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Book Review: What Great Teachers Do Differently- 17 Things That Matter Most

Book Review: What Great Teachers Do Differently- 17 Things That Matter Most

I have to admit, that the book What Great Teachers Do Differently, 17 Things That Matter Most (2nd Edition) was recommended to me during an IMC Conference more than a year ago, and it sat on my dresser taking a back seat to work, daily life, and other books until just recently. Picking it up […]

IMC Teacher Education: Community, Flexibility, Quality, And Innovation

IMC Teacher Education: Community, Flexibility, Quality, And Innovation

The original mission of the International Montessori Council (IMC) did not include teacher education. In fact, IMC existed for many years without any affiliated teacher education programs. The IMC’s main focus in those early years, and still today, is creating an open-minded and open-hearted Montessori organization. Eleven years ago, that mission expanded with the approval […]

The Normalization Of New Teachers

The Normalization Of New Teachers

Normalization is one of those Montessori terms that is often used casually, with little understanding of its true meaning and significance. We use normalization to describe a child or a classroom that is highly functioning. Dr. Montessori said, “Normalization is the most important single result of our whole work” (Montessori, 1995). While she was clear […]

Beyond The Numbers Sustaining Equity In Montessori Schools

Research has demonstrated the benefits children gain from attending racially diverse schools. Berends and Penaloza (2010) and Newton (2010), both found that students in diverse schools tended to score higher in math. Benson and Borman (2010), found that literacy scores improved when students attended racially diverse schools. As Montessorians, we know that education cannot be […]

Montessori A Model For Inclusive Education?

Montessori A Model For Inclusive Education?

More and more students with a diversity of unique behavior and learning needs are enrolling in Montessori classrooms in independent, public, and charter Montessori schools. And, more and more Montessori school leaders and classroom teachers are expressing their concerns: “I don’t know how to work with these kids.” “There are just too many challenges in […]

Letter From The Executive Director

Letter From The Executive Director

Dear IMC members, Well, we are almost there! By the time this issue of Montessori Leadership arrives, we will have celebrated the end of another school year and are well into preparing for the next, in most of the northern hemisphere. Where did the summer go? I like to consider the end of each school […]