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Montessori Schools Are Exceptionally Successful: So Why Aren’t There More Of them?

INTRODUCTION: This article originally appeared in print, under the headline “What Maria Montessori Knew,” in the July 9, 2018 issue of America Magazine – The Jesuit Review. Our thanks to the publisher, American Media, for permission to share it with you. This essay reflects the distinct perspectives of the author, who attempts to put Montessori […]

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How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

How to Address Challenging Behaviors: Applying Positive Behavior Support Strategies to the Montessori Classroom What happens when a child struggles to normalize? What do we do when challenging behaviors disrupt the learning environment? Positive behavior support strategies can be used to restore peace in the classroom. In this webinar, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Brynn Rangel […]

How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

Webcast: What is Montessori Curriculum: Is There Such a Thing? Part 3

What is curriculum? Does Montessori even have one? How does it work? Dr. Michael Dorer wraps up this three-part series on Curriculum by looking at these seminal questions. Together, we will then unpack curriculum jargon, and clarify what it does. While focusing on the Children’s House and Elementary, Michael will also touch on curriculum from […]

How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

Webcast: Dispelling Misperceptions about Montessori and Attaining Common Ground with Public Schools

This week our guests on our Montessori Leadership Webcast were Dr. Shirlinda (Cindy) Acker and Christine Lowry M.Ed. They discussed Cindy’s research on Dispelling Misperceptions about Montessori and Attaining Common Ground with Public Schools. Communicating Clearly & Effectively Montessori education has not been recognized as a viable educational option due to misunderstandings and perceptions about […]

How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

Webcast: What is Montessori Curriculum: Is There Such a Thing? Part 2

What is curriculum? Does Montessori even have one? How does it work? Dr. Michael Dorer continues the second in this three-part series on Curriculum by looking at these seminal questions. Together, we will then unpack curriculum jargon, and clarify what it does. While focusing on the Children’s House and Elementary, Michael will also touch on […]

Webinar:  The Great Lessons in the Elementary Years – Part I – Dr. Robin Howe

Webinar: The Great Lessons in the Elementary Years – Part I – Dr. Robin Howe

In this session Robin Howe, PhD introduces viewers to the role of the Great Lessons in the Elementary curriculum, how their design engages the imagination of the elementary child, and develops an appreciation of the history and evolution of planet in order for humans to be where they are today – technology, transportation, health sciences, […]

The Work of Education

The Work of Education

had an experience in my classroom that is a potent reminder of what is possible to bring out in children when they are taught to show considerate behavior, and given the guidance, safety, and structure needed to voice their feelings and engage in respectful, honest, and constructive dialogue. This particular discussion was focused on taking […]

Best-Practice Handbooks

Best-Practice Handbooks

Dr. Montessori’s legacy needs to be preserved in the face of rapid expansion and adaptation in a wide array of situations. We are concerned that Montessori could one day become “whatever anyone does in her name” and the value of the method for children will be lost. Montessori is both a set of practices and […]

How to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom

Webcast: Effective Board and Admin Team Relationships / Part 1

    This week, began to explore the topic of how to build effective working relationships between the school’s administrative team and the board. For those of you who own your school, this will probably still be just as relevant. The relationship between the individual or family owners, and the leadership of the school or […]

Authorized List of Montessori Materials – Dr. Michael Dorer

Authorized List of Montessori Materials – Dr. Michael Dorer

Authorized List of Montessori Materials for Montessori Classrooms Organized and Edited by Michael Dorer Contributors: Michael Dorer, Syneva Barrett, Lois Bobo, Rose Dorer, Peter Hanson, Shanna Honan, Maria Kaminstein, Angela Lord-Carsrud, Ann Luce, Chris Sacerdote, Larry Shankar, Maria Verhaal   Copyright Michael Dorer Shared with members and students on the Montessori Foundation and International Montessori […]

Washington Montessori Public Charter School

Washington Montessori Public Charter School

n February 2017, Darla Prescott (Directress of Academics and Education) and Austin Smigel (Director of Administration and Finance) asked me to return to a school that I first worked with in 2000. At the time of my first visit, Washington Montessori Charter School was brand new. It occupied rented space in a small East Carolina […]

“I Wish I’d Had the Courage …”

h!  A Montessori mother!” responded another woman in the needlepoint class when she heard that the children attend Post Oak School. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, the Montessori mother asked, “Where does your daughter go to school?” We’ve all been there:  the mention of Montessori evokes a response in people. Sometimes we feel […]

Montessori Bilingual Education

Montessori Bilingual Education

  Montessori Bilingual Education: Prevalence and Type of Bilingual Montessori Programs / A white paper from The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector Downloaded and shared with the National Center’;s permission from http://public-montessori.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Montessori-Bilingual-Brief.pdf ontessori bilingual programs are increasing in number in both the private and the public sectors. In the private sector, a bilingual school, typically, […]

The Assistant in a Montessori Classroom

A white paper from The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. Downloaded and shared with permission from  http://public-montessori.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/The-Assistant-in-a-Montessori-Classroom.pdf Key Points: Assistants are key to ensuring that the complex learning environment is prepared for children. Assistants enable Montessori teachers to focus on instruction without interruption. The assistant’s broad awareness and scanning of the environment […]

Three-Year Age-Spans in Montessori Classrooms / The Benefits of the Full Upper Elementary Cycle

Three-Year Age-Spans in Montessori Classrooms / The Benefits of the Full Upper Elementary Cycle

A white paper from The Center for Montessori in the Public Sector Downloaded and shared with permission from http://public-montessori.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Three-Year-Age-Spans-in-Upper-Elementary.pdf Key Points: Montessori education is uniquely designed to maximize the benefits of seamless educational pathways designed in 3-year increments. Learners benefit academically and socially from three –year mixed-age groupings. It is accepted practice for public Montessori schools […]