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1 Zanetti Montessori Magnet School: Excellence in a Peaceful Environment
2 MissionTo provide an academically rigorous and integrated Montessori curriculum, aligned with the district standards and learning goals , based on peace education and global awareness that:Engages students in joyful, engaging learning in a peaceful, safe environment of mutual respect.Empowers students to be self-reflective, independent, life-long learners, prepared to be career orientated global thinkers, who realize their individual potential, lead meaningful lives and accept their responsibility of citizenshipFacilitates students to perform at levels of proficiency in meeting the outcomes of the Montessori Curriculum and state learning standards upon transitioning to high schoolHolds high expectations of academic performance, integrity, respect for diversity and conductEncompasses 21st Century Skills addressing problem-solving, reasoning, communication and technologyFacilitates student understanding of their connection and contribution to their families, their community and the world, through a curriculum based on global awareness and social action, using the student and their world as the contextIncreases student attendance and achievement through active engagement with all stakeholdersFocuses instructional leadership teams to guide school improvement through staff collaboration, curriculum development and data analysisSustains a collaborative learning community of dedicated, nurturing educators, committed families and self-motivated studentsDRAFT
3 Whole School GoalAlfred G. Zanetti Montessori Magnet School’s goal for the 2009/2010 academic year is to improve student academic achievement through an integrated Montessori Curriculum aligned with district standards and learning goals. By the end of the academic year, 100% of students will demonstrate a minimum of one year of academic growth as shown on Montessori Assessments, Benchmark Assessments, District and Statewide Tests and where applicable, Key Math Assessments.
4 Famous Montessorian, Will Wright, author of Sim City et al . . . “Montessori taught me the joy of discovery. It showed me you could become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori – if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.”Will Wright“Will Wright flourished in the local Montessori school, with its emphasis on creativity, problem solving and self-motivation”John SeabrookThe New Yorker, November 6, 2006
5 Our Aim is to Fulfill the Mission of Bringing Montessori to the Public Schools and its Diverse Population“The needs of mankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet. The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity”Maria Montessori5
6 Was the first Italian woman doctor, scientist , educator Maria Montessori…Was the first Italian woman doctor, scientist , educatorbegan work in 1907 in slums of Rome with “street urchins.” Her work with severely learning disabled students in 1907 who then passed testing for non-disabled students drew international attention.believed learning should be active and that the freedom to move and choose work in a highly ordered environment, facilitated cognitive development and bred independent, joyful, successful learners.Ensured that teachers set up a developmentally appropriate “Prepared Environment” in large open classroomswove “Grace and Courtesy” (social emotional behavioral) and “Practical Life” components into the curriculumdeveloped an educational philosophy and pedagogy based on individual children’s needs and their work with developmentally appropriate materials through which children construct their learning.6
7 Montessori Environment The Environment:Warm, inviting, ordered, structured, engaging, carefully designed to capture interest of students and promote independenceNo rows of desksStudents choose where to sit (floor, desks, high and low tables, alone, groups, pairs)Mixed-grade students (Ex: Grades 1-3 in same room)
8 Montessori Pedagogy Instruction Assessment Teacher presentation happens mainly in small groups and individualTeacher teaches on the floor, child moves on to practice aloneTeacher provides engaging extension activities to all presentations (lessons) that students can work on independentlyTeacher a facilitator of learning and a guideAssessmentOngoing observations, questioning and feedbackBenchmarks for CurriculumPortfoliosMontessori Standardized Tests
9 Step inside a Lower Elementary Morning Work Cycle Please see Zanetti Website for video snapshot of anE1 WorkcycleClass AgendaStudent Work List
12 The Curriculum Pre-K to Grade 5 Montessori Peace Education through Global Awareness Materials-based Integrated Social Studies, Math, Language, Science, putting the child in the context of the wholeGrace and CourtesyNon-Violent Conflict ResolutionEarly exposure to and use of algebra and geometry in younger yearsMiddle School Grade 6 to 8Montessori Peace Educationthrough Social ActionCONTEXT: The AdolescentOVERARCHING QUESTION: How do I understand myself, the world and my place in it?OVERARCHING ACTION: How do I contribute?District initiatives woven inWEX writing, CAFÉ reading, Science KitsAlignment of Montessori Curriculum and Level Outcomes to State Learning Standards
13 “Measure what you value” What the Data Shows“Measure what you value”
14 General Student Achievement Trend Teacherscomplete training82% classroom teachersleave because of contract,19 new teachersbegin MontessoriTrainingZanetti becomesMontessori
15 So, what was going on in 2004 and 2005? Zanetti in 5th year of MontessoriBoth Math and ELA AYP metAll teachers Montessori TrainedTeam including a Math CPDT created Montessori materials to fill gaps in math curriculum (measurement, for example)
16 High academic achievement for 21st Century Success StudentsHigh academic achievement for 21st Century Success
17 ZANETTI MONTESSORI IS SPECIAL BECAUSE….. * Without desks, students and groups learn to get along with each other.* We are around the same people all the time so we are not as nervous to answer questions or ask for help.* Zanetti has taught us to think outside of the box when doing our work.* We learn about respect, responsibility, and caring for our environment.* At Zanetti we get second chances even when we do something wrong.* We are in different grades in the same class and this allows us to help each other.* Zanetti has taught us the importance of peace.* This school allows you to choose what you wish to learn more about.* We can concentrate and it is a great environment in which to learn.* We are very unique with our learning style.* The teachers are great and it is a good place if you want to learn new things every day.* We are free to hold our own opinions and encouraged to speak our minds.* You can make friends all over the school and because we are together for so many years we know that when we go our own ways we will still keep in touch.* We go on cool fieldtrips that help us learn about our world.* Our teachers care about us and we especially love those teachers who help us get through all the ups and downs.* Zanetti has helped us to learn new things and built our self-confidence so that we can be the best that we can be.Zanetti Middle School Students
18 Student Achievement- prior to Magnet Grant (1999) poor attendancehigh mobility (75% in our last year before conversion to magnet)lowest standardized test scores of over 30 district elementary schoolshigh suspension ratesrapidly increasing minority group isolation
19 Student Success- Years immediately following Magnet Grant Attendance problems decreasedPopulation DiversifiedFree/reduced lunch population decreasedRacial demographics reflected the City of Springfield not just the neighborhoodBehavior incidents decreasedTransience decreased
20 Past Year Student Successes ProficiencyAYPLast Year Proficiency on MCAS increased in: - All 8th grade tests - 3rd, 4th, 6th,7th Math - 3rd, 4th ELA2009 MCASELA AYPMath AYPAggregateyesnoSpEdAfrican AmericanHispanic
22 % of Test Items Zanetti Aggregate outscored District Aggregate On last year’s 8th grade ELA test, Zanetti students outscoredthe District on 89% of the test items.
23 Highly qualified and effective at all levels StaffHighly qualified and effective at all levels
24 Organizational Health Inventory Staff Perceptions Significant increase in cohesiveness, adaptability and innovation.Slight decrease in morale and resource utilization due to move.Goal Focus work is in progress: Feedback to Students.
28 Parent Perceptions Survey The 2009 Parent Survey revealed that of 150 surveys returned, over 90% of parents believe:The school provides sufficient support for their child.The school has an appropriate curriculum.Their child’s progress is acceptable.They are respected by the school.They understand the difference between Montessori and Traditional classrooms.Montessori Education allows their child to solve problems more peacefully, foster good work habits, and be more responsible, independent learners.Room for Improvement:22% of parents do not know their child’s schedule or subjects being taught.12% of parents do not know how to help their child with school work.17% of parents know how to encourage the Montessori values of independence, responsibility, integrity and cooperation at home with their child.
29 From Zanetti Parents“I love the structure of the program, my children are stronger in reading and math.”“My child takes responsibility for her learning and loves to be independent.”“Teacher commitment and integrity of personal progress is appreciated.”“Her motivation for school and routine in general has increased at Zanetti.”“My son has learned how to problem solve, care and become a well-rounded individual.”“The Montessori approach has accelerated my daughter’s learning.”“My son is more independent now at home and has a lot of pride in himself.”“Zanetti encourages citizenship and working at an individual pace.”“My daughter works at her own pace and has varied learning experiences.”“My daughter is an only child and has learned here how to do things herself.”“Zanetti fosters community-minded students.”“I see a better future for my child in Montessori.”“My child has self-confidence and believes he can do anything he puts his mind to.”“Zanetti has taught my daughter how to love learning.”“Montessori increases my child’s maturity and social interaction skills.”
30 Responsive, Effective and Accountable Leadership AdministrationResponsive, Effective and Accountable Leadership
31 Introduction of the SAM Project School Administration ManagementInitial findings show that principals spend too much time on ManagementStudent achievement and teacher effectiveness increase with more Principal involvement with instructionSAM (Kate Berti) introduced to create systems for delegating responsibility based on staff readiness.
32 Initial One Week Inventory on Principal Time on Management Majority of management time spent on student discipline.
33 Initial One Week Inventory of Principal Time on Instruction Most frequent instructional time spent on planning/curriculum.
35 “Measure what you value” Improvement Areas“Measure what you value”
36 Addressing the Challenges What the data saysPossible CausesHow we are addressing itMCASHispanic Students still not making AYPAggregate still not making AYP in MathReading comprehension/test taking skills of studentsOpen Response on tests carry heavy weightFeedback to students during class lackingGaps in Math curriculumTeacher Training Category 2: Working with ELL StudentsOpen Response in Math Across the GradesIncrease Formative Assessment at all levelsIncrease MCAS language use in Environment and InstructionSuspensions/ Discipline ProblemsMid-year suspensions this year equal total for last yearLoss of Planning Center space, behavior educator and second counselor due to the moveCramped classroomsMiddle School engagement and spaceRe-focusing counselor responseCode of Conduct Reflections and Contracts with Gr.1-5Mentoring/Tutoring At-Risk Middle School studentsRe-focusing Middle School Instruction and CurriculumPrincipal Time on InstructionDaily average is 20%Principal is first responder for managerial tasksSAM (School Administration Manager) Program to increase time on instructionParent InvolvementIncreasing, but not representative of total student bodyPositive contact from teachersDecrease in celebratory eventsMove has led to an initial withdrawalPostcards homeQuarterly learning celebrationlistParent education about Montessori InstructionParent Newsletter from Students
38 Why is Zanetti an Important Option for Springfield Parents? ImportanceDiversity in Staff and CurriculumAppreciation for diverse cultures and studiesPeace EducationMultiple Steps of Positive Conflict ResolutionGlobal awareness and social action at the basisELL trained staffELL students move from concrete to abstract use of English with materialsMontessoriDifferentiated instructionDiverse classroomsMulti-age, multi-level classrooms allows for early exposure to high level content and peer instructionInclusion ModelSpecial Education students allowed structured movementStudent ChoiceEncouraged during instruction to promote task completionDiscussed during conflict resolutionChildren’s HousePre-KindergartenMiddle School Montessori Peace Education through Social ActionDistrict-aligned, community-focused Social Justice Curriculum, with the adolescent as the context
39 How Does Montessori Meet the Diverse Needs of Students? Montessori PrincipleUrban Student NeedsLearning is linked to MovementMultiple Learning StylesFreedom to move stimulates learningChoice and controlSafe and Nurturing Learning Environment focused on Student ReadinessLearning in the context of interestManipulatives that provide student with experience with content in contextExtrinsic Rewards are avoidedPromotes internal motivation for life-long learningLearning with and from PeersDevelop cooperative work habitsRespect cultural differences in learningLearning by doing in contextContent is learned through application and extensionTeacher sets clear limits that allow for student freedom to choose and independenceStudents show high levels of maturity, empathy and intrinsic motivationOrdered EnvironmentHighly organized classroom materials and curriculum trains students senses
41 18 Requirements for Success of Montessori in Public Schools Essential ElementAlignment to SPS Strategic PriorityStatusMontessori trained teachersHighly qualified staff√ 90% trainedIn need of plan to complete training for new middle school staffMontessori professional developmentTargeted Professional Development√ By level, Tuesday afternoonsOngoing Montessori consultationEnsure all staff is accountable√ Montessori Mentors on staff, part-timeIn need of outside consultation from expertsTwo trained adults in each classroom (teacher and paraprofessional)Student Support as needed√ 100% in preK/K onlyIn need of Montessori trained paras in all classroomsBudget for Montessori WorkshopsEquitable distribution of funding√ Michael Duffy, Charles Terranova forMaintain membership with professional Montessori OrganizationsStaff Support as needed√ Montessori Schools of Massachusetts√ American Montessori Association√ North American Montessori Teachers AssociationEmploy Montessori MentorStaff Support√ Two mentors, part-timeMontessori Trained AdministrationEffective Leadership Skills√ Principal Montessori Trained with teaching experienceMontessori Curriculum MaintainedDistrict-aligned performance goals√ Pre-K to 8
42 Alignment to SPS Strategic Priority Essential ElementAlignment to SPS Strategic PriorityStatusSustain Support of Central OfficeShared goalsIn need of appropriate assessment measures compatible with MontessoriPlan for sustainabilityProvide parent education programAssist parents to improve learning√ Montessori Parent Ed. NightsFull complement of MaterialsIncrease Math, ELA, Science proficiency√ 100%* Library missing to complement classroom researchPrepared Environment, (including social emotional behavioral educational space)Nurturing, safe learning environmentReduction in classroom space hindering effective Montessori instructionIn need of SEB space and behavior educatorUninterrupted daily work cycleHigh performing educational culture√ 3 Hour Morning Work CycleIntegrated specialty programsIncrease post-secondary options√ Music, Art, Dance, PE, Technology, Middle School Enrichment ProgramMulti-age groups√ 100% ClassroomsMontessori Record KeepingPerformance Management SystemMRX (Montessori Records Express) in progressState Mandated TestingIncrease MCAS Proficiency√ MCAS Practice in Practical LifeModified from American Montessori Society42
43 Sustaining Montessori at Zanetti Prior to Level 4 Announcement:Considered Pilot School Status for:Flexibility in Staff Allocations and BudgetAutonomy in Assessment and CurriculumCurrent Needs:Montessori-trained administrationAnalysis of Montessori Alignment to DistrictCreation of Montessori AssessmentsClose any Math gaps by creating Montessori materialsThis year: Feedback to Students (Formative Assessment)Next year: Comprehensive reading program focused on reading comprehensionRefocusing Middle School for Social Action:Teachers to complete Montessori Training summer 2010Refining and Refocusing Curriculum for 2010/2011 to empower and engage students preparing students for their lives now, as leaders in the school and in the CommunityEnvironment: Rethink space, create student-centered classrooms
44 Vision for the Future In five years, we hope to have For Zanetti:A safe, clean, upgraded facility for the Montessori ProgramSquare footage required for effective Montessori Classroom ORClass size for elementary reduced to 20 in present classroom square footage and staff allocation adjusted for thisScience Lab room for Elementary ScienceRooms for Dance/Art/MusicState of the Art Library (planned for Summer 2010)In Springfield:New building for Montessori Middle School180 kids in MS, 20 per classStudent body fed from Zanetti and Gerena
45 Zanetti Montessori Magnet School: Excellence in a Peaceful Environment