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Spotlight on IMC School Accreditation Co- Hillary Drinkell

Spotlight on IMC School Accreditation Co- Hillary Drinkell

Hillary Drinkell has been involved in Montessori education for over 30 years. From her early days of being a Montessori primary and elementary classroom teacher to a Dean, Head of School, Accreditation Director, Accreditation Commissioner, and Montessori consultant, she has come to understand and truly believe that the Montessori Method is the best method of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: Culturally Responsive Teaching The Brain

Book Review: Culturally Responsive Teaching The Brain

The book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, written by Zaretta Hammond, examines the philosophy and implementation of culturally responsive teaching in the context of current research and knowledge of neuropsychology and its impact on student behavior and response. The book seeks to connect current brain research and culturally responsive teaching with the question “what […]

The Bowman Expansion Project

The Bowman Expansion Project

An interview with Mary Beth Ricks, Head of School, Bowman in Palo Alto, California Founded in 1995, Bowman is an innovative, accredited Montessori program serving primary-8th-grade students in Palo Alto, California. Mary Beth Ricks has been Head of School since 2008 and started as one of the founding teachers at Bowman. Bowman is the first […]

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 […]