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    • Montessori:
    • Quality and Sustainability
    • 2009 AMI/USA Public School Forum
    • Denver, Colorado
    • November 13–15, 2009
  • “ Parents…are the only ones who can save their children by uniting and working together for the improvement of society.” The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori
  • Connecting Home and School for Diverse Families
  • Introductions
    • John Freeman
    • Principal
    • Carolyn Potoff
    • Program Coordinator
  • History
    • Montessori Magnet School
    • at Annie Fisher
  • Our Diverse Families
    • 46% Black
    • 28% Caucasian
    • 13% Hispanic
    • 13% Asian
    • 50% Suburban 50% Urban
  • Reflection
    • Who are you?
    • What population do you serve?
      • Urban/Suburban, Ethnicity, SES
    • What do you do to connect home and school for diverse families?
  • Important Factors for Parents
    • Understanding the Montessori Method and our program
    • Making a Commitment
    • Understanding Human Development
    • Understanding the importance of their role
    • Start at recruiting stage
      • Brochures
      • Open Houses, Fairs
      • Website
    • Continued Knowledge Building
      • New Family Orientations
      • Parent Handbook
      • Website Educational Information
      • School Communications
    Understanding Montessori
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  • Making a Commitment
      • School Compact
      • Parent Involvement Card
      • Read At Home Program
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    • Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher
    • Family Involvement Card
    • The following outline is our school’s expectation for meeting the minimum goal of successfully being involved in your child’s school life. Incremental goals will be established for each marking period. Please mark your card at school as you complete an activity. Cards will be reviewed at Parent Teacher Conferences.
    • Get Involved – Complete Your Card!
    • Yearly Minimum Goal
    • 2 Introductory Activities
    • 2 Parent Information Evening
    • 3 MPTC Meetings
    • 1 Fundraiser Form Completed
    • 1 Classroom Observation Per Child
    • 2 Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 8 Read @ Home Forms Completed
    • 1 Social Activity
    • 1 Volunteer Service
  • Read at Home Program
  • Primary Read at Home Log
  • Elementary Read at Home Log Montessori MAGNET SCHOOL at Annie Fisher Elementary “Read at Home Program” Log Student: ______________________________ Month: _____________________ Teacher: _________________________ Read for at least 30 minutes a night. Return completed log to classroom teachers by the first Monday of the following month. Day of month Book Title Pages read Parent initials 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
  • Opportunities for Positive Interactions
    • Meet & Greet
    • Open House
    • Parent Room
    • Family Liaison
    • Personal contact from teacher
      • phone calls, post card, letter
  • Transitioning in New Students
    • First impressions are most important for students and families
    • Personal visits
    • Staggered starts
    • What to expect the first day reviewed at orientation
    • Differentiate for individual family needs
  • Ongoing Parent Teacher Communication
    • Personal interactions
    • Phone calls
    • Newsletters
    • Parent observations
    • Parent teacher conferences
    • (100%...schedule to meet needs)
    • Progress Reports
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  • Ongoing School Communications
    • Website
    • Classroom Newsletters
    • Principal’s Page
    • Friday Bag
    • Connect Ed
    • MPTC Meeting Principal’s Report
  • Parent Organization Support
    • Montessori Parent Teacher Community (MPTC)
    • By-Laws
    • Staff Liaison
    • Teachers at events
  • Ongoing Parent Connection to School
    • Volunteering
    • MPTC Executive Board
    • MPTC Committees
    • MPTC Meetings
    • MPTC Events
    • MPTC Room Parent
    • Classroom/Room Parent Events
    • School Governance Council
  • MPTC Committees
    • STANDING COMMITTEES
    • Fundraising
    • Volunteer
    • Website Development
    • Outdoor Environment
    • SPECIAL COMMITTEES
    • Multicultural Potluck
    • Create a Tile Week
  • The BIG Events
    • Open House
    • Multicultural Potluck
    • Spring Picnic
  • Participation Data of Diverse Families: 2008-2009 Whole School Black Caucasian Asian Hispanic Total School Population 43% 26% 16% 14% 100% Montessori Math 21% The Silent Journey 14% Parent/ Child Night 59%
  • Participation Data of Diverse Families: 2008-2009 Whole School Black Caucasian Asian Hispanic Total School Population 43% 26% 16% 14% 100% Montessori Math 21% 10% 32% 41% 18% 100% The Silent Journey 14% 14% 43% 29% 7% 100% Parent/ Child Night 59% 38% 38% 10% 15% 100%
  • Plans to Increase Participation
    • MPTC (parent/teacher organization)
    • School Governance Council
    • Parent Involvement Committee Survey Needs: Child care, Time/Details, FOOD, Location
    • Parent Information/Student Activity Events (CREC MMS)
  • Parent Involvement Committee Initiatives for 2009-2010
    • Meet & Greet, Open House
    • MPTC Staff Liaison
    • Parent Education: Grace & Courtesy, Silent Journey, Parent Child Discovery Night, Literacy Night, Math Night
    • Survey of Parents as Partners Education: oral language- Let’s Talk, STEP training, elementary transition, Raising Readers
    • Area collaboration: area public Montessori schools, MTCNE, MSC, Community Agencies
  • Parent Education
    • Hands on workshops
    • Guided imagery
    • Use adult education techniques
    • Parent leaders in workshops
    • Continued follow up
  • The Home Environment
    • Guided imagery
    • In the classroom
    • Physical changes
    • Write up
  • What we can do together…
    • At home
      • Prepare your child’s environment to match their size and needs
      • Break down abilities into manageable sections
      • Have patience, respect concentration, take time
    • At school
      • Prepare your child’s environment to match their size and needs
      • Break down abilities into manageable sections
      • Have patience, respect concentration, take time
  • Oral Language Development
    • Let’s Talk…it makes a difference.
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Community effort
    • Hart and Risley (1995)
    • Vocabulary Counts
    • 30-Million Word Gap
    • Sharing knowledge with parents connected to a practical application
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  • The Independent Child
    • Our Joint Role
    • “ We must support as much as possible the child’s desires for activity; not just wait on him, but educate him to be independent.”
  • Resources for Parents to assist in fostering Independance
    • Maria Montessori’s writings
    • “ The Normalized Child” by Kathleen Futrell
    • “ Montessori in the Home” by Margaret Stephenson
    • Practical Montessori-Renaissance Parenting
    • Parenting Perspectives @
    • www.teachersandfamilies.com (fostering
    • independence and developing resiliency)
  • Contact John or Carolyn
    • John Freeman
    • [email_address]
    • Carolyn Potoff
    • [email_address]
    • School Website (under construction)
    • AnnieFisherMontessori.com