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Brady Education Foundation: Montessori Initiative

Deadline: September 6, 2017

The Brady Education Foundation’s mission 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 to address this issue is via funding evaluation research that has the potential to inform public and private funding decisions.

The Foundation 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:

  • Conduct a rigorous evaluation of the impact of Montessori education
  • 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.

Amount: A total of $3,000,000 is available to fund four to five research sites and one coordinating site over a five-year period (2018-2023).

Link: http://www.bradyeducationfoundation.org/montessoriinitiative.html

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