|"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”|
“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Vancouver Board of Education (VBE), Montessori Credential Program offers a program for educators interested in implementing the Montessori approach to education at the elementary level.
The credential program that is offered acknowledges the existing need and new opportunities for trained Montessori teachers in B.C. as evidenced by:
- more B.C. children entering public and private elementary schools with Montessori preschool experience than ever before;
- heightened expectations associated with the growing number of parents seeking the Montessori experience for their children at all age/grade levels;
- public elementary programs in Richmond, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Prince George, Kamloops, Langley, Vernon, Comox Valley, Vancouver, and West Vancouver school districts;
- increased interest in personalized, self-paced learning that is interdisciplinary, integrates the fine arts, social and emotional learning, civic responsibility and a global perspective that includes environmental stewardship, in addition to 21st century learning strategies – all central to the Montessori method.