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The Staff and Families

The Staff
Teachers in Montessori classrooms hold American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certification, or other organizations certified by Montessori Accrediting Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). In Cambridge Public Schools they must also be certified as teachers by the state of Massachusetts.

Montessori teachers are taught to observe carefully and how to give just the right amount of help. They give new lessons when the children are ready for them. They encourage children to repeat and practice each step as often as necessary for the individual to truly understand the concept of the material. They watch to see that the child is working and learning. Elementary teachers meet with each student to make sure they are mastering the required CPS grade level skills. The teacher helps the child learn responsibility, but is aware that ultimately it is the teacher, as the professional, who is responsible for the child's learning.

The Families
Parents, as the primary educators of their children, are an essential part of the Montessori program. Report cards and parent conferences are one aspect of the interchange between home and school. Events such as picnics, potluck dinners and curriculum fairs help to establish a friendly school community. Parents are also encouraged to participate through classroom observation, material making and chaperoning school trips. Throughout the year the schools offer classes on parenting skills, as well as Montessori topics.