CONVENER(S): Dr. Kathleen Bowser
PARTICIPANTS: Mimi Basso, Anna Perry, Marilyn Stewart, Mary Cooper, Linda Zankowsky, Bobbi Ann Helgeson
SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:
1. Make a commitment to progress ,
2. Interface with other educational movements and educators: NAEYC, ACEI, IRA, NAIS, CAPE and others,
3, Re-examine mission practices,
4, Use current research to explain and validate and expand our assertions,
5, Re-examine and throw out jargon, i,e, normalize, Directress, others,
6, Develop an action plan for AMS' strategic plan and intergrate it with everything AMS does.
7. Bring it tthe Public.
8 Mission: To reform best practices for ALL. children.
a,} Look at current research for support of Montessori principles and practices.
b.} Correlate research and practice.
c.} Have a cognitive scientist with specialty in classroom applications.
10. Public Policy:
a.] Awareness before advocacy,
b.] Watchdog: [Politics 101],
c.] Repot and inform the Montessori community.
11.] Teacher Education Programs back to the scientific pedagogue:
a.]Infuse techer educational practices with critical thinking.
b.] stop dishing out information; insist on professional development.