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Weekly Webinars



For 24 years, The Montessori Foundation has nurtured, inspired, and supported the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world.

Our Montessori Leadership Institute offers an ongoing series of free weekly webinars for Montessori school leaders.

Each week we host interesting guests or explore issues of importance to Montessori schools and educators everywhere. The sessions are live and we take questions from the audience.

Often our focus will be on an issue that we feel deserves a fresh look (one example: The fundamental importance of the extended uninterrupted work cycle.), or a new solution to longstanding concerns.

We cover a wide-range of topics from Montessori All-Day to Brain Research, Montessori in the Public Sector to concerns about government regulations that limit the independence of nonpublic Montessori schools.

We explore summer programs, orienting new children, increasing parent engagement, recruitment, online marketing, Montessori advocacy, charter schools, introducing older students into Montessori, Montessori middle and high schools, and much more.

The webinar series is held Wednesdays at 1:00 PM East Coast Time (GMT -5)

If you wish to participate, you will need to register for the series. You will receive reminder emails.


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When you register for the free series you can join in on any of the live sessions. We welcome suggestions for new topics or prospective guest presenters.

Webinars are recorded, and the link to each session is posted within a few days.

We offer free participation in the live webinar to up to 1,000 registrants.

The recordings of the live webinars become part of the member's resource center of the International Montessori Council (IMC). IMC members can view the entire collection of recorded sessions later, and, by logging in to their IMC members account, share them locally to colleagues.

The International Montessori Council is the membership organization for Montessori schools and educators formed in partnership with the Montessori Foundation. Membership is affordable and the support and benefits are outstanding. Like the Montessori Foundation, the IMC is here to help, and if you do not already belong, we invite you to join. The IMC provides comprehensive support, but many schools belong to both the IMC and one of the other Montessori societies, finding value in each at a cost that they can afford.

Learn more or join the IMC today at www.montessori.org/IMC

Sign up for the series and you will have a unique log-in link. We will send you a reminder of each week's session and a description of the topic. Sessions are recorded and, when uploaded, can be viewed at your leisure and shared with others from your school if you wish.

Please note again that attendance is optional

We will use Gotowebinar.

We recommend you use a headset and microphone.

We record each session and upload them for you to use later.

Again this is the link to register for the ongoing series.


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Recordings of Past Webinars

This is just a sample of past webinars from 2014-15.

We store videos of all of our webcasts and much more in The International Montessori Council member's resource center.

If you or your school are not members yet, you should look into it. www.montessori.org/IMC

The IMC offers great benefits, especially to schools, and is very affordable because of its connection to the Montessori Foundation. It only takes a moment to join online.

May 15th, 2015  Talking Back to ADHD: Practical Strategies for the Montessori Classroom Andrew Cutler, MD and Tim Seldin

Watch NowThis is a recording of the webinar held on May 15th, 2015. Our guest was noted psychiatrist and brain research, Dr. Andrew Cutler. His topic was Talking Back to ADHD: Practical Strategies for the Montessori Classroom

May 7th, 2015: Democratic Process and Montessori

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Recording of webinar held on Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Democratic Process and Montessori 
Jerry Mintz, Director of AERO (The Alternative Education Resource Organization)


The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz. AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is a primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. The AERO network includes Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner), Public Choice and At-Risk, Democratic education, Homeschools, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling.


Jerry Mintz and host, Tim Seldin, explore the topic of democratic education and democratic process and Montessori. This is a surprising aspect of Montessori that many of us haven't given much attention. We encourage you to join in and ask questions.

April 30th, 2015 Attentional and Behavioral Disorders in the Montessori Classroom Andrew Cutler, MD and Tim Seldin

Watch NowThis is a recording of the webinar held on Thursday, April 30th, 2015. Our guest was Dr. Andrew Cutler and the topic was Attentional and Behavioral Disorders in the Montessori Classroom

April 23rd, 2015 Brain Development and the Montessori Way Andrew Cutler, MD and Tim Seldin

Watch NowThis is the recording of the webinar held on Thursday, April 23rd. Our guest was Dr. Andrew Cutler and the topic was Brain Development and the Montessori Way

April 16th, Increasing Parent Engagement With Your School - The Flow of Communications

Watch NowOn April 16th, Lisl Liang, Montessori mom and a specialist in communications and customer engagement, returned to explore the flow of commuication within our schools and how to write emails, blogs, and other content in ways that entertain and engage parents' interest.

April 9th, 2015   Online Marketing the Correct Way

Watch NowApril 9, 2015  Online marketing specialist, Barry Abraham, joined us this week to discuss online marketing: google ads, re-marketing, gather testimonials from families, and Google analytics.

April 3, 2015: Options in Montessori School Accreditation

Listen NowOn April 3, 2015 Kathy Leitch from the International Montessori Council and Sara Wilson from the American Montessori Society joined Tim Seldin for our weekly live web conversation, which this week focused on options in Montessori School Accreditation.

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March 26th, 2015: Good Board Governance in Your School

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Good Board Governance in Your School
Dane Peters and Tim Seldin

School Consultant, Dane Peters, explores his perspective on ho effective boards are organized, led, and work together.

March 19th, 2015 Cornerstone School Management Software

Watch NowMarch 19th, 2015  Our topic this week was Cornerstone, a school management software solution that we will appel to Montessori schools. Most software is much more expensive and limited. Our guest was Joshua Vandebogert, Director of Product Development at TADS and Cornerstone. We discussed how schools are handling this now and what needs Cornerstone addresses.

March 6, 2015: Building Parent Engagement Facebook Blogs Social Media

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Lisl Liang and Tim Seldin
March 6, 2015


February 26th, 2015: A Case Study and Personal Story

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On February 26th Tim Seldin met with Colleen Noll, Head of the Montessori School of Silicon Valley. Colleen and her school are a case study of how some Montessori school develop initially as child care centers that do not fully implement Montessori, yet do a nice job for families, and then begin the journey to redefine themselves as fully implemented Montessori schools. Colleen will share her personal reflections on her journey in the world of child care and the real life process of working toward becoming a fully implemented Montessori school that will extend through elementary and beyond. 

February 19th, 2015: TADS and Cornerstone

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Thursday, February 19th TADS and Cornerstone: Together they form an impressive school database solution along with admissions, financial aid, and tuition management software

Martin Peyer and Tim Seldin

February 5th, 2015: The Power of Blended Residential and Distance Learning in Montessori Teacher Education

Watch Now ButtonFebruary 5 2015 - Kitty Bravo and Tim Seldin Blended learning combines high quality face-to-face and distance learning, along with a year of supervised practicum teaching to create a rigorous, thorough, and very effective teacher education experience that is more convenient and practical for a wide range of prospective Montessori teachers. We will explore how the approach is organized.

Observation with Paul Epstein Part 1

Watch Now ButtonPaul Epstein and Tim Seldin Dr. Paul Epstein is the well known author of a Montessori Observer's Handbook. We will discuss best practices in ongoing reflective observation.

January 22nd, 2015 Online Record Keeping and Communicating With Parents in 2015

Watch NowOn January 22nd, TIm Seldin was joined by Rob Amos of Montessori Compass. The Montessori Foundation and Montessori Compass have been collaborating on developing a strong and user friendly system for tracking student progress and communicating with parents. We will explore how the software was developed, and what lessons have we learned as hundreds of schools learn to track student progress online.

January 29, 2015: Transform the Engagement of Montessori Parents Lisl Liang

Watch Now ButtonOn January 29, 2015, Tim Seldin, who had a severe case of laryngitis, was joined by Lisl Liang, President of SRQ Media and a specialist in customer communication and engagement.

January 15, 2015  Organizing a Summer Program for Your Montessori School

Watch NowOn January 15th, Tim Seldin gave this presentation about how Montessori schools can respond to their own unique opportunities to develop programs to bring in tuition during the summer and extended school holiday breaks. He discussed strategies used by small schools and large.

January 8th, 2015 How to be an Effective Advocate for Montessori

Watch now buttonOn January 8th, Cindy Acker and Tim Seldin recorded this workshop for anyone interested in learning how to be an effective advocate for Montessori at the State level. We discussed the importance of advocacy for the entire Montessori community and how effective advocacy works from a practical perspective. While prepared for members of the International Montessori Council's State and National Delegates Network, it will be of interest to any members of the Montessori community who want to get involved in Montessori advocacy.

December 18th,2015 Preparing for the Admissions Season Ahead

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On December 18th Tim Seldin led a conversation about preparing for the admissions and reenrollment season ahead. Among other topics, Tim spoke about the importance of gathering and charting data on attrition, new enrollment, inquiries that come in, and school tours from one year to the next.

December 11, 2014 OnLine Marketing for Montessori Schools with Barry Abraham

Watch nowOn December 11, 2014, Tim Seldin spoke with online marketing expert, Barry Abraham of Brickway Marketing on the topic of OnLine Marketing for Montessori Schools. Barry talked about internet marketing, search engine optimization, asking families for endorsements that you can display online, and much more.

November 13th, 2014 How Can Montessori Teacher Education Programs Better Support Students Preparing to Teach in the Public Sector.

Watch nowOn November 13th, Sara Suchman from The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector;
Josie Zinninger, Founder and Director of Lakeland Montessori Charter Schools; and Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation continued the series of webinars on the Promise and Challenge of Montessori In The Public Sector: How Can Montessori Teacher Education Programs Better Support Students Preparing to Teach in the Public Sector.

Most Montessori teacher education programs have a few student teachers who are preparing to teach in the public sector. This week we will explore how we can help them, and their fellow students, to underrstand the unique challenges and rewards of creating fully-implemented Montessori in the public or charter school sector.

November 6th, 2014 How Successful Montessori Schools Introduce and Work With Students Age 5 and Older

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On November 6th, Jackie Cosentino and Elizabeth Slade from The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sectors; Josie Zinninger, Founder and Director of Lakeland Montessori Charter Schools; and Robin Howe and Tim Seldin of The Montessori Foundation met to discuss How Successful Montessori Schools Introduce and Work With Students Age 5 and Older. There is no question that best practice in Montessori is for most, if not all children, to enter our program at age 3 or younger. At the same time, most Montessori schools either choose, or feel compelled, to allow children to enter the program later. We will focus on the admission of children age five and older, and consider the somewhat different challenges faced by independent, public, and charter Montessori schools. Among the topics that we considered were working with parents to help them consider if our school(s) would be a good fit for their children, pre-admission parent and student orientation/education, and support during crucial first year. We also considered the questions of how children who enter at five or older affect Montessori classes and how the seem to do in the long run.

October 30th, 2014 Developing a Montessori Middle and/or High School Program

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On October 30th, 2014, Dr. Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin explored the topic of Developing a Montessori Middle and/or High School Program. We discussed many of the fundamental issues in organizing a new secondary program, from staffing to organizing the course of study, ways of learning, experiential programs, internships, travel, facilities, admission of older students from other schools to teacher preparation.

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October 23rd, 2014 The Challenge and Promise of Montessori in the Public Sector Part 3 - The Elementary Years

watch now buttonOn October 23rd, 2014, we explored the challenges of organizing and maintainig fully implemented elementary Montessori programs for ages 6 to 12 in public and charter schools. Among the topics that we considered were how to maintain authenticity in a culture that tends to be focused on state standards, the common core, and weekly lesson plans.

October 29th, 2014  Semble Social Investor Financing; A Good Alternative Way for Nonprofit Montessori Schools to Finance New Facilities

watch nowOn October 29th, 2014, Eric Robbins from Semble discussed their innovative approach to helping schools to gather the fund to finance new facilities. More info at Semble.com

October 16th, 2014 Planned Giving in Montessori Schools

watch nowOn October 16th, 2014, Tim Seldin was joined by Ginger Young and Greg Kite of Young Insurance and Peggy Williams of Dream Insurance to discuss Planned Giving in Montessori Schools. Planned giving is the time proven strategy for developing the resources and endowment that every Montessori schools needs. Planned gifts are donations of life insurance, property, stock, etc. set aside in one's will to be given to a favorite school or other charity. Once thought to be an uncomfortable topic, every college and most schools work with planned gifts to develop their long term institutional advancement. We looked at planned giving in general, and a new national planned giving program put together specifically for the Montessori community.

October 9th, 2014 The Promise and Challenges of Montessori In The Public Sector - Fully Implemented Early Childhood Montessori Programs

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On October 9th, we were joined by Sara Sussman of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Dr. Virginia Riga, Montessori Public Educational Consultant, and Josie Zinninger, Founder and Director of Lakeland Montessori Charter Schools. We explored strategies that public schools and charter schools use to successfully implement successful early childhood (age 3 to 6) programs.

October 2nd, 2014 The Promise and Challenges of Montessori In The Public Sector: Fully Implemented Montessori Programs in the Public Sector

Watch NowOn October 2nd, we were joined by Dr. Jaqueline Cossentino, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Dr. Virginia Riga, Montessori Public Educational Consultant, and Josie Zinninger, Founder and Director of Lakeland Montessori Charter Schools. We discussed the nature of Montessori in the public sector and how charter and public schools develop full implemented Montessori programs.

September 25th, 2014 An Informal Conversation With Dr. Steve Hughes

Watch NowOn September 25th, neurologist and Montessori researcher Steve Hughes and I sat down to discuss his work and how modern brain science supports Montessori education worldwide. As Steve puts it, Montessori builds better brains.

September 18th, 2014 Marketing Montessori in a Digital Age: Part 1

Watch NowOn September 18th, Kathy Leitch and Tim Seldin were joined by Marc Seldin, whose business and marketing background and Montessori leadership experience make him a very popular presenter at conferences. Together, we shared practical insights into how we can more effectively get our message across and build our enrollments.

November 21st, 2014 Marketing Montessori in a Digital Age (Part 2)

Watch Now ButtonOn November 21st, Tim Seldin was joined by Marc Seldin and Rachel Kincaid. They shared practical insights into how we can more effectively get our message across and build our enrollments.

September 11th, 2014   Getting the Montessori Message Across to Parents

Watch NowOn September 11th, 2014 Kathy Leitch and Tim Seldin explored how we can convince parents that Montessori works? How can we refine the Montessori Message? What tangible things can we do to help parents see the difference and conclude that staying with Montessori (or beginning the journey) is right for them and for their child(ren)? Coming up with an effective Montessori Elevator Speech.

September 4th, 2014 After School Studio Programs

Watch NowOn Thursday, September 4th Tim Seldin was once again joined by colleagues Kathy Leitch and Lorna McGrath to discuss After School Studios that can enhance your Montessori Elementary and Secondary Programs.

August 28th, 2014  Montessori All Day

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On Thursday, August 28th, 2014 we explored all day Montessori programs. We considered the philosophy, staffing, hours, types of activities, and pricing. We distinguished between Montessori All Day Programs, Extended Day Programs, and Studio Programs for older children.

August 21st, 2014 National Montessori Employee Health Insurance Program

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On August 21st we learned about a new National Montessori Employee Health Insurance Program that has been organized, which includes an interesting new approach for 'partial self-funding' that deserves a close look. These programs are being developed by some of the insurance specialists who developed the new national Montessori school business insurance program.

September 4th, 2014 After School Studio Programs

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On Thursday, September 4th, 2014, Tim Seldin was once again joined by colleagues Kathy Leitch and Lorna McGrath to discuss After School Studios that can enhance your Montessori Elementary and Secondary Programs.

August 14, 2014 Individualized Formative Student Assessment for Montessori Schools

Watch NowOn August 14 we explored an approach to individualized formative assessment of student progress that offers Montessori schools a meaningful alternative to standardized achievement testing; a solution that we feel is more consistent with Montessori values. Interested Montessori schools are invited to participate in a consortium of schools to launch the ongoing formative assessment program. If student assessment is an issue at your school, you may find this discussion with national specialists in formative assessment, Stephanie Day, from Scantron Global Scholars to be quite interesting. There is an echo as Stephanie speaks, but the participants found that they could clearly understand her.
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