Montessori Stakeholders Report

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A summary of the consulting work and market research in support of a Public Montessori Middle School/High School in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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Montessori Stakeholders Report

  1. 1. Montessori Secondary ProgramProgress Report and Stakeholder WorkshopMay 3, 2011Grand Rapids Public Schools Montessori Task Force
  2. 2. Overview of Montessori Task Force Process/Proposals In 2009, Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. commissioned the Montessori Task Force Montessori Task Force identified issues/recommendations • Establishing clearly defined Montessori choice within GRPS • Providing stable leadership, staff and facilities to support Montessori • Engaging internal and external advocates for Montessori • Increasing enrollment to the secondary level to justify resources and long term sustainability Montessori Task Force conducted study/ market survey • Hired consultants (Gena Englefriend/Ben Moudry) • Conducted market/feasibility survey (Jacokes & Associates)Montessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 1
  3. 3. Report: Typical Public Montessori MS/HS Grades 7-12 in multi-year cohorts Student population range from 210 to 670 90%+ graduation rates and +90% college enrollment rates Program in urban centers of at least 100K population School demographic reflects the larger community Robust elementary programs to feed MS/HS school Successful methods to integrate Non-Montessori students High parental involvement Public programs in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Redlands and St. Paul are models for our efforts in Grand RapidsMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 2
  4. 4. Report: Key Montessori MS/HS Design Elements Montessori trained leadership Teachers and staff are Montessori adolescent education certified (AMI, AMS or NAMTA) School organized in 3 year cohorts: • Middle School: Grades 7/8/9 • High School: Grades 10/11/12 Facilities configured to support Montessori practices A community based, student centered approach to learning All of this can be accomplished while meeting Local, State and Federal public education standardsMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 3
  5. 5. Report: Key Montessori MS/HS Program Qualities Real and meaningful intellectual and physical work Rooted in field studies, humanities in relation to lifeʼs purpose Character development Core disciplines focusing on experiential & project based learning Opportunities for entrepreneurial leadership Physical and artistic self-expression A connection to earth-centered experiences Montessori encourages students to engage in their own unique potentials to realize their fullness as a personMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 4
  6. 6. Report: Desired Outcomes of a Montessori Program Academically prepared for college a/o adult work experiences Equipped with ʻSoft Skillsʼ competencies: • Communication skills • Conflict resolution and negotiation • Personal effectiveness • Creative problem solving • Strategic thinking • Team building • Influencing and selling skills Lives life as engaged citizen at a local and global level A true Montessori MS/HS applies the methodology into adulthood and prepares our children for the larger worldMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 5
  7. 7. Market/Feasibility Survey Results COI/Montessori Phone Survey and On-Line Montessori Only Survey by Lee Jacokes & Associates • 404 Phone Interviews (Random, Weighted Sample of GRPS parents) • 91 On-Line Surveys (Montessori only) • 2/3rd Minority Parents • 60% low income Key results • 55% Awareness of Montessori (Most well known program) • 28% Not familiar with any COI • 58% Interested in enrolling in Montessori (near 3-way tie for first)  46% said “theme” was factor in interest  Academic standards and extracurricular activities are concerns • Both surveys show strong agreement about value of Montessori school characteristics • Race/income variables accounted for in dataMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 6
  8. 8. Market/Feasibility Survey Results Montessori Experiences • 92% Prepare students to be responsible citizens • 87% Prep for College/Post-Secondary • 87% Emphasize Compassion/Cooperation • 87% Ability to hold self and others accountable • 85% Match students educational development • 72% Provide advanced academic work Montessori—Enrolling in Future/Attractive Characteristics • 92% Believe Montessori preps for college admission • 87% Expect Montessori trained and certified staff • 75% Expect long-term adherence to Montessori method • 57% Less interested if all Montessori programs are consolidated on one campus • 47% Concerned when students with no previous Montessori experience admitted • 32% Concerned when program shared with another HS • 26% Concerned if no extracurricular activities are availableMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 7
  9. 9. Market/Feasibility Survey ResultsFindings Is there interest? Yes, with caveats Substantial agreement on Montessori principles; no consensus on “conditions”—may need to adjust to accommodate Survey results suggest a higher interest in Montessori for low-income Black Americans and Hispanic parents Obstacles: Lack of awareness; uncertainty about preparation for college admissionMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 8
  10. 10. Montessori Task Force & GRPS Recommendations1. Dedicated principal/assistant principal/lead teacher over all Montessori programs2. Provide stable Montessori trained staff with certification3. Located within Central High School with dedicated space4. Electives, where necessary, shared with other programs5. Set expectations for prospective parents, teachers and administration on process, steps, calendar for enrollment6. New students, non-Montessori students to participate in orientation7. Staff and program will maintain membership in one or more professional Montessori organizations8. Establish an Advisory Council9. Secure external resources to support Montessori requirements10. Enrollment is grown over 4 years to 360-46011. Marketing is focused and targeted to elementary grades12. Curriculum development meets state/district standards13. Procedures to meet district standards and approvalMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 9
  11. 11. How can you help? Join the conversation online: • Web:            www.montessorigr.org • Facebook:    www.facebook.com/montessorigr • Twitter:         @montessorigr • Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/montessorigr Please make a financial contribution: http://www.montessorigr.org/contribute/ Subscribe to our email newsletter for updates on our progress. A new school will be realized faster if parents and the community pitch in to make it happenMontessori Secondary Program Progress Report and Stakeholder Workshop | May 3, 2011 CC 2011 GRPS. Share with attribution. 10
  12. 12. Letʼs Talk

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