI) exists to create a pipeline to teaching and school leadership for anti-racist Teacher Leaders by supporting their development in attaining the skills and resources to become fully credentialed Montessori teachers. We prioritize the support of Black, Indigenous and Teachers of Color.

The Wildflower Equity Initiative offers 3 pathways to Montessori teaching, supported by the cultivation and development of a diverse pipeline of anti-racist Montessori Teacher Leaders: 1) School Startup Journey Cohorts 2)Trailblazers 3) Internships.

In Minnesota, the Wildflower School Start Up Journey is composed of equity-centered cohorts of Emerging Teacher Leaders that participate in a community of practice as they work towards the goal of opening a liberatory Montessori school. Participants engage in learning modules within a supportive Community Of Practice as they navigate the Wildflower school start up journey. The Fellowship experience will provide emerging teacher leaders with:

  • A full year of supported learning through Wildflower’s school startup journey (SSJ) in a supportive cohort of peers 
  • Opportunities to gain additional teaching experience within Wildflower Montessori schools 
  • Training in social entrepreneurship, & operational and administrative leadership – supported by mentorship and one to one coaching 
  • A school start up grant upon full completion of the SSJ     
  • And more!
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If you have questions about becoming a Fellow or want to learn more about our pathways please contact Brandon Royce-Diop at [email protected] 

The Trailblazers program is designed on individualized bases to support emerging BIPOC teacher leaders in overcoming barriers to attaining Montessori credentials and/or finishing their undergraduate degree towards attaining teaching licensure. The program is characterized by:

  • Coaching and mentorship to develop pathways to credential attainment
  • Financial support and scholarship opportunities for training and certification
  • Experience within MN Wildflower Montessori schools
  • Potential for stipend or grant opportunities to supplement living expenses while in school/training.
  • A commitment by the participant to utilize their skills and credentials to work in  an existing Wildflower schools or start a Wildflower school of their own

If you are interested in joining our Trailblazers program or learning more about our pathways please contact Brandon Royce-Diop at [email protected]

The WEI Internship model is designed specifically to support the growth and development of BIPOC Collegiate students interested in careers in Montessori education in three key ways:

  1. Exposure to Montessori education by providing an immersive Wildflower school experience where they gain exposure to the Montessori environment and pedagogy in action
  2. Developing entrepreneurial skills including collaboration across lines of difference, self-management skills and self-efficacy
  3. Personal and professional development & mentorship from Wildflower Teacher Leaders

If you are interested in joining our Internship program or learning more about our pathways please contact Brandon Royce-Diop at [email protected]

We welcome all to learn more about Wildflower. If you have questions or want to learn more, click here.