One form of collaboration is related to education. Collaboration happens when a group of students are working together to solve a problem, complete a task or create a product. We encourage collaboration in the Montessori classrooms at Twin Parks Montessori of NYC by having multi-aged groups, offering opportunities to explore and discover, to use their divergent and creative thinking, to invite others to share work, inspiring children to talk during work time, and to consider other students as sources of knowledge.
The Montessori Movement is experiencing an historic thrust of collaboration. The Montessori Public Policy Initiative, supported by the Trust for Learning, hosted a retreat for Montessori leaders from the Association Montessori International/USA and the American Montessori Society, October 25-27, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This event was truly collaboration at the highest level of cognitive function to benefit children and Montessori education. I was honored to be included in this group of individuals and represented New York City and the state of New York.
Attendees from charter, private and public schools shared their states successes and areas that they need additional help. Topics discussed included: national trends in education policy, advancing Montessori in the face of changing trends, messaging and advocacy, teacher certification, and state action planning. We all gained incredible knowledge about next steps for our own states and promoting Montessori as a choice for all students. Added bonuses were the incredible networking and the opportunity to make new friends. This meeting of the Montessori minds was an exquisite example of the meaning of collaboration in a Montessori setting. The attendees’ focus on shared work was a joy to experience and I wish all of their students could have witnessed.