Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Conductors wanted

Specifying requirements of Maryland project

A further circular email give a little more information on the project in Prince George's School District in Maryland.

Hello Everyone

I'm glad to let everyone know that our Director of Special Education for Prince George's Co. Public Schools has once again confirmed for me the continuation of our Conductive Education program for next year....simply amazing! Thank you for all of the messages of congratulations for this historic breakthrough in America's public schools!

We have at least one immediate position open and others that will likely be added shortly after the dust settles from the current RIF's being enacted at this time (reduction in forces). The long term plan is to engage as many as 15 Conductive Education Teachers across the Prince George's Co. Public School system's early intervention, regional and ortho sites. There are measures being taking for the creation of a new position FY 2011 which will be a "supervisor" position (Conductive Education Instructional Specialist) which would oversee the development and quality of the Conductive Education program.

Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland is the 2nd largest school district in the state of Maryland and 18th largest in the United States guiding more than 140,000 students. Pay is competitive and would be commensurate with experience.

A minimum of a 4 year bachelor's degree in Special Education or evaluated equivalent is required and Certification in the State of Maryland is a must in order to be hired as a Conductive Education/Special Education Teacher. In order to be certified, one must take and pass the Praxis I and Praxis II exams:
  • (Praxis I) Reading, Writing and Math571057205730
  • (Praxis II) 00353 - Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge and 00352 - Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disability

For more information on the Praxis test and testing dates, please visit:

There are tests coming up in July which can still be registered for, so please take a look as soon as possible if interested.

If you have a email list of Conductors Teachers, please forward this information to anyone whom you know that may be looking for employment seeking a Supervisor position, or as a Conductive Education Teacher in a public school system.


Robert Kurz (President, Sixten's Foundation)

301 805 9406


A few points
  • The immediate requirement is for two conductors, one to be in charge.
  • It is hoped to expand this number eventually to fifteen, granting curent cut-backs.
  • They will be employed as 'Conductive Education Teachers'.
  • There are issues to do with qualifications and certification.


In both this and the previous notification there are some intesting points of cross-national compatibility of academic and teaching qualifications

  • The main potential source of conductors worldwide has been the Peto Institute in Hungary. For some years its qualification has been issued in combination with a teaching qualification, to produce 'conductor-teachers'. This qualification has not been a degree.
  • Henceforth the system will be different. The qualification from the Peto Institute will be a degree, and henceforth the new conductors will be graduates. It will not, however, be a teaching qualification and they will not be conductor-teachers.
  • Graduates from NICE in Birmingham have always been graduates, but not teachers. They are therefore conductors, not conductor-teachers, unless they subsequenly take teacher qualificaton in order to work as teachers within a school system.
  • Graduates from the course that was run at the University of Keele are 'teacher-conductors'.
  • Before that, the conductors whom the Foundation for Conductive Education had trained at the Peto Institute were already professionally trained and working as teachers even before their training began. The then had four years' conductor-training, so they are both teachers and conductors. Rarae aves!

Also eligible are at least some of the conductors trained in Israel/Hungary. And what about the Spaniards and Mexicans trained on the ill-starred Navarre/Budapest scheme?

The organisers in Prince George's should have a varied field to chose from, as long as they get their notification out to all those who might be interested, after which they will have an interesting time sorting through candidates' qualiications.


Certification under Praxis I and Praxis II should then present no problems, as long as the conductors' initial qualification render them eligible to go forward for the tests.

What will they actually do?

There is not much tradition in Conductive Education of reviewing and accounting the previous experience of others, and precious little pratical professional literature. Presumably what was done in Sixten's pilot project will be importamt in determining the wider deployment and practice of the conductors to be employed in Prince George's.

Likely therefore that these two conductors will be adopting their own relevant training and previous working experience to the expectataions and requirements of this new context.

Robert Kurtz sees this project, with reason, as a 'historic breakthrough in America's public schools'. It will meet this vision only if those undertaking this work understand it as part of their role to describe what they are doing, its pluses and its minuses, so that others are not left to reinvent the wheel, again.

It will be interesting to see this reported.

Previous item on this scheme

Sutton, A. (2009) Big news from Maryland, Conductive World, 20 June

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