education in america    is in crisis
public schools: a by-productof the industrial Revolution
static and adultcontrolled environment
standardized education,rote learning, test-taking,      content driven
single-aged classroom
desk monopolizes classroom  and restricts movement
lack of empowermentStudents have to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom.
excessive homeworkMost kids today are fightingfor their childhood. With8 hours a day spent inschool, and 2 hours ofhomewor...
where hasthis brought us?What does education in America look like?                              ?
education in the u.s.   7000 students drop out of           By the end of 8th grade, U.S.School EACH DAY                  ...
what does education look   like for our state?               ?
state education rankings    The Best and Worst for Math and Science                                     Statistical Resear...
arizona’s education   Arizona ranks 50th in the       Grade 4 Mathematics Rank, 44nation for per pupil spending      Grade...
what did all this education     prepare us for?    The single life-long career is a thing of the past.
in the new world            change is constant The next generation of business leaders will face a world that isthe most c...
changing the status quo The fact is that given the challengeswe face, education doesnt need to bereformed ‒ it needs to be...
montessori has enduredthrough the test of timeTo change the status quo takes time and courage;it is happening slowly aroun...
montessori: founded andcreated with nothing butthe child at the center.     It was by design, over 100 years ago.
cornerstones ofmontessori education –  the paradigm shift
collaboration vs.   competition
integrated vs.compartmentalized
empathy vs. apathy  (or antipathy)
reaching full potential vs. making the grade             Achieving full             potential at DGM                      ...
inquiry based vs.teacher delivered
divergent vs. convergent Divergent Thinking   Convergent Thinking
desert garden montessori              For over 15 years, Desert              Garden has been delivering              this ...
dynamic and empowering
independence andintrinsic motivation
emotional intelligence              Emotional intelligence              cannot be prescribed;              It must be cult...
the power of the village                 DGM community                 is comprised of                 children, parents, ...
academic, social, and emotional strength                DGM kids maintain                their academic, social,          ...
academic rigor comes from critical thinkingand open-ended learning
individualized, hands-on,    relevant learning
so much more than the 3 Rs
so much more than the 3 Rs
so much more than the 3 Rs
so much more than the 3 Rs
desert garden montessori    lower elementary      Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Mathematics:            ...
desert garden montessori    lower elementary       Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Science:               ...
desert garden montessori    lower elementary      Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Biology:                ...
stand above and apart    from the herd
be a powerful voicein your child’s education
where will your child   be in 20 years?
this?
or blazing his or her own trail
montessori educatedGoogle Founders:      Amazon Founder:Sergey Brin and       Jeff BezosLarry Page                      CE...
Extraordinary parents make courageous          and exceptional choices.Thank you for honoring us with your children.
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Education in America is in Crisis.... and as Sir Ken Robinson says, education is not in need of reformation... it is in need of Transformation. Desert Garden Montessori understands the importance of designing a school experience that allows each child to flourish intellectually, creatively and emotionally while learning through discovery.

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  1. 1. education in america is in crisis
  2. 2. public schools: a by-productof the industrial Revolution
  3. 3. static and adultcontrolled environment
  4. 4. standardized education,rote learning, test-taking, content driven
  5. 5. single-aged classroom
  6. 6. desk monopolizes classroom and restricts movement
  7. 7. lack of empowermentStudents have to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom.
  8. 8. excessive homeworkMost kids today are fightingfor their childhood. With8 hours a day spent inschool, and 2 hours ofhomework, the averagechild does not have anopportunity to create, play,imagine, and have down time.
  9. 9. where hasthis brought us?What does education in America look like? ?
  10. 10. education in the u.s. 7000 students drop out of By the end of 8th grade, U.S.School EACH DAY students are two years behind U.S. ranks 21st against 30 other countries in math.developing countries in science 68% of 8th graders can’t read 30% of students do not proficiently, and most will nevergraduate high school catch up. 543 billion dollars were spenton public school education in2010, less than half reached theclassrooms and teachers in 2010
  11. 11. what does education look like for our state? ?
  12. 12. state education rankings The Best and Worst for Math and Science Statistical Research Center at AIP
  13. 13. arizona’s education Arizona ranks 50th in the Grade 4 Mathematics Rank, 44nation for per pupil spending Grade 4 Reading Rank, 44 Arizona’s class size average Grade 4 Science Rank, 48is second highest in the nation Grade 8 Mathematics Rank, 37 Arizona ranks 40th in the Grade 8 Reading Rank, 42nation for on-time graduation Grade 8 Science Rank, 46 Arizona is tied for 6th in thenation for the percentage ofteenagers not in school
  14. 14. what did all this education prepare us for? The single life-long career is a thing of the past.
  15. 15. in the new world change is constant The next generation of business leaders will face a world that isthe most complex, dynamic and fast- moving in history. How dowe prepare students to meet these 21st century demands? Theanswer lies not just in new approaches to teaching and embracingtechnology. Our challenge requires a complementary spacialresponse - education environments that inspire collaboration,drive curiosity and foster leadership.‒‒ University Grads Don t Make the Grade, by Jeffrey Holmes with Global Strategy Group (GlobalStrategy Group, a prominent research firm, to conduct an online survey of 500 elite businessdecision- makers across North America.)
  16. 16. changing the status quo The fact is that given the challengeswe face, education doesnt need to bereformed ‒ it needs to be transformed.The key to this transformation is not to standardize education,but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering theindividual talents of each child, to put students in an environmentwhere they want to learn and where they can naturally discovertheir true passions. Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  17. 17. montessori has enduredthrough the test of timeTo change the status quo takes time and courage;it is happening slowly around the world as peoplewake up … but it is difficult. Other schools areopening up to this …Desert Garden Montessoriis already there.
  18. 18. montessori: founded andcreated with nothing butthe child at the center. It was by design, over 100 years ago.
  19. 19. cornerstones ofmontessori education – the paradigm shift
  20. 20. collaboration vs. competition
  21. 21. integrated vs.compartmentalized
  22. 22. empathy vs. apathy (or antipathy)
  23. 23. reaching full potential vs. making the grade Achieving full potential at DGM Most schools today are just meeting the benchmark
  24. 24. inquiry based vs.teacher delivered
  25. 25. divergent vs. convergent Divergent Thinking Convergent Thinking
  26. 26. desert garden montessori For over 15 years, Desert Garden has been delivering this innovative approach of education, an approach that empowers and guides children to reach their full potential academically, creatively and intellectually.
  27. 27. dynamic and empowering
  28. 28. independence andintrinsic motivation
  29. 29. emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence cannot be prescribed; It must be cultivated over time – integrated throughout the school.
  30. 30. the power of the village DGM community is comprised of children, parents, teachers, and community partners, all working together and supporting one another.
  31. 31. academic, social, and emotional strength DGM kids maintain their academic, social, emotional strength despite just utilizing the “school day”.
  32. 32. academic rigor comes from critical thinkingand open-ended learning
  33. 33. individualized, hands-on, relevant learning
  34. 34. so much more than the 3 Rs
  35. 35. so much more than the 3 Rs
  36. 36. so much more than the 3 Rs
  37. 37. so much more than the 3 Rs
  38. 38. desert garden montessori lower elementary Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Mathematics: Cultural and Physical Geography:40% at 6th grade level 100% 6th–8th grade60% at 4th grade level Map making introduced at 6th(long division takes grade level. Geography standards them to 6th) remain constant through 8thGeometry: grade (for social studies, history100% 5th–6th grade level changes, geography does not).
  39. 39. desert garden montessori lower elementary Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Science: Engaging in the science fair100 % at 7th grade level process take them to a 6thSimple discussion of the grade level. Observingsolar system, lunar cycles others’ experimentsand impacts of natural satisfies this as well.hazards on habitats is a Parts of the Earth not5th grade standard. introduced until 7th grade.
  40. 40. desert garden montessori lower elementary Desert Garden 9-years-old students (3rd graders)Biology: Language Arts:100% at 4th–5th grade level 100% at 5–6th grade levelHistory: Parts of speech emphasized100% 6th grade at 6th grade level (for comprehensive list)
  41. 41. stand above and apart from the herd
  42. 42. be a powerful voicein your child’s education
  43. 43. where will your child be in 20 years?
  44. 44. this?
  45. 45. or blazing his or her own trail
  46. 46. montessori educatedGoogle Founders: Amazon Founder:Sergey Brin and Jeff BezosLarry Page CEO, The Washington Post: Katharine Graham
  47. 47. Extraordinary parents make courageous and exceptional choices.Thank you for honoring us with your children.

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