Like many, Montessori advocates, Keith became familiar with Montessori through the schooling of his own child. Moved by the impact of the Montessori approach on learning and human development, he began to undertake research on Montessori and saw the need for a national organization solely devoted to public Montessori schools. Keith is a nationally known historian of literacy and American schooling who has written extensively about the development of the Montessori movement in the United States.
Previously, Keith served on the faculties of the College of William and Mary, Ohio University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University, and he worked ten years as a high school history teacher in Atlanta. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Florida and an Ed.D. in History of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Whitescarver, Keith and Jacqueline Cossentino (April-June, 2011). “What Do You See That Makes You Say That? Visual Thinking in Montessori Environments” Montessori International, 99, pp. 20-21.
- Keith Whitescarver, (October-December, 2010), “Montessori in America: The First 100 Years,” Montessori International, 97, pp. 20-21.
- Keith Whitescarver, (July-September, 2010), “Montessori in America: The First 100 Years,” Montessori International, 96, pp. 18-19.
- Whitescarver, Keith and Cossentino, Jacqueline (2007) “Lessons from the Periphery: The Role of Dispositions in Montessori Teacher Training,” Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 2: No. 2, Article 11.
- Whitescarver, Keith and Jacqueline Cossentino (2008). “Montessori and the Mainstream: A Century of Reform on the Margins,” Teachers College Record, 110 (12).
- Whitescarver, Keith, (Spring 2012) “Using Montessori to Break the Cycle of Poverty,” Montessori International