Write for MontessoriPublic—We need your voice!
Next Issue: Teacher Training and Preparation
MontessoriPublic shares the stories of the public Montessori world, but we can’t do it without you. Here’s how you can contribute.
What should I write about? Next issue’s focus is teacher training and preparation. What prepared you well? What was missing? What about access?
Do I have to be an experienced writer? No! We’ll work with anyone who has something to say that our readers need to hear. First-time writers and published authors have graced these pages.
How long should it be? 900-1,000 words is great: Enough room to say something worth saying, but not so long that readers lose interest. Plus, it fits nicely on the page, with room for an image or an ad. In the February issue, Gretchen Shaheen and Gena Englefried’s pieces on pages 9 and 10 are about 1,000 words each. 1,300 to 1,400 words runs to two pages, like Kacee Weaver’s article on pages 7 and 8. We sometimes run longer pieces, as you’ll see in this issue, but the format works best for no more than 1,500.
What’s the deadline? The final deadline for the May issue is March 30th, which gives us a little time for editing and communication with writers. Submitting even earlier is fine! That gives us even more time to get your work just right.
What about pictures and a short biography? Every article looks better with a nice, high resolution photo helping to tell the story. We also need a high resolution “head shot” for the author images. “High resolution” usually means a file size of 1MB+. Add a short, 50 words or less, biography and we’re all set.
Will I get paid? Unfortunately, no. We don’t have the budget to pay writers at this time. Advertising revenue covers some, but not all, of the costs of production and distribution. The rest is covered by philanthropic funding raised by our publisher, the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, which we direct as much as possible to building and supporting the public Montessori sector.
David worked in private Montessori for more than twenty years as a parent, three-to-six year-old and adolescent teacher, administrator, writer, speaker, and advocate. In 2016 he began working with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. David lives in Portland, Oregon.