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The Center for Education Policy and Leadership currently is engaged in two large-scale research projects around Montessori education.

Results from the recently completed study on public Montessori schools in South Carolina, funded by the Self Family Foundation and the Education Oversight Committee, can be found in the results tab to the left. The Center currently is sharing and publishing these results across the state, country, and world.

The Center is also currently engaged in a research project funded by the Brady Education Foundation. This study will involve sites and participants across the United States and will follow a randomized sample of children from the age of three through kindergarten. Data collection for this project will begin in the fall of 2019. The Center joins research teams from the University of Kansas and Child Trends out of Maryland. 

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Press Coverage

Journal of Montessori Research, Fall 2019, by David Fleming, PhD, Brooke Culclasure, PhD, and Daniel Zhang, Georgetown University (former intern with the Riley Institute). Click here for the research document.

A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All. eduTopia; to view the video included in this article, click here.

Are Montessori schools a good idea for your kid? The Post and Courier

Montessori in South Carolina: Authentic or Not? by Brooke Culclasure, PhD and Ginny Riga, EdD. Read more

South Carolina’s public Montessori programs can bridge achievement gap by Drs. Brooke Culclasure and David Fleming. Read more.

Putting Montessori on the map. Read more

Study shows SC Montessori students outperform their peers. Index-Journal

New South Carolina Study of Public Montessori Schools Shows Majority Low-Income Students Outperforming Peers. The 74

Landmark Study Finds Positive Impact of Public Montessori Programs in S.C. To read Furman's Press Release in its entirety, click here.

Does a Montessori Model Work in Public Schools? Ask South Carolina. Education Week

Landmark Study of Montessori Education to be Released this Fall. Read more

Furman University Press Release, Public School MontessorianThe Post and Courier