The Best Education Boosts Achievement While Celebrating Diversity

BY  KIMBERLY  SCHNEIDER,  M. ED.,  J . D.,  LPC

One of the most problematic aspects of education in the United States has been the persistent disparity in achievement between Black students, other students of color, and White students. Many different approaches to this issue have risen in popularity, and then fallen out of favor, over the past several decades. However, the most promising method for allowing all children to realize their potential may be the one that has been proven around the world for over 100 years.

What is Montessori Education?

Authentic Montessori education is an individualized, hands-on, evidence- based way of learning. It is the most popular pedagogy in the world, yet is only now finding renewed favor in the U.S. due to pediatric neurological studies demonstrating the efficacy of its approach for optimizing child development. Recent research has shown that Montessori education is in alignment with Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

– DR. MARIA MONTESSORI

Montessori schools are specifically designed to allow each child to move at their own pace. We know that learning is not linear and that children are not ready to learn specific skills according to an adult-prepared timeline or in perfect harmony with their peers. Children who need more support with certain skills can receive that support, and those who are ready to move ahead can seek out the challenges they crave. We do not teach a whole class of children the same skill at the same time; though seemingly efficient, it does not necessarily serve children.

A Montessori school is more than just a school. First and foremost, we are there for our students in the midst of both celebrations and crises. We believe schools have the capacity to be so much more than a place to learn. We aim to make meaningful connections across classrooms, families, and our greater community.

AMI Teacher Training Sponsorship Program

CMS provides authentic Montessori education at all levels of learning. We are recognized by Association Montessori International at the Toddler, Primary and Elementary levels, which means that our teachers in those classrooms must have AMI Diplomas. In order to ensure that we have a pipeline of highly qualified people to serve our classrooms as our school grows, we regularly sponsor people to receive Association Montessori International training. Through the sponsorship program, the school pays for tuition and books at one of the AMI Training Centers in the form of a loan that is forgiven over time.

 

If you would like to be considered for the loan sponsorship program, or you’re interested learning more about what’s involved, please email info@chesterfieldmontessori.org.

Benefits of Working at CMS

1. Receive funding for authentic Montessori training to earn your AMI Diploma.
2. Our beautiful, sunlit facility is situated on five acres in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, including tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds and children’s garden.
3. Classrooms are open, inviting, well organized, and equipped with the full spectrum of materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
4. Be a part of shaping and educating globally-minded innovators from all different walks of life.

TEACHING AT CHESTERFIELD MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Discover the Difference at CMS

Opportunities to make a difference & create a lasting impact

Montessori education has been successfully serving children and families around the world for over a century, remaining an agent of consistency and peace throughout global wars, social change, and, now, a pandemic. The principles remain—and for good reason. Our methods are consistently backed by current research in education, neuroscience, and human development. As we move forward into a new future, we believe Montessori has what it takes to prepare children during an unpredictable time and the years beyond it.

Chesterfield Montessori School is looking people interested in pursuing education in a unique, stimulating, and proven- effective setting. The particular opportunity to receive funding for your authentic Montessori training and AMI Diploma is ideal for candidates looking for enriching and engaging professional experiences. Learn more about how your skills and interests can coincide with Montessori philosophy at CMS by contacting info@chesterfieldmontessori.org.

How CMS Works to Build Community

1. Giving our guides opportunities to connect with one another for professional development.
2. Encouraging guides to form connections within the larger Montessori network.
3. Making sure parents and guides have ample time to discuss the child’s growth and needs.
4. Gathering as a whole school periodically.
5. Reaching out to make connections with the local community.
6. Giving our educators and families a voice in school decision making.

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