Introduction

The goal of the ME Working Groups is to offer a structure in which Montessori Europe members together can develop ‘new ideas, concepts, strategies and even materials’ to improve the overall effectiveness of ME and benefit its members.

National Organisations in Montessori Europe – NOME

NOME is a forum for national organisations that are members of ME to exchange ideas and inspire one another. All national associations whose mission is aligned with Montessori Europe are invited to join.

Please contact Judith Cunningham for further details.


ME Secondary Education Working Group

The Secondary Working Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 19.00 CET and provides a platform for teachers and practitioners in Secondary Montessori environments, providing opportunities to network and share examples of best practices and concepts.

The group is focussed on how to adapt the Montessori theory of the Erdkinder plan to the present day reality of secondary Montessori schools in Europe and attempts to rethink traditional Montessori theory in the light of concepts such as the UN development goals and goals for sustainable development (Montessori2030).

The group is open to all ME members and explores the following:

  • highlighting best practice in secondary education
  • using and developing theoretical input as support for changes in secondary education
  • using supporting activities like Montessori Express and learning circles for the transfer of experiences and means of establishing vivid and personal exchange

Please contact Christian Grune for further details.


Guidelines Working Group

The Guidelines Working Group focusses its work on:

  • Supporting best practice in Montessori settings through the monthly Connecting Montessori Europe webinars. These free webinars are deigned to connect the Montessori community in Europe and beyond and explore and challenge the principles which underpin our practice. Current members of Montessori Europe participating in the live webinars can now also request a certificate of attendance.
  • Connecting with education groups within the European Commission and other international organisations with a focus on the future of education.

Please contact Carola Lang-Howard for further details.


MERGe

The MERGe working group aims to build bridges between academic reseaerchers and practitioners. By encouraging research at different levels within the ME community, it hopes to produce qualitative and quantitative data documenting Montessori pedagogy in Europe, and will ensure that ME Montessori research is peer reviewed and published.

Its immediate aims are to:

  • organise regular webinars presenting educational research to the members of ME;
  • present follow-up webinars deepening the discussions and topics presented in the monthly Connecting Montessori Europe webinars.

Please contact Jarek Jendza for further details.


Since the AGM at the 2018 congress the working groups have gotten an official place in the ME Statutes: ‘The Board is authorised to establish Working Groups, inorder to support its activities and to improve the overall effectiveness of Montessori Europe.’ The working groups will yearly report to the AGM.

In the same AGM it was decided that NOCME will no longer be an advisory council to the board, but will be a forum for national organisations. Its new name will be ‘NOME’. And during the congress Secondary Education and Montessori Express held a joint meeting. In the future they will be one working group.

Please note that ME membership is requisite for all working groups. This will be our policy from now on for all the different committees and working groups.
The working groups are open for ongoing members of ME, i.e.
– ME individual members
– Representatives of ME institutional members.

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