The Montessori Inclusion Endorsement rests on the foundation of Dr. Montessori’s pedagogy.
Dr. Montessori had a rich history of working to support diverse learners, including children with varying disabilities at the Orthophrenic School in Rome. Through her studies, she recognized that children who were challenged in learning experiences could be referred to as exhibiting unequal development. The diagram of the four planes of development for the typical child shows all of the lines from birth to age 24 as straight lines. For the child with disabilities, these lines are better indicated as wavy lines because of the child’s unequal development. Dr. Montessori saw these differences in children and spoke of the need to follow all children through techniques of observation and assessment. This information is then analyzed in order to plan for individualized instruction, to meet the needs of individual children.