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Boulmier, Prairie – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2014
In this article author Prairie Boulmier writes that Paul Tough, author of "How Children Succeed," has emerged as a visible and respected voice on education reform and research in the U.S. Boulmier describes "How Children Succeed" and its focus on an increasing knowledge base that supports so-called "noncognitive"…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Best Practices, Educational Research, Educational Change
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Torrence, Martha – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Educational institutions change slowly, and sometimes superficially at best. Large public (and sometimes smaller private) systems can be highly resistant to deep change. Schools are notorious for rearranging the desk chairs for a while, then reverting back to something very close to the original design. Even the most well-intentioned of…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Educational Change, Resistance to Change
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Kamine, Darlene; McKenzie, Ginger Kelley – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2010
In 2002, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) adopted a policy committing itself to develop all schools in the district as community learning centers. In Pleasant Ridge, one of Cincinnati's most racially and socio-economically diverse neighborhoods, the community set itself to the task of rebuilding what had been a failing school that reflected little…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Montessori Schools, After School Programs, Toddlers
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Weinberg, David – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2009
The "tabula rasa" of this article's title is a Latin term meaning "clean slate." For centuries before January 6, 1907, and continuing more than 100 years since, teachers have walked into classrooms of young children convinced they know full well what is good for them, and what should be poured into their minds and by what means. But on that day,…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Educational Change
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Powell, Mark – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2009
When Barack Obama announced his run for the presidency, he seemed an unlikely candidate. Against all odds, he was able to defeat an apparently overwhelming opposition by relating to the electorate in a more horizontal, collaborative manner. What Obama did differently was to empower the new, digitally active, younger political class by involving…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Internet, Montessori Method, Political Candidates
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Cusack, Ginny – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
Ukraine had been under Soviet domination for 75 years. Its institutions, including its educational system, were guided by rules established in Moscow. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the country had opportunities to reinvent itself. In this article, the author discusses the Ukrainian Montessori Project, a successful partnership between…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change, International Educational Exchange
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Monson, Michele – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2006
In preparation for the centennial of Montessori education, school leaders have a unique responsibility--not only to the communities, but also to Dr. Montessori's memory--to revise the educational practices in a manner that is both respectful of her theories and responsive to a changing educational landscape. This article outlines one example of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Montessori Schools, Child Development, Montessori Method
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Shaver, Christina – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2006
This author observed that many Montessori schools have made efforts to include diversity in their programs. She toured schools in Chicago and found them oozing with multicultural awareness--from the library books on the shelves to the marketing materials they provided to the classroom celebrations of a variety of holidays. However, she observed…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change
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Smith, Dennis R. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2005
In this article, the author compares the legacies of two remarkable educators--John Dewey and Maria Montessori. These include changes in education now so commonplace that is accepted as traditional. Both Montessori and Dewey lived long enough to see their ideas receive worldwide recognition and acceptance, along with a share of misunderstanding…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Teaching Methods, Educational History, Educational Philosophy