Pre-Training Work


Before you get started on your journey with CMStep in Cincinnati, you will have some work to complete.

Applicants are expected to download and read the STUDENT POLICY HANDBOOK before applying.

Preparation for the Academic Phase

  1. Purchase, read, annotate and bring with you to Cincinnati:
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dan Siegel
  • The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools: Games, Activities, and Simulations for Understanding Restorative Justice Practices (Justice and Peacebuilding) by Lindsey Pointer, Kathleen McGoey, and Haley Farrar
  • The Child is the Teacher by Cristina de Stefano
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
  1. Download, read, annotate, and bring with you to Cincinnati all articles located here:
  1. Watch all of the short videos located here
  2. Complete the online Overview course. Overview will require two books: The Secret of Childhood and The Discovery of the Child, both by Maria Montessori

Note: This is an online course and can be completed at the adult learner’s convenience. It is recommended, though not required, that this course be completed before the first summer. Adult learners will receive information to begin the Overview course as soon as application materials have been received. Those who already hold an Elementary Credential are exempted from the online Overview course, though many adult learners often choose to take it as a refresher. 

Looking for an older handbook? Find the Cohort 17 Handbook here.