The Montessori Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Montessori education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation was established in 1992 to create an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community.
The Montessori Foundation and its membership organization, The International Montessori Council, nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful schools worldwide.
The Montessori Foundation works with the entire Montessori community, including parents, educators, schools, and school systems interested in learning more about the insights, research, and approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Through our third program, the Montessori Family Alliance, we serve as a trusted source of information, guidance, networking, and Montessori-based parent-learning opportunities for families.
The Montessori Foundation offers a wide range of programs.
THE MONTESSORI LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: The Montessori Leadership Institute offers a wide range of professional development courses for Montessori educators, school leaders, and trustees.
EXPERT MONTESSORI CONSULTANTS: The Montessori Foundation offers the full range of Montessori leadership coaching, school consultation, and institutional development services at an affordable cost.
COACHING FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: In addition to consulting with schools on institutional challenges, we also offer personalized coaching to support to Montessori administrators who are beginning their careers or who need advice as they manage a challenging period of transition.
CUSTOMIZED MONTESSORI PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We offer the convenience of professional development customized for your school and presented onsite at your school or live online. We offer programs for Montessori educators at every level, Montessori guides, assistants, school administrators, boards, and families.
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS: The Montessori Foundation runs exceptional conferences allowing conversation and networking between attendees. It is organized in partnership with our affiliated membership organization, the International Montessori Council. Our 27th Annual Montessori Conference will be held November 3-5, 2023, at the Hilton Tapatio in Phoenix, Arizona. Mark your calendars.
WEEKLY WEBCASTS: We host free weekly webcasts on various interesting topics for administrators, teachers, and families. We create a sense of community with meaningful conversation. Our Leadership webcast is on Wednesdays, our Family Life webcast is on Tuesdays, and we have regular Montessori Town Hall meetings.
The International Montessori Council (IMC) was organized in 1998 under the auspices of the Montessori Foundation to provide an inclusive and affordable professional membership organization for Montessori educators and schools worldwide. As affiliated organizations, the IMC and Montessori Foundation work together to promote high-fidelity Montessori and help address the challenges that schools face.
The IMC offers excellent, practical, supportive professional development, networking, school accreditation, and teacher education.
As a professional membership organization, the IMC believes that Montessori educators and schools are stronger when we collaborate. We encourage our members to participate in other local, state, and national Montessori organizations.
FAMILIES: The Montessori Family Alliance is an international network of parents, teachers, and leaders that helps families further understand and follow Montessori principles in their everyday family life and gain confidence in the Montessori educational approach. Member benefits include
- Tomorrow’s Child, our Montessori family magazine,
- our Montessori family resource library,
- practical tips for bringing Montessori home,
- weekly webcasts,
- discussion groups,
- Montessori helpline,
- a private Facebook group, and
- Montessori parenting education programs.