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Beverly's Harborlight Montessori welcomes Chinese professors

Posted by Justin Rice  November 7, 2011 12:29 AM

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The following is a press release from Harborlight Montessori:

Harborlight Montessori School is honored to welcome four professors of early education from the NanJing Normal University, NanJing, China on Monday, November 7th.  Harborlight is recognized as one of four premiere early childhood/elementary schools to be visited during this tour of the United States.

With the purpose of investigating the best practices of early childhood and elementary education, these professors will observe in classrooms and interview Harborlight faculty throughout the day.  Sandra Lee and Elizabeth Stone, instructors of Montessori Education for Greater NanJing during August 2011, will guide the tour of Harborlight.  A round-table luncheon will be hosted by Harborlight’s Interim Head of School, David Hursty.  The Nanjing professors will be joined by faculty of The National Center for Montessori Education-New England (NCME-NE) to discuss education for the 21st century and the necessary preparation of highly qualified Montessori teachers.  In the afternoon session, they will tour the Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, Beverly.

Harborlight welcomes Professors Qui, Gu, Kong and Yuan, and is delighted to further the School’s active exchange of Montessori educational practices with representatives from the Far East and elsewhere. In 2010, Montessori professionals from around the U.S. and the world, some from as far away as Korea, visited Harborlight while attending the 50th Anniversary American Montessori Society Conference in Boston. In August, Beth Stone, Director of Harborlight’s Infant/Toddler Program, and Sandra Lee, Montessori Early Childhood Head Teacher at Noted Author on Children’s Literacy, traveled to China with the Hsin-Yi Foundation to present workshops for educators, administrators and heads of schools on the topic of educational practices in schools serving infants and toddlers. Ms. Stone also gave a lecture entitled “Principles of Toddler Development”, providing information on birth, brain development and health, nutrition, and the impact of the physical and psychological environment on the child. Additionally, Ms. Stone traveled on to Taipei and Kaohsiung, both in Taiwan, to present a lecture for parents entitled “Navigating the Infant Toddler Years”, and gave workshops on the development of appropriate educational practices from birth to three years. Ms. Lee provided the contact for this extraordinary trip, and served as interpreter.


The agenda for Monday’s visit is as follows:

8:00am -          Arrive at Harborlight/ Welcome

Group 1

8:00-8:20         Tour of I/T with Beth Stone

8:20-9:00         Professors to observe I/T

9:00-9:20         Tour of EC/EL with Rachel McAlpine & Elisa Pitkin

9:20-10:00       Professors to observe EC 4, 5

Group 2

8:00-8:20         Tour of EC/EL with Rachel McAlpine & Elisa Pitkin

8:20-9:00         Professors to observe EC 4, 5

9:00-9:20         Tour of I/T with Beth Stone

9:20-10:00       Professors to observe I/T

Both Groups

10:00-11:00     Professors to observe Lower EL 1, 2, 3

11:00-12:00     Open visits to classrooms - specials

12:00-1:00       Luncheon in Head’s office

                        Depart to observe at Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, Beverly


Harborlight Montessori School was founded in 1973 in Beverly, MA as an independent, co-educational day school that focuses on providing academic excellence and opportunity for independence, and lays the foundation for lifelong humanitarianism in each of its students. Harborlight’s student body is comprised of just under 270 students from towns all over the North Shore with programs ranging from Infant (4 months) to Middle School (8th grade). The school is the lab school for NCME-NE a private, post-baccalaureate Montessori teacher education program.


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