CISM Foundation for Montessori Education  
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A non-profit educational institution - (D.P.R. 27 Aug 1980 n.931)

Founded by Mario M. Montessori in 1961, the 'Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani' of Bergamo was the first A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale) centre to prepare Montessori teachers for elementary school and is therefore the A.M.I. centre with the longest tradition of holding advanced Montessori courses. During the early years, Mario Montessori lectured extensively for the Bergamo Course and the knowledge and experience developed over the years constituted a basis for all advanced training courses.

The C.I.S.M. Foundation is a centre of studies because it has undertaken research on Maria and Mario Montessori's unpublished contributions to Montessori methodology.

The C.I.S.M. Foundation is an international centre drawing students from all continents and countries. Thus, for the 57 courses that have been held, students have come from 48 different countries: 23 European and 25 belonging to other continents.

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"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination." Maria Montessori