Major Educational Organizations Collaborate to Create Montessori Mapping of Common Core Standards
For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard A. Ungerer, Executive Director
American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163
May 28, 2013, New York, NY. Adoption of the Common Core Standards by a majority of states in the U.S. has prompted a collaboration of major Montessori organizations to map Montessori curriculum onto the Common Core Standards.
Through this document, the Montessori organizations hope that the key elements for recognizing a program that is implementing authentic Montessori curriculum and best practices will become more easily identifiable. Districts seeking to institute Montessori inside their schools will be able to see at a glance how it works.
The effort is being spearheaded by a group of experienced elementary teachers who are working together to create a document that addresses the standards while preserving the integrity and quality of Montessori best practices.
“Growing enrollment in public Montessori programs and increased interest from public educators in Montessori require that we collaborate to lay out a definitive road map for the implementation of Montessori in light of these new national standards,” according to Virginia McHugh Goodwin, executive director of the Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA).
Teacher educators from both AMI and the American Montessori Society (AMS) will review the document to ensure final approval of both institutions. Dr. Annette Haines, chairperson of the global AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group, and Anna Perry, executive director of the AMS-affiliated Seton Montessori Institute, will be heading up the formal review.
“As state and national standards for education continue to evolve, it is critical that districts, practitioners, and parents alike remain secure in the knowledge that Montessori curriculum and practices meet or exceed the current national guidelines for academic success,” states John Snyder, coordinating liaison for AMI’s professional association for elementary teachers and teacher educators.
“Montessori graduates across the United States are making world-class contributions to a diverse field of disciplines; they are superbly prepared for the challenges of our world,” says Richard A. Ungerer, executive director of AMS. “Demonstrating how well a Montessori curriculum fits today’s educational requirements is a priority for our community.”
The completion of the document is projected for late 2013.
About Montessori Education
Montessori education is based upon the work of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952), an Italian physician, whose study of children took her around the globe.
Over the past 50 years, Montessori has been successfully integrated into both private and public educational settings across the United States. Montessori programs are designed to provide for children from infancy through adolescence.
Distinguished by practices such as multi-aged groupings, dedicated blocks of independent activity time, and the use of specialized materials to concretely demonstrate learning concepts, the curriculum particularly suits the needs of children in today’s world. With its strong emphasis on early literacy and mathematical skills, social-emotional development, critical thinking, scientific discovery, and independent learning, Montessori reflects many of the more explicitly laid out requirements of the new Common Core Standards.