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International Montessori Council (IMC)

The International Montessori Council (IMC) is an international organization of Montessori schools, the men and women who lead them, own them, or serve on their boards, and other organizations interested in supporting the goals of the IMC. As an independent Montessori professional and accrediting organization, the IMC serves the entire Montessori community. Our guiding principles are: While our website contains a wealth of information open to the public, many more articles, videos, pdf books and other resources are available to members in our password-protected members area. 

Montessori Collaborative Response & Resource Team

Click the button link to see resources that are being organized for you and your school communities.

Leadership Strategies in a Time of Crisis

Small-Group Weekly Consultation, Coaching, & Support

Join a small cohort of leaders from schools similar in size and program scope to your own, in weekly 90-minute sessions on crisis management and contingency planning, facilitated by Montessori Foundation school consultants.

As schools look ahead, more and more school leaders are asking us to provide additional one-on-one school consultation and coaching.  There are not enough hours in the day to meet that demand. So, in response, we are offering a small cohort group setting on an economical monthly subscription basis. This model will be more affordable and practical while still providing expert advice and individualized support.

Cohort consultants will guide their groups to identify and develop practical solutions and viable strategies for school survival and stabilization. 

 Schedule of Live Online Sessions

 Please check back often for upcoming meetings and news.                                                           

 

This area of our website is being used to post timely resources for school leaders, teachers and parents navigating the uncharted waters during the global pandemic. No membership is needed to join the meetings or access resources created by the volunteer-driven Montessori Response Team.  

 


July 2020

 

Week of July 6 – July 12, 2020

MONTESSORI FAMILY LIFE WEBINAR: “Making 2020-2021 Schooling Decisions” 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT

Join your Montessori Family Alliance host, Lorna McGrath and her guest, Christine Lowry, for “Making 2020-2021 Schooling Decisions.” There are so many factors that go into finding the right match for your child and your family when it comes to schooling – conventional schools, home school, Montessori, Waldorf, public, private, and more. Add to that Covid-19 and your head starts to spin. Join us as we help sort it out so you can make the best schooling decision for your family.

Montessori Family Support Gatherings will no longer be meeting on Friday evenings. Instead, join us on Tuesdays for Montessori Family Life Webinars from 1:00-1:45 PM EDT.

 

WEEKLY WEBCASTS FOR MONTESSORI LEADERS: Six Principles of Adaptive Leadership

 

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

In Guiding Change – Planned and Unplanned
Please join us this week as Jonathan Wolff and the Montessori Foundation panel share Six Principles of Adaptive Leadership. We are all learning to navigate change in uncertain times. We encourage questions, comments, and sharing of stories and resources.

 

Montessori Town Hall Meeting: Our Role in Ending Systemic and Internal Racism  

Friday July 10th, 2020

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

The International Montessori Council (IMC) and the Montessori Foundation are hosting a weekly, virtual Montessori Town Hall on the topic of “Our Role in Ending Systematic and Internal Racism.” 

 

Week of July 13 – July 19, 2020

Best Practices for Teaching and Reaching with Remote Learning- Presented by Christine Lowry, M. Ed.

Monday July 13th, 2020

4:00 PM EST

CGMS Sponsored Free Webinar for All Levels 

We’re likely getting excited about a return to our classrooms this fall, but just in case, we should have a Plan B. As we plan for the possibility of returning to remote learning, in combination with in-person teaching, or replacing it for a period of time, it will be important to have some tools for offering the best we can for our students. Join us for a discussion of what best practices in remote learning can be, the many ways we can engage our students, and parents, too, in their learning. We’ll also look at ways to build a strong, supportive community of relationships for your students, with you and your students, and you and your families. Share your ideas, your questions, and your solutions.

 

MONTESSORI FAMILY LIFE WEBINAR: 

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT

Montessori Family Support Gatherings will no longer be meeting on Friday evenings. Instead, join us on Tuesdays for Montessori Family Life Webinars from 1:00-1:45 PM EDT.

 

Characteristics of Elementary Distance Learning with Jorge Haro 

Tuesday July 14th, 2020

1:00 PM EST

CGMS Sponsored Free Webinar for Elementary 

During this seminar, we will analyze the characteristics of distance learning since March including successful approaches and strategies. We will also analyze possible scenarios for the Fall. The seminar will be guided by Jorge Haro one of the administrators of the Montessori Foundation (6-12) Guides Collaborative Conversation page on Facebook.

Elementary Level Shelves and Screens:  The Website as Prepared Environment with Bill Alsdurf Jr., M. Ed. 

Tuesday July 14th, 2020

7:00 PM EST

CGMS Sponsored Free Webinar for Elementary

Turning your remote learning website into a direct extension of your prepared Montessori environment

This webinar will provide the participant with an opportunity to examine ways they can create an easy to manage classroom website (using Google Sites) that best represents their prepared classroom environment, their unique personality, and the warmth and heart that is the Montessori classroom.  You’ll leave the webinar with a classroom website template to get you started, an idea list of what to include in your website, and PDF resource files of commonly used Montessori classroom materials. 

WEEKLY WEBCASTS FOR MONTESSORI LEADERS: 

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Please check back soon for more information.

 

Elementary Level Using Zoom with Alison Plihal

Wednesday July 15th, 2020

4:00 PM EST

CGMS Sponsored Free Webinar for Elementary

In this Webinar, Alison will demonstrate how she incorporated Zoom and Google Classroom into E-learning. She will relate how the natural human tendencies of the elementary child can be integrated into Zoom learning environments. Alison will discuss the progress of the children at her school in Guatemala as they participated in learning extensions in the Cosmic area and continued the collaboration so natural for children in an elementary environment.

Elementary Level Using Zoom and Google Classroom for E-Learning and Building Community with Greg Hicks

Thursday July 16th, 2020

7:30 PM EST

CGMS Sponsored Free Webinar for Elementary

Community is the ground from which the Montessori learning environment blossoms.  In this webinar,  we will explore how to utilize Google Classroom and Zoom to build community and effectively bring the Montessori classroom to life in an e-learning platform. Greg will demonstrate the Google Classroom he developed and share techniques and ideas for continuing to grow and nurture an established classroom community.

Montessori Town Hall Meeting: Our Role in Ending Systemic and Internal Racism  

Friday July 17th, 2020

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

The International Montessori Council (IMC) and the Montessori Foundation are hosting a weekly, virtual Montessori Town Hall on the topic of “Our Role in Ending Systematic and Internal Racism.” 

 

Facebook groups for Montessori Teachers/Guides are now live! 

These groups are only for Montessori educators. Please do not invite parents to join. We love parents and there are groups for them available here!

Please note, we will be posting the link to the How to Zoom and How to Use Google Classroom videos along with resources in each level’s group.

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 HERE

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.

If you’d like to know more about having any of us from the Montessori Foundation come to your school or present a live online class by video broadcast to your entire staff, contact timseldin@montessori.org