Building a World-Class Montessori School (12 weeks)

Course Description

World-class Montessori schools are schools that have achieved a level of excellence, stability, and widespread public appeal that makes them highly attractive to prospective parents and teachers. So often though schools struggle, primarily because they continue to compromise their programs and principles in hope of becoming more attractive to parents. The Montessori Foundation helps you makes the case for courage,  conviction, and consistency. Our premise is that there is a Montessori way that we can and must follow to produce, time and time again, the results that made Montessori schools famous around the world. We will sketch out the specific elements of best practice that can lead your school to greater success in everything it does.

The Montessori Foundation has worked with hundreds of Montessori schools around the world, helping them to clarify their philosophy and develop the highest levels of Montessori curriculum and practice. This course will give both an incredibly in-depth overview of all of the Montessori Foundation's other courses in Montessori school leadership, along with a host of specific strategies and tools that you need to chart the best course for your school's future.

We don't provide a precise syllabus because we customize the course to a large extent to respond to the interests, needs, and concerns of the students enrolled. Topics covered typically include:

UNIT 1: Introduction to World Class Montessori Schools

• Introduction to the concept of a World-Class Montessori School?
• A historical perspective of Montessori Education?
• Clarifying what it means to be a Montessori School
• How a school differs from other businesses
• How a Montessori School differs from other schools
• Perspective: Abundance vs. Scarcity
• The Nine Areas of School Operation
• Starting a new school: rationale; steps;  legal structures; financial structures; business plan

UNIT 2: Defining Your Identity

• What are core values, vision, mission and aims and why are they important?
• Achieving clarity regarding core values, mission, vision and aims.
• How some Montessori schools lose their way ª missions and market forces).
• Defining a school's identity based on core values.
• Creating a 'blue print' for the school.
• Using a Best Practice process to guide decisions.

UNIT 3: Ownership of the School / Governance by the Board

• The role of Boards in the management of Montessori Schools
• Creating Boards that function efficiently and effectively for a sustainable authentic Montessori School
• How boards work with the head (including how boards recruit, support and evaluate the head).
• Effective board meetings.

UNIT 4: School Leadership / Administration

• Defining the role of the School Head: Administrative and Leadership Functions.
• How to find the right person as head of the school.
• Employment agreement for the head of school.
• Sustainable School Leadership: Assessing and supporting the head

UNIT 5: The Educational Program

• The fundamental principles underpinning an authentic Montessori Program.
• Establishing continuity and cohesion across all levels in a school.
• Designing and implementing a cohesive and integrated Montessori curriculum.
• Implementing a studio program to enhance and extend the Montessori program.
• Program assessment.
• Student assessment, recording and reporting.
• Aspects of Best Practice in a Montessori Educational Program.

UNIT 6: Faculty & Staff

• Staffing a Montessori school - important principles and ethical issues.
• Recruiting the right staff.
• Choosing the right candidates.
• Interview techniques and questions.
• Evaluating effectiveness of faculty.
• Job descriptions
• Staff Handbooks.
• Salaries and legalities.
• Staff development and retention.
• Characteristics of Master Teachers.

UNIT 7: Facilities

• Aspects of architecture and grounds layout.
• Designing an aesthetic and effective Montessori Classroom.
• Assessing the efficacy of school facilities.

UNIT 8: Finances

• Setting Tuition.
• Enrollment agreements.
• Refund Insurance.
• Tuition Increases.
• Financial Aid.
• Collecting Past-Due Tuition.
• Other Aspects of Finances.
• Assessing the health of your school’s financial position.

UNIT 9: Recruitment and Admissions

• An introduction to the process of Finding the Perfect Match.
• How to market a Montessori School.
• Define what you are selling and dentify your school’s unique selling points.
• Marketing strategies & plans:  direct mail, brochures print, radio and TV advertising, guerilla marketing.
• The Admissions process and documentation
• Making admissions decisions.
• Retaining families once they are enrolled.

UNIT 10: Building School Community

• Building strong school communities.
• Community meetings.
• Involving parents productively in the school.
• The family-friendly school.
• Customer service.
• Parent Education.

UNIT 11: Gathering Additional Resources

• Fundraising, bonds, and/or financing.

Registration Fees:

Non-IMC Members: $1,250 US for the first person from a schoo l/ $1,000 US for each additional person enrolling from the same school.

Members of the International Montessori Council (IMC): Individual IMC members, or participants sponsored by a school that is a member of the International Montessori Council, receive a substantial discount: $1,050 US for the first person enrolled from an IMC affiliated school / $800 US for each additional participant enrolling from the same IMC member school.

If you would like to become an IMC member, CLICK HERE.

How to Register:

You can download / complete / scan your form and register by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express) online or by fax (1-941-745-3111). You can also mail your application and payment  to: The Montessori Foundation, 19600 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212 USA. Checks must be drawn on a US bank account. Please make checks payable to The Montessori Foundation. For wire transfer information, contact (1-941-729-9565).



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