Westminster hosts a National Montessori Conference

Jun 25, 2015

June 25, 2015 Public Montessori educators from around the country gather in Salt Lake City SALT LAKE CITY - As an increasing number of public schools adopt the Montessori Method as an innovative way to personalize student learning - 85 educators from 46 schools, 20 states and Canada will gather in Salt Lake City for the second annual meeting of public Montessori educators. The Public Montessori "Unconference" is hosted by Westminster College's Institute for Montessori Innovation and the grassroots educator group, Montessori for Social Justice.   The "Unconference" will be held June 26 and 27, in Malouf Hall at Westminster College. Like the innovation and independence of Montessori education, the "Unconference" uses an experimental, open-space format where participants decide the agenda and lead groups themselves. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed the Montessori Method in 1907 and emphasized children's independence, self-control and love of learning. Children begin their education at three-years-old in multi-age classrooms using hands-on materials developed by Montessori to build concentration, coordination and abstract thinking skills.   The nearly 500 public Montessori schools in the United States enroll 125,000 students and form the largest alternative pedagogy in the public sector. Utah has six public Montessori schools which have opened since 2003 including: Dixie Montessori Academy in Washington, Gateway Preparatory Academy in Enoch, Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden, the Walden School of Liberal Arts in Provo, American International School in Draper and the Mountain West Montessori in West Valley.   To respond to this demand for new teachers, Westminster College's Institute for Montessori Innovation offers an undergraduate education degree with a Montessori minor in addition to a Master in Montessori Education for Early Childhood, Elementary and Montessori Administration. Montessori for Social Justice is a network of public Montessori educators that focuses on bringing Montessori to underserved and urban communities. The conference is supported by cooperating organizations the American Montessori Society, the Trust for Learning and the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.   For more information about the "Unconference" visit montessoriforsocialjustice.org/the-unconference or contact Mira Debs, Montessori for Social Justice, 585-214-9524 and Nancy Lindeman, Westminster College Institute for Montessori Innovation, 678-457-6104.  

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