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ENHP and Montessori Training Center of New England Host Researcher, Angeline Lillard

Angeline Lillard Connecticut Montessori teachers and school leaders joined University faculty, administrators, and graduate students in the Shaw Center on Thursday, February 7, 2013 to network and listen to Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Lillard is an internationally recognized and well-regarded expert in Montessori education. She is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.

At the University of Virginia, Lillard directs the Early Development Lab where she studies how different forms of early childhood education, especially comparing different implementations of Montessori versus conventional schooling, impact children's theory of mind, executive function, and early academic skills.  The study of Montessori education has been a passion of Lillard's for more than two decades. This night she shared with her audience of more than 80, her current thinking on the century old pedagogy and its continued relevance today.

Regents CommonsThis event marked the third year that the Montessori Initiative in ENHP’s Center for Learning and Professional Education has been a supporting partner of Lillard's current Hartford area research, a funded study replicating her landmark Milwaukee study.  This work looks at children in the public Montessori schools in Hartford, comparing those who were admitted by random lottery with those who “lost” the lottery and attended other schools instead of the CREC Montessori Magnet School or the Hartford Public Magnet Schools' Annie Fisher Montessori and Moyland Montessori.  This research collaboration,  the collaboration around preparing the next generation of teachers of AMI (Association Montessori International) through the Montessori Training Center of New England, and the unique MEd with Montessori Concentration all contribute to the Montessori Studies Initiative.  The graduate offering facilitates completion of a Masters of Education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions for current MTCNE students and alumni.

Tim Nee, Angeline Lillard, Paige Bray Montessori Initiative Collaborators

Tim Nee, Managing Director
CREC, Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE)

Angeline Lillard, Guest Speaker
Professor, University of Virginia

Paige Bray, Coordinator
Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP)

To discuss the current Hartford research or the unique graduate study collaboration, contact Paige Bray, Assistant Professor, at bray@hartford.edu