Private School to Host Presentation on Value of Montessori Education

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Montessori Approach Provides Unparalleled Foundation
Dr. Steven Hughes to Present Talk at West Side Montessori 

West Side Montessori will host guest speaker, Dr. Steven Hughes, PhD, LP, ABPdN, on February 8, 2011, at 7 pm for Good at Doing Things: Montessori Education and Higher Order Cognitive Functioning. A Montessori parent himself, Dr. Hughes’ presentation is known to be highly visual, rapid-paced and entertaining. He energetically describes how Maria Montessori’s brain-based approach to education provides an unparalleled foundation for the development of academic, social, and executive functions critical for advanced problem solving and lifetime success. He shows how Montessori education parallels what is now known about brain development of advanced cognitive functions, social cognition, and such capabilities as empathy and leadership. Injecting humor and stories into his presentation Dr. Hughes shares research that backs up what we’ve already intuitively known…Montessori education is the way to go!

Dr. Hughes is an assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and maintains a private practice as well. In his clinical work, he has specialized in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. One of Dr. Hughes’ areas of research has been the neurodevelopmental benefits of classical Montessori education.

For more information on Dr. Hughes’ talk, contact Anne Spenny, 419.866.1931 or The talk will be held at the school’s Bancroft Campus, located at 7115 Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43615.

West Side Montessori is a private school for children thirteen months through eighth grade serving the communities of Toledo, Sylvania, Holland, Perrysburg, Southeast Michigan and surrounding areas.  The school has been encouraging academic excellence in a nurturing, child-centered environment for over 30 years. West Side Montessori is accredited by the American Montessori Society and NCA/CITA.  The school also meets the State of Ohio curriculum requirement for K-8.  The American Montessori Society recognized West Side as one of the most successful Montessori schools in the nation.  Learn more at

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West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.