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Montessori Leadership publishes darticles of immediate value to the full array of Montessori leaders.  It is the practical professional magazine of the IMC, primarily addressing leadership and governance issues, written for busy Montessori leaders. Articles are subject to review by an Editorial Committee.

We welcome submission of the following:

a.    Announcements of interest to the Montessori community.

b.    Significant new research studies.

c.    Stories about Montessori schools around the world.

d.    Reviews and announcements of new resources for teachers and schools. Such announcements do not require ERC review.

e.    Articles on Montessori education and leadership. Appropriate topics, listed at Appendix 1, are not all-inclusive but give a general flavor of the content intended for the magazine to support the mission of the IMC.

f.    Letters to the editor. Letters do not require ERC review.

g.    Infomercials.  Articles deemed to have more informational content than advertising that could benefit the author financially may be published.  Such articles will be reviewed by the ERC for this determination.  An article deemed to be primarily of commercial value may be returned to the author with a suggestion to send it to the business office as an advertisement, at the discretion of the ERC Chair.

Appendex 1 : Montessori Leadership Sample Topics

This list is not inted to be all inclusive but is presented only to give examples of specific topics appropriate to ML readers grouped into eleven headings. The overall intent of the categories, and the types of article subjects in each, is to provide infomraiton and support to Montessori leaders of all kinds. Leadership in this context includes school administrators, TEP directors, school directors of educaitn and divsion leaders. It may also include classroom teachers when the subject pertains to their role as a classroom leader (e.g. classroom management). Further, issues of educaitonal leadershi in the Montessori community, such as best practices, may also be considered.

1.    Educational program.

a.    Best practice: The five day program vs 3-day and less • Montessori all day • Handling lunch • Teaching grace and courtesy • When parents want to help out • Orienting new children into the class • The children’s garden • Field trips • Special projects and activities • Observing children at work and record keeping • Classroom management • Articles of interest to Montessori teachers at every age level • Accommodating children with learning differences and special needs • Managing individualize student work plans • Helping children to evaluate their own and one another’s progress • Creating a sense of wonder • The role of imagination.

b.    Curriculum:  Practical life at every age level • Sensorial - more than the early apparatus • Teaching children to write well • Handwriting - cursive, manuscript or d’Nealian? • Literature • The Socratic seminar • Mathematics and Geometry (Making math and geometry come alive • Facilitating the passage to abstraction • When should children memorize their math facts • Almost forgotten Montessori math activities • Long division with the Golden Beads • The Golden Mat • The Negative Snake Game • Mortensen math • Teaching area and volume) • Why some children hate to work with the materials • Montessori Made manageable? • Albanesi’s materials • Is there ever a place for text books? • History • Geography • Science • Art • Music • Dance • Drama • Foreign languages • Movement • Physical education • Wellness education • Peace education • Computers and the internet.

c.    Other:  Neat programs (new materials and resources) • Important lesson essays • Hands on learning • Beyond Montessori materials • Observation of children • Group dynamics of the class • Emotional issues with kids • Computers and technology • Curriculum development and planning • Coordination • Student evaluation • Reporting student progress • Community service • Before and after school programs • Specialist programs like sports, languages, summer programs, etc.

2.    Administration:  Leadership, is there a Montessori way to lead a school? • Is it important that the Head of School and admission director be Montessori educators? • What a new head costs • How to run a head search • What do heads of schools do • The administrative team • How often should you meet with your teachers and staff • Dealing with conflict in the school • Usual issues facing administrators • What really is leadership? • Building an effective leadership team • Balancing relationships between the administration, faculty, staff and board • Getting it all done in 40 hours a week • Is there a particular model for Montessori leadership? • How to handle staff members who are not living up to your expectations • Hiring people wisely • Letting someone go without tears • The importance of having good independent legal counsel available • How often should you meet with board members? • What level of authority should a Head of School have? • How do effective heads sell difficult decisions to their boards, faculty, and parents? • Management by wandering around • Should Montessori heads teach? • Managing the small school • Can a non-Montessori educator lead a strong Montessori school well? • Stories spotlighting strong Montessori leaders • Collaborative leadership.

3.    Faculty and human resources issues:  Hiring • Supervising • Evaluating • Mentoring • Compensation • Policies • Benefits • Teacher education • In-house in-service programs using consultants • Outside resource people who work with the faculty • Staff retreats • Staff morale • Building an emotionally professional healthy community • Selecting the right teachers and staff and building an effective professional team •  ( • Orienting new staff members to your staff • Developing a staff handbook • Developing an emotionally healthy school community • Staff meetings that people want to attend • Contracts • The pros and cons of two-teacher classrooms • What do when someone is sick for an extended period? • Evaluating your staff • The coaching process • Reflective teaching • Clinical supervision • Developing a best practice handbook • Case studies - how one school agreed on best practice on one particular issue • Evaluating the overall educational program • Montessori teacher education • How long does it need to be? • How well do self-directed student teaching practicums really work? • Selecting the right teacher education center to sponsor teachers to? • How do you attract the right people into Montessori teaching • How can we afford benefit programs and salaries that keep the best teachers in private Montessori schools? • What do you give up if you teach in public Montessori programs?

4.    Facilities:  Design • Room size • Layout • Interior design • Energy efficiency • Renovating old building • Modulars and alternatives construction • Maintenance • Enhancement • Expansion • Dealing with builders and architects • Financing • Outdoor environment • Site selection • Playgrounds • Gardens • Health • Children with allergies and sensitivities • Developing master plans • Space needs analysis • Selecting the right architect • Developing a pattern language for your school • Conducting a space-needs audit • How much Land does your school really need? • All purpose rooms and small school gymnasiums • The ideal Montessori classroom • Pre-engineered buildings save time and costs • The prepared outdoor environment • Keeping your facilities safe • Develop a calendar for preventative maintenance • Preparing a disaster plan for your campus • The urban Montessori school • Public Montessori schools and their facilities.

5.    Finances:  Budgeting • Setting tuition • Planning ahead • Cash flow forecasting • Accounting software • Understanding financial reports • Reserving funds for contingencies • Selling your budget to the board and to parents • Not counting on fund raising • Annual reports • The five essential Financial reports that you need every month • Selecting the right accounting software package • There are here with his fund based accounting • Building a close relationship with your bank • Non-profit industrial revenue bonds and other creative ways to finance new construction.

6.    Governance/ownership:  profit, nonprofit; partnerships, corporations, corporate sponsored Montessori, nonprofit board issues, how to run Montessori board meetings • selecting board members, • should boards be elected by parents • how big should your board be ÷ absentee ownership, planning for retirement, can you sell your school? What is it worth?

7.    Public Relations and Recruitment: making the phone ring (all the usual advertising and pr strategies, budgets, marketing plans, etc.) • the admission process, ambassador parents, getting parents through the first year • screening children • Turning people down • should you take children in on probation? • What about when the parent is unhappy by the 2nd month? • Direct-mail marketing • Ads placed in publications • Using radio and cable-TV • Writing press releases • Developing a marketing plan • Tracking the effectiveness of your marketing campaign • The role of your Web site in public relations • Increasing the effectiveness communications through e-mail broadcasting and your Web site • Do you need a school brochure? • School slide shows • Producing a school video • Who are the parents who will really stay? • Organizing effective school open houses and tours • An Ambassador program for your school.

8.    Building school community:  reducing attrition • convincing families to stay for kindergarten, elementary and beyond • the parking lot mafia • get more perfect parents next year • room moms • what parents can do to help • running successful conferences • newsletters • community meetings • dealing with the parents association • organizing the Journey •  why extra curricular programs build school loyalty and enrollment • special events and celebrations •  selling parents and teachers on changes • selling tuition increases to parents • how the board should communicate with parents • board and faculty or board parent conflict • Parent education • Improving school Communications • School newsletters • Special events • Dealing with difficult parents • Moving up meetings • Journey of discovery • Communicating student progress • Giving parents of bragging rights • Giving children parents for bragging rights • Getting parents involved • Encouraging leadership among your elementary the middle school children • Develop a parenting center at your school • Overcoming parent fears about Montessori • Monthly community and classroom meetings • How to run a “Montessori-style” meeting • Exit interviews • Follow up studies after children leave • Ceremonies to begin and end the school year.

9.    Fund raising – getting started for the first time • avoid lots of small low return fund raisers • annual funds • making the big ask • thanks people for gifts • capital campaigns • endowment • special event fundraisers • Working with volunteers • Cultivating major gifts • Setting up a development office.

10.    Clarifying and remaining faithful to your school's mission, core values and identity • the Blueprint process • should the mission remain unchanging or evolve over time? Does that mean if the majority want to abandon Montessori, they can? • Riane Eisler's partnership and dominator models of organizing human institutions and relationships • ethics • core values of a Montessori school • finding parents, teachers and board members who hold those same values

11.    Strategic long term planning and implementation.

12.    Boards in Nonprofit Montessori schools:  How large should the Board be? • Committees of the board • Officers of the board • Roles of the board • Running effective meetings • Working together as an effective board • Strategic planning • Who should be on a board? • Avoiding conflicts of interest • Selecting new board members • Evaluating the Board and its members • The importance of institutional memory • Ethics and the Montessori board.

13.    Issues faced by Public and Charter Montessori Schools:  Why public and charter Montessori schools are important • News and statistics specific to public and charter Montessori schools • How can a school meet current demands for accountability and remain true to Montessori?

14.    Montessori at the grassroots level:  Why we need strong state and local Montessori organizations • Stories of what effective state and local Montessori organizations do • Suggestions on new programs to consider implementing in your local organization.

Last Updated (Thursday, 08 July 2010 09:38)