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A Century of Montessori Education is Topic of Community Classroom

FEB. 6, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Community Classroom series will give a presentation on 100 Years of Montessori education from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library.

First in the Community Classroom series for spring semester, the presentation is free and open to the public. Presenters are Gay Ward, an associate professor for department of teacher education, and Kathy Tomlinson, and associate professor for the department of mathematics at UWRF.

Last year, 2007, marked 100 years of Montessori education. River Falls currently has both private and pubic Montessori schools within the community.

In an exploration of the central philosophies and practices in Montessori education, the presentation will also cover the history of the Montessori movement and recent research that compares both cognitive and social outcome for students in conventional and Montessori environments. The research presented shows the promising affects for Montessori students in mathematics. Longitudinal studies indicate that students educated in Montessori schools, score significantly higher in mathematics achievement tests than their conventionally educated counterparts.

The Community Classroom series, sponsored by the UWRF Outreach and Graduate Studies Office and the College of Arts and Sciences, is presented by UWRF faculty and is designed to help people understand and address the vital concerns of our contemporary world.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at or can be obtained by calling at 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or emailing .


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