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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.

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? 

Center Events

 Montessori Studies Webinars

  • Angeline Lillard, professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, returned to campus six years later to speak to the Hartford-based longitudinal study dissemination and the published article Montessori Preschool Elevates and Equalizes Child Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study, the most cited article in 2018 in Frontiers. Paige Bray, director of Montessori Studies at UHart, is also a contributing author. Lillard is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (March 2019) and signed books as well as enjoyed alumni and friends at the Montessori Training Center Northeast, Butterworth Hall, UHart Asylum Ave campus.
  • Montessori Schools of Connecticut Conference, co-sponsored by the Institute of Translational Research's Center for Learning and Professional Education, Montessori Studies Initiative with keynote speaker Dr. Howard Gardner, the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gardner has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics, and is senior director of Project Zero and co-founder of the Good Project (October 2018). Read more.
  • Celebrating 10 years of Partnership (Oct. 11, 2017)
  • Montessori Schools of Connecticut Conference, co-sponsored by the Institute of Translational Research’s Center for Learning and Professional Education, Montessori Studies Initiative with keynote speaker Dr. Joyce S. Pickering, 40-year Montessorian, speech and hearing pathologist (October 2016) Read more.
  • Montessori Schools of Connecticut Conference, Co-sponsored by the Institute of Translational Research’s Center for Learning and Professional Education, Montessori Studies Initiative with keynote speaker Sandra Girlato, primary director of training of the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada (October 2015) Read more.
  • Angeline Lillard, professor of Psychology, University of Virginia speaks on Montessori education and the beginning of the Hartford-based longitudinal study. She is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (February 2013)

Research

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.

Research and Teaching Fellows

Founding Fellows
  • 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 Music Education, Hartt School

Teaching Fellows

  • Gretchen Hall, AMI Primary Trainer
  • Gerry Leonard, AMI Elementary Trainer
  • Carla Foster, AMI Elementary Trainer

Visiting Teaching Fellow

  • David Kahn, Montessori Adolescent Programs

Research Fellow

  • Courtney Reim, coordinator of Data & Programmatic information

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 Batchelder, Hartford Public Schools (formerly at Moylan)
    • Montessori School of Greater 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 bray@hartford.edu.