Instituto Nueva Escuela

School by school we believe a New Puerto Rico is possible.

San Juan, PR   |  www.inepr.com

Mission

Accompany, train and serve communities in Puerto Rico through public Montessori education to the development of prepared human beings that contribute to a common benefit.

Notes from the nonprofit

We define well-being as the holistic experience of peace, joy, success and satisfaction. The Montessori public schools aim to assure the well-being of children, parents, teachers, and school personnel. Each child is a life project for our teachers and school staff. The school provides a prepared environment for student’s utmost social and learning development that provides tools for their personal growth, social-emotional health, character building and other aspects that help them build their life around healthy patterns. We believe that academic success goes by the hand of respected, well treated, happy children that are genuinely interested in learning. Teachers experience their vocation successfully because the Montessori methodology and participative governance provide them a work environment where respect, dignity, equality, and honor. We believe, school by school, we can build a better society, a better Puerto Rico.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Ana María García Blanco

Main address

Instituto Nueva Escuela PO Box 23087

San Juan, PR 00931-3087 USA

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EIN

66-0725105

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Economic Development (S30)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe the systemic cause of the problem we attend starts from the deep economic recession Puerto Rico has suffered. 80% of children attending public Montessori schools live under poverty. The shortage of funds has limited the economic, human, and financial resources. These children cannot wait for the government to straighten its financial, management, recovery problems, and build a more equitable system. By the time they do, we will lose a generation to poverty and poor mental health. Without quality education they will likely fail to achieve the basic knowledge and skills to achieve academic and occupational advancement; they will not value the importance of education for their wellbeing and they will leave school before graduation. They need alternatives right away, and the Montessori movement has served them right in this. We give children a chance to improve their economic and social conditions alongside better opportunities in their adult life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Montessori Guide and Assistant Certification Program

We provide the courses and certification for teachers from early education to high school in the Montessori philosophy and methodology. We also train Montessori assistants, who accompany the Montessori guides (teachers) within the educational environment. Montessori guides and assistants contribute to the social transformation of public schools, working and providing an optimal environment for learning. Instituto Nueva Escuela is the only institution in Puerto Rico accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
From this program emerged our "Montessori Assistants Project". This project was born after INE started providing Montessori training to parents of students in the public schools that voluntarily wanted to help their kids’ teachers in the classrooms. Today we are able to continue to provide this training and we have made possible that these assistants have employment in the Montessori public schools. This project has transformed many lives especially for mothers that did not have a post-secondary education or a dignified income. Some of them, after discovering this passion for educating, even pursue college and have become teachers or other professions.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Children and youth

We provide support and guidance to the communities that decide to become a Montessori public school. This transformation is possible by bringing together three elements of change:
a) a scientifically proven Montessori pedagogy that serves children from early childhood to high school resulting in good academics, peace culture and character building
b) the reconstruction of “community social tissue”, as we work collectively and promote participative governance of teachers, school personnel and families
c) the enrollment of families, as they are integrated in round tables, volunteer projects, workshops and parents’ association.

Why Montessori? Children and youth learn in an environment prepared according to their stage of development and their needs. They experience respect, inclusiveness, freedom, order, and joy for learning. It becomes a “mini” society where they practice a culture of values and behavior that leads to becoming collaborators for the common good.

For this, we train teachers, teacher assistants, and school personnel, not only to become Montessorians but to be leaders in their communities and advocates of public education.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

The goal of this program is to accompany Montessori guides, Montessori assistants and school Principals in their different facets and scope. Professionals from our Academic Program share practices and resources to ensure a successful implementation of the Montessori philosophy and methodology in schools, collective work and a healthy coexistence.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Children and youth

Provides a place in every school that mobilizes mental health and general well-being resources such as psychological services, therapy, support groups and workshops for prevention. We stand for schools that not only provide a high quality education, but integrates a holistic approach on well-being to its’ students, families and faculty.

Population(s) Served
Families
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Accreditations

The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education 2023

Awards

Living Legacy por American Montessori Society 2020

American Montessori Society

Affiliations & memberships

American Montessori Society 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Montessori Guide and Assistant Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Coaching / Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This year, this metric couldn't be studied due to the Pandemic Covid-19.

Number of program participants who obtain a job within 3 months of program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Montessori Guide and Assistant Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of our trained Montessori Assistant participants are recruited.

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Montessori Guide and Assistant Certification Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

100% of our trained Montessori Assistant participants remain employed

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Parents

Related Program

School and Community Transformation Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Parents engaged in 2020: 89%

Number of students who demonstrate writing ability

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Coaching / Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This year 2019, this metric couldn't be investigated due to the Pandemic Covid-19.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School and Community Transformation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have 13,634 students enrolled in the Montessori public schools in our proyect.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School and Community Transformation Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

25 Students per teacher

Number of schools transformed into Montessori education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

School and Community Transformation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

At the time, we have 46 schools in our Montessori project.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to make sure low-income communities in Puerto Rico have access to a world-class education that improves academic and social outcomes benefiting students, families, communities, and teachers through the Montessori philosophy. We seek to eradicate poverty, violence, and social crisis, transforming public schools so students have access to the world of employment and post-secondary education; learning their vocation so they can pursue it and serve the common good, contributing to a more equitable solidary society.

For the year 2025, Instituto Nueva Escuela seeks to transform 100 schools, to reach 30,000 students and their families, and to train and certificate 1,500 teachers in this educational methodology.

We establish a proven model that brings together three elements of change: a) scientifically proven Montessori pedagogy that serves children in complete early day childhood to high school programs—good academics, peace culture, and character-building; b) reconstruction of “community social tissue”, as we work collectively and promote participative governance of teachers school personnel and families; c) the enrollment of families, as they are integrated into round tables, volunteer projects, workshops, and parents’ association.

Why Montessori? Children and youth learn in an environment prepared according to their stage of development and their needs. They experience respect, inclusiveness, freedom, order, and joy for learning. It becomes a “mini” society where they practice a culture of values and behavior that leads to becoming collaborators for the common good.

For this, we train teachers, teacher assistants, and school personnel, not only to become Montessorians but to be leaders in their communities and advocates of public education. We are the only institution in PR credited to provide Montessori certification.

As we accompany school communities through their Transformation, "Schools for Peace Project" provides a place in every school that mobilizes mental health and general well-being resources as psychological services, artistic therapy, support groups, and workshops for prevention.

We stand for access to schools that not only provide high-quality education but integrate a holistic approach to well-being to its students, families, and faculty.

We collaborate and partner with the private sector, government, foundations, and overall, the communities. There is a relationship between the creation of challenging academic work, offering what each child needs, and well peaceful behavior. The Montessori methodology allows every child to experience success as a new collective joy emerges; very different from the "punitive" method we observe in the regular public school education in Puerto Rico. The most important aspect is the compromise that we can achieve from our families. We enroll families with every child that comes to school. Parents are part of the decision making where public policy is developed. Parents are hired as a teacher's assistant in the Montessori classroom and take courses that prepare them for the job.

Instituto Nueva Escuela has the necessary capacities to fulfill its mission, by having a highly qualified team divided into six offices to serve each area of ​​our school communities according to the presented need, equipped with the specialized personnel to attend every area of our schools' community with professionalism. We have managed to have the largest number of public Montessori schools in the world.

Among our team, we have professionals in each Montessori level to offer certified courses for teachers, school staff, and principals. We have had to transform our courses into virtual courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have hired digital professionals to make our courses’ videos the best quality possible; and we have invested in a platform to offer the courses successfully.

Our leaders, upon seeing a public school once condemned and now flourishing and evolving into a model of excellence, are committed to replicate this “miracle” elsewhere. Guided by the values of truth, faith, love, peace, and justice, we strive to bring hope and advancement to low-income communities throughout Puerto Rico.

Organizational accomplishments:

As of today, Instituto Nueva Escuela already has 60 school communities: 52 public schools, and 8 non-profits. We have impacted approximately 17,000 students and 30,000 families, and have trained and certified over 600 teachers and assistants. We have also been recognized with the Bright Spot in Education by the White House (2015- 2016), the Tina Hills (2017), and the Living Legacy Award 2020 by the American Montessori Society. In 2018, our government approved Law #277 to establish the Montessori Auxiliary Secretariat of Education within the Department of Education. This law ensures the project's sustainability and makes Montessori accessible to more children and families of the Island. It protects the integrity of the Montessori curriculum offered in each school. Also, we had credited all our programs of Montessori certification, and we have been recognized at a federal level approving the Crime Assistance Victim Grant (VOCA) by the Justice Department.

Also, we have accomplished the following programmatic achievements:

-90% of student attendance.
-76% of the children that pass from Children’s House to Elementary Program from schools with four or more years into Montessori philosophy, tend to have better reading skills than expected.

-75% of the schools with more years within our system succeed with better results in the META’s compared to the other public schools.

-93% of teacher attendance.

-92% of retention of teachers in the public Montessori project.

-90% of the teachers feel motivated to implement the Montessori curriculum in their environments.

-68% of the schools have a violence-free environment.

-0% of school dropouts in our Montessori communities.

-86% of the families participate in the collection of students’ reports.

-94% of family satisfaction with their children 's schools

-96% of the families recommend these public Montessori schools.

-90% of the parents decide to keep their children enrolled in our school communities.

-70% of the adult apprentices showed satisfaction with the courses offered in our Montessori certification.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To improve our courses and family reach,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We made an electronic survey to count families that had food need during the Pandemic Covid-19. According to that figure, we partnered with a food bank organization to attend the need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Instituto Nueva Escuela

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Raúl Aponte Hernández

Evertec, Inc

Term: 2008 -

Miguel Blanco Fuertes

Picó & Blanco LLC

Lilly Oronoz Rodríguez

Oronoz Law Office

Carlos del Río Rodríguez

Luis Arroyo Pont

Sandra Borres Arias

Carlos Delgado Hernández

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/9/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/12/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.