"I would totally recommend this kind of online course, I found that it was very helpful and interesting for me, considering I live too far away to attend to one of the conferences. And I think just like me there are other very interested people that do not attend to such because of distance or economical issues.
I think now I will be more prepared to open my preschool and to make things right from the beginning. Maria Montessori and this Leadership Course have given me the right tools to create a small community in the lands of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
I look forward to your next online course. It is definitely worthwhile!"
Who is organizing a new school in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras
"This having been my first course on line, I felt less than competent in using a computer to communicate with a group of people. Talk about contextual learning! I had to learn computer skills while learning the material for the class.
As far as the technical aspect, once I got the hang of it the course started to move faster. I liked the assignments because they went along with the things I was already planning to put into practice with the school. For example, during the week of defining you identity, I was dealing with a parent who was not sure whether to keep her child at our school. This was a catalyst for me to begin a list of what our school had to offer and what made us special. The head presented this document to the parent, let her compare it to the other school she was considering and then let her decide. When she decided to send her child to the other school strictly on the basis of convenience (her older children attend there) I did not feel one bit of regret. Thanks to this course I realized that she was really not interested in quality, only cost and convenience. I did not see it as an insult to our school and was glad she made a space available to someone who was delighted to have her child in our program and plans to stay through kindergarten.
The confidence the school has gained by the knowledge gained in this course was evident at our latest parent meeting. We were able to answer the parents' questions with more affirmation and I could see that our confidence gave them confidence in us. Interesting, I just took my first born child off to college this weekend. My daughter and I were required to attend a 2 1/2 day orientation session. The speakers spoke of many things that I have learned in this course. They spoke of being partners in the child's education, allowing the child to things for herself, understanding that tears are normal. They addressed the same parental concerns that you told us about; parents want to know that their children are safe, that someone cares about their whole well being (emotional, physical, and spiritual), as well as if they will get a high quality education. They also gave several talks selling the unique qualities of the school and what makes it special, (why you would want to send your child there). I thought to myself, "did they take Tim's course,too?"
Shawn Ross M.D., Board Chair
"Being a participant of Tim Seldin's on-line course "Finding the Perfect Match" has given our school a lot of new insights and a clear understanding of the importance of the total enrolment process. The course was full-on (definitely "... like drinking water from a fire-hose" as Tim warned in the first week) but the background knowledge, the examples given and the sharing of information with fellow students from all around the world was well worth the costs. Highly recommended!"
Volunteer for Montessori At Long Bay Primary School
North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
"I definitely would recommend this experience to other school administrators. I have met some wonderful people in this course as well as learned a lot about the importance of taking the time and spending the money to advertise your school. To stop "apologizing" to parents because of the high tuition cost, to be confident in my position as a director.
I found what I hoped for, and then some!!! I was hoping to find ways in which to advertise a brand new elementary school and get enrollment. The classes made me realize that this is more involved than just having a quick "open house" and waiting to sign everyone up. I was/am still a bit overwhelmed with the amount of time that the course takes however I have enjoyed the experience.
I don't think that you can put a price tag on the knowledge and information that you, Tim, possess and have shared with us. As far as I'm concerned this course is worth far more than the Foundation charged! Would I ever want to take a similar course again? Absolutely!"
Green Valley Montessori School
Southbridge, Massachusetts USA
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