MINT's mission is to better the lives of all children through teacher training programs accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and to expand the awareness of Montessori principles in society.
MINT's vision is to enable children to reach their full potential through Montessori education, leading to a more peaceful and harmonious world.
Contemporary research confirms that a Montessori preschool education helps typically under-performing low-income students keep pace with their higher-income peers, erasing the income achievement gap. Lillard AS, et al., (2017) Montessori Preschool Elevates and Equalizes Child Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study. Front. Psychol. 8:1783. MINT places a priority on teacher training and professional development for Montessori in the public sector, with the goal of making this innovative and transformative educational approach available for all children. Many of our graduates are teaching now right here in Dallas, delivering high-quality, free, early childhood education to at-risk children at Dallas ISD Montessori campuses and in Lumin Education's public Montessori programs that serve over 600 low-income families in high-poverty Dallas neighborhoods.
MINT is affiliated with AMI (Association Montessori Internationale); accredited by MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) and recognized by the US Department of Education; and approved to train veterans under the GI Bill. We offer master's degree programs in collaboration with SMU, Endicott College, and the University of Hartford.
Of the 109 adult learners enrolled in MINT courses in 2017, approximately 25% were public Montessori educators; 60% were persons of color; 43% received financial aid; and 80% of financial aid recipients were persons of color. Over 350 educators attended MINT's professional development workshops.
"I am grateful for having this opportunity to learn such an amazing new way of teaching children. And it leads me to question why we do not have more public Montessori schools."
"During and after my first summer of training at MINT, I made a shift as a person! Of all my educational experiences, this experience has been one of the riches experiences I have had as an educator. I truly discovered what it meant for me as a [public] school leader."
"This course has challenged me to evaluate what is best for children and to consider approaches to teaching that are very different from what I have been used to."
"I am excited about being on the frontlines of the Montessori movement as a public school leader. I look forward to serving as an advocate for public Montessori schools in my capacity as an urban inner city public Montessori principal."
"I am thankful for this course that has helped me reflect on my childhood and see what changes I need to implement in my life - both, as an individual and as an educator. I appreciate all the work that has gone into making Montessori accessible for everyone."
"Training will enable me to be an instructional school leader again. Prior to training at MINT, I felt I was missing something as a principal of a Montessori school. As a traditional school leader, I took pride in being able to walk alongside my staff through coaching and ongoing collaborative conversations. Now that I am in training, I feel empowered again - I can have the conversations, as I now have the knowledge I lacked. As I continue to grow in my learning of Montessori, I will become more equipped to support my staff as an instructional leader."
"My time in training has been one of the best experiences of my life. Montessori has spurred my desire to learn and keep learning. The Montessori way of being - collaborating, overcoming obstacles, challenging myself and working independently - has helped me during this training."
"This course has set me on a path of enlightenment that literally has my soul on fire. Being able to explore and understand who I am, and my role in the life of the child has led me to being a better person. I am excited to take the next steps on my Montessori journey and lifestyle. I am deeply grateful to MINT for this life-changing experience."