(What is it?)
The Adolescent Initiative is a process; a thorough study of what current practices are being implemented in today's classrooms...INCLUDING YOURS!
The goal of this initiative is to conduct a thorough study and review of the development of the Montessori adolescent orientation to prepare Montessori teachers for the third plane of development. The project will include a review of the evolution of the “adolescent movement” from its beginnings with the first adolescent colloquium in 1998 to the current NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies.
Through surveys of current adolescent programs, assessment of current teacher preparation, site visits, deep dive events and colloquia, the initiative will develop frameworks for ideal learning environments for adolescents. This research will inform the development of “toolkits” for schools as they implement 12-15 and 15-18 Montessori programs.
Special attention will be paid to the development of the course of studies and programs from the early adolescent (12 to 15) to the second sub-plane (15-18).
Based upon this initial research and review of the adolescent orientation, the initiative will establish an AMI diploma course.
Concurrently, the initiative will establish requirements and guidelines for identifying and training additional lecturers and trainers for trainers at the adolescent level.
Explore and identify the most current and relevant understanding of the adolescent psychology and learning with an emphasis on Universal essential elements/keys/frameworks of adolescent Montessori environments
Organize knowledge into implementation “toolkits” or “stimulus” packages to be used by new and existing schools and graduates as the basis for creating new and exciting optimal learning environments.
Develop an AMI Adolescent Diploma Training course based on knowledge and learning from the past Adolescent Orientations, the needs of preparing adults for the environment identified in Objective 1 and built around current understanding of brain science, cultural relevance and adolescent psychology.
Articulate and develop clear pathway(s) for experienced educators to become trainers/specialist/lecturers/presenters.