Carol Montag

Carol is a progressive educator and Certified Professional Coach with over forty years of independent school experience as a teacher, administrator and mentor. For more than two decades as a Lower School teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, she served on the first grade writing team for Everyday Mathematics. She has also headed two progressive independent schools and served as an interim head for a third, mentored for the NAIS Aspiring School Heads, and served on evaluation teams for ISACS, Florida Council for Independent Schools (FCIS), Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and the North Dakota Study Group (NDSG).

She has extensive experience with curriculum development, evaluation, professional development, school expansion and site analysis, and Head of School search committees. She served as Secretary of the Board of Mostly Music Chicago and coordinator of its outreach program, a member of the Guild of the Chicago History Museum, a member of the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, a long-standing member of The Arts Club of Chicago, and an active member of other civic committees.

She is the co-editor with Kathe Jervis of Progressive Education for the 1990’s: transforming practice, the proceedings of a conference held jointly by The Laboratory Schools of the University of Chicago and the Winnetka Public Schools in 1990 and published by Teachers College Press. She was also the editor of Pathways: a journal for progressive educators, as well as articles in other school publications.