“Children and Testing Culture: Communicating with Parents, Employing Alternative Measures, and Holding True to Our Values”
This workshop is intended for parents, teachers and practitioners at all levels, and researchers.
Regular admission is £85*, with concessionary rates for Society members, current students, and groups. *Lunch is included. Map to the event location here.
In countries around the world, education ministries have embraced content-driven, norm-referenced tests as a means of ‘improving education outcomes’. The most visible consequences of this trend have been a narrowing of the depth and scope of the curriculum, with more time committed to the subjects assessed by the tests, and a gradual elimination of activities that are developmental in nature. Less obvious consequences are the insidious decline of creativity in children and the reduced child, teacher, and parent morale.What are the facts about the impact of school testing? How as teachers should we communicate with parents about testing? How, as parents, can we respond when our children are faced with tests? How do we bring a greater level-headedness to the whole process? What doors could the Montessori approach open to aid our thinking? Can a pivotal shift in our perspective ultimately benefit the child?
Part history lesson, part group strategy session, and part review of Montessori philosophy and values, attendees will gain:
• A clearer understanding of how a culture of testing grows and inevitably declines over time
• Greater awareness of alternative assessment tools and methods that can demonstrate the true value of Montessori pedagogy
• Strategies that you can use to explain the pros and cons of school testing to your community and other education stakeholders
This workshop is a full day with lunch included. Location of the workshop here.
Sponsor opportunities: We have exhibitor and event sponsor opportunities. Your chance to meet 100+ parents and professionals of nurseries, primary, and secondary schools. More Info here.
Elina Rautasalo is an AMI Teacher Trainer with over 30 years of experience in the field of education, working with both children and adults. She has served as the chair of Montessori Society AMI(UK) and as a council member of Montessori Education UK. Elina is an AMI examiner and lectures both in the UK and internationally. At present Elina is Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, London. She has also directed AMI’s 3-6 courses in Prague, Thailand and Vietnam.
Steven J. Hughes, PhD, ABPdN is a pediatric neuropsychologist based in St. Paul Minnesota and London, and past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. His research interests include the development of executive functioning and social intelligence, and the role that early childhood education can play in promoting the formation of these essential cognitive capabilities. Dr. Hughes is chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Global Research Committee and a frequent speaker and consultant to Montessori education organizations around the world.