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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.

On behalf of the Montessori Compass team, we want to thank all the dedicated Montessorians whom we had the pleasure of meeting last weekend at the AMS 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago! We love putting faces to the names and voices we encounter through our support team, and it was great to meet so many new people! One of our favorite things is hearing our current customers share their own experiences using MC with others. The spirit of collaboration is always inspiring.

Once again, we are so grateful for the experience of participating in the AMS 2016 Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego next year!

 

A picture’s worth a thousand words…but a thousand pictures? That can be overwhelming.

Have you accumulated too many photo albums in your MC profile? Now you can archive photo albums, retaining access to your cherished older photos while decluttering your list of current albums.

To archive an album, simply open the album and click on the “Archive this album” link found below the cover photo. The album will be removed from active status, but can be restored at any time. Archived albums still maintain full functionality, meaning you may still view and upload new photos to these albums. Anyone else with whom the album is shared will be able to view any new photos you upload as well. For example, if a teacher uploads a new photo to an album that a parent has previously archived, the photo album will be automatically unarchived on the parent’s profile and display on the active photo albums page. Individual users have the option to re-archive an album once they have viewed the new photo, ensuring new photos are never missed. Users may also click the “Restore this album” link to return the album to active status.

If you have archived any albums, you will find a “View Archived Photo Albums” link in the upper right corner of the Photo Albums page. You may use this link to toggle between the active and archived albums. Please note: The archive feature is merely an organizational tool for you. It will not impact the display of this album for any other user. However, deleting the album will permanently delete it school-wide.

 

Montessori Compass is very excited to be exhibiting at the American Montessori Society 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL from March 10-13! The theme this year is “Montessori Principles, Values, & Perspectives.”

We are looking forward to meeting some enthusiastic Montessorians from all over the world! Stop by booth #715 for a demo, ask questions, or just say hello! See you soon!

We are excited to release the new Display Options” feature on the Progress Report creation/edit page. This feature provides enhanced flexibility, putting you in complete control over what information is shared with parents on both the Web & PDF view of the progress reports.

When creating a new progress report (or editing an existing one), you will find checkboxes for each section of the report. This enables you to customize whether you wish to display/not display an entire section of the report or even individual components within a section. For example, you can choose to omit the entire “Summary Tab” or only the specific “Attendance” component on the Summary Tab. Simply edit the checkboxes next to each item to determine which items you wish to display. Changes are reflected on the report in real-time, so if you change your mind, you can always make an adjustment even after the report has been generated.

We’ve also made some updates to the formatting of the PDF version of the progress report, in an effort to improve the reading experience for parents. One of the key areas of focus was the “Skills Report”. This feature enables schools to build a series of customized templates to help share insights with parents regarding areas of development that may fall outside of the Academic Report. The update will provide improved clarity for parents as they review this highly personalized section of the progress report. 

Sunday’s Key Note presentation by Jack Andraka was thoroughly engaging and inspiring.  Jack Andraka is a teen inventor who developed a method for detecting pancreatic cancer in it’s earliest stages. This young man’s journey demonstrates a remarkably high degree of intrinsic motivation, creativity and tenacity.  When asked to reflect on the experiences that impacted his determination and his clear love of science, he responded that the freedom to explore and make his own discoveries with hands-on materials really set the foundation for his love of learning.

Jack’s parents supplemented his public school education (which he referred to as “stifling”) with a prepared environment at home where he had both the freedom to pursue his interests and access to supportive learning materials.  Sound familiar?  Jack credits the Montessori-like educational opportunities provided by his parents for cultivating his approach to learning.  Indeed, his personal story is full of aspects that mirror the key tenets of Montessori: the opportunity to pursue one’s own interests, access to supportive materials/equipment, opportunity to concentrate for uninterrupted periods of time on work that interested him, a strong sense of his own potential for meaningful contribution, regardless of his youth.

I felt fortunate to take my oldest two children, aged 9 and 7, to see Jack’s talk and meet him afterwards.  They were excited, impressed, and inspired to meet Jack and hear his personal story. They were thrilled to buy a copy of his book “BreakThrough” and were able to get it signed!  The book contains 10 STEM-related experiments that can be completed with minimal materials and are designed to inspire young scientists.  

 

 

Greetings! We are excited to announce a new update scheduled for release this week that will help take Montessori Compass into a new “plane of development”. Our team has been working very hard, improving the system based on feedback from Montessori schools around the world. Many updates have been released over the past few months, both big and small. Our latest update focuses squarely on the area of the application that matters most – the Classroom Dashboard.

We’ve listened to your feedback and have made the things you do each day easier than ever. Our goal is to simplify your daily work flow, provide greater flexibility, and minimize the amount of time you spend clicking. While always a work in progress, we hope you enjoy this latest update.


Stay organized with simplified and flexible Lessons tab

  • “Today’s Planned Lessons” and “All Planned Lessons” tabs have merged to provide a simplified lesson planning experience.
  • Adjust the dates or use convenient shortcuts to view/print planned lessons for multiple dates.
  • Follow the child! View all planned lessons (past, present, future) and record when child is ready.
  • Only planned lessons display, as recorded lessons instantly move to Recorded Lessons tab.
  • Plan a Lesson button opens in a new window, so it doesn’t interrupt your work flow. When saved, window closes and you are right back to where you started. A browser refresh may be required to view the new lesson.

*Recorded Lessons tab has the same convenient layout!


Enhanced record keeping tab adapts to your work flow

  • Record Keeping By Curriculum Category has been vastly improved! You can now Plan, Record, edit Lesson Ideas, and view real-time student progress from one convenient display of the Scope & Sequence.
  • Students can be listed by First Name, Last Name, or Age.
  • Student Name tab provides useful overview of planned lessons, recorded lessons, and lesson ideas for every child in your classroom. Links are clickable, directing you to updated list on the Lessons tab.
  • Create custom student groups by utilizing “Record Keeping” tags (located in My Backpack/Tags).
  • Instantly record a group note for each highlighted student.


New Record Keeping by Standard feature and At-A-Glance Report

MC has always made it easy for teachers to stay in a Montessori environment, without the need to think about standards in the classroom. Simply record the Montessori lesson/material and the standard mapping takes place automatically behind the scenes. To provide greater flexibility, we now make it easy to do your record keeping in the reverse direction. You can now choose a standard, view the mapped Elements tagged to the Montessori Lesson/Material – then record the student’s activity. A new Progress-At-A-Glance report has been added to the Academic Insights tab, giving you a birds-eye view on your classroom’s progress with the standards.