At over 100 years old, Montessori is a pedagogy that has stood the test of time. Dr. Maria Montessori’s theories have recently been proven with brain scans and in today’s world the importance of early childhood education is well understood. We know there is a limited opportunity to, not only create a strong educational foundation for children, but in some cases, change an otherwise limited learning ability. The educational foundation that is laid using the Montessori Method is indisputable. The stronger the foundation, the greater the possibilities for the child. The years between birth and three are the most rapid period of brain development in a person’s life. These are the years that pave the road of a child’s future. Not only is fostering cognitive development of great importance during these years but so too is the importance of character development. As educators, we have the power and the responsibly to create environments that foster this level of humanity.
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."
Dr. Maria Montessori
As our world changes so rapidly, educators understand we must prepare children for a future that we cannot envision. For this reason, “21st Century Learning Skills” have been developed. These are skills that do not teach a specific subject but rather skills to become a lifelong learner and thinker. Educators worldwide have come to agree on a set of skills that our children will need to be successful in learning and in life including:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Collaboration Skills
- Communication Skills
- Curiosity & Imagination
- Assessing and Analyzing Information
The Gladwyne Montessori Teacher Education Program, sponsored by the Catherwood Family, aims to prepare the next generation of Montessori guides to shape the future with deep knowledge, confidence and grace. Through flexible programming catered to the ever-changing needs of 21st century adult learners, the Gladwyne Montessori Teacher Education Program emphasizes self-reflection through meaningful and practical experience while providing the tools necessary to become authentic, highly effective American Montessori Society credentialed educators.