Montessori in Hartford, CT: Creating a Supportive Infrastructure A Presentation of a Work in Progress by Tim Nee Assistant...
A Brief History <ul><li>1990 - Building Blocks, 2 Town Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>1994 - Becomes a state Magnet Schoo...
Building Infrastructure   <ul><li>Quality and Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting and Relationships </li></ul><ul><li...
Quality and Recognition <ul><li>Must make AYP and meet NCLB requirements </li></ul><ul><li>AMI-USA Public School Associate...
Quality and Recognition   in Hartford <ul><li>Consistently made AYP and upward trend in test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Asso...
Connecting and Relationships <ul><li>Know the Players </li></ul><ul><li>Position the school/s with key players particularl...
State of CT  CREC Council Mayor of Hartford CREC Executive Director HBOE CREC Director of  Magnet Schools Superintendent  ...
Some Key Connections in Hartford <ul><li>Mayor - Former VP at Trinity College and built the campus for Montessori, feature...
Strategic Planning <ul><li>Identify major needs </li></ul><ul><li>Systematically address those needs with both short term ...
Strategic Planning <ul><li>Strong parent support </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful national and international recognition </li>...
Need some help <ul><li>Come to AMI-USA Public School Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Share with colleagues and those in similar p...
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  1. 1. Montessori in Hartford, CT: Creating a Supportive Infrastructure A Presentation of a Work in Progress by Tim Nee Assistant Director CREC Institute of Teaching and Learning
  2. 2. A Brief History <ul><li>1990 - Building Blocks, 2 Town Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>1994 - Becomes a state Magnet School, Interdistrict Montessori Magnet School </li></ul><ul><li>1996 - AMI Training Course at Trinity College </li></ul><ul><li>1998 - School goes through reconstitution </li></ul><ul><li>1999 - CREC assumes management for school </li></ul><ul><li>2000 - School moves to new campus, Learning Corridor, CREC MMS </li></ul><ul><li>2000 - CREC MMS Associated by AMI-USA </li></ul><ul><li>2001 - Eddie Perez elected Mayor </li></ul><ul><li>2002 - City Charter changed to provide Mayor control </li></ul><ul><li>2002 - State approves Montessori Teaching Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>2003 - MTCNE Opens, Primary Course </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - Film made “Montessori for All Children” </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - School recognized by MSA as “School of Excellence” </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - New Superintendent for HPS, Dr. Adamowski </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - HBOE approves new School Design Plans including Montessori </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - MTCNE adds Elementary Training </li></ul><ul><li>2008 - HPS opens MMS at Annie Fisher </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - MMS at AF moves into new building </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - HPS opens new program at Moylan School </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - HBOE considers next steps for Montessori Pathway to MS-Erdkinder </li></ul>
  3. 3. Building Infrastructure <ul><li>Quality and Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting and Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Quality and Recognition <ul><li>Must make AYP and meet NCLB requirements </li></ul><ul><li>AMI-USA Public School Associated or Recognized </li></ul><ul><li>Awards through national organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Press and media exposure </li></ul>
  5. 5. Quality and Recognition in Hartford <ul><li>Consistently made AYP and upward trend in test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Associated with AMI-USA since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborated on Film with NAMTA </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized as a School of Excellence by MSA </li></ul><ul><li>Featured on many TV, radio and print sources </li></ul><ul><li>First magnet school in Hartford to meet court mandated racial quotas </li></ul>
  6. 6. Connecting and Relationships <ul><li>Know the Players </li></ul><ul><li>Position the school/s with key players particularly political leaders and central office personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Honest and transparent relationships with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with private schools </li></ul><ul><li>Create national and international relationships </li></ul>
  7. 7. State of CT CREC Council Mayor of Hartford CREC Executive Director HBOE CREC Director of Magnet Schools Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of School Design Assistant Director of Magnet Schools and Director of T&L Principal of CREC MMS Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Principal of MMS at AF Montessori Consultant Moylan Principal and Moylan Montessori Teachers MTCNE Montessori Consulting CREC Montessori Initiatives
  8. 8. Some Key Connections in Hartford <ul><li>Mayor - Former VP at Trinity College and built the campus for Montessori, featured in NAMTA film </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director of CREC- Key administrator when the school was reconstituted, father of children who attended a private Montessori school in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendent of Schools- Former Superintendent of Cincinnati School District with very strong Montessori Community, invited to school as soon as he was in office, proposed replication of CREC MMS </li></ul><ul><li>HBOE Chairperson- Appointed by Mayor, former parent of child from CREC MMS and featured in NAMTA film, Assistant HR Director at CREC, well respected in Latino community </li></ul><ul><li>Other HBOE Members- One parent of 3 children who attended CREC MMS and husband of a Montessori teacher, a grandparent of a former CREC MMS student and local TV Host who featured CREC MMS principal multiple times on her show </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Superintendent of School Design- Professional colleague of Principal at CREC MMS; participated in a year long fellowship together </li></ul><ul><li>HPS Montessori Consultant- Former Principal of CREC MMS and able to maintain employment with both CREC and HPS </li></ul><ul><li>MTCNE Advisory Board- Combines both Public and Private Heads of Schools in CT </li></ul>
  9. 9. Strategic Planning <ul><li>Identify major needs </li></ul><ul><li>Systematically address those needs with both short term and long term goals </li></ul><ul><li>Remain steadfast in addressing those needs with key players </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for the future </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strategic Planning <ul><li>Strong parent support </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful national and international recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Certification – Unique Endorsement #110 </li></ul><ul><li>Established Training Center, including the Trainer of Training for future training, sponsorship by HPS </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting to University of Hartford, M Ed and now adjunct courses </li></ul><ul><li>Hartford Montessori Pathway School design plans based on Essential Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Student enrollment plan through 2022 </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to other public Montessori programs, consulting, hosting AMI-USA Forum, shared documents </li></ul>
  11. 11. Need some help <ul><li>Come to AMI-USA Public School Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Share with colleagues and those in similar positions </li></ul><ul><li>Work on creating 5 year plans </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Nee </li></ul><ul><li>860-836-1509 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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