Assessment is a growing concern for all educators, and those who do not “teach to the test” face special challenges. Whilst children in Montessori schools typically do well in academic tests, those marks are a by-product of the real gifts which Montessori children receive such as advanced self-regulation, emotional intelligence, self-knowledge and creativity.
All of these can be measured and this workshop, in January 2017, describes the tools and techniques that we would encourage everyone to employ. This is important because:
- Demonstrating the real benefits of Montessori education will help more UK parents to choose Montessori for their children
- Executive functioning, creativity and social skills, can all be measured and serve to validate long term beneficial outcomes for the children creating a platform for Authorities and others to measure progress.
- It is possible to measure how closely your Montessori programme is aligned with research and the type of environments that create the best developmental outcomes
- Tracking the development of these critical skills in the children attending your school will contribute to authentic research, which we hope to begin in the autumn of 2017. This research should help to advance Montessori throughout the UK
If you would like to play a part in this historic work don’t miss this workshop!
The workshop is presented by Dr Katie Brown, DC Regional Coordinator for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, and Dr Steven J Hughes, ABPdN, paediatric neuropsychologist based in St. Paul Minnesota and London, and past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.