Montessori Resources

Links to Montessori Resources

Interested in learning even more about Montessori education? Here are some good resources: websites, articles, studies, videos, and books.

Websites

from the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association
The “About Montessori” pages on the NAMTA website provide an excellent overview of Montessori education.
 
This website is full of beautiful photography from Montessori environments and many informative articles geared toward the parents of Montessori students. MariaMontessori.com is a project from the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA) with a goal of providing accurate and relevant information about the Montessori method of education to parents around the world.
 
(on Facebook)
This is an interesting project launched by the Association Montessori International/USA, which is soliciting the stories of successful Montessori alumni and posting them to the project’s Facebook wall. Visit their page to read some of the stories!
 
Read personal stories from Montessori educators, alumni, and parents.

Articles

Montessori 101: Some Basic Information That Every Parent Should Know
A thorough, easy-to-read overview of Montessori education directed specifically at parents. Highly recommended by our pedagogy committee. This 22-page booklet opens as a PDF.
 
Washington Post
“Once considered a maverick experiment that appealed only to middle-class white families in the States, Montessori schools have become popular with some black professionals and are getting results in low-income public schools with the kind of children on which Montessori first tested her ideas.”
 
Harvard Business Review
“I'm really glad to learn that Montessori methods are entering public schools,” writes Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management and the author of Enterprise 2.0. “And I look forward to more research on the benefits and drawbacks of this educational approach. Until it convinces me otherwise, I'm going to continue to believe in Montessori and recommend it to parents.”
 
Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein, a Montessori dad and passionate advocate of Montessori education, makes his case in this short article. “I am not writing to explain, ‘What is Montessori?’ There are several good books, lots of internet videos and numerous websites to answer that question. But I do want to offer three reasons why I love Montessori and believe that millions more American children could benefit from this extraordinary approach to teaching and learning.” Or, see his article as animated by 321 FastDraw (below).
 
“When you walk into a Montessori classroom you sometimes feel like you have walked into the Twilight Zone – but in a good way. There are usually a lot of kids but not a lot of chaos. You will ask yourself, ‘Where is all of the noise?’” Anne Williams-Isom, mother of three Montessori trained children and COO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, writes about why she chose Montessori education for her children in this short blog post.
 
Harvard Business Review
What makes visionary entrepreneurs such as Apple's Steve Jobs, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Ebay's Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman, and P&G's A.G. Lafley tick? In a question-and-answer session with HBR contributing editor Bronwyn Fryer, Professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of Insead explain how the "Innovators' DNA" works. Dyer and Gregersen mention that many of the most innovative business executives were Montessori educated. 

Studies

Links to the latest research on the effectiveness of Montessori education from the Association Montessori Internationale. 

Videos

This 4-minute video provides a concise explanation of Montessori primary and elementary education, along with a look inside a typical Montessori school. Produced by the Montessori Administrators Association.
 
A 321 FastDraw animated presentation of the widely read article by Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein. The title refers to Waiting for Superman, a movie about America’s educational crisis.
A 321 FastDraw presentation by Trevor Eissler, the father of three Montessori students and author of Montessori Madness!, a book that explores how Montessori education best prepares children for the world outside the classroom.

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