Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico

by Instituto Nueva Escuela
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Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico
Support Montessori public education in Puerto Rico


In the last report we wrote about a hopeful start of classes and this time the semester has ended with great joy. 

During this semester, the Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE) achieved to get the American Montessori Society (AMS) to grant the Certificate of Affiliation to the Montessori Directors Course, making us the first Montessori training center in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to offer it.
Also some 20 schools started an environmental project in their public Montessori schools in which some 423 students participated in vegetable gardens, nurseries and butterfly farms.
We celebrate that the Puerto Rican architect Luis Berrios Negrón joined the transformation of the Montessori ecological school in Ciales by creating a design for this school community.
And we know that with the end of the semester summer arrives and with it the courses begin where some 114 teachers will begin their certification in Montessori philosophy and methodology.
The fact that there are educators getting certified this summer is growth for the Public Montessori project in Puerto Rico, since the first steps in transforming a school is for teachers to get certified.
Last but not least, thanks to you we surpassed the $50,000 goal for this fundraising project. We invite you to continue supporting Montessori public education in Puerto Rico so that more children and youths have access to a public education of excellence. 
Sembrando Regresamos final de semestre
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Montessori public schools in Puerto Rico look forward to the arrival of a new semester. A new semester in which we are closer to normality and to having children and young people in their learning environments. 

A school community that celebrates in a big way and sees this beginning with hope is the Alejandro Tapia y Rivera Montessori School in Lajas, as the school reopened after 3 months closed. 

Another cause for celebration is that the Juana Colón Montessori High School in Comerío has its Family House. There are already 13 schools that receive services of: psychological therapies, alternative therapies such as yoga, music therapy and art therapy. Also recreational activities, support groups and workshops, all free of charge. 

The Public Montessori project in Puerto Rico seeks to continue growing, and we have seen interest in the people to join the project. In the months of November and December, the Instituto Nueva Escuela oriented 148 teachers interested in being a Montessori guide. 

There are reasons to celebrate, so we invite you to do so. Your donations make it possible for Puerto Rico to have Montessori public schools, an accessible education of excellence. Thank you for being part of this growth!


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Little by little, kids and youth in Puerto Rico have been gaining back some normality.

Even though the path to going back to school full-time is still long for some, our Montessori communities are making the most to guarantee an excellent education for their students. But after an atypical year, having our young ones in the environment is definitely a cause for celebration.

As a project, Montessori communities are growing, too. In a rural neighborhood in Ciales, people got together to rise up a new Montessori school for their children. This school is like no other for it was born as the first ecological school in the mountains of Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, in Lajas, the community dreams to finally run with peace their Montessori School of Marine Sciences and Agriculture. The school that has been organizing and working with students in open spaces for more than a year has the strong support of parents, neighbors, and renowned organizations to make it thrive. However, some challenges still need to be addressed in order for it to work with normality.

Because of their nature-focused projects, our friends from Para La Naturaleza are closely supporting both of these schools.

From Instituto Nueva Escuela, we keep supporting our communities in every way we can and celebrate all the Montessori guides and assistants that continue or have completed their certification over the summer.

All of our success is yours, too, because none of the work we do could be possible without your donations. The Montessori project is a game-changer for the island's public education and we are hopeful for it to keep succeeding.

We thank you for being a part of this movement!


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The school year has come to an end in Puerto Rico. 

From a safe distance or online meetings, the students and teacher guides in the Montessori public schools have celebrated the end of a semester where they continued to learn and grow, despite all the challenges. The Montessori Public Project also celebrates some miracles that have happened during the last months. 

Before the semester ended, some of the Montessori public schools obtained the authorization to receive students in their classrooms. Even though this face-to-face interaction didn’t last long, it was enough to prove that children are ready and happy to return to school safely. 

Also, six communities around the Island are either expanding or creating new Montessori environments in nearby schools previously closed. These communities have come together to provide an excellent education for their children and it is expected that by the incoming fall semester, at least three of them will be ready to serve. 

Thanks to technology, Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE) has served the community with workshops, forums, and other types of support. As an example, in our Casa Familiar program, 126 families participated in support groups. 

As an organization, INE was recognized by Puerto Rico's Chamber of Commerce with the 2021 Zenit prize. Received the Felisa Rincón de Gautier medal for Public Service and was honored by the Federal Department of Justice as a "successful program" for its Casa Familiar project. 

Leaving behind the school year, we look forward to the future where hopefully all children can return to school and leave all the struggle the pandemic has brought in the past.

From INE, we continue to work tirelessly to serve these communities in their pursuit of a better public school for their children and youth.


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Location: Rio Piedras - Puerto Rico
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Amarilys Lozada
San Juan , Puerto Rico

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