Cosmic Education as a Continuum Across All Levels


with Betsy Coe, PhD and Ann Sutton
Level(s): ALL    
Available Now! 2 PD Hours

with Betsy Coe, Ph.D. and Ann Sutton

Level(s): Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Adults
Recorded Webcast and Recording of Live Q&A (Available Now!)

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Montessori Cosmic Education was originally introduced for the elementary level when children ask such questions as: “Where did everything come from?” “Why am I here?” But how do the other Planes of Development fit in? How does the 0 to 6 child first get to know the Universe? How does the 12 to 18 year old come to a sense of identity and belonging as a social being in the Earth Community and evolving Universe ? Grounded in an understanding of the planes, Cosmic Education can be a continuum that spirals up across all levels. We’ll look look at four planes from birth to age 21+ and how the classroom at each plane can support that stage in development. Often, at the lower levels, a Cosmic Education is less about changing activities and more about the awareness of the teacher–how he/she views the child inside a developmental flow toward understanding their place in the larger whole. Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace Education all powerfully come together in this continuum.You will take away:

  • A visual of each of the sub-planes of development: infant/toddler thru adult
  • An understanding of how Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace education all come together at each level.
  • A framework of Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace Education that is embedded in the classroom and school.

Elisabeth Coe, PhD, is principal of the Middle School and High School at School of the Woods in Houston, TX and executive director of the Houston Montessori Center. She was past-president and a member of the AMS board of directors for 20 years, was the AMS 2008 Living Legacy and named MACTE Wisdom of the Elders. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II, Secondary I – II, Administrator).

Ann Sutton has a Masters in Humanities, is faculty member of Houston Montessori Center. She has taught in Montessori middle and high school. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Sustainability Education. AMS-credentialed Secondary I-II.

COMMENTS ABOUT: Cosmic Education as a Continuum Across All Levels

All of the teachers evaluation comments were positive…Interesting, sparked conversation between the different levels, Looking forward to the Deep Time Storytelling, Great Discussions, Good content to share with parents, Enjoyed the time for reflective thought on my own practice, Thank you for the relevant training, I LOVE BETSY COE!, Great reminder of what we do well and things we need to focus on, I really enjoyed it…a bit of a refresher on Montessori philosophy, Cannot wait for more, It was good to see the continuum through the different levels…ALL of the feedback was really GOOD!  The viewing really sparked good conversation and reflective thought on our own preparation of each of our environments.  We all were able to walk away with an opportunity to grow to ensure we are all staying true to the Montessori philosophy.

— Candice Wilson, Richland One Public School District (After teachers there watched the webcast as a group.)

Exceeded expectations!  This was so beautifully done.  I am inspired to weave into the training course more mentions of how children are being continuously presented with the big picture. I’ve always hoped my work as a teacher would lead me more to bridging cultures.  Now that I feel some opportunity along those lines, I am supported by the deep time  and cosmic education perspective  and the interconnectedness of us all.

— Jean Rashkin

I really enjoyed your course on cosmic education across the continuum, and the live Q&A really fostered a lot of inspiring discussion.  I appreciate that you lobbied to include cosmic education in the third plane, as I believe it is the key to promoting the kind of “inward progress” of humanity that is the ultimate aim of Montessori education.  Thank you so much for sharing your ins

— Kyle Herman

The entire concept of Cosmic Education has moved me. Maria’s quote “we shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and we are connected with each other to form one whole unity” is empowering. The cyclical and spherical lessons going around and coming back around from all levels and planes of development is mind blowing. I am both inspired and a little overwhelmed in the possibilities.

I love how the high school age lessons tie it all together and really produce bright, compassionate human. I wish it were more readily available or that more of it was in mainstream education.

— Erin

Understanding that what I teach fits into the cosmic education continuum further solidifies my cosmic task and allows me to see purpose to the lessons I give to the children’s house.  I am empowered that what I am introducing and teaching has purpose and gives me confidence.

— Erin

First, thank you for offering the recorded Live Q&A session — I was disappointed that I was unable to attend it live but I still felt just as much a part of it viewing it a couple of days later.

I think what touched me most about the recorded webcast and the Live Q&A is along the same lines as what Andrea said: it reminds me to be aware and present for the fact that I only have my CH students for a small portion of their journey, that they will go on and learn and teach others. That each level is important. It reminds me, yet again, to look at the big picture.

— Erin

I was awed.  I had not known that there was a teen level of Cosmic Action and Promise.  It’s thrilling in it’s wholeness and not shying away from the realities of our contemporary society.  This approach is giving me the confidence to move forward along the path I’ve been taking, and with much appreciation for others who have been leading the way.

— Laura

I was moved by the diagram in the adolescent phase of development that showed students’ understanding of Cosmic Education. I have never had a opportunity to view Montessori learning in that age group, and it was nice to see the culmination of all the previous years of Montessori work.

— Cynthia

I loved considering the growth and development of the child from infancy to adolescence.  We are a remarkable species in what we are able to do!  I particularly am drawn to the adolescence, since it’s with them that I work.  I love hearing about HMC’s program and seeing it first hand.  I’m always thinking about how our program has evolved, yet stays true to the fundamental ideas presented — and how I’d like to see it continue to change to improve.

— Barb

It sure gave me a wonderful overall perspective of where my students have been!  I found myself (again as I frequently do) feeling sad for the kids who don’t have the entire experience – at either level.  Montessori education is so much more than materials or add-ins that our district imposes to “look good”.  When the cosmic fundamentals isn’t there, so much is missing.

I also found myself thinking about kids in poverty – how their “universe” is so limited to the conditions of survival.  Just thinking on this right now, but how easy is it for them…?  Just thinking…

— Barb

loved that we shared at the end… both the sharing part and at the end part!  It’s so interested to hear what others get from the session – such different perspectives.

— Barb

I’m interested in how this material might be applied to the curriculum used by “The Guild for Spiritual Guidance”, a 2-year adult spiritual formation program. Our participants are generally between the ages of 24 – 70. Just as Betsy and Ann have defined characteristics from the first three planes of development, I’m curious what characteristics the Guild might use to describe later stages of development in the participants for our program.

These ideas are cooking within me – some new ideas are stirring, certainly.  My exposure to a cosmic framework has come from my studies in both Science and Spirituality with the help of the Public School system, the Guild for Spiritual Guidance and the New Cosmology work of Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Brian Swimme, Ewert Cousins, Jennifer Morgan and others.  I can see how a Deep Time framework provides a greater context for younger learners via the Montessori Cosmic Education curriculum, and how “Big History” can be useful for adolescent learners.  Through my work with technology and spiritual guidance, I see a great need to connect the Deep Time Framework/Cosmic Education to better meet the needs of adult learners.

— Brian