Education for innovation: MMS alumni panel to highlight brain-based learning
Self-paced learning. Flipped classrooms. Inquiry-based education. Expeditionary learning. Some of the “newest” ideas in education have been successfully implemented in Montessori schools for more than a century, including the more than 500 public Montessori schools in the United States.
Montessori is a research-based approach education based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s scientific observations of young children at the “Casa dei Bambini,” a school she founded in Rome in 1907.
Dr. Steven Hughes, past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology, calls Montessori “the original brain-based approach to education because it based upon scientific principles of human development.”
Secret of their success: Montessori
Montessori education has influenced the founders of some of America’s most innovative and successful companies, including Amazon (Jeff Bezos, named by Harvard Business Review as America’s most effective CEO), Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales) and Google (Sergei Brin and Larry Page) as well as well known figures from the worlds of art and culture, including Beyonce, Yo-Yo Ma, George Clooney, P. Diddy Combs, Jacqueline Kennedy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julia Child and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, to name just a few.
Montessori is education for innovation
What sets the Montessori approach apart from traditional education? How does Montessori foster creativity, innovation and discovery? Could the Montessori mindset benefit your child, business, community and state?
These questions and more will be discussed at “Education for Innovation,” community forum to be held Tuesday, January 20 at Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street. The event will begin with school tours at 5:30 p.m. (optional), followed by a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m.
At this special program for MMS parents, West Virginia educators, policy makers, community leaders and potential MMS families, local Montessori alumni will share their perspectives on the skills needed for success in the 21st century and discuss how their Montessori background shaped their educational, professional and personal journeys.
Montessori alumni speakers confirmed to date include:
- Emily Beal,* PhD, environmental consultant, Henthorn Environmental Services;
- Clifton Clark,* JD/MBA, high net worth lending consultant, BB&T;
- Travis Crouse,* BA, director of IT Services, WVU Physicians of Charleston;
- Rusty Kruzelock, PhD, CEO, West Virginia Research and Technology Park;
- Morgan Robinson, BA, community leader and Electric 102.7FM morning host;
- Avrah Urecki,* MFA, art teacher, Charleston Catholic High School.
To RSVP or for more information, please call 304/342-7870. Childcare is available with a reservation.
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