• Executive Director, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

    Keith Whitescarver


    As Director of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), I work to make high quality Montessori education accessible to all families through the promotion and support of district, magnet, and charter public schools.

    Now recognized as a time-tested, developmental, and research-based educational model, approximately 500 Montessori schools function in the public sector in the United States. As the number continues to grow, NCMPS provides support through four action areas: Research and Dissemination, Advocacy, Convening & Networking, and Implementation Assistance. A continuous cycle of generating, using, evaluating, refining, and sharing knowledge drives our work. Through the creation of a supportive network of schools, and a comprehensive set of services, NCMPS cultivates vibrant communities of practice, challenges prevailing notions of childhood and schooling, and provides viable solutions to the pressing problems of education in the United States.

    In addition to my primary work with Montessori, I write content for academic, professional, and general audiences, with a primary focus on writing for schools and non-profit organizations. As an historian, frequently I am requested to write biographical or organizational histories, situated in an appropriate social and cultural context. In addition I assist organizations in developing and writing grant and contract proposals that rely upon clear, goal-driven action plans with realistic and measurable outputs and outcomes.

    I also develop curricula in history and the social studies for both traditional and Montessori secondary programs. Most notably, I was the lead author of the Student Voices civics curriculum, cited by leaders in the field of civic education as one of the most effective youth engagement programs in the country.



    National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector


    Feb 2012 – Present

    Oversee efforts to support and expand new and existing public Montessori programs by advocating for Montessori education to parents and policymakers, providing technical assistance to schools and districts, supporting research efforts on Montessori, and disseminating information related to Montessori pedagogy

  • Selected Publications