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Teacher Trainers Presentation 2009

  1. 1. Montessori on the Edge An Update for Teacher Trainers on the Activities of AMI/USA
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Dr. Maria Montessori </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Update
  4. 4. Timeline <ul><li>September Graduate fair activity begins </li></ul><ul><li>November 2009 MES Fund Annual Appeal </li></ul><ul><li>August Distribution of new collateral materials </li></ul><ul><li>September Trainee website survey </li></ul><ul><li>February 2009 Annual Refresher Course in Houston, Texas </li></ul><ul><li>November 2008 Annual Public School Forum in Kansas City, Missouri </li></ul><ul><li>Spring and Summer 2009 Recruitment planning weekly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>October 18, 2009 Cut-off for 2009 salary survey </li></ul><ul><li>January 7, 2009 AMI/USA launches new website </li></ul><ul><li>November 13-15, 2009 Annual Public School Forum in Denver, Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>August Teach for America online seminar </li></ul>
  5. 5. Training Center 2009 Courses 2010 Courses Montessori Institute of San Diego Primary Academic Session A to I Summer/Academic Sessions, Primary Academic Session Montessori Teacher Training Center of Northern California Primary Academic Session Primary Academic Session The Montessori Institute A to I Summer Session A to I Summer Session Montessori Training Center of New England Primary Summer Session Elementary Summer Session (planned) Montessori Institute of San Diego- Miami (Satellite) Primary Summer Session Primary Summer Session Montessori Institute of Atlanta Primary Academic Session Primary Academic Session, Elementary Summer Session (planned) Loyola University Maryland Primary Academic Session, Elementary Academic Session Primary Academic Session, Elementary Summer Session, Elementary Academic Session Montessori Training Center of Minnesota Primary Academic Session Primary Academic Session Elementary Summer Session Montessori Training Center of St. Louis Primary Summer Session The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee- Kansas City (Satellite) Elementary Summer Session Hershey Montessori Institute at Lake Erie College Elementary Academic Session Elementary Academic Session The Montessori Institute Northwest Primary Summer Session, Primary Academic Session A to I Summer Session, Primary Academic Session The Montessori Institute of North Texas The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee Elementary Academic Session Primary Summer Session, Elementary Academic Session
  6. 6. New Trainers Gretchen Hall Auxiliary Trainer, Primary Jennifer Shields Auxiliary Trainer, Primary Silvia Dubovoy Auxiliary Trainer, A to I J McKeever Trainer, Elementary
  7. 7. Trainee Enrollment <ul><li>We have seen a combined 21.5% decrease in enrollment for 2009 summer and academic courses </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Course Breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>9 academic courses </li></ul><ul><li>9 summer courses </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Course Breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>9 academic courses </li></ul><ul><li>5 summer courses </li></ul>
  8. 8. Direct Support from AMI/USA
  9. 9. AMI/USA Website <ul><li>The new AMI/USA website launched on January 7, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Become a Teacher’ Section: </li></ul><ul><li>Become a Teacher Landing Page </li></ul><ul><li>The AMI Teacher’s Role </li></ul><ul><li>Why AMI Training? </li></ul><ul><li>Training Specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Application Process </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Training FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>Training Center Locator </li></ul><ul><li>Request Information </li></ul><ul><li>View Job Listings </li></ul>
  10. 10. Online Marketing Campaign <ul><li>PHASE I- Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Social Marketing Component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook Fan Page (currently has 400 fans) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter Account (currently has 40 followers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia Entry: Went online in October, includes list of training centers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PHASE II- In progress </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engine Ranking Component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotate metadata, keywords on each page (weekly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit our site to additional online directories (Montessori Index) and affiliate sites (Teach for America) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit our site to additional search engines such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up a page of “reciprocal links” (recommended sites) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remind users to bookmark the site throughout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct links on recognized schools’ homepages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Viral Marketing Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create online press releases for all announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a general online survey for website users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create AMI/USA email subscription list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give away limited, exclusive free e-resources (such as books and articles) to subscribers </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. New Collateral Materials
  12. 12. Graduate Fairs Update George Washington University Graduate Fair 9/21/2009 with Liesl Schulte University of Denver Graduate Fair 10/5/2009 Karey Lontz University of Minnesota Graduate Fair 10/7/2009 with Nicole Olson Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair 10/8/2009 with Shawn Edwards Rochester Area Fairs: SUNY Geneseo, Brockport, St. John Fisher and RIT 10/20/2009 – 10/22/2009 with Susan Callin and Dana Whipple Rutgers Graduate Fair and Education Career Day 11/4/2009 with Evelyn Greenberg
  13. 13. MES FUND, Inc. Statistics Number Scholarships Awarded Scholarships Dollars Awarded
  14. 14. MES FUND, Inc. Recipient Testimonials “ I am planning to have children soon, and my Montessori training will directly affect the way they are raised and how they are schooled. My training experience fulfilled all of my expectations and more. I learned an enormous amount about Montessori, but also learned many things about myself. My long term plans are to eventually open a school of my own. I want this school to be a public school in honor of Maria Montessori’s original vision.” - Khalila Nobles “ I could not be more pleased with my decision to pursue AMI elementary training: a program of prestige and excellence... AMI certification allows me to be a leader, be a follower, take job opportunities abroad and nationally, as well as work with children and give back. The MES FUND helped me to focus less on financial strain and more on the academics. Some trainees receive school support or family support, but I am lucky and grateful for the support of the larger Montessori community.” -Rebecca Lemar
  15. 15. New Student Profile Results, 2009 <ul><li>Highlights: </li></ul><ul><li>89% of trainees have a college education when they begin their training </li></ul><ul><li>35% of trainees have backgrounds as either AMI certified teachers (at a different level) or AMI assistants </li></ul><ul><li>192 of 291 respondents heard about Montessori via the internet and/or via a current AMI teacher </li></ul><ul><li>27% of trainees have children who are current/former Montessori students </li></ul><ul><li>The most popular response to the question “ Why did you choose Montessori training ?” was “ To make a difference ” followed by “ Interested in Montessori philosophy ” </li></ul><ul><li>The most popular response to the question “ What factors most influenced your enrollment in this course? ” was “ The reputation of AMI ” followed by “ Course Location ” </li></ul><ul><li>207 of the 291 trainees plan to teach at an AMI certified school upon graduation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Opening a Montessori School ” and “ Teaching Internationally ” were the most popular long-term goals </li></ul>
  16. 16. Indirect Support from AMI/USA
  17. 17. National Conversation <ul><li>Montessori Advocacy Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established in August 2009 at a meeting in Connecticut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next meeting in Jacksonville, February 2010 </li></ul></ul>AMI/USA Representative at monthly CAPE Meetings <ul><li>Bob Pianta to Speak at the 2010 Refresher Course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To deliver keynote address Improving Classroom Impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montessori on the Edge: Mapping Cohesive Development </li></ul></ul>Bob Pianta Senator Dodd <ul><li>Input on Senator Dodd’s Early Childhood Bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We conveyed your concerns to Senator Dodd’s people yesterday, and they are taking them under advisement… The general sense I got is that they are committed to pluralism in early childhood education and open to a variety of methodologies and philosophies about child development.” –Joe McTighe </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Public School Update Public School Districts Spokane Public Schools Montessori Program (2 campuses) Milwaukee Public Schools (2 campuses) Hartford Public Schools Kansas City Public Schools Denver Public Schools San Francisco Unified School District Charter Schools East Dallas Community School Lindsley Park Community School GEM Charter School 2,294 The number of AMI Montessori Public School students in 2008
  19. 19. Public School Update Montessori: Quality and Sustainability Denver, Colorado November 13-15, 2009 145 scheduled attendees including welcome address by Barbara O’Brien, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado Barbara O’Brien
  20. 20. <ul><li>“ The teacher must have faith </li></ul><ul><li>that the child will reveal </li></ul><ul><li>himself through work” </li></ul><ul><li>- Dr. Maria Montessori </li></ul>