Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montessori Training Comes to LMS

Biff Maier, Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development
Beginning this summer, LMS will host a teacher training program to prepare Montessori educators to work in lower and upper elementary classrooms. I have been doing this work with the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY (CMTE/NY) for over thirty years. When that organization announced it would not start a new cohort at the College of New Rochelle this summer, the CMTE faculty asked about moving the program to Lexington under a new name. The Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) is an independent non-profit corporation that will train teachers at LMS beginning this summer.
All of our Montessori teachers have attended CMTE/NY or a similar training program. Most recently, UE teachers Laini and Stephen, and LE teachers Laura and Brenda have travelled to New York for this course.
Teacher training has been my greatest source of professional development over the years. I have worked with colleagues to clarify, augment and update many Montessori materials and strategies. Joining me in directing METTC are Michael and D’Neil Duffy, longtime Montessori educators and authors of three books on the subject, Children of the Universe, Math Works, and Love of Learning. (Michael and D’Neil are also grandparents of two LMS students.) We have at least nine other teacher educators on our METTC faculty, so the combined group offers many, many years of experience as teachers, administrators and school consultants. Several LMS teachers have expressed interest in participating, as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for LMS to share in the curriculum development, and to help direct the future of Montessori teaching.
METTC will commence on June 24 with an Overview of Montessori Education and an Introduction to Early Childhood, taught by Martha Torrence, a former president of the American Montessori Society who is now the head at Summit Montessori School. The program will continue for four more weeks this summer, then five weeks next summer, as adult learners study the philosophy, pedagogy and methodology of Montessori education. They will learn how to guide children with the vast array of Montessori materials; they will learn the art of fostering autonomous learning; and they will learn how to build a cohesive learning community. Their guided internship will span two school years. Those seeking upper elementary credentials will return for a third summer.
METTC is enrolling adult learners from near and far, and some of them require housing. If you, or anyone you know has a room that can be rented, or a house that needs a sitter, for the weeks of June 24 through July 28, please get in touch with me at or 781-862-8571 ext. 1134. You’d be helping launch a career!

Housing for teachers in training

Do you know of a room to rent, or a house in need of a sitter for the weeks of June 24th through July 28th? Montessori teachers are very responsible!
Please get in touch with Biff or 781.862.8571 x1134

Check it Out 

SoundScience Fun, Sidewalk Astronomy, Space & Rockets Day, Making Science Toys, Party for the Planet...and many more child, teen and family oriented actiivites at the 
Cambridge Science Festival, April 12th through 21st!
Locations in and around the Cambridge area.
Check out the Festival online, or pick up a brochure in the LMS Main Office.
Exciting LMS 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run news: 
Register for either (or both!) events by April 26th and enter into a drawing for one of the following prizes:
  • A week of Summer Camp at the Waltham Boston Sports Club
  • A Birthday Party at Barefoot Books in Concord
  • One of three different facial/skin care treatments from Beautiful Moi! Skin care Clinic in Lexington Center
* If you have already registered, we will be in touch with you to ask which drawing you would like to enter.
5K registrants will also receive a New Balance technical t-shirt and a reusable bag (while supplies last)
Visit the LMS 5K  page on our web site for more info!
A Parent Education Opportunity
Let's Be Honest:
Communication in families keeps kids healthy
Monday, April 8th @ 6:30pm
presented by Mindy Carver, senior Community Health and Sexuality Educator for Planned
Parenthood League of Massachusetts

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