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The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior.” (Montessori, 1988, p.202) Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration is the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major […]

Living Montessori Through Courageous Conversation

Living Montessori Through Courageous Conversation

Values are our guiding principles. Being a Montessori leader means we participate in values-based leadership, which should be our aspiration. Working toward values-based leadership involves a continuous self-improvement process: thinking about Montessori values; considering how they should shape our behavior, actions, and communications; reflecting on if we are in alignment with Montessori values on a […]

Webcast: Measuring What Matters: MEFS and DERS

Webcast: Measuring What Matters: MEFS and DERS

Research continues to confirm the outcomes that really matter for children: executive function, linguistic and cultural fluency, and social-emotional development. Join us this week as Jackie Cossentino explains how the DERS (Developmental Environmental Rating Scale) and MEFS (Minnesota Executive Function Scale) can help our teachers and schools. Jackie oversees the development of evidence-based tools for evaluation, assessment, […]

Building a Culture of Peace

Building a Culture of Peace

Join Dr. Michael Dorer as he shares his unique insights on peace in education. Education for peace is essential for building a culture of peace. How can peace become an essential part of your Montessori experience? Everyday practices and regular attention on activities of peace can establish a community of peace in every Montessori classroom, […]

Webcast: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom: Systems for Supporting Staff and Students

Webcast: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom: Systems for Supporting Staff and Students

 Brynn Rangel and Maria Eva Chaffin will focus on the increasing number of challenging behavior and special needs families that are approaching Montessori Schools in the hope for a better fit for their children. We will review and answer questions regarding the following core topics covered in the upcoming course: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom: Systems for Supporting Staff and Students. […]

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs  that Build Stronger School Communities

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs that Build Stronger School Communities

On December 13th, 2017, Tim Seldin led a conversation on the topic of one aspect of creating deeper parent engagement through a Parent Ambassador program.   A Parent Ambassador is any parent who gives his or her time and talent to support the efforts of the school in welcoming new parents, providing a current parent‘s […]

Webcast:  Establishing Ground Rules in Montessori Classrooms

Webcast: Establishing Ground Rules in Montessori Classrooms

Click to Download PDF Ground Rules 2.0 Michael and the panel explore how we establish ground rules in Montessori classrooms. Stop that! Be quiet! Use your inside voice! Walk in the classroom! Put your work away! Are these rule statements? Do statements like this help or hinder establishing proper codes of behavior? Why? What rules and […]