Montessori Leaders Collaborative Fall 2014 Update

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 212-358-1250 x308

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

November 24, 2014. The Montessori Leaders Collaborative (MLC) convened in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month, to meet with each other, as well as with a group of Montessori public school practitioners and administrators. Discussion focused on the growth of Montessori in the public sector, related challenges, and how the MLC can help with overcoming the challenges.

The MLC is comprised of individuals working on behalf of various key Montessori associations—such as the American Montessori Society and the Association of Montessori International/USA—as well as individuals within the Montessori Movement representing research, teacher education, Montessori administration, and more.

Current work identified by the MLC includes research, Montessori 0 – 6 family centers, public policy, advocacy, and teacher formation/professional development. Proposals for collaborative work within these key areas are underway and some have already received funding. Specific actions items that emerged from the recent Denver meetings include supporting the teacher training pipeline from recruitment to post-training professional development, continued advocacy and policy work that can streamline the work happening within each state, and improving communication systems among Montessori organizations.

For more information on the MLC, see their recently published report, "Montessori Leaders Collaborative: Building Bridges."

The report was commissioned by the Trust for Learning, a collaborative of funders that seeks to give voice and support to innovative approaches in education that are grounded in research on brain development and how children naturally learn.

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