NCMPS transforms lives by cultivating equitable, accessible, sustainable, and humanizing public education through Montessori.
NCMPS envisions a world where every community has equitable access to sustainable, just, and humanizing public education that empowers families, students, and teachers to flourish.
We join others working towards this vision by leveraging our particular expertise in building, promoting, and supporting public Montessori.
We believe equitable, accessible, sustainable public Montessori programs have the power to disrupt racism, poverty, and structural inequality and transform lives and societies for peace and justice.
- Center equity, access, and sustainability in building strong schools
- Honor agency and empowerment in children and adults
- Work for Montessori to be a lever of change for a just
- Ground our work in academic, community, and field-based
- Meet partners where they are and work side-by-side with
them to build capacity
- Approach our work with optimism and hope for the future
- Honor and celebrate the strength and joy in each individual’s full humanity
We achieve our mission and bring our vision to life using three principal strategic levers:
- Build, promote, and support a robust national ecosystem of public Montessori
- Promote and support the development of new public Montessori schools and programs.
- Deliver tools, training, and technical assistance to support strong, equitable, and sustainable public Montessori schools and programs
The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector recognizes structural racism, inequality, and violence inherent in American social and political life, and stands in solidarity with all those who are working for change.
We hold the vision of an education system committed to human flourishing for all children. We focus on equitable access to just and sustainable Montessori education because schools are powerful levers of change, and Montessori schools can be powerful levers of change for a just society.
How We Do It
We put equity commitments into action in each of our three strategic levers:
Montessori education, with its emphasis on agency and interdependency, can be a powerful tool for dismantling inequity. Every new public Montessori school has the potential to extend this approach beyond families able to pay tuition.
Tools: We continuously review and revise our tools for implicit bias and cultural responsiveness, based on feedback from the field.
Training: The Montessori Teacher Residency supports equity and access by design, in terms of cost, location, content, and academic approach.
Professional learning: We offer professional development designed specifically to support equitable classroom practice.
School support: We include equity, access, and sustainability in every school review and support plan.
Below, we have collected links to articles, books, websites, and other resources we are finding helpful in our continuous learning and growth.
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
- The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront
- Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing
- Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side
- Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935
- Inventing Latinos
- We Want to do More Than Survive
- Critical Race Theory
- Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum<
- Tools for Social Change: How to Develop a Liberatory Consciousness
- Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families—National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Talking to children after racial incidents—University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
- 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial— Raising Race Conscious Children
- Talking Race & Kids Webinars—embrace race
Our Funders & Supporters
We are grateful to key funders who have supported NCMPS’s growth and impact over the years.