The educational science, methodology, and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori keep revealing ‘new ‘insights that modern science is only now just (re)confirming, yet other elements of her work are more ‘time-bound’, some have evolved, or have the potential to evolve, into new areas of educational greatness. We encourage looking for inspiration in the work of peers and mentors of Montessori, as well as finding conformation in modern science. Especially in relation to the third and fourth planes, where Montessori’s work was far from complete. If anything, we read her work as an invitation for the generations following in her observing scientific and spiritual educational footsteps to continue discovering how best to help adolescents and young adults to become interdependent, listen to their inner guide, and be proactive members of the local and global community serving peace, equity, and mother earth with all their talents and abilities. This is a task of the community, and the community includes you. As such we welcome happy inspiration, valid critique, new sources, other points of view, and so on. The Montessori community thrives best when we aim to inspire each other in honour of the inspiration we all have found in Dr. Montessori’s work.
We are a small, emerging group of Montessori practitioners, scholars, archivists, and technologists interested in creating an open-access linked data vocabulary of Montessori terms. The Montessori Glossary is a work in progress and we welcome suggestions for new terms to be added or changes to be made within the vocabulary. A Montessori Glossary Editorial Community will oversee the upkeep of the vocabulary and will consider all proposed terms and changes on a quarterly basis. The Montessori Glossary Community Project is supported by the Center for Montessori Studies at the University of Hartford. The Editorial Community is an independent entity comprising of initial contributors Dr. Paige Bray, Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas, Rogier Dijk, Jeremy Donson, and Dr. Joshua Russell.