““[The Montessori m]ethod fit[s] our yearning…for another [liberatory] approach to educating our [Harlem community Black] children” (Sylvia Townsend, 2019)
The Black community continues to be attacked by systemic racism and individuals from police to persons in the highest seats of power in this land. Additionally, the Black community is currently being ravaged on a number of fronts, by long-standing factors: educational dysfunction, police brutality and most recently by COVID19, which has killed Black people twice the rate of Whites on the national level. Now, like never before, we need a visionary vehicle to disrupt the above mentioned assault and advance Black excellence to help weather these storms and present viable interventions.
One possible intervention can be found in Montessori education, if it is culturally responsive and anti-racist. The Montessori method is a proven liberatory educational practice. Montessori education is a unique educational approach that utilizes student-driven learning which affords teachers the opportunity to nurture the needs of the whole child, to reach that child’s fullest potential. Dr. Maria Montessori, over 100 years ago, created this approach which has nurtured the holistic development of children from around the world. Montessori education is grounded in a highly specialized theory of human development (Whitescarver, 2015). Additional research (Lillard et al., 2017) found that public Montessori programs, working with high-poverty preschool children, closed the socioeconomic income gap between children. There have been a number of Black educators (like: Rose Butler Brown, Roslyn Williams, Leonora Gertrude Briggs, etc.) who have been trailblazing within the Montessori arena for decades and who have helped thousands of Black children and families around the USA.
After more than a decade of Montessori educational leadership work, Ayize Sabater is now seizing the time to launch this new Fund to expand the above mentioned work done by Black Montessori educators. The fund’s purpose is to advance justice + equity + diversity + inclusion (known as J.E.D.I by some progressive activists) for Black folk. The BMEF seeks to amplify the voice and bolster the power of Black Montessori educators. To advance these principles, the Black Montessori educational fund, will:
1. provide scholarships for Black students to attend Montessori schools.
2. provide funding for Black Montessori leaders seeking to establish Montessori schools.
3. provide scholarships for Black adults to become J.E.D.I trained Montessori educators (on varying levels: including: teacher; administrator and trainer level).
4. employ Black educational leaders to research, advocate, organize and promote the advancement of Black Montessori education.
If you have any questions or comments, then please send them to Ayize Sabater via email to: AyizeWeR1@aol.com or by calling (240.286.3765).
Before me is the choice between right and wrong.
If I choose to do the right thing, then I'll be STRONG.
If I choose to do the wrong thing, the consequence shall STING!
So let me do the good and see the POWER it shall bring!
Mentors of Minorities in Education, Inc., M.O.M.I.E's Total Learning Cis-tem, is a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “nurturing the genius” of our children by creating a transformative educational experience. Our model uniquely integrates creative and culturally-relevant out-of-school time programs, opportunities for parent and community engagement, and the sharing of educational tools and resources for the community.
M.O.M.I.E’s purpose is to transform education for at-risk children of color through an educational model that uses social justice and cultural education as the foundation for improving academic outcomes for our children. M.O.M.I.E's dynamic, humanities and culture-based learning programs directly respond to the tremendous need for nontraditional learning opportunities for low-income children living in Washington, DC and Maryland. M.O.M.I.E’s strategic focus on the early childhood and school-age years reinforce our learning philosophy, which is grounded in the belief that children develop at a tremendous rate during their first years of life, and that providing humanities and culture-based education, opportunities, and services during the preschool and elementary years fosters health, positive growth, and long-term self-sufficiency.
Presentation by Dr. Ayize Sabater on research into parent organizing, a major focus of our work. April, 2019
Our work at Shining Stars Montessori, PCS. This is an example of what we do to provide high quality educational services to children.
Telling the story about our early work with M.O.M.I.E's TLC.