‘Culture Keeper Feature’


The programs under The Children’s GuildTranZed Alliance umbrella, including the Monarch Academies, employ “Transformation Education,” an organizational philosophy that employs a flexible culture as a catalyst for transformation. The Children’s Guild and the Monarch Academies were recently featured in an article from SparkVision. (Culture Keeper Feature: The Children’s Guild)

“We started our day at The Monarch Academy, a public charter school in Glen Burnie, where I had the pleasure of seeing some of Dr. Ross’ vision in action. At first glance, it’s clear this is not like most schools. The walls are vibrant and engaging, the teachers are introspective and the classrooms are alive – literally with animals across the species spectrum. It was the type of place any child would easily become memorized. I fell in love with the place in minutes, simply from the artistic joy that was being translated through my eyes.

As Dr. Ross states, ‘When our students come into a space, they see right away what we think of them. That’s why we put so much thought into making our environment vibrant and engaging. We want this place to be somewhere that they’re proud to be. You can’t feel that way when your desks are falling apart and the walls are bare. The space itself is a message that tells our kids that we care about them and they deserve it.'”

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Monarch campuses are currently closed and with distance learning students participating in summer school/ESY programming. For a listing of free meals sites for children ages 2 to 18, go to aacps.org/mealpickup. View our resource Talking to Children about COVID-19 and Managing their Social and Emotional Needs.