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The Montessori Leadership Institute

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The MLI offers a wide range of pre-recorded, blended, and live courses for Montessori guides, leaders, and administrators. All of our courses feature interactive discussion and participant access to course resources. The courses are designed and facilitated by Montessori leaders, to engage, educate, and inspire.

For more information on any of our courses, please contact either Tim Seldin at timseldin@montessori.org or Kathy Leitch at kathyleitch@montessori.org.

Executive Functioning

In this two-part series, Maria Eva Chaffin and Brynn Rangel answer the following questions:

  1. What is Executive Functioning
  2. What does it look like to have Executive Functioning Skill Deficits?
  3. How do we help our students develop these skills in our classrooms?
  4. How do we support parents in understanding the importance of Executive Functioning and working on these skills at home?

This series will give information and insight to help equip you to help meet the needs of your students! There will also be time for discussion and Q & A about specific situations that you are facing in your classrooms.

Autism and Montessori

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children are currently on the Autism spectrum.

In this three-part series, we will clearly define Autism Spectrum Disorders and how Montessori can meet the needs of individuals with ASD in our classrooms.

Creating A Culture of Shared Responsibility

This is a pre-recorded course that offers great insights and strategies to those of you who missed the three live sessions. 

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? Join us for three sessions as 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  gives participants an opportunity to create an action plan for enhanced professional effectiveness and work satisfaction.

Meeting The Needs of Today's Children

New cohort starts June 4 (Tuesday) for 6 weeks. Part 2 of this course is under development for those who have completed Part 1.

Participants will explore, discuss, and learn techniques and tools to:

  • Understand the behavior, characteristics, and needs of today’s child to create a framework of support consistent with Montessori practice in the classrooms and school-wide
  • Create a Classroom Community of belonging that supports all students
  • Learn the components and development of a Peaceful Classroom- including self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional literacy and social skills development, and classroom management.
  • Provide Learning and Behavior Supports, Accommodations, and Differentiated Instruction with the Montessori curriculum and materials.
  • Guide Positive Behavior and Learning with a Functional Behavior Assessment using a team observation approach that results in a targeted Positive Behavior and Learning Support Plan with Progress Monitoring.
  • Partner and work with parents and community resources.

Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Elementary Montessori Classroom

More and more schools are experiencing an increase in enrollment of Special Needs Students.

The Montessori Method is wonderfully suited for children with exceptionalities, but many Montessori guides struggle to understand and meet the needs of challenging children while peacefully including these children in a normalized classroom.

Working with The Montessori Foundation, Montessori Guide and Special Educator, Maria Eva Chaffin, M.Ed.; and Behavior Analyst, Brynn Rangel, M.B.A. have joined together to deliver comprehensive and unique insight and guidance on addressing children with challenging behavior.

What Are Your School’s “New Year” Resolutions?

If you want the people you lead, or teach with, to be better Montessori practitioners, exhibit more professionalism, and be better communicators with children, colleagues, and parents, they need to set self-improvement goals during prep week. Some Montessori schools go so far as to require teachers to formulate individual, teaching team, program level, as well as all-staff goals. These schools sometime identify a theme of the year, such as better communication with parents, lengthening the uninterrupted work period, or focusing on character education.

How a Montessori leader can motivate their people to engage in this type of start-of-year planning is the topic of this pre-recorded three-week online course.

The recorded sessions were highly interactive with time set aside for questions and sharing of ideas. We will be happy to respond to questions from students enrolled in the pre-recorded course. A comprehensive workbook is included be provided to all participants.

Yes, You Can Teach It All: Managing the Elementary Montessori Curriculum

This will be the sixth cohort of this course, which seems to meet a real need for many elementary guides. We will begin on May 17 and run 8 weeks through July 20th.

There is no one time when you must be online live. The work will unfold week-by-week. Optional discussions will be offered a few times during the course.

To many elementary Montessori guides, the instructional process is intimidating, even baffling. The curriculum seems daunting and intellectually challenging, even for the adult. This course will help you to address these challenges and gain new confidence.

Estrategias para el manejo del niño con necesidades diferentes en un Ambiente Montessori

Cada vez más escuelas están experimentando un aumento en la inscripción de estudiantes con necesidades especiales.

El Método Montessori es ideal para niños con excepcionalidades, pero muchos guías Montessori luchan por comprender y satisfacer las necesidades de niños desafiantes al tiempo que incluyen a estos niños en un aula normalizada.

Trabajando con la Fundación Montessori, la Guía Montessori y maestra de Educacion Especial, Maria Eva Chaffin, M.Ed. y la Analista de Comportamiento, Brynn Rangel, M.B.A. se han unido para ofrecer una visión integral y única, así como una orientación sobre cómo abordar a los niños con comportamientos desafiantes.

Cultivating Deep and Deliberate Engagement, The Essentials of Self-Directed Learning

Maria Montessori called it concentration. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it flow. Neuroscientists call it deep and sustained brain engagement. The ability of a child to become absorbed in play or work activity is foundational to learning. It is how new neural connections are formed. According to many educators, the ability to maintain focus is the single biggest predictor of academic success. This workshop will highlight the conditions and elements necessary for deep and deliberate engagement to occur.

Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of what deep engagement means and why it is a key element in the process of normalization.  Participants will have an opportunity to create a personal action plan to use at their schools.