Basic Profile


Michael Duffy


Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC)


Mt. Jackson



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United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

To offer elementary children their first overview of the universe story, so they have a context in which to understand everything they will learn in life.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

As a Montessori author, teacher-trainer and consultant, I am a proponent of Cosmic Education, which is the Montessori version for elementary children of the Universe Story, Big History or other names of a vision that seeks to spread the comprehensive origin story of everything from the Big Bang to today’s societies and prospects for the future.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

Michael Duffy and his wife, D’Neil, have been involved in Montessori Education for 35 years, since their daughter entered a New York Montessori School at age 2 1/2. D’Neil, who became certified at the 3-6 age level through Association Montessori Internationale and the 6-12 age level through the American Montessori Society, founded the Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA., in 1979. Michael, who had been a journalist by profession, got AMS certification at the 6-12 age level and joined the Blackstock faculty in 1989, teaching in the lower, then upper elementary classes. Both became trainers in the elementary teacher training program at CMTE/NY, an American Montessori Society-affiliated program, and they have trained teachers in New York, Phoenix, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, and Puerto Rico with CMTE/NY and other training centers, including their latest venture with the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC), which offers elementary training in Lexington, MA. The Duffys have also given workshops at national and international Montessori conferences and their work has been published in Montessori magazines.They have authored three books on Montessori education: “Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom,” “Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain,” and, most recently, “Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students,” all published through Parent Child Press (now operated by Montessori Services). In addition to their Montessori credentials, both have masters degrees in education, D’Neil with a specialty in Guidance and Counseling, and Michael with a specialty in Media Education. They retired from Blackstock in 2001 to devote more of their time to teacher training, writing and educational consulting, and they have moved to the mountains of Virginia to be within a day’s drive of all four of their grand-children.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

A place to exchange ideas about the meaning of the Universe Story and ways to make it accessible to children.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

We have experience in promoting the teaching of Cosmic Education within the Montessori community. We are currently involved with METTC (Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative) as our primary outlet for teaching Cosmic Education to Montessori teachers.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

1989, when I first took Montessori teacher training.

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Maria Montessori, Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme.

Also inspired to do this work by:

David Christian, Henri Bergson, Biff Maier and Gary Davidson (Montessori colleagues).

Call this work:

Montessori Cosmic Education

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

International Big History Association, American Montessori Society, METTC.

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:


Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

“Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe… No matter what we touch, an atom, or a cell, we cannot explain it without knowledge of the wide universe.” Maria Montessori

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:


If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Teacher Training Programs

Published Books/Movies/Other With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom, by Michael and D’Neil Duffy, Parent Child Press (2002).

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