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 believe achieving equity in education is possible when schools are owned and operated by people representative of the communities from which they emerge. As a result, Wildflower Schools are inherent extensions of the communities and are deeply influenced by each Teacher Leaders’ identities.

With this understanding rooting our purpose, Wildflower focuses its support on Black, Indigenous, Educators of Color in attaining the necessary skills and resources to successfully open and lead Wildflower Montessori schools that serve their community and act as vehicles for educational equity. 

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

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? 

Wildflower Equity Initiative

Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color?

Wildflower offers 3 supportive pathways to teaching and school leadership for emerging Black, Indigenous, Educators of Color: Fellowships, Trailblazers, and Internships.

The Fellowship is a 12 month equity-centered, cohort-based school start up program for emerging Black and Indigenous (Native American) Teacher Leaders. 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 the school startup journey planning in a cohort of peers 
  • Opportunities to gain teaching experience within MN Wildflower Montessori schools (fellows must have prior teaching experience before joining the cohort )
  • Skill development: operational, administrative, entrepreneurial and self-management – supported by mentorship and one to one coaching from established Teacher-Leaders and experts in the field
  • A Wildflower school start up grant to use towards start up expenses upon full completion of the Fellowship 
  • An opportunity to participate in Embracing Equity
  • Trauma informed training

Fellowship Timeline

  • July 28: Webinar: Exploring Wildflower Schools, our Regional Focus and You
  • August 3: Wildflower Equity Initiative Fellowship Applications go live
  • August 18: Wildflower Equity Initiative Fellowship Applications due
  • August 21: Fellowship notifications sent
  • August 29 @ 1pm: Online Fellows social hour for Cohort participants
  • September 19: Wildflower Equity Initiative Cohort begins – Session 1 Exploration
Apply Now

If you have questions about becoming a Fellow or want to learn more about our pathways please contact Brandon Royce-Diop at mnwei@wildflowerschools.org

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 mnwei@wildflowerschools.org

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 mnwei@wildflowerschools.org

We welcome all to learn more about Wildflower. If you have questions or want to learn more, contact us at mnhub@wildflowerschools.org.