With A Little Help From My Friends – Europe’s Adolescent Network

Break-out session Sunday 7 October 10.30-11.30

Each young person is deeply engaged in the act of creating themselves. They depend on adults to prepare environments in which they can do this. If this is your calling in life, then you are not alone – you are amongst friends. Jenny, Paul and Steven will share their experience of working with adolescents and explore the practical ways in which we in Europe can learn from each other and move forward together in the joyful and fulfilling mission that we call our work.

Jenny Höglund is an AMI Elementary (6-12) Trainer. She holds AMI Primary (3-6) and Elementary Diplomas. Jenny co-founded the ‘Montessoriskolan Lära för livet’ in Sweden in 1995 and has taught elementary and adolescent students for over twenty-three years as well as serving as head of school since 2006. She has also lectured at the Bergamo Centre in Italy since 2006.

Steven Arnold has worked in a variety of Montessori settings including Early learning centres, elementary schools, secondary schools and as a senior lecturer at University where he taught Montessori papers. Steven is currently the director of PEACE EXPERIMENT which is a Montessori secondary education programme that he founded in 2017. He believes firmly in the role of Montessori education in the future of our planet, and also the role of the adolescent emerging as the new human.

Paul Pillai is AMI trained at the 0-3, 3-6 and 12-18 levels. He is co-founder of The Montessori Place, a school in England for children from age 1 to 16 (soon 18), where he started and directs their growing adolescent community.