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The Montessori Leadership Institute


Our courses are hosted on the Thinkific platform which means you will be redirected when clicking to learn more. Registration is directly through Thinkific.

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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 or Kathy Leitch at

Positive Discipline| New Cohort Starting Soon

This workshop will connect you with other Montessori educators to learn how to implement a respectful and time-tested classroom management approach that builds responsibility, independence, motivation, and empathy within your classroom community.

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What is Positive Discipline?

Positive Discipline is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities.

Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others). Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn the necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.

“If we’re all in the same boat . . . let’s share navigation and rowing techniques!” Designed and Led by Jonathan Wolff, Senior Consultant for the Montessori Foundation

If you’re wrestling with any of these issues, you’re not alone. There are solutions.

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  • Tired, scared, resistant, and overwhelmed teachers

  • Angry, dissatisfied, and hesitant parents

  • On-campus and online programming alternatives for different age groups

  • Keeping students and staff safe – infection mitigation tools and strategies

  • Keeping yourself from getting overwhelmed or burned out 

  • How to address racial justice in the midst of everything else

Yes, You Can Teach It All: Managing the Elementary Montessori Curriculum| Cohort 12 – Starting this Fall

This will be the tenth cohort of this course, which seems to meet a real need for many elementary guides. 


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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.

6 Instructional Habits of Effective Montessori Guides

This 7 week course will include six pre-recorded videos – one for each teacher language – that participants can view in advance of each live, interactive ZOOM session! 

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Simply preparing the environment and delivering meticulous Montessori lessons are not enough to cultivate independence in the form of self-awareness, self-directed learning, and self-regulation. The words we use with students largely determine how they feel about themselves, their teachers, and the lessons presented. We invite you to join Tanya Ryskind, Head of the NewGate School, and Jonathan Wolff, international Montessori consultant, and author, for a 7-session course on empowering teacher language. Participants will learn how to identify less-than-effective instructional language and replace it with responses that enhance self-confidence, impulse control, and work engagement. The course is designed along the lines of the Three Period Lesson, with opportunities for individual and group practice, as well as applied learning action-planning. 


Dyslexia: A Montessori Solution Cohort 4 – Starts June 30th

Updated and revised- a practical system and solutions to support language and literacy success for all your students. Learn to use a Montessori-based Structured Literacy framework. 

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Using a Structured Literacy framework, you will learn how to:

1. establish a great language foundation for all students.

2. identify who is struggling and why.

3. use a Montessori-based formative assessment for instruction.

4. provide differentiated instruction, scaffolding, prompts, and feedback

5. implement a plan of instruction using “diagnostic teaching.”

6. choose from sample lessons and activities using Montessori materials and lesson sequence.

24th Annual Montessori Foundation |IMC Conference

The full video and audio proceedings of the 24th annual Montessori Foundation/IMC international conference. Registrants receive a certificate for 17.5 hours or professional development. 

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This special edition includes almost 40 hours of presentations.

The Montessori Foundation, in partnership with The International Montessori Council, presents

The complete recordings and resources of our  international conference, broadcast world-wide from Florida, Washington, DC and California

It was a unique 3-day broadcast experience like you have never seen before.


To see more of how we organized the conference, go to

You will have full ongoing access

5 dynamic keynote speakers addressing crucial topics

20 timely, interactive workshops and roundtables

Interactive sessions on stress and trauma … social justice … leading through crisis .. music for healing … and many more!

Sessions were recorded for participant access

Certificate of Professional Development for participants

Virtual Exhibit Expo

Q & A opportunities


Even though this year we were socially distanced, we have preserved the community, connection, and sense of celebration that make our conferences unique.