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Creating a Real School

ISBN: 9781935666882
Binding: Paperback
Author: Larry Schaefer and Pat Schaefer and Lori Sturdevant
Trim: 8.5 x 11 inches
Published: 5/13/2016

In the pages of this book Larry and Pat Schaefer describe the creation of Lake Country School and the first twenty years of its development. The story takes us first to Bergamo Italy where the Schaefers took Montessori training courses then to an established Montessori school in Toronto where they honed their pedagogical skills and finally to the Twin Cities where they worked with a community of parents students educators and benefactors to establish a school based on the pedagogical principles of Maria Montessori.

The Schaefers describe how they and their colleagues and parent volunteers worked to find a permanent home for the school and how they later redesigned the building they'd purchased to better fit the Montessori method. It tells of field trips and theatrical performances annual rituals and celebrations student projects and parent associations and the development of the Land School in rural Wisconsin to further broaden the experience of students.

The narrative is enriched by the wisdom accumulated by the Schaefers and their fellow teachers over the course of many decades about how to create an effective and dynamic learning community of educators parents and children.


Larry and Pat Schaefer are the founders of Lake Country School in Minneapolis Minnesota and two other Montessori schools. Married in 1960 they have enjoyed a professional and personal partnership for more than fifty-five years. Together they also founded Lake Country Institute a Montessori Research and Development Institute in 1996.

Larry received an AMI diploma from Bergamo Italy he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Fordham University and an M.A. in education from Fairfield University. Nationally recognized as an authority on Montessori adolescent education he has been a consultant with schools around the country and worked twelve years with the North American Montessori Teachers' Association as a founding staff of their Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.