Montessori For All believes that education is a pathway to a more just and peaceful world, but not just any kind of education. We start with the Montessori approach because it was scientifically designed to help humans reach their fullest potential and learn how to build cohesive, connected societies through personalized learning, embedded social and emotional learning, and the integration of the hand/heart/head.
Educational approaches that seek to develop the whole-child (academically, socially, emotionally, physically, culturally, creatively, and ethically) have historically not been able to consistently achieve equitable outcomes for all children along racial, socio-economic, and linguistic lines. At Montessori For All, we believe all children deserve access to the kind of education that cultivates leaders of the future—while also achieving equitable academic outcomes. We are blending best practices from high-performing public schools that serve children in low-income communities with the Montessori approach.
We seek to dramatically increase the number of children who have access to transformational public schools that include the following: fully-implemented Montessori that achieves equitable outcomes, embedded social and emotional learning systems and supports that are sustainable for staff to implement, and culturally diverse and responsive communities that help build a more anti-racist and anti-biased school. We first focus on innovation and dissemination. We are doing R&D on the Montessori model to figure out how schools can consistently implement it to lead to equitable outcomes for all children. All of the tools and materials developed by Montessori For All are free for use thanks to generous support from our donors.
We know that tools and resources are often only as useful as the professional development that goes along with them. That’s why we work on developing training sessions and webinars aligned with equitable outcomes Montessori, embedded social and emotional learning, and culturally responsive communities.
We know that professional development doesn’t always go far enough to change educators’ practice, which is why we incorporate coaching and consulting into our work. We specifically focus our coaching and consulting on fully implementing Montessori in a way that leads to equitable outcomes.
We will eventually open additional high-performing, authentic, public Montessori schools in diverse communities nationwide to partner with others toward district-wide change. These schools will function as centers of innovation and professional learning for the broader community.