If we truly consider education to be the development of latent possibilities, rather than using the word education, we should adopt another: cultivation. The educator must cultivate the potentialities existing in the child, so they may develop and expand. It is essential to take advantage of this highly sensitive period in the life of the human being if, indeed, humanity is to improve.
Maria Montessori in Citizen of the World, p. 76
In 2023 we are very excited to offer our members the opportunity to participate in the Genuine Montessori Pathway (GMP). Rather than an accreditation program, the GMP has been designed to guide schools and centres through a process of self-study, reflection, planning and ongoing assessment.
The goals of the pathway are to:
Below is a summary of the steps involved in participating in the GMP. We envision your work will involve regular revisits to the Self Study and Improvement Plan as part of your ongoing “best practice” even after completing this initial process.
Many schools and centres worldwide undertake a self-study as a regular strategy to assure quality practices. Montessori schools and centres are fortunate to have a wealth of guidance that emanates from the long-established principles developed by Maria Montessori and the well-defined methodology that supports those principles. Educators who closely adhere to Montessori principles are on a genuine pathway towards authentic practice. We recognise that everyone is at a different stage, and the Genuine Montessori Pathway is designed to provide tailored, customised support to small centres, large schools, and everything in between.
The GMP logo signals to the wider community that your school or centre is committed to working on a pathway of growth and improvement toward genuine Montessori practice. There are two main stages of the GMP program: Engagement and Annual Accomplishment.
An organisation begins the Engagement stage once MSCA receives the signed Acceptance Agreement. The Agreement will be countersigned by MSCA and sent back with an Engagement Certificate, which the organisation may display. The Genuine Montessori Pathway Engagement Logo will be provided after MSCA has received the Self Study and Improvement Plan. This logo may be used by the organisation, including on its website, for the duration of their Engagement.
To achieve Annual Accomplishment, an organisation must submit a satisfactory Progress Report on the implementation of its Improvement Plan within 12 months. An Annual Accomplishment logo for the year of achievement will be provided. Rather than indicating completion of the pathway, Annual Accomplishment signifies that participants have completed all components necessary for ongoing work towards genuine Montessori practice. Each year, participants will choose new focus areas from their Self Study to create an updated Improvement Plan for submission.
Each year of accomplishment is added to the Annual Accomplishment logo, further reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to being on a pathway of growth and improvement toward genuine Montessori practice.