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Center for Montessori Studies

The Center for Montessori Studies is an intellectual community of researchers and practitioners contributing to Montessori education and the broader implications of Dr. Maria Montessori’s theories on human development, learning, and social reform. This Center was founded in 2017 by:

  • Paige M. Bray, director of Montessori Studies, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
  • Tim Nee, managing director, Montessori Training Center Northeast, CREC
  • Joshua Russell, chair of Graduate Studies in Music Education, Hartt School

Center Priorities

Create new knowledge

  • About Montessori education through research in our greater Hartford community as well as the larger international Montessori community.
  • Through Montessori Teacher Education Exchange to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas among and between higher education Montessori preparation programs.

Facilitate exchange

  • Focus a diaspora of emerging Montessori research efforts.
  • Educate and socialize the next generation of Montessori researchers.
  • Generate and disseminate new knowledge about the Montessori movement through research.

Advance the field of Montessori education

  • Transfer knowledge about Montessori education through degree program at all academic levels.
  • Ensure relevance of undergraduate and graduate programs through data-informed decisions.
  • Sustain a physical location and virtual structure for researchers and practitioners to collaborate.

Montessori Community Engagement

Who is part of this larger community? 

  • Montessori Training Center Northeast
  • Association Montessori International and the organization’s Bold Goal project
  • Association Montessori International Global Research Committee
  • Current students in bachelor’s degree with Montessori education concentration
  • James Walton Fund, Walton Family Foundation through the $4.8 Walton Family Foundation Grant Award
  • Current students and alumni of Master of Education with Montessori education concentration
  • Montessori Schools of Connecticut
  • Montessori Higher Education Exchange - On May 28, 29 and 30, 2018 leaders from AMI and AMS Higher Education TEP’s gathered at the Center for Montessori Studies at the University of Hartford to begin to establish a network of information exchange and reciprocal collaboration.  The Montessori Higher Education Exchange is an initiative to connect Montessori program leaders to identify and pursue opportunities specific to Montessori education programs located in institutions of higher education and establish a nimble, responsive network among the emerging influences on education, specifically the US public school landscape occurring in Montessori and non-Montessori.
  • Public and Private Montessori Schools
    • CREC Montessori Magnet School
    • Montessori Magnet at Annie Fisher School, Hartford Public Schools
    • Montessori Magnet at Moylan, Hartford Public Schools
    • Montessori School of Greater Hartford
    • The Cobb School

Center Events


Our research efforts serve the local and global Montessori community by preparing Montessori teachers in the context of a generative research community and seeking to prepare the next generation of Montessori scholars.  

Select research projects

Research Environments

In these resourced environments faculty, students, and community partners come together to explore, learn, test, and advance knowledge.

locations of current research activity

  • Montessori Training Center Northeast, Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue Campus (With satellite locations in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York)
  • Public and private Montessori schools
    • CREC Montessori Magnet School
    • Montessori Magnet at Annie Fisher School, Hartford Public Schools
    • Montessori Magnet at Moylan, Hartford Public Schools
    • Montessori School of Grater Hartford
    • The Cobb School

For more information about and how to engage with the Center for Montessori Studies, contact Paige Bray, associate professor, Department of Education and director of Montessori Studies at