It’s been three years since Instituto Nueva Escuela started its partnership with GlobalGiving which has helped us to build a close relationship with our supporters.
Today we are happy to announce that by last December we successfully reached Support Puerto Rico's Public Montessori Project's goal for the time frame. Therefore, and as a part of a new fundraising strategy, we won’t be receiving any new donations via this initiative. We are so grateful for your support during these past three years, in which the Montessori Public schools project has risen above challenges and continues to grow strong.
We are proud to keep serving communities in many ways; from helping a school in Aguada to receive their students safely during the pandemic, to help a community in Ciales to reopen a new Montessori school for their children.
Instituto Nueva Escuela's (INE) mission is to accompany, train and servecommunities in Puerto Rico through public Montessori education to develop prepared human beings that contribute to the common good.
We train public school staff in Montessori curriculum, work hand in hand with the communities and provide them resources and strategies to empower them and to help them thrive.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you INE has faced the challenges of the pandemic and continued to be there for the Montessori public school community in order to give continuity to the high quality education all its students deserve. The collaborative work with the communities have strengthened successful initiatives, such as:
Montessori at Home: This project that was born out of the Covid-19 emergency keeps growing stronger and now includes educational guides to help the teachers, assistants and even families in the important task of working with children and youth in their home environment. These guides are available online for all the levels from Infants to High School.
Cajitas Viajeras: Thanks to many donors and alliances, our amazing assistants could make "Montessori materials" adapted for the students to use at home. These materials, mostly made out of laminated cardstock, replicate the ones available in the classrooms and support academic areas like geography, geometry, psychomotor skills, movement, practical life, music, language and mathematics. The packages also includesd books, pencils and other instruments depending on the student level.
Virtual Montessori Courses: For the first time in INE's history Montessori courses were taught online. An evaluation made by the participants show that 94% were satisfied with the work of the facilitators and resources, highlighting as positive aspects their punctuality, commitment, fulfillment of the agenda and the offer of rich material while 99% evaluated the virtual courses as a good experience.
"Casa Familiar" Online: Through the Casa Familiar strategy INE has been serving families who have been impacted by any circumstances that affect their wellbeing. During the pandemic professionals from Casa Familiar have been offering music therapy, recreational activities, yoga, telepsychology among other services using the technology. This summer the project was selected by the Director of the External Resources Division, Mrs. Mariela Cabán from the PR Department of Justice as one of the most successful projects.
Now more than ever, the continuity of the education of the students in public Montessori schools is a matter of social justice and equity and we are gratetful to have you in our side for this important task.
At Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE) we have always been proud of providing a high standard Montessori education to children from low income communities around Puerto Rico. Certainly these recent times where our Island has suffered from major emergencies such as earthquakes and the actual global pandemic, have affected the public schools we serve.
Nonetheless thanks to the support system and resources provided to our public schools in our project, by our amazing donors like you, our community has thrived.
Though Puerto Rico entered in a very strict lockdown since March 15, INE has worked non-stop from home, in order to value our mission. Here are some of our accomplishments during this challenging times:
INE's Montessori teachers and assistants worked remotely with the students to make sure the children and youth had a new routine and activities for learning from home, while being mindful of the whole family dynamic.
INE made alliances with other organizations to provide food to our families in need.
Our "Casa Familiar" program used the technology to serve around 200 families, offering music therapy, recreational activities, yoga, telepsychology among other services.
While preparing to provide our students with a stronger platform for imparting a Montessori education in the upcoming Fall semester, INE launched a Virtual Summer Camp, in an alliance with "Juan Domingo en Acción", to provide children with activities such as arts and crafts, physical exercises, meditation, "cyber field trips", theater and more.
We humbly can say that our team at INE continues to work day by day so that the Public Montessori Project continues to flourish in each community. We celebrate that despite the physical distance, we are united by only one purpose... a better Puerto Rico.
Through INE’s Montessori Project, we work with community leaders, public schools teachers and parents who have decided to resist the ongoing closure of ‘small community schools’ and transform these schools into excellent Montessori education programs. In august 2019, we received eight (8) new school communities in our program. The program consists of:
a) establish collective and participative government methodology to the public sector where teachers, school principals, families and community members together to make school decisions and are committed to those;
b) provide Montessori—an academic project based on a proven human development science that leads to the formation of an academically well-prepared beings committed to the common good. Montessori establishes high standards, embraces diversity and develops a school peace culture;
c) provides teacher and assistant Montessori training program, not available to teachers in PR before;
d) establish strong parent participation methodology by which schools “enroll families” not children alone- the family is integrated into the Montessori education program through: Montessori parents education by which the science of development is shared with them, parents are the first candidates when hiring assistant teachers in the schools, and are part of the participative governance through the Parents Committees established in each school.
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