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School Consultation


Basic Overview of Consulting Services

1-941-729-9565, or toll free 1-800-655-5843 or email Tim Seldin
There is no charge for your initial call!

An important lesson we learned years ago is that none of the world's great Montessori schools try to go it alone. They depend on external mentors to help them stay on course. When facing challenging times, or when attempting to plan and implement something new, experience, expertise, and a fresh outside perspective can be absolutely invaluable.

As we have been since we began, The Montessori Foundation is here to help!

The Montessori Foundation Consulting Team offers onsite visits and online consultation and presentation, which can include: Skype conversations, phone conversations, and preparation of documents.

Here are just a few of the areas where we can help:

• Develop a strategic plan;
• Analyze budget and tuition structuring;
• Help in planning and organizing a new Montessori school
• Market studies
• Breathe new excitement and commitment into your school community;
• Gear up for school accreditation;
• Provide professional development for staff;
• Conduct Board seminars or retreats;
• Develop curriculum and alignment;
• Revitalize recruitment and admissions;
• Design facilities; and
• Organize fundraisng campaigns.

Professional Development: It's expensive, and not always easy to send your faculty, administrators, or boards off to conferences or retreat centers for renewal and inspiration. The Montessori Foundation staff members are also experts in bringing these services to your school, as workshops, weekend retreats, teleconferences, or live two-way video conferences at a fraction of the cost.

All of our programs and services are specifically designed for the needs of the staff at your school!

With modern internet communications, more and more schools are finding the least expensive way to get focused advice, or even to have someone from our team meet with your teachers, staff, parents, or board, is by two-way video using the free Skype video conference service.

We even record the session, from start to finish and post it in a secure area of our website, where you can replay it or download it to your computer.

Tangible Results

During difficult times, for start-up help, or for faculty/administrator rejuvenation, schools turn to The Montessori Foundation for help because we provide tangible results.

From our experiences working with hundreds of Montessori schools, we can offer solutions to your challenges and identify new opportunities.

As a result of working together, schools enjoy a renewed sense of security, confidence, and support from their families and staff. The schools with which we work discover new ways to increase income and contributions and decrease expenses without compromising the integrity of their Montessori programs.

We are backed by an extensive team of experts in every field of Montessori school leadership from the Montessori Foundation staff and beyond.

Montessori School Consultation Team

Michael dorerMichael Dorer. Michael is a Montessori teacher educator, consultant, speaker, author and storyteller. Michael has nearly fifty years of Montessori experience with Primary (Children's House), elementary and adult Montessori education.

Michael began his Montessori career in public Montessori aimed at children in poverty. He has gone on to work in a variety of settings, including both public and independent schools, as well as at the college and university level.

Michael's broad background includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in education as well as Specialist and Doctoral degrees in Instructional leadership. He is public school licensed in elementary education, nursery school and Kindergarten. His Montessori credentials include a 3-6 and 6-9 diploma from AMS and a 6-12 AMI elementary diploma earned in Bergamo, Italy.

Michael has also spent more than 25 years working with Montessori adults, as a teacher trainer, consultant and presenter. His focus has been on Montessori theory, elementary level arithmetic and geometry, curriculum, classroom management and leadership, Great Lessons, higher order thinking, functions of words, and more. He is especially renowned for his work in lesson planning, record keeping, and management, and also in storytelling.

Storytelling is a particular specialty for Michael. He frequently presents, speaks, and consults on classroom storytelling, offers artist in residence opportunities to schools, and trains teachers in using storytelling in Montessori settings. He is the author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Classroom Storytelling, the definitive book on stories in Montessori.

Today, Michael continues to work with schools and Montessori organizations around the world. His knowledge of Montessori, his special insight, and focus on school and professional improvement put Michael in demand by Montessorians everywhere. Please contact Michael directly following up with a telephone call at 651-353-2109.
Robin HoweDaniel Robinson Howe, III Robin Howe began his Montessori career at the age of two at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, which he attended through the eighth grade. Graduating from Dickinson College with two majors (Spanish and Religion), he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Bioethics from University of South Florida. After successfully pursuing a career in the restaurant industry, Robin decided to return to his Montessori roots. He earned his Primary certification from Palm Harbor Montessori School (AMS) then attended St. Catherine's University to earn his Lower and Upper Elementary Certification (AMS). He also attended NAMTA's Orientation to Adolescent Studies (AMI). Robin is in the final stages of a doctoral program and works with The Montessori Foundation's management team at NewGate (the Foundation's lab school), serving as Associate Head of School. In his spare time, Robin lives with two Elf cats and has set a personal goal to run marathons in all fifty states.

Lorna McGrathLorna McGrath Senior Consultant and Director of Family Resources at the Montessori Foundation. She also served as Associate Head of NewGate School.

Lorna has 41 years of experience in the field of education, teaching children from 18 months through 6 years old and from 12 through 18 years old in both public schools and independent Montessori schools. She received her Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Family Counseling from the University of Georgia, and her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Lorna is a Montessori teacher educator, conference presenter, and school consultant. Lorna has used her many years of experience, working with families in the educational setting, to develop programs for parents as well as teachers and children. She has spent many years as a certified instructor for the International Network for Children & Families, teaching classes in Redirecting Children's Behavior, Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom, Common Ground for Parents and Teens, and Parenting Instructor Network Training.

Tim SeldinTim Seldin Tim is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. He is a noted expert in Montessori education, specializing in school leadership. He is a senior school consultant, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and accreditation specialist. His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation.

Tim was the co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Tim is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs with Jonathan Wolff, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

Jonathan WOlffJonathan Wolff Jonathan is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. In addition to serving as a senior consultant for the Montessori Foundation and working with the Montessori Leadership Institute, he was the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership.

Jonathan provides retreats, workshops, consultations and coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations and learning communities around the globe. The best-practice leadership retreats and workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning and improved organizational effectiveness. He is the coauthor with Tim Seldin of Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs.

After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy and quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori's first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States.

Today, his primary focus is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world.



Hourly consultation fees $150 an hour.

Daily onsite consultation fee $1,500 a day, plus expenses.

Custom designed live online professional development for Montessori teachers and/or assistants $500 per 90 minute session

Marketing Montessori Today

Online Marketing Guidance and Support

Let us help you to recruit and retain your idea enrollment

Barry Abraham and the Senior Staff of the Montessori Foundation
Barry Abraham
The past decade or so has brought tremendous changes to the way people communicate and find information. Forward-looking Montessori schools need to embrace these changes, and adapt their marketing approaches in order to stay competitive in the coming years. For this reason, the Montessori Foundation is offering a suite of professional services to help schools maximize their use of key marketing platforms.Barry Abraham is one of the top specialists in using online marketing to increase sales and stakeholder engagement for small businesses and Montessori schools. His connection to Montessori schools grew from helping more and more Montessori schools with his insights and skills. Anyone can throw money away online. Only a few know how to use limited funds wisely to make the phone ring without breaking the bank.

Barry is the author of The Internet Marketing Strategy Book. He has also been the guest on three of the Montessori Foundation's webinars. He developed a specific program for Montessori schools and combines his experience with that of the Montessori Foundation team. It includes:

In partnership with Barry Abraham, the Montessori Foundation is now offering the following package of services to help schools effective and cost-efficient Internet marketing:

• Professionally managed Google AdWords search engine advertising

• Remarketing advertising through Google AdWords

• A link from the Montessori Foundation's website to your school's website (valuable for search engine optimization because of the foundation's high "authority" ranking by Google & Bing)

• Bi-monthly reports on your website's ranking and optimization for organic and local search

• Google Analytics management, monitoring, and reporting

• Google Plus optimization

• General consulting on: website effectiveness, search engine strategies, and overall Internet marketing opportunities

• Online review and testimonial generation system

Setup: $450 Monthly: $325

Here are some of the Montessori schools with which Barry is currently working:

Email Barry: barryabraham@montessori.org

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