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Montessori Inclusion Course Coming to Milwaukee

A European inclusion model with a Montessori history comes to the U.S.

This article from the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, describes the upcoming training, sponsored by Montessori Medical Partnership for Inclusion, the Hellbruegge Foundation, Penfield Children's Center, and Penfield Montessori Academy.

Montessori Strategies for Children with Learning Differences

In Montessori Strategies for Children with Learning Differences, Joyce S. Pickering and Sylvia O. Richardson interpret Dr. Maria Montessori’s language and developmental theories using a modern, clinical, neurodevelopmental perspective. With decades of experience, Joyce and Sylvia share strategies about how teachers in Montessori environments can include children with speech-language delays, dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, and intellectual disabilities. They also describe Montessori strategies that special educators can use in their classrooms to offer effective remediation to children who learn differently.

Together with colleagues Laure Ames and Amy Kelton, Joyce and Sylvia illustrate techniques that can help teachers better serve children with varying exceptionalities. They explain the secret to their success at the Shelton School and Evaluation Center and continue Dr. Montessori’s tradition of advocacy, education, and mentorship.

In a special chapter on Montessori and autism, K. Michelle Lane-Barmapov vividly describes the challenges of working with children with extreme behavior. Michelle details her innovative blend of Montessori curriculum and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that can facilitate inclusion for children with autism in Montessori environments. For children with autism, her prescription for early childhood intervention can make a lifelong difference.

Thank you, Joyce, for bringing us Montessori Strategies for Children with Learning Differences, and thank you, Michelle, for your incredible chapter about working with children with autism in Montessori environments. It is our differences that make us unique, and honoring our differences within the community is what makes us strong.

April Milton, Diversity Consultant & Early Childhood Montessori Teacher

This book is of value to every Montessorian in every country because it provides awareness of the different needs of children with learning differences. These children are universally present in every community, and this awareness will benefit children globally.

Catherine Nehring Massie, Founder, Montessori Medical Partnership for Inclusion

Montessori teachers can work with students with diverse behavior and learning needs and serve all students in Montessori classrooms! With the federal mandate for a Multi-Tiered System of Support framework to create inclusive classrooms, it is an exciting time to be a Montessori/special educator. This book gives a solid overview of Dr. Montessori’s ideas and work. We have to see today’s children in a new light.

Christine Lowry, Principal Consultant for Montessori NOW & Montessori and Special Needs

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The Case for Inclusion 2019

Catherine and Barbara attended the National Launch of this amazing report, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on January 10, 2019.  This tool ranks each state and the District of Columbia and tells us how they are doing with implementation of Medicaid programs that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

The Case for Inclusion is a tool that gives us glimpses at how well each individual state is performing overall, how each state matches up against other states regarding key data measures and, most importantly, the policies and practices of top-performing states that may be considered as best practices.

The 2019 report includes sobering data about the magnitude of the Direct Support Professional workforce crisis.  In the absence of a stable, qualified direct support workforce, states will struggle to reduce waiting lists, and to support people to experience community integration-to be included, supported and empowered.

In addition to providing useful data, the Case for Inclusion report includes a roadmap for legislative action to facilitate successful advocacy efforts that promote inclusion.


Pediatric Occupational Therapist Explains Why Children Need to Move

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Kids should be spending at least three hours outdoors a day — and preferably left to their own devices, a pediatric occupational therapist is recommending.

It's often hard to get them outside and to resist warning them against dangers or to stay clean. But Angela Hanscom said that left with the time and the freedom, kids will naturally engage in the kind of activities their bodies need, whether that's jumping or digging or spinning or hanging upside down on the monkey bars. Read more...


Landmark Study Finds Positive Impact of Public Montessori Schools

Posted On: January 23, 2018

With support from the Self Family Foundation and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, the Riley Institute at Furman University has completed a five-year study of Montessori education in South Carolina’s public schools. Showing evidence of positive impact on students, it is the most comprehensive study of public Montessori programs ever conducted in the United States.
“With the exception of California, there are more public Montessori programs in South Carolina than in any other state in the country,” said Brooke Culclasure, the study’s principal investigator. Read More..


Montessori education: a review of the evidence base

Published October 27, 2017

This review paper has three aims, namely to (1) identify some key elements of the method, (2) review existing evaluations of Montessori education, and (3) review studies that do not explicitly evaluate Montessori education but which evaluate the key elements identified in (1). The goal of the paper is therefore to provide a review of the evidence base for Montessori education, with the dual aspirations of stimulating future research and helping teachers to better understand whether and why Montessori education might be effective. Read more...

Making the Shift to a Trauma-Informed School

Posted On: July 24, 2018

As a classroom teacher in 2006, I always knew my students were affected by their adverse life experiences - but I primarily understood this through the lens of poverty, not considering the adversity that kids in all kinds of communities might face. In the past several years, the science has shifted from poverty to focus on the impacts of traumatic events in the lives of children from all backgrounds. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control highlights facts on the effects of trauma, which include decreased cognitive ability, depression, suicide, engagement in risky behaviors, and even early death. There are also correlations with students' social, emotional, and academic needs.  Read more...

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