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MLI Course: Creating a Culture of Shared Responsibility


Jonathon Wolff

Tanya Ryskind

Audience: teachers, administrators, and board members

Registration: $195

IMC Members: $175


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What changes would you like to see at your school next year?

As a teacher, how would you like to have more opportunities to share ideas for program improvement with fellow staff and administration?

As an administrator, would you like to see more staff step up in support of program standards and policies?

In this three part course, we discuss how to create an organizational culture of shared responsibility, collaboration, and personal accountability.

Montessori schools which exhibit this kind of positive climate tend to achieve better results in programs, enrollment, retention, parent engagement, and staff effectiveness and morale.

Give Your Voice, Lend A Hand, Establishing a Culture of Shared Responsibility in Your School will provide participants with an opportunity to create an action plan for enhanced professional effectiveness and work satisfaction.

Schedule: Each module consists of a 90-minute video of a live presentation given by Jonathan Wolff, Tanya Ryskind, and Tim Seldin. There is also a mp3 audio version of the live session and a workbook in PDF form for you to print out.

Each suggests a week-long process of thought and consideration. Modules 2 and 3 will open up one week apart after you enroll.


Dr. Tanya Ryskind has over 30 years’ experience in educational settings as a teacher, social worker, lawyer, lobbyist, university professor, administrator, motivational speaker, teacher trainer, and Montessori professional. Tanya is a MACTE/IMC and AMS certified Montessori elementary (6-12) guide with over 15 years of classroom experience.

In addition to her classroom experiences, she has experience working with legislative mandates, state and national policies, procedures, and protocols affecting private, public and charter schools. Dr. Ryskind, is an accomplished motivational speaker, who has garnered acclaim for her work in North America, Europe, and Mexico.


Jonathon Wolff is a senior Montessori school consultant and leadership educator with the Montessori Foundation. He is also the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership. Jonathan is a Montessori teacher trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator.

Through the Montessori Foundation and Learning for Life, Jonathan provides retreats, workshops, consultations and coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations and learning communities around the globe.

The best-practice leadership retreats and workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning and improved organizational effectiveness.

After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy and quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori’s first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States.

Jonathan’s incisive ability to apply Dr. Montessori’s educational constructs to training adults led him to positions as a teacher trainer, as the director of education and training for various education and business organizations, and as the administrator for several nationally recognized schools. Thirty years in the field have provided him with solid first-hand experience in leading and managing rapidly growing for-profit and not-for-profit schools, education institutions and business organizations.

Today, the primary focus of his consulting practice is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world.

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