Montessori Initiative


The Brady Education Foundation is announcing a 

five-year $3 million initiative to investigate the impact 

of Montessori Education in Public Schools.



The Brady Education Foundation is announcing a 
five-year $3 million initiative to investigate the impact 
of Montessori Education in Public Schools.

The Brady Education Foundation is announcing a 

five-year $3 million initiative to investigate the impact 

of Montessori Education in Public Schools.


Purpose
 
The mission of the Brady Education Foundation (BEF) is to help close the opportunity and resulting achievement gap between children living in under-represented and/or under-resourced communities and other children. One way we address this issue is via funding evaluation research that has the potential to inform public and private funding decisions.

Although Montessori education has been popular among well-resourced families for over 100 years, its availability to children in under-resourced communities in the United States has been limited. Further, while rigorous research concerning the effects of the Montessori approach is limited, recent evidence suggests that it may be particularly effective for executive functioning and achievement outcomes and that it may moderate the effects of low family income on these outcomes. 


BEF is inviting proposals to participate in the creation of a network of researchers focused on investigating the impact of high-fidelity Montessori education in public schools from age 3 through 3rd grade. The primary aims of this initiative are to: 


1. conduct a rigorous evaluation of the impact of Montessori education, and 

2. investigate whether Montessori education moderates the associations typically found between family income and achievement outcomes. 


Specific outcomes of interest include executive functioning, achievement, mastery orientation, and school engagement. In addition, each potential research site is encouraged to propose additional questions (e.g., mediators that may account for the effectiveness of the Montessori approach) that might help to inform the effectiveness of and/or access to high quality Montessori educational opportunities for families in low-resourced and/or under-represented communities.



BEF will fund this initiative with a 
$3 milion investment over a five-year period (2018-2023), 
with the intention of funding 
four to five research sites and one coordinating site.