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Follow the Child, Follow the Parent

Jessica Rolph


“Follow the Child” is a commonly used phrase in Montessori circles.  Teachers and guides use the science of child development, keen observation, and the spirit of childhood to be attuned to the needs of individual children.  How can Montessori teachers and administrators tune into parents as well?  How might they learn to “Follow the Parent?”  Children benefit when schools partner with parents.  Knowing what today’s parents need and want for their children provides a channel into this partnership.  This workshop discusses how parents want the practical advice of bringing Montessori into their homes.  They want bite sized information delivered on social platforms.  They are eager for suggestions for setting up a prepared home environment, and they are excited about providing meaningful play/work for their children, including social emotional learning ideas.


Jessica Rolph

Jessica Rolph is Cofounder and CEO of Lovevery. Prior to Lovevery, Jessica was the founding Partner and COO of Happy Family, helping to launch, build and lead Happy Family to its position as a top organic baby and toddler brand in the US. Happy Family was acquired by Group Danone in 2013. Jessica also co-founded the Climate Collaborative , a non-profit organization helping companies in the natural products industry take meaningful steps to reverse climate change. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and was awarded the Park Leadership Fellowship, graduating from Cornell’s Johnson School in 2004. Jessica also holds a BA from Cornell University, where she graduated cum laude. Jessica and her husband, Decker, live in Boise, Idaho and are parents to Beatrice, Thacher and Leland.

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