Montessori Integrative Learning Culminating Projects

The Institute for Educational Studies:
Sampling of Graduate Projects

Through a Cosmos and Gaia lens, the Culminating Project (CP) is a written exploration that integrates all threads developed during an 18-month learning journey. It synthesizes each student’s Great Work or Cosmic Task created through their vision of self-designed emphasis areas. The learning itself is informed by books, documentaries, observations, and creativity exercises occurring during community dialogues.

The TIES program is most often described by our students as transformative education. The writer’s evolution from their first paper to the final crafting of the CP in itself is a hero’s journey for our adult learners. Within this experience, the essence of Integrative Learning is realized.

A very recent graduate explains, “This program has provided me with the opportunity to deeply understand myself in ways that I could have never imagined. This profound exploration of self and purpose has rippled into every single part of my life, professionally and personally, and my journey has only just begun.”

Here is a sampling of CP titles from the past 25 years.

Featured Culminating Project:

Implications for Peace: Montessori Elementary Education

By Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith

“As I leave this experience of the close online network which has been created through my Montessori training and my TIES coursework, it is a time of excitement to see what new adventures are waiting. Choosing peace is not always an easy option; it can be more challenging than using older, more familiar choices for solving conflicts. However, the more often the choice is made the easier it becomes.”

Acknowledged by The American Montessori Society’s Master’s Thesis

A New Hope for Montessori Elementary Education: Reintegration of the Sacred

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A New Hope for Montessori Elementary Education: Reintegration of the Sacred

Rosemary Prosperi
Littleton, CO, USA

Learning Cohort: LC26
Year: 2017/4

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A Systems View of a Montessori Early Childhood Education

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A Systems View of a Montessori Early Childhood Education

Kristin Brimhall (Hale)
Henderson, NV, USA

Learning Cohort: LC29
Year: 2020/4

> Read an Excerpt

Blending Montessori Education with the Study of the Natural World

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Blending Montessori Education with the Study of the Natural World

Lisa Miele
Texas, USA

Learning Cohort: LC18 MT
Year: 2011/12

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Children, Environment, and Teacher are Inseparably Linked in Montessori Early Childhood Education

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Children, Environment, and Teacher are Inseparably Linked in Montessori Early Childhood Education

Liselotte Ruehlicke
Texas, USA

Learning Cohort: LC19 H
Year: 2011/8

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Discovering a Place for a Language Immersion Program in Montessori Elementary Education

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Discovering a Place for a Language Immersion Program in Montessori Elementary Education

Kiyo Matsumoto
Alaska, USA

Learning Cohort: HMC2
Year: 2006

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Finding Balance in Montessori Secondary Education: A Boundless Journey

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Finding Balance in Montessori Secondary Education: A Boundless Journey

Marc Cobb
Washington, USA

Learning Cohort: LC23
Year: 2014/4

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Hear Each Voice: Sustainable Leadership Principles and Discoveries through Montessori Early Childhood Education

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Hear Each Voice: Sustainable Leadership Principles and Discoveries through Montessori Early Childhood Education

Charlane Baccus
Texas, USA

Learning Cohort: LC22
Year: 2014/4

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Implications for Peace: Montessori Elementary Education

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Implications for Peace: Montessori Elementary Education

Peggy Smith
Tennessee, USA

Learning Cohort: HMC2
Year: 2006

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Integrating Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Conscious Discipline® Approaches to Learning into a Personal Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

girl in magical forest

Integrating Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Conscious Discipline® Approaches to Learning into a Personal Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

Helena Billington
Vienna, VA

Learning Cohort: LC30
Year: 2021/3

> Read an Excerpt

Life-long Learning Evolution: The Journey Toward Integrative Secondary Montessori Education

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Life-long Learning Evolution: The Journey Toward Integrative Secondary Montessori Education

Jason Griffis
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Learning Cohort: LC26
Year: 2017/3

> Read an Excerpt

Loving School: Evolving from Microphase to Macrophase Wisdom

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Loving School: Evolving from Microphase to Macrophase Wisdom

Steven Arnold
New Zealand, Wellington

Learning Cohort: HMC3
Year: 2007

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Montessori Early Childhood Education: A Meaningful and Mindful Approach to Teaching and Learning

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Montessori Early Childhood Education: A Meaningful and Mindful Approach to Teaching and Learning

Lindy Risinger
Anchorage, AK, USA

Learning Cohort: LC28
Year: 2019/5

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My Personal Journey through TIES and Montessori Secondary Education

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My Personal Journey through TIES and Montessori Secondary Education

Miles Canavello
Katy, TX, USA

Learning Cohort: LC30
Year: 2021/4

> Read an Excerpt

Serving Children Through Dialogue with their Parents: Shifting the Paradigm at Austin Montessori School

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Serving Children Through Dialogue with their Parents: Shifting the Paradigm at Austin Montessori School

Sveta Pais
Austin, TX, USA

Learning Cohort: LC29
Year: 2020/3

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The Educator’s Role in the Cosmic Curriculum: Preparing for the Montessori Elementary Classroom

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The Educator’s Role in the Cosmic Curriculum: Preparing for the Montessori Elementary Classroom

Ruby Cossairt
Ojai, CA, USA

Learning Cohort: LC28
Year: 2019

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Transformation in the 21st Century: An Introduction to the Montessori Method, Integrative Learning, and Gaian Education

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Transformation in the 21st Century: An Introduction to the Montessori Method, Integrative Learning, and Gaian Education

Kat (JH) Gandeza
St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Learning Cohort: LC26
Year: 2017/4

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Who Am I? The Journey to Spirituality and Discovery of Self Through Educational Experiences

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Who Am I? The Journey to Spirituality and Discovery of Self Through Educational Experiences

Michelle Disbro Cooper
San Diego, CA, USA

Learning Cohort: LC30
Year: 2021/3

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