Terry Ford presented on the East Dallas Communities Schools, from the origin to the replication of a successful private model into the public sector, elaborating on the lessons learned along the way.
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Thursday, 6 August 2015
Mary Caroline Parker presented the Bachman Lake story. The Montessori based initiative began in 2008 and has grown to include youth work, housing, immigrant services, education, health services, mentoring, leadership training, and AMI training. Partnerships and rigorous assessment are crucial. Being open to community needs is integral to the success of these projects.
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Friday, 7 August 2015
Dr Priyanut Dharmapiya, director of the Sufficiency School Centre, Foundation of Virtuous Youth presented "Cultivating Sufficiency Mindset in Thai Schools". Starting with 137 schools in 2007, Thailand now has 10,000 Sufficiency Schools and is working towards 30,000.
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Friday, 14 August 2015
Kay Boulden presented on the topic of Montessori in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. She gave insight into the story of dispossession of Aboriginal people and how the history affects lives today. Kay emphasized the necessity for teachers going to communities to be well prepared and supported. She shared the AEDI statistics, showing great improvement in the development of the children.
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Saturday, 15 August 2015
Dr Benjalug Namfa spoke about the education system in Thailand and elaborated on her work for the Office of Basic Education Commission, moving towards quality education for all in Thailand, with a focus on sustainability.
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Saturday, 15 August 2015
Kannekar Butt discussed the implementation of Montessori education in public schools along with her personal story.
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Monday, 8 August 2016
Amukta Mahapatra, Director of SchoolScape, a Centre for Educators gave a presentation on activity-based learning in Tamil Nadu in India. Amukta has worked to bring quality education to government schools. She started on a small scale, without expectation of the level of success. Amukta traced the development of the project as it scaled up and spread to other states in India.
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Saturday, 15 August 2015
This document from the Montessori Association of Thailand offers a historic review of AMI Montessori Education in Thailand. It describes the introduction of the Montessori approach into the government education system in Thailand.
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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Connie Carballo and Marisa Sioli shared the journey of Fundacion Argentina Maria Montessori, established in 2007 to promote Montessori education in the country. They set out the wide diversity of outreach projects the foundation is involved in.
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The Thai Montessori community has been diligently working since 2004 to promote Montessori education in Thailand with the support of AMI. Kannekar Butt, a Thai/Australian Montessori leader and...

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