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Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Sample Employee Handbook

Sample Financial Aid Policy Shared With Parents

Financial aid is defined as a reduction in tuition granted to families who have demonstrated eligibility through an objective assessment of their financial position. The Financial Aid Committee The Board of Trustees has established a Financial Aid Committee consisting of three members. The members of the 2011 Financial Aid Committee are: • ____, Trustee and […]

Sample Employee Handbook

How to Use Attrition Charts to track your enrollment

Independent schools normally depend on tuition to cover their operating expenses, which means that accurate up-to-date information is essential. Despite this fact, too often, administrators rely on their memory or sense of what feels right when considering whether the current enrollment trend is normal or something to celebrate or fret over. One thing is certain: […]

Common Sense Leadership

Common Sense Leadership

by Brenda Bernstorf Leadership is often a matter of common sense but as Voltaire is attributed for saying, “Common sense is not so common.” Montessori classrooms are gentle, peaceful environments where grace and courtesy are normal. Grace and courtesy are the foundation for common sense leadership and must extend from the administrative office to the […]