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Article

Community Action Plans for Social Justice Advocacy: Leveraging the Relationship Between Awareness and Action

Available from: Wiley Online Library

Publication: TESOL Journal, vol. 11, no. 4

Pages: e552

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Abstract/Notes: Supporting multilingual learners’ access to equitable and socially just language education requires more from teachers than a critical stance and language awareness. Teachers of multilingual students must understand how their awareness and ideologies drive their actions and how their actions can generate new awareness both inside the classroom in pedagogical choices and outside the classroom in interactions with families and community partners. To aid teachers in moving through cycles of applying awareness to action, the authors designed the Community Action Plan (CAP) assignment for a family and community engagement course. This article outlines the components of the course curriculum and the conceptual framework that guided its design. The authors also provide a case study of how one novice teacher, Katrina (co-author), navigated the curriculum. They offer suggestions for how language teacher educators might guide in-service and preservice teachers to implement CAPs of various types to promote socially just language education for and with K–12 learners.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1002/tesj.552

ISSN: 1949-3533

Article

Applying Montessori Theory to Break the Cycle of Poverty: A Unique Multi-Generational Model of Transforming Housing, Education, and Community for At-Risk Families

Available from: ERIC

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 39, no. 2

Pages: 103-110

Crossway Community Montessori School, Early childhood education, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: The authors accept urban reform as their main calling with their aim being to break the poverty cycle with a multi-faceted, educational, and family-centered approach. The authors speak about providing a broad range of education programs and social services including low-cost housing in comfortable apartments for single mothers, early childhood educational programs, adult education programs, career coaching and job skills training, family support referrals, a home visitation program, a children's garden, whole-family practical-life orientation, and a community center. [This talk was presented at the NAMTA conference titled: "Montessori from Birth to Six: In Search of Community Values," Minneapolis, MN, November 7-10, 2013.]

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Music, Community, and Cooperation in a Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: The following research assesses how daily singing and music in an elementary classroom impacted the sense of community, care of materials and cooperation during clean up time. This study involved daily singing of a set of songs with lyrical themes of cooperation and unity, and then playing of recorded versions of the same songs during clean up time. The eight-week study involved 16 participants between the ages of 6 and 9 at a private school in Minnesota. Each individual completed a pre and post-survey. During clean up time, observations of helpful behaviors were recorded, and any relevant quotations noted. Results of the surveys showed an increase in student enjoyment of group singing, and in the understanding of the terms “cooperation” and “community.” There was also an increase in observed helpful behaviors throughout the intervention, particularly in material care. Results show that daily group singing has a positive affect on building community, and increases cooperation levels while caring for materials. Further research may include using group singing to teach other topics such as environmental care, racial equality or academic subject matter.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Doctoral Dissertation

American Writings on Maria Montessori: An Inquiry into Changes in the Reception and Interpretations Given to Writings on Maria Montessori and Montessori Educational Ideas 1910-1915 and 1958-1970

Available from: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this dissertation will be to survey and analyze American writings on Maria Montessori and her educational system, in order to show how the idea of Montessori education has interacted with some changing American ideas and social forces. These changes in social and intellectual currents can be likened to a shift from centrifugal to centripetal force; or to the expansion and then the contraction of a universe. The central metaphor is the same. It is applicable to, and illustrative of, much about the changing social and educational scene in America. The writings on Montessori, examined against this framework, should provide a new view on certain changes in American educational thinking.

Language: English

Published: Kent, Ohio, 1973

Archival Material Or Collection

American Montessori Society Records, 1907-2015

Available from: University of Connecticut Libraries - American Montessori Society Records

American Montessori Society (AMS) - History, Americas, Montessori method of education, Montessori organizations - United States of America, North America, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: The American Montessori Society (AMS) Records document the history of an important American educational organization, and consist of printed, typescript, and handwritten materials; sound recordings; films; photographs; and slides. The collection, although not complete, reflects AMS's professional and administrative activities and also provides historical information about the Montessori system of education in general.

Language: English

Extent: 76 linear feet

Archive: Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library (Mansfield, Connecticut)

Article

Establishing an American Montessori Movement: Another Look at the Early Years

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 18, no. 2

Pages: 44-49

Americas, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Montessori method of education - History, North America, United States of America, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Though Montessorians have existed in the United States for nearly a century, a distinctly American version of the system did not begin to take hold until the late 1950s. What was referred to at the time as the "second spring" was actually a remarkable moment not just for Montessori education, but also for American culture at large. For the Montessori movement, the years 1959 to 1963 witnessed rapid growth, turmoil, and the establishment of educational, political, and ideological patterns that still influence the movement today. In this article, the authors trace what happened in those years, why it happened, and the impact those events had on the subsequent development of Montessori education in the United States as they look at the historical context surrounding those events in order to provide a richer understanding of the origins of the American Montessori identity. A closer look at the early years of the movement reveals a complex story of two strong personalities, Mario Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who shared a deep commitment to the Montessori ideal, and who squabbled endlessly over how to realize that ideal.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

"To Be Strict on Your Own”: Black and Latinx Parents Evaluate Discipline in Urban Choice Schools

Available from: SAGE Journals

Publication: American Educational Research Journal, vol. 56, no. 5

Pages: 1896-1929

African American community, African Americans, Latin American community, Public Montessori, Montessori schools, Public Montessori, School choice

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Abstract/Notes: The proliferation of urban “no-excuses” charter schools has been justified by arguing that Black and Latinx parents want strict discipline. In this article, we examine what discipline means to Black and Latinx families at two popular choice options: a no-excuses charter and two public Montessori magnets. We found that parents viewed discipline as more than rule-following, valuing also self-discipline and academic discipline. While no-excuses parents supported an orderly environment, many found the discipline restrictive. Parents in the Montessori schools, by contrast, praised student autonomy but questioned whether the freedom was preparing their students academically. Our findings reveal a gap between what Black and Latinx parents want and what choice schools and local school choice markets have on offer.

Language: English

DOI: 10.3102/0002831219831972

ISSN: 0002-8312, 1935-1011

Article

Fighting Poverty with Montessori Education: The Hilda Rothschild Foundation Community Development Program in El Salvador

Publication: El Boletin [Comité Hispano Montessori]

Pages: 5-9

Americas, Central America, Comité Hispano Montessori - Periodicals, El Salvador, Hilda Rothschild Foundation, Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin American community, Latino community, Montessori method of education - History, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

Article

Moral Beginnings: The Just Community in Montessori Pre‐Schools

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Publication: Journal of Moral Education, vol. 11, no. 1

Pages: 41-46

Ethics, Grace and courtesy, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: Kohlberg's concept of a just community has been instituted, in varying degrees and at various levels, from the early elementary years upward. It is argued here that, although pre‐school children are developmentally unprepared for the in‐depth classroom discussions and reasoning called for by Kohlbergian theory, they are nevertheless capable of creating a just community in simplified, or embryonic, form. It is further argued that this pre‐school concept has been in existence since Maria Montessori established her first Children's House. A comparison of the Kohlberg and Montessori models is made showing their compatibility in both theory and practice. Further analysis shows that developmentally the two work well as a sequence for children's moral growth.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1080/0305724810110104

ISSN: 0305-7240

Article

Community Building in Schools

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 44, no. 1

Pages: 36-46

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Working in the urban environment of Dallas, Texas, executive director of Lumin Education Terry Ford shows how schools which might normally be competing with each other can support each other instead and forge a community amongst themselves, ultimately serving the families of the area more successfully. Ford highlights using the classroom model of the prepared environment and the core value of grace and courtesy to help build widespread community by fostering a culture of mutual respect, compassion, and love.

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

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