Resources by Topic: Montessori

Principles of Ideal Learning Programs

Collaboratively written by members of the Ideal Learning Roundtable, the Principles document outlines the core concepts that form the foundation of high-quality ECE, or Ideal Learning.

Parents as Consumers: Policy Implications

Comprehensive research on what parents want from early childhood education provides valuable insight on how to align public policies with public expectations.

Brady Education Foundation Lillard Study Summary

A study of high-fidelity Montessori public preschool programs shows they are effective at elevating all children’s performance and equalizing outcomes among those who typically do worse in traditional settings.

The Ideal Learning Roundtable: Who We Are and What We Do

Read about the work of this select group of developmental early childhood providers.

Ideal Learning Made Real

The Trust for Learning is featured in a mini-documentary created in partnership with NationSwell that shows what ideal learning looks like: evidence-based, curriculum-rich learning that above all is child-centered. The video also features Lumin Education, an exemplar provider whose developmental approach educates the whole child and delivers results—regardless of socioeconomic status. In 2015, 95% of their 3rd grade alumni graduated high school, with 89% of those going on to attend college.

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The Trust for Learning Announces the Opening of the Brady Education Foundation’s Request for Proposals to Research the Impact of Montessori Education in Public Schools

Trust for Learning & Brady Education Foundation

Five year, $3 million investment to investigate how the Montessori approach produces achievement outcomes for children age three to third grade and may reduce the achievement gap between children from under-resourced communities and other children.

Montessori Schools: They’re Not Just for Rich White Kids Anymore

Have You Heard

Have You Heard, an education podcast, profiles an urban Montessori school in Washington, D.C. From the podcast: When Maria Montessori developed a new teaching method for society’s “lost” children in the early 1900s, she had no idea it would become one of the go-to ways rich white parents educate their toddlers. But now, public urban Montessori schools are catching on in a big way and challenging some deeply held beliefs about how urban kids should be educated.


Montessori Madness

What does a child-centered classroom look like and how do we make sure students remain bright, engaged and inquisitive? A parent makes the case.