Asset-Based Pedagogy: A Montessori Approach to Equity

Last updated: July 29, 2021
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How do we ensure equity for the diverse populations in our public classrooms? Leaning into Montessori as an asset-based pedagogy is a good place to start. Asset-Based pedagogies highlight the strengths that students bring to the classroom and view differences as assets and not deficits. Montessori is primed to do this, but without understanding and intentionality, a Montessori classroom can miss the mark.

Designed for classroom teachers and assistants of all levels, administrators, and coaches, this course looks at how participants can intentionally:

  • Establish and sustain equitable pathways such as opportunity, access, and inclusion 
  • Elevate and center the stories of marginalized/invisible groups 
  • Examine intersections of social and cultural identity in the context of education
  • Interrogate systems of power and privilege that uphold oppression in education

By the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Help students reclaim language and culture through an asset-based framework
  •  See, articulate, and appreciate the classroom experiences of their students, both challenges and triumphs
  • Examine their own pedagogical practices, shedding deficit-based lenses and replacing them with asset-based habits

The ultimate goal is that participants continue on this transformative path with the will and skill to:

  • Be a lever for change rather than a preserver of the status quo
  • Use the Montessori method as a tool for liberation rather than a tool for oppression
  • Be a guarantor of fairness rather than an underwriter of privilege

This is a 12 hour course with 3 synchronous sessions bi-weekly of 90 minutes each. Synchronous sessions include a combination of discussions and breakout groups. The time between sessions offers curated readings, media (visual and audio), and practical and reflective assignments.

There will be an asynchronous kickoff to the course on Wednesday, June 16
The three synchronous sessions will be held from 7:30 – 9pm ET on

  • June 23
  • July 7
  • July 21

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About the instructor:

Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams is Montessori credentialed for ages 3-6 and holds a Masters in Education in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture. She  has worked in bilingual Montessori programs for 12 years, including 8 years in a public program, as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, Montessori coach, and academic director. Jasmine is currently earning a doctorate in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego with the desire to add to this body of knowledge in teacher training

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