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Montessori Compass will be exhibiting at the 21st Annual International Montessori Conference, hosted by the Montessori Foundation in Sarasota, FL from November 2-5.  We are very excited to meet face-to-face with passionate Montessorians from around the world. Planning to be at this event? Please be sure to stop by our booth to say hello and check out some of our latest updates!

 

For more information on this event, please click here. See you in Sarasota!

Zoom in and take a closer look with the new “Filters” feature on our Record Keeping Grid! Whether you want the macro view of the entire classroom or the micro view of just a handful of students, we’ve got you covered. Create your own custom student groups or use our handy cycle year shortcuts to narrow things down, so you can focus on exactly what you need to see. Have a filter in mind? More filters are in the works, so please let us know what would be useful to you!

The MC team is thrilled to announce that the brand new Montessori Compass Mobile App is coming soon to an iOS and Android device near you! The Android app is immediately available on Google Play and the iOS version will be in the App Store within the next few days.

 

This initial version of the mobile app is designed to serve as a companion to MC’s full-featured Web-based application. The current focus is providing convenient mobile access to MC’s parent communication features. Messaging, Photos and Calendar are currently available. Activity Reports are coming soon. This will make it easier than ever for busy parents to stay engaged with your school, without having to login to the parent portal via their mobile browser. There will be push-notifications for messages, enabling schools to provide real-time updates when needed. For example, if it’s 6AM and snowing outside, an administrator could send the entire school community a message that school is closed and parents will be alerted instantly.

 

More updates are coming soon!

The new MC is ready for you!​

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new & improved Montessori Compass – our biggest and most exciting update yet! We’ve listened to feedback from Montessorians from all over the world, completely redesigning and reimagining how MC can better serve your school.

With incredible NEW features like the “Grid” and the “Student Cards” layout, our goal with this update is simple: to make Montessori record keeping easier and more useful. The new MC is much more than a virtual filing cabinet for your records. While the input of student activity is easier than ever, it is now just as easy to effectively utilize this data to help you more efficiently navigate your classroom. Real-time student information is now front and center, helping you to make informed decisions on where to follow the child next!

 


More Updates Coming Soon!

As excited as we are about this update, we are even more excited to announce that we are just getting started! While much of the current update is centered around the user experience in the classroom, we have big plans for our parent communication features this summer. We will also be developing enhanced reporting tools, multi-language support, and numerous performance tweaks throughout the entire application.

The new MC will be available starting Thursday, May 18th. There’s no action needed on your part. Simply login and check it out! If you are presently logged in during the brief transition period (early morning US Eastern time), we recommend logging out and logging back in. Please note, this is a major update and there may be some minor issues along the way. Our team will be carefully monitoring the rollout and making adjustments, as needed. If you experience any issues, identify a bug, or have any questions/feedback – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

 

The New MC “Handbook” is only a click away!

As a part of the update, you will find a small question mark icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. Any time you have a question, please click the the icon and the new & improved MC Knowledge Base will appear on top of your screen. This makes it easy to browse support categories or search for a specific topic, without even leaving the page. If you wish to contact the MC Customer Success team, simply click the contact link. We provide 7-day customer support and are always happy to help!

If you would like to take a guided tour of the new update, please join us for a live webinar! Sessions will discuss the key aspects of the update and last 20-30 minutes, followed by live Q/A. Seating is limited, so please click here to reserve your spot.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your school! We hope you enjoy the update!

Montessori Compass is honored to participate in the 28th International Montessori Congress this summer in Prague, Czech Republic. This event, currently held every 4 years, has the goal of raising global awareness and understanding of Montessori education. The theme of the 2017 Congress is Pathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change. We are excited to be part of this enriching experience and important work, and look forward to connecting with Montessori professionals from around the world! We hope to see you in Prague July 27-30, 2017!

What an amazing and inspiring experience last weekend at the 2017 AMS Annual Conference in San Diego! We were so excited to share a sneak peak of the new MC design and some of the exciting new features that are coming soon. As always, we love the opportunity to meet in-person with so many of our wonderful customers and enjoy making new friends as well. Thank you all for stopping by to check out what’s coming next for Montessori Compass and be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming launch date. See you next year in Denver!

The MC team is thrilled to announce that a new and improved Montessori Compass is on the way! We’ve listened to feedback from Montessorians all over the world and are working hard to make MC better than ever. Starting with a shiny new look and a more streamlined work flow, the entire system is being upgraded from top to bottom.

 

Schools presently using MC will continue to use the current system for the next few weeks and will be notified when the transition is ready to take place. During this interim period, free trials will be temporarily disabled (as we would much rather you get started using the new system.) We look forward to launching the upgrade and to hearing your feedback!

 

 

 

 

 

Montessori Compass is very excited to be exhibiting at the American Montessori Society 2017 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA from March 9-12! The theme this year is “Montessori Beyond Borders.”

It is always a pleasure to meet face-to-face with enthusiastic Montessorians from all over the world! If you plan to attend this event, please be sure to take a few moments to stop by booth #309/311 to say hello. See you in San Diego!

We are excited to share this video from the 8th Annual Research Poster Session at the AMS 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago! Dr. Angela Murray discusses the Montessori Compass Collaborative Research Initiative. This work is being accomplished through a collaboration with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, including AMS, AMI, and the Montessori Foundation. 

If your school would like to opt-in to this exciting research initiative, please CLICK HERE.

The Montessori Compass Collaborative Research Initiative provides a unique opportunity to support much needed research on Montessori education in a wide variety of school environments across the country. The goal of the initiative is to examine Montessori student progress through the curriculum by age level. This work is being accomplished through a collaboration with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, including AMS, AMI, and the Montessori Foundation. In addition, the project has the approval of the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee to ensure that legal and ethical requirements have been met to protect the safety of all research participants. All data analyzed by the research team will be anonymous because the records will contain no personally identifying information for either students or schools as set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (53 FR 11943).

Participation is easy! Teachers simply continue to utilize Montessori Compass to observe and track student progress. The only additional requirement is for a school administrator and classroom teachers to complete a brief, 5-10 minute, online survey describing the characteristics of the school and classrooms.

If your school would like to opt-in to this exciting research initiative, please CLICK HERE.