Head of School’s Letter

A Testament to Montessori Education

Posted by Joanna on October 23, 2015

I read with great interest an article entitled “10 Simple (but not easy) Ideas to Transform K-12 Education” in this past weekend’s Globe Magazine. Written by Nicholas C. Donohue, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, he cites 10 ideas to move schools forward in order to prepare for a strong future.

  • New basics for students: deep content knowledge, perseverance, confidence
  • Student centered learning
  • Deeper learning outcomes
  • Teachers as “guides”
  • Meeting learners where they are
  • Capitalizing upon students’ interests
  • Individualized learning
  • Changes to learning assessments
  • Student ownership of education
  • Graduation as a transition point; not an end point

When introduced by Congress in 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act garnered huge public support as Americans acknowledged the need to reform public school education. Many would argue that schools still have much to accomplish.

Do Donohue’s ideas sound familiar to you? That would not surprise me since the 10 ideas proposed by Donohue are the basic tenets of a Montessori education! This is what differentiates ASM from other schools. These tenets are not new to us and do not have to be integrated into an existing educational culture; they are intrinsic to our very core! At ASM, we are committed to applying these powerful, proven principles, every day, in every classroom. Along with our mission, these principles guide us in our effort to provide what we believe is the best learning environment for our students.

I look forward to writing more about these tenets in the upcoming weeks.

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