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Doctoral Dissertation

Evaluation of the Reorganization of Northboro Elementary School in Palm Beach County, Florida: A Ten-Year Perspective

Available from: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the reorganization of Northboro Elementary School from the academic years of 1991–1992 through 2000–2001. The study was designed to determine the effectiveness of achieving five objectives established for the reorganization in two-year increments of implementation from the perspectives of the administrative staff, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents. The reorganization objectives were (1) to develop a physically and psychologically safe environment for all students; (2) to implement a public magnet program to racially balance the population with non-Black students; (3) to increase student achievement scores on the state assessment test in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics; (4) to increase parent involvement at the school; and (5) to improve the quality and increase the amount of staff development. Utilizing the focus group method, the 35 participants represented, 4 administrative staff, 9 paraprofessionals, 4 reading teachers, 3 regular and 6 Montessori teachers, and 9 parents. The Levels of Use of the Innovation (LoU) (Hall, Loucks, Rutherford, & Newlove, 1975) was used for the assessment of all aspects of the reorganization. As a result of the evaluation, it was determined that all the objectives were met in accordance with the LoU model. The major findings were: (1) Using an effective reorganization tool, such as the Levels of Use, gave the leader clear direction for reorganization, from orienting, to managing, and finally to integrating the use of the innovation. (2) Parent participation in the reorganization process was essential for effective teaching and learning. Parent involvement was critical in promoting a sound physically and psychologically safe environment. (3) Implementing an innovative Montessori Magnet program reduced the racial balance, and drew racially, economically, and educationally diverse students. Based on the findings, it is recommended that additional evaluations be conducted to include: (1) Examining the extent race or age had on the overall success of the reorganization. (2) Determining if the Montessori, Reading Recovery, and Levels of Use strategies are only effective at the elementary level. (3) Assessing the academic achievement of eighth- and tenth-grade students who participated in the Reading Recovery Program.

Language: English

Published: Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004

Book

Persistenz und Verschwinden: Pädagogische Organisationen im historischen Kontext [Persistence and Disappearance: Educational Organizations in Their Historical Contexts]

Available from: Springer Link

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Abstract/Notes: Welche Geschichten erzählen uns pädagogische Organisationen, wenn sie auf ihre Innovations- und Anpassungspraxen hin befragt werden? Der Band untersucht das Phänomen der Persistenz, d.h. des Überlebens einer Einrichtung unter sich wandelnden Kontextbedingungen, als organisationales Lernen. Dabei geht es um das Verständnis einzelner realer Einrichtungen, methodologisch also um Fallstudien u.a. an Addams' Hull House, Franckes Anstalten, Montessoris Kinderhaus, Homer Lanes Little Commonwealth, Decrolys Schule. What kinds of stories do educational organizations tell when we analyze their manifold processes of innovations? This book focuses on the phenomenon of persistence - e.g. the survival of an organization under changing contextual conditions - as organizational learning. To understand particular, real organizations, we focus on case studies: Addams' Hull House, Francke's Institutes or Montessori's house of children, Homer Lanes Little Commonwealth, Decrolys school et al.

Language: German, English

Published: Germany: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2008

ISBN: 978-3-531-15977-5

Series: Organisation und Pädagogik , 5

Article

The Value of Regional Montessori Organizations

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 18, no. 4

Pages: 1-8

Americas, Montessori schools, North America, Organizations (Groups), School administrators, United States of America, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: In this article, the author explains how administrators who have feelings about isolation and disconnection from other Montessori schools may find support and networking through a variety of ways. Administrators may connect with others through the AMS (American Montessori Society) Heads of Schools ListServer, a forum for discussion of topics interest to school administrators. Another means of meeting this need for support and networking is active participation in a regional Montessori organizations. The author cites several benefits offered by being active in regional Montessori organization activities.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Order, Organization and Beauty In The Classroom: A Prerequisite, Not An Option

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 24, no. 2

Pages: 34-39

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Montessori education, at its best, is a combination of art and science, an exquisite balance of subjectivity and objectivity. When done well, a Montessori environment resembles a carefully crafted piece of art, a skillfully constructed laboratory for the study of life. The work of creating such a masterpiece is a labor of love and a commitment of extraordinary depth. It is not an easy undertaking. Occasionally, the author steps into a Montessori environment in which something is clearly askew, where a fundamental element of Montessori's vision and pedagogy are missing. The author's observations reveal that two particular components of the prepared environment are absent more often than any other: organization and beauty, both key to successful Montessori classrooms. On this topic, Dr. Maria Montessori was relentless: organization and beauty in the classroom are a prerequisite, not an option. A well-organized learning environment encourages autonomy as the child grows and creates himself. The role of the teacher is to provide support as the child moves through this process and toward normalization. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the teacher to develop and maintain an overarching order within the classroom. Order and organization in all areas of the classroom are necessary for the child to self-educate at his level of capability. The role of beauty in the Montessori classroom is fundamental, for it is intimately tied to auto-education, evoking interest in the materials and in learning. Just as order assists the child in spontaneous activity and supports his efforts to self-educate, so too does beauty. Beauty is the voice that calls the child to engage with the materials and elevates him to a higher level of grace and courtesy as he interacts in his environment.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Child Welfare and the Work of National Organizations and Institutions; The Montessori Society

Available from: HathiTrust

Publication: The Child (London), vol. 5, no. 5

Pages: 286

Children - Health and hygiene, England, Europe, Great Britain, Montessori organizations - England, Montessori organizations - United Kingdom, Northern Europe, United Kingdom

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Language: English

ISSN: 0855-0026

Article

The Learning Organization: A Model for Educational Change

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 22, no. 1

Pages: 190-203

Educational change, Rexford Brown - Writings, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Analyzes public school bureaucracy and ways to reform institutions into learning communities that value shared knowledge and learning experiences. Describes how a bureaucratic organizational structure impairs learning. Proposes the "learning organization" in which adults learn alongside students, planning is decentralized, families are part of the educational experience, multiple perspectives are valued, and learning occurs all the time. (KDFB)

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Order out of Chaos: The Organization of Pictures, Matching Cards, Three Part Cards, and Cultural Items

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 7, no. 6

Pages: 1–1–3

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Language: English

Book Section

Die Haltung der Weltgesundheitsbehörde (WHO) gegenüber Behinderten [The World Health Organization's (WHO) Attitude Towards Disabled People]

Book Title: Die Montessori-Pädagogik und das behinderte Kind: Referate und Ergebnisse des 18. Internationalen Montessori Kongresses (München, 4-8 Juli 1977) [Montessori Pedagogy and the Handicapped Child: Papers and Results of the 18th International Montessori Congress (Munich, July 4-8, 1977)]

Pages: 25-32

Children with disabilities, Conferences, International Montessori Congress (18th, Munich, Germany, 4-8 July 1977), People with disabilities, World Health Organization

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Language: German

Published: München: Kindler, 1978

ISBN: 3-463-00716-9

Article

The Organizational Structure of AMS School Affiliate Members: A Statistical Compilation

Publication: AMS School Bulletin

Pages: 16–20

⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

Article

Authentic Abroad Experiences with the Montessori Peace Now Student Organization: An Educational Laboratory for Montessori Global Engagement in Costa Rica

Publication: Whole School Montessori Handbook

Pages: 423–425

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Language: English

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