Interview with Rebecca Rolland, Author of ‘The Art of Talking with Children’

Talking is one of the most important ways that children learn language and social cues, but how often are parents having real, meaningful conversations with their children?

In her new book, The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids, author Rebecca Rolland explains the power that conversation can have on a child’s development and explores ways that parents and teachers can make a more positive impact on children through conversation.

Rolland, a speech-language pathologist and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, interviewed a wide range of experts for her book, including linguists, psychologists, neuroscientsists, and of course, parents and children, including her own.

The Art of Talking with Children is full of fascinating anecdotes, useful advice, and explanations of research about how meaningful conversations with children of all ages benefits their social, emotional, and intellectual development. In an interview with Thrive, Rolland said that her book serves as a reminder to parents to be aware of their conversations with thei

Author Rebecca Rolland

r children and to not be afraid to talk about big ideas and complicated subjects.

“This book addresses the fact that we often get on autopilot with our kids,” Rolland said. “Whether it’s parents or teachers, we all want to have rich language and rich conversations with our kids, but that often gets shoved aside amidst all the logistics of managing behavior and other duties we have to do.”

The Art of Talking with Children is about slowing down and realizing that quality conversations are powerful and benefical, so we should strive to have them more often. Of course, that isn’t something you can just willfully do all the time, especially with younger children. However, Rolland’s book shows that it can be done often and more easily than one might think.

“You can make a difference in the quality of your conversations, and there’s a method for doing it well that science supports,” Rolland writes. “The opportunities are there, available at any time, anywhere, and to anyone. This book is designed to explore why these deeper, authentic conversations often go missing, and more importantly, how we can have more of them, in ways that raise curious, compassionate kids while enjoying ourselves.”

The Benefits of Meaningful Conversations

Rolland describes the “Seven Pillars of Conversation,” with one chapter devoted to each pillar. Those pillars are:

  • Learning
  • Empathy
  • Confidence and Independence
  • Building Relationships
  • Play (Promoting Joy and Creativity)
  • Openness
  • Temperament

Each chapter delves into why the particular quality matters with anecdotes parents can relate to, psychological and medical research for parents who wish to learn more about the complexity of these qualities, and explanations of conversational techniques to build these qualities within children.

For example, in the chapter on empathy, Rolland gives anecdotes on how children learn about empathy through social interactions: a group of pre-kindergarten age children at a glitter slime-making party realize one of their friends have less slime than they do, so they each give some to their friend to equalize the slime distribution. The children realized on their own that one of their peers did not have an adequate amount of something and corrected the situation. Empathy is part of human nature and even very young children act on it on their own.

However, it doesn’t always work that way. In another example, parents of a 4-year-old attempted to give her a lesson in empathy by throwing her a birthday party and telling everyone not to bring gifts. Instead, the parents said, they would make a donation to a charity so their daughter understands the importance of helping others. But when the birthday girl realized she was not going to get a single present, she erupted into tears, resulting in the parents scrambling to get presents for their distraught daughter after the party. The 4-year-old was too young to understand empathy in this way.

There are no concrete right and wrong ways to teach certain qualities, and what does not work for some children might work well for others, and vice versa. That’s why conversation is a powerful tool. When you can talk about ideas and concepts, children are able to understand on an emotional and abstract level.

How Conversation Helps Children Build Awareness

Some of the tips to achieve this in the chapter include helping children develop perspective and awareness of other people’s feelings, which psychologists term “theory of mind.”

“Encouraging this skill lets kids become more social, as they learn that not everyone thinks or feels as they do,” Rolland writes.

You can do this by noticing and responding to their comments in real-time. From the book:

“Say your child notices a shadow that looks like a dinosaur. ‘See?’ he asks, pointing. Try giving your own perspective and comparing it to his. Do you see a dinosaur or a cloud? Also, explore his perspective further, going beyond the here and now. Ask: What else does he see? Or, what’s the most interesting thing he can imagine seeing? Your excitement serves for the foundation of empathy – since you’re sharing positive feelings about the same idea.”

In another example that is easy to implement in everyday conversation, Rolland talks about the benefits of “Reflective Listening,” which is especially important for older children who are experiencing complex changes in life.

By using the “Three E’s,” parents can make conversation a more useful tool to understand their children and for their children to express and understand their emotions:

  1. Expand: Help kids use more specific emotional language.
  2. Explore: Dive into fresh ways of discussing the past (especially negative or confusing experiences) and reading into others’ minds.
  3. Evaluate: Test our compassionate actions or responses, then ask: “How did that go?”

These are just two examples out of many tips and explanations Rolland gives readers in her book.

Exploring and Reconnecting Through Conversation

“My goal is to offer parents and teachers a framework that can be used for children of all ages,” Rolland told Thrive, and that’s something that is especially important because of what children, as well as parents and teachers, have experienced over the past two years.

“Because there has been so much stress and disconnection, we need to remember how to build deep conversations and discussions in ways that are fun, feasible, and doable in the classroom and at home,” Rolland told us. “This is something I found can be highly beneficial for building relationships, as well as building children’s kindness, confidence, creativity, and social-emotional skills.”

And for parents who worry that they might not have the answers their children are looking for in particular situations, Rolland says not to worry. In fact, this can also be a benefit.

“One thing I talk about a lot in the book is how important it is to explain you don’t know things to children,” Rolland said. “Parents and teachers can get stressed or ashamed about not knowing answers, so they shut questions down. But it’s powerful for kids to hear their parent or teachers don’t know something and it’s an opportunity for them to explore something together.”

You can find The Art of Talking with Children on Amazon and other booksellers.

Rolland also has a free weekly newsletter with research-based tips, exercises, and activities to enhance relationships and build children’s skills.

Endeavor Plus: The New After-School STEM Program from Endeavor Schools

 

Endeavor Schools has created a new program that gives children the opportunity to learn STEM through innovative, hands-on projects that enhance their understanding of technology that is a part of their everyday life.

Endeavor Plus is a new STEM-based program from Endeavor Schools that offers students an immersive and active way to learn about science and technology. From building robots to piloting drones, students learn STEM through interactive projects that are engaging, enjoyable, and, most importantly, educational.

Created by Ray Marker, the Director of Endeavor Plus, this exciting new program eschews the passivity of many STEM programs and immerses students in collaborative projects that enable them to understand how technology works and how to use it effectively and productively.

“This program is really about empowerment,” Marker said. “Some STEM programs tend to be too passive. They’ll give students tablets and have them do activities on a screen. But quite often, that sort of passivity can be unproductive. With Endeavor Plus, our students engage in active and collaborative learning, which gives them a deep understanding of the information they’re working with.”

The Endeavor Plus program consists of various modules where students work on collaborative projects. The modules include building robots; drone piloting; 3D printing; music tech; hacking and security; photo tech, and much more. Each module allows students to explore the topic while learning stacking skills that can be applied to other subjects and knowledge areas.

For Marker, a major purpose of Endeavor Plus is to enable children to understand the technological concepts they are surrounded by every day and take control of it.

“Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,’ and that can be a reason some feel overwhelmed or even wary of technology,” Marker said. “We want our students to have the confidence to know that they can understand technology and work with it.”

From his experience teaching STEM to students for many years, one of Marker’s favorite moments is seeing when a student begins to understand something that had previously been unknown to them.

“That moment that light bulb clicks – when they realize that what they watch on Netflix actually comes from a server connected to a network of wires and cables underneath the ocean – seeing that moment of understanding is special,” he said.

Although STEM is a major component of Endeavor Plus, it doesn’t stop there. The program also includes ‘Let’s Move,’ which combines sports, fitness education, and dance.

By combining STEM education with physical fitness and movement, Endeavor Plus is a fantastic way for children to stay active, something that is often overlooked in after-school programs.

To keep parents in the loop about their child’s progress in the program, Endeavor Plus instructors send weekly newsletters about the subject material, project plans, and learning goals. In addition, parents receive weekly updates on their child’s progress.

This gives parents knowledge about how well their child is doing in the program, as well as extra insight into their child’s talents and interests.

Through a combination of STEM and physical fitness programs, Endeavor Plus offers one of the most well-rounded extracurricular programs available.

Endeavor Plus will be available at several of our schools throughout the country. Registration will begin in July for the fall semester.

How an Endeavor School is Helping Ukrainian Refugees

Endeavor Schools is proud to announce that Palm Harbor Montessori Academy in Palm Harbor, Florida, has awarded scholarships to three children who recently fled Ukraine to seek refuge in the United States.

The children – two 8-year-olds and one 4-year-old – are part of two families who arrived in Florida earlier this year. Both families were taken in by a PHMA parent, who reached out to the school to ask if they could accommodate the children. PHMA was happy to do so and gave the children scholarships for the duration of the school year.

“We wanted to give the kids a sense of normalcy during what’s obviously a difficult time,” said Tamye Crutchfield, the School Leader at PHMA. “Our school has really embraced both families, and they have become a part of our community.”

Going from Ukraine to Florida would be a culture shock for anybody. However, PHMA is helping the children adapt.

From learning to speak and write in English and making new friends, the children are adjusting well at PHMA. The school has been a great fit for the new students, in part because of its multilingual staff and classroom mentors who have been especially helpful for the Ukrainian students.

Crutchfield added that her school’s Montessori curriculum is benefiting the new students.

“Montesori is a worldwide system, and the material is adaptable to any culture,” she said. “That’s the beauty of Montessori.”

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than 4 million Ukrainian have left the country since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February. Approximately half of the refugees are children.

The majority of the refugees have relocated to neighboring countries, including more than 2 million to Poland. In March, the U.S. government announced it would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Meanwhile, at PHMA, the staff is doing all it can to give their newest students a warm welcome.

“You can see by the smiles on their faces that the children are enjoying being at school and happy to be in a safe and welcoming environment,” Crutchfield said.

 

Endeavor Schools Begins Webinar Series for Parents Hosted by Dr. Amy Brereton

Dr. Amy Brereton, the Executive Vice President of Academics at Endeavor Schools.

Endeavor Schools held its first live webinar for parents this month with a presentation on how parents can use positivity to improve their child’s behavior.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Amy Brereton, the Executive Vice President of Academics at Endeavor Schools, and was the first in what will be an ongoing webinar series for parents about using informed and researched techniques at home for maximizing child development.

This inaugural presentation focused on developing tools to guide children’s behavior toward positive outcomes.

Dr. Brereton began by reiterating the difference between “discipline” and “punishment.”

While punishment reprimands a child for undesirable behavior, discipline creates the opportunity for a child to understand why certain behavior is undesirable and what is the better course of action.

“We often use these words interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing,” she said.

And keeping in mind the difference between the two can help in guiding your child’s behavior.

Be a STAR

When a situation calls for discipline, it’s often not a pleasant one. Whether the child made a big mess or threw a tantrum in public, parents can experience distress, anger, or frustration. In these times, it’s crucial to maintain a cool head and “Be a STAR.”

STAR is an acronym for:

Smile

Take a deep breath

And

Relax

Developed by Dr. Rebecca Bailey, an expert in childhood education and developmental psychology and the creator of the Conscious Discipline theory of social and emotional learning, STAR is a crucial and easy to remember tool to have when you need it in stressful situations, whether it’s parenting-related or anything else.

“This is rooted in brain science,” Dr. Brereton said. “When we get worked up, we leave the ‘thinking’ part of our, the prefrontal cortex, and we go back into the emotional centers of our brain making it difficult for us to think rationally.”

However, by centering yourself, you can regain control and get back into a proper headspace to deal with whatever challenge is before you.

Smiling lets you know everything is okay. Taking a deep breath puts some extra oxygen into your body to calm down and relax. Once you’re in a more relaxed headspace, you’re in a better position to handle the situation in a positive manner.

Avoid Fear-Based Measures

Parents are aware of how physical punishment can negatively impact children, but the remnants of those fear-based techniques still exist. From raising one’s voice or making empty threats, using fear to instill discipline can still have negative psychological and physical repercussions, as well. Fear-based measures can increase stress hormones in children’s brains, which causes a cascade of other effects, including sleep problems, weaker immune systems, and decreased memory.

“A fear approach might work in the short-term since it will sometimes get the child to do what the parent wants, but it doesn’t help them in the long term and actually makes it more difficult for them to succeed in a lot of different ways,” Dr. Brereton said.

Discipline Rooted in Rewards Can Demotivate in the Long-Term

We might think of using rewards to obtain a behavioral goal is better than fear, but it also has its share of negative consequences.

Like fear-based measures, rewards-based measures can work in the short-term, but they don’t build intrinsic motivation that makes doing the right thing part of a child’s behavior.

“Many great studies tell us how individuals who have a strong internal locus of control succeed in all kinds of areas of their life,” Dr. Brereton said.

While it’s not necessarily bad or wrong to have rewards at times, using this technique as a primary method of discipline can inhibit the ultimate goal, which is shaping a child’s behavior in a positive way so that they learn how to make the right decisions for themselves.

Build Intrinsic Motivation

Since the goal is to help children make the right decisions for themselves, how can we do this? To build that intrinsic motivation, children need to understand why certain decisions are the right ones.

For example, you can convince your child to eat their vegetables to eat broccoli by threatening to punish them if they don’t (fear-based) or give them ice cream if they do (rewards-based), but neither way teaches the child why they should eat cauliflower, which is that their body needs certain nutrients to grow strong.

Dr. Brereton described a time where she taught her daughter the value of eating cauliflower by doing a research project together. Her daughter learned about the benefits of eating cauliflower, such as how it can provide the body with powerful nutrients that can aid in fighting diseases. After understanding this, her daughter was soon asking for second helpings of the superfood.

Sometimes that understanding on a deeper level of why a child should do a certain thing can give them the spark they need to build the proper intrinsic motivation.

Voice Control

Using the appropriate tone when speaking to your child can be a huge factor in practicing good communication techniques. Referencing Dr. Bailey’s book, Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline, Dr. Brereton describes, there are three major tones to communicating with your child during a disciplinary action: Passive, Assertive, Aggressive.

In most cases, the assertive tone will be the most effective. But this doesn’t mean just taking on an assertive tone. The words you use are part of the technique.

Below are five examples of things a parent might say to encourage their child to get dressed for school:

The first and second examples are considered “aggressive” because they use fear and ultimatum. The third and fourth examples are passive because one gives the child a chance to make excuses (and waste time) while the fourth uses bribery.

The fifth, however, gives the child clear and concise directions about what to do. It’s also an opportunity for the child to learn something about preparing one’s clothes and is a quick activity parent and child do together as they work towards their goal.

Dr. Brereton went in-depth on how to use assertiveness to guide your child’s behavior. The chart below outlines six tips to effectively assert your parental authority to guide your child’s behavior.

 

 

‘What You See is What You Get’

Dr. Brereton reminds parents that encouragement is an extremely effective tool in guiding behavior. Dr. Bailey said, “What you focus on, you get.” That’s why, in the midst of correcting wrongs and addressing bad behavior, it’s important to praise the things your child does well, too.

“If you’re spending a lot of time focusing on the behavior that you don’t want to see –  don’t hit, don’t bite, don’t cry, don’t take things that aren’t yours – you may see more of that,” Dr. Brereton said. “Instead, try to catch the things that are going right – catch your child doing well.”

If your child did their chore without having been told to, praise them for that and let them know how good it makes you feel.

“And be specific with the praise that you offer the children so that they know what exactly it is they get right,” she added.

Be Appreciative of Your Child’s Efforts

Parents will always make mistakes and sometimes things are just out of your control. But it’s also important to remember that children have bad days, too.

“I encourage you to go gentle on yourself, but also recognize that some days your child’s doing the best he or she can do, and we want to be gentle and appreciative of their best effort, even when it’s not exactly what we’d like it to be,” Dr. Brereton said.

To help illustrate this point, Dr. Brereton ended the presentation with a quote from Fred Rogers:

“Some days, doing the ‘best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do. But life isn’t perfect on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves…or anyone else.”

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Interview with Julie Bogart, Author of ‘Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age’

Julie Bogart

Critical thinking is one of the most important tools that children develop during their formative years. From analyzing information to understand new concepts in school to weighing potential consequences during decision-making, one’s critical-thinking skills can have a tremendous impact on their lives.

In the new book, Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age, author Julie Bogart delves into the importance of instilling strong critical-thinking skills in children. The book’s timing is impeccable, as parents are more concerned than ever about giving their children the necessary skills to navigate a world where information and technology is omnipresent.

Bogart is the creator of Brave Writer, the successful online writing and language arts program designed to help children develop strong writing and self-expression skills. As a children’s educator and mother of five children, whom she homeschooled herself, Bogart drew on her vast experience to create an excellent book that provides crucial insight into raising critical thinkers.

In this Q and A, Bogart spoke to us about some of the concepts she discusses in her book, as well as some practices parents can implement to improve their child’s critical-thinking skills.

Why is it so important to develop strong critical-thinking skills at an early age?

How we learn to learn shapes how we understand ourselves in relationship to others. If from an early age, we are introduced to a variety of ways to live and see the world, we have more room for nuance and complexity as we encounter a wide variety of people and perspectives.

Kids naturally adopt points of view different from their own. They put on dress-up clothes to pretend to be Cinderella or Robin Hood. They crawl on the floor to see what it’s like to be a dog. They imagine that they are traveling in a spaceship. We can capitalize on this natural curiosity by fanning it into flame, rather than training our children to adopt the family system as the one true way to interact with the world.

How can parents enhance their child’s critical-thinking skills at home?

First, by valuing dissent.  What does that mean? When a child disagrees with a parent’s point of view, the parent can be curious about why that child sees the issue that way. For instance, you might have a child who wants to skip eating breakfast. The typical parent will go into “indoctrination mode” to get the child to see that breakfast matters, that the child’s brain won’t work as well without it, that the child will be hungry too soon before lunch, etc.

But what if we got curious instead? What if the child explained that he didn’t like breakfast foods and only wanted turkey sandwiches. What if the child didn’t feel hungry yet and needed an hour to wake up before eating felt comfortable for them? Can we hear that? Can we swap in a sandwich or send a more substantial snack to school to eat during a break? Sometimes we are so busy telling our kids what they should think and feel, we miss an opportunity for creative problem-solving, helping a child know their own mind, and imagining alternatives.

Parents can also play games of all kinds, ask good questions, and provide their children with experiences and encounters.

Are there common practices that parents might engage in or let their children engage in that could have a negative impact on developing critical-thinking skills?

Lots of parents are worried that their children will adopt the “wrong” views, so they protect their children from any thoughts or ideas that contradict the family value system. When we prevent kids from knowing that other views exist, we either drive their different ideas underground where they feel uncomfortable talking about them with their parents, OR we teach them to be propagandists for a perspective—meaning they learn the family lexicon of ideas and defend them without having investigated them for themselves.

What we want are kids who can encounter an idea that feels uncomfortable, knowing they will survive it and can explore and investigate it with tools that lead them to better conclusions.

Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because the internet has led us into some of the most vicious conversations any of us have ever experienced. Our school test-training led us into the misconception that there would be one right answer to all complex questions and if we could just find the expert who tells us what that is, everyone would agree.

What we discovered instead is that school misled us. Most issues are not single answer issues. Most of our conflicts involve our personal perceptions and the narratives our communities give us. It’s difficult to tease apart what I know because I know it and what I have received from my community as true because I value the people who create my meaningful life. My hope is that as we face how the internet has caused us to become more reactive and less thoughtful, we can create new conditions for our children. In short, I really hope we can change the way we interact with one another, so that we can face the big issues that face us bravely, with more insight.

What else do you want parents to know about this book?

I want parents to know this is not a thinly veiled political screed. I don’t talk about US politics or whether or not to wear masks. The purpose of this book is to engage in ideas with tools that help us do a better job of exploring them. I also hope parents who read this book will become better parents—making room for their children to think all of the thoughts they have without running the risk of losing a parent’s love and support.

 

Montessori Education in Childhood Can Lead to Happier Adulthood, Study Finds

A new study published in Frontiers of Psychology found that adults who attended Montessori schools as children experienced higher personal well-being levels than those who attended conventional schools.

The study, led by the University of Virginia’s Dr. Angeline Lillard, who has researched the impact of Montessori education, tested the hypothesis that a Montessori education can help lead to happier adulthood due to the education model’s focus on self-determination, meaningful activities, and social stability.

After surveying nearly 2,000 people, the researchers found that former Montessori students scored higher in all 18 measures of psychological well-being related to general well-being, engagement, social trust, and self-confidence.

“Montessori pedagogy has features that enhance well-being contemporaneously and predictively, including self-determination, meaningful activities, and social stability,” the researchers said in the paper, adding: “This makes theoretical sense, in that Montessori schools have features that are related to these aspects of well-being. For example, Montessori gives children free choice and thus a high degree of self-determination, which has been shown in other research to render happiness and a strong sense of one’s own competence, and which allows one to find and engage in activities that give one a sense of purpose.”

The survey included 1,905 adults between 18 and 81 (median age of 36). Half of the respondents attended Montessori schools between 2 and 16 years (median time of 6 years). The other half attended only conventional schools.

Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools, said she was not surprised by the study results because Montessori education had such a positive impact in her life.

“As a child of Montessori education myself, I know that it had a tremendous impact on the person I grew to be,” Lanou said. “I was in a Montessori classroom from ages 3 to 6 and I loved the freedom to learn in a way that felt completely natural. I remember being so happy as I was learning to read and even learning division as a kindergartner. It was in high school when I realized that it was my Montessori education that had taught me how to learn.”

Lanou said her Montessori education helped her better understand the learning process. Mastering new skills isn’t always easy, but can be done with the necessary effort. Knowing this helped Lanou realize that if she didn’t know how to do something right away, she could figure it out.

“It wasn’t a roadblock,” she said. “It was just going to take a few steps to learn how to do it. I suppose that freedom in my mind allowed me to dream big! My Montessori education certainly has had a positive impact on my well-being as an adult. I am a living testament to the power of a Montessori education.”

Endeavor Schools owns and operates more than 30 Montessori schools across the United States. Each school’s curriculum promotes personal wellness and balance through physical and mental activities, such as nutrition and cooking, personal care, mindfulness, yoga, and more.

“Our goal is that when children leave our programs, they have developed a healthful and physically active lifestyle and a disposition to pursue lifelong physical and mental wellness,” Lanou said.

Endeavor Schools Adds 19 New Schools During 2021

Endeavor Schools is ending a successful year on a high note with the announcement of four new school acquisitions.

The fast-growing education management company has acquired four preschools in the Marietta, Georgia area, which will now be part of the Parker-Chase Preschool family, one of Endeavor Schools’ most well-known brands.

The newest Parker-Chase Preschools will offer full-time programs for children up to age five. Each school has a talented and highly-qualified staff that has earned a solid reputation in their communities for providing children with a warm and welcoming environment where they excel.

Endeavor Schools will continue working with this dedicated team and provide them with the support and resources they need to enhance the educational experience for children and the work environment for teachers.

With these new additions, Endeavor Schools has added a total of 19 schools in 2021, bringing its overall total to 73 in 13 states.

“Since the birth of our company in 2012, our mission has been to provide the highest quality education to as many children as possible,” said Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools. “Our growth this year shows that we are committed to that mission, and we are honored to be providing stellar education programs to so many families across the country.”

By increasing its total number of schools by nearly 35 percent in just one year, Endeavor Schools also added more than 500 employees across Georgia, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Colorado, and Florida.

With the addition of so many lead teachers, teacher assistants, and other school positions, Endeavor Schools is further strengthening its commitment to educators by expanding career development programs and advancement opportunities.

“Teachers are the backbone of every school, and that’s the case for us,” said Dr. Amy Brereton, the Executive Vice President for Academics at Endeavor Schools. “One of the core values of our company is to give our teachers the resources and tools they need to enhance their skills and become the best educators they can be.”

Endeavor Schools is one of America’s fastest-growing private education companies and is committed to further expansion in 2022.

“We are always looking to partner with schools that have proven track records of quality and commitment to education in their communities,” said Jason Mauricio, the Vice President of Acquisitions of Endeavor Schools. “We have been successful this year because school owners know we are committed to continuing their legacies of high-quality early education and service to their communities.”

In fewer than ten years, Endeavor Schools has grown in multiple states in all areas of the country. The company serves infants through high school students across a diverse school portfolio, which includes Montessori, Reggio Emilia, project-based learning, and advanced studies programs to give parents the option of choosing the type of education that works best for their children.

“Our company has grown because we understand how important a nurturing and inspiring learning environment is to parents and their children’s development and overall well-being,” Campo said. “We are parents, too. That’s why we put our heart into our work. We want what is best for our children, and we know the parents we serve want that too. All children should have the opportunity to thrive, and it gives us great joy to be a part of that journey every day.”

Endeavor Schools Expands in Minnesota with Acquisition of Woodpark Montessori

Endeavor Schools, one of the fastest-growing education management companies in the United States, has acquired Woodpark Montessori, an infant through preschool-age Montessori school located outside Minneapolis.

Established in 1990, Woodpark Montessori has been a top choice for local families for more than three decades. With two campuses in Savage and Burnsville, Minnesota, the school’s dedication to providing children with an authentic Montessori experience was a significant factor in Endeavor’s decision to acquire the fledgling school.

Although each one of our Montessori schools across the country is unique in their own ways, they all have excellent teachers who understand the value of the Montessori experience,” said Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education of Endeavor Schools. “We are excited about partnering with the wonderful educators at Woodpark, and we look forward to helping them continue the excellent work they have been doing for such a long time.”

With the addition of Woodpark Montessori School, Endeavor Schools owns and operates 69 schools in 13 states across the country. The company’s growing portfolio includes preschools, elementary and middle schools that offer a variety of educational styles, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and project-based programs. Endeavor also owns and operates advanced studies high schools in two states.

Endeavor Schools’ latest acquisition expands its Minnesota presence to a total of 12 campuses, all within the Minneapolis metro area. In addition to Woodpark Montessori, Endeavor owns and manages Step By Step Montessori Schools, which includes eight campuses, and Peaceful Valley Montessori Academy, which has two campuses.

Endeavor Schools has a growing presence in Minnesota. With a total of twelve Montessori schools in the Minneapolis area, the company is deepening its commitment to providing local families with excellent Montessori programs.

Ranked the fastest-growing private school company in Florida by Inc. Magazine, the Miami-based company has added 15 new campuses in seven different states so far this year.

“Providing high-quality schools that parents can count on is an integral part of our mission,” said Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools. “We believe communities are stronger through education, and we are proud to give children the opportunity to thrive every day.”

Endeavor Schools Acquires Village Green Day School in Great Falls, Virginia

 

Endeavor Schools has acquired Village Green Day School in Great Falls, Virginia, adding to its growing family of schools across the United States.

Founded in 1979, Village Green Day School has provided high-quality programs for children up to kindergarten level. Its highly experienced staff draws inspiration from several celebrated education theorists to create an efficacious evidence-based approach to children’s education.

“Village Green Day School has a long track record of providing children with a nurturing environment and engaging programs that parents love,” said Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools. “For more than four decades, this school has been an important part of its community, and we are committed to continuing that relationship for many years to come.”

Village Green Day School is known in the Great Falls area for its high-quality curriculum, beautiful learning areas, and passionate teachers who have gained a well-deserved reputation for excellence.

“The amazing team at Village Green Day School is why the school has done so well over the years,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth and Experience Officer at Endeavor Schools. “They have created a warm and welcoming environment where children thrive. We are excited to work with this team and look forward to helping them continue their excellent work for the community.”

The acquisition of Village Green Day School brought Endeavor Schools’ total number of schools to 67.

Endeavor Schools has recently seen a great deal of growth in the state of Virginia. In April of this year, the company acquired the Loudoun School for Advanced Studies, a 6th through 12th-grade school in Ashburn, Virginia. And in March 2020, the company acquired Kiddie Country Developmental Learning Center, a preschool in Burke, Virginia.

“Working with our Virginia-based educators to provide excellent programs for children of all ages has been a wonderful experience,” said Jason Mauricio, the Vice President of Acquisitions at Endeavor Schools. “We are actively looking for more opportunities to expand in Virginia and the rest of the country.”

Endeavor Schools is the fastest-growing early childhood and private school education company in Florida, according to Inc. Magazine. The Miami-based company has experienced 61 percent growth over the past two years and has plans for continued expansion.

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