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  • This data is represents the four Montessori school in Milwaukee, Craig, Fernwood MacDowell and Maryland*. Maryland tested students in grades 3-6 due to the school only having a top sixth grade because it is expanding yearly to eighth grade by 2011. The other three schools are 8 th grade top schools and test students in grades 3 to 8.
  • This data is represents the four Montessori school in Milwaukee, Craig, Fernwood MacDowell and Maryland*. Maryland tested students in grades 3-6 due to the school only having a top sixth grade because it is expanding yearly to eighth grade by 2011. The other three schools are 8 th grade top schools and test students in grades 3 to 8.
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    • 1. Milwaukee Public Schools Networking with Central Office Administration
    • 2. The History of MPS Montessori Programs
      • MacDowell Montessori est. 1978
      • Greenfield/Fernwood Montessori 1983
      • K-5 Extended Day est. 1984
      • Craig Montessori est. 1996
      • Expansion to K-8 Programs from K3 -5 th gr. 1996
      • Highland Community School becomes a Instrumentality Charter in MPS
      • Maryland Avenue Montessori est. 2001
      • Kosciuszko Instrumentality Charter est. 2003
      • The Montessori High School est. 2006
      • Angeline Lillard Study @ Craig 2006
      • Garden Homes Montessori est. 2010
    • 3. How do you make it happen?
      • Long wait lists resulted in parent lobbying
      • Dispel misperceptions about Montessori being elitist
      • Education of the School Board and Central Office
      • Establish a political Montessori body
      • The MPS Montessori City-wide Council est. 1997
      • Neighborhood support to open new schools due to the reputation of success in the Montessori Schools
    • 4. The Need for Teachers
      • The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee est. 1988
      • A consistent supply of Montessori trained teachers
      • 1995 $100,000 given to the Montessori programs to train teachers.
      • Milwaukee Teacher Education Montessori Collaborative MTEC Licensed Trained Montessori Teachers in a cohort for only Montessori teachers new to teaching. 2001
      • 2009 We asked for $200,000 from the Obama Stimulus funds for teacher training and professional development and received $400,000 over the next two years.
    • 5. The Leadership Challenge
      • The first Montessori trained principal appointed in 1995
      • The second in 2002
      • Teacher Program Coordinators were required since 1978
      • In 2007 administrative positions were created “The Curriculum Generalist”
      • Create a succession of leadership
    • 6. How to Network
      • Go to Central Office and talk to people about what you are doing.
      • Talk their talk, not Montessori jargon in the beginning.
      • Know who to know: The Superintendent and the Chief Financial Officer.
      • Create a relationship with the school board members. Go to their fund raisers.
      • Encourage parents to advocate in the community.
      • Share the data that Montessori is successful.
    • 7. The Data
    • 8. More Data
    • 9. A New School of 400 Students
    • 10. A New School of 500 Students
    • 11. Rational for K-3 and K-4
      • ENTRY AFTER K4
      • The rationale for beginning a Montessori program at age three is based on the following principles:
      • The Absorbent Mind – according to the Montessori philosophy, the child has an absorbent mind which is operative from birth to age six. It is imperative that the child have three years in the Montessori primary prepared environment to absorb those elements which will prepare him/her both directly and indirectly for future years.
      • Sensitive Periods – the sensitive periods of a child begin at birth and continue through age five. By age five, the child has refined the capability and skills associated with the period and has inwardly perfected them through repetition.
      • Curriculum Areas – lessons are given corresponding with the child’s sensitive periods. It is again essential that the child attend school by age three to take full advantage of these materials which increase the acuity of the sense perceptions and help organize and classify his/her world.
    • 12. In Conclusion
      • Always ask for more than what you want or think you can get
      • Preserve the integrity of Montessori Education
      • Rally the parents to support Montessori
      • Be Political
      • Pick your battles carefully
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