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The Montessori Foundation offers the full range of Montessori leadership coaching, school consultation, and institutional development services at an affordable cost.
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Customized Professional Development
Staff professional development can be expensive. We offer the convenience of professional development customized for your school and presented onsite at your school or live online. We offer programs for Montessori educators at every level, assistants, school administrators, boards, parents, and your entire staff.
Our free weekly webinars for administrators, teachers, and families began during the pandemic and continue to attract a growing wide and diverse following.
The confidence the school has gained by the knowledge gained in this course was evident at our latest parent meeting. We were able to answer the parents’ questions with more affirmation and I could see that our confidence gave them confidence in us. Interesting, I just took my first born child off to college this weekend. …
The Montessori Leadership Institute offers a wide range of courses for Montessori educators, school leaders, and trustees. We have developed strong leaders of Montessori schools around the world since 1992. Click here for a complete list of courses.
As the Lab School for The Montessori Foundation, the NewGate School in Sarasota, Florida offers accredited Montessori programs for infants through high school. Leading our own Lab School helps us keep in touch with the real-life of schools.
There are several professional Montessori organizations in North America. They offer membership services, conferences, affiliation, and accreditation to educators, Montessori schools, and teacher education programs.
This is our international database of the Montessori schools registered with us. Search for schools by city or postal code.
Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) was born 100 years ahead of her time. Her work helps to redefine our understanding of childhood, children’s rights, ideal learning, and brain development. This is her condensed life story.
Mark your calendars. This year’s 27th Annual Montessori Conference will be held November 3-5, 2023 at the Hilton Tampico in Phoenix, Arizona. Watch for more information.
Montessori schools continue to increase worldwide every year. Find a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher education program.
What is Montessori Education?
A collection of articles, videos, and resources to help you understand why Montessori became the world’s largest movement for building the schools of tomorrow.
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The Montessori Approach to Living Well in Anxious Times The Covid 19 pandemic has brought about so many feelings in all of us: fear, uncertainty, sadness, loneliness, isolation, confusion, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of failure, a lack of connection, a loss of...
Editor’s Note: We know that the authors of this article really meant it to help teachers remember how important setting up children’s environments is to maximize the potential of each child at each stage during the early childhood years. However, because of how...
Montessori is an education centered around peace. How do we help students spend a lifetime, not only accepting and sharing peace, but also feeling secure in the idea that, what is ‘different’ from them and their understanding is interesting and exciting rather than...
You know the scene. Two children both want the same thing. Or one of them is hurting the other. Or they are complaining and nagging each other. We can’t help ourselves, we come to the rescue. “Why don’t you go first, and then the other one can have a turn next?” “Why...
For more than a hundred years, children in Montessori schools have been practicing the Silence Game as part of their regular routine. Maria Montessori discovered that children experience great pleasure from the self-control that produces real silence. This is a...
Tomorrow’s Child Magazine was one of the Foundation’s earliest projects.
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Maria Montessori: In Her Own Words
What happened will always remain a mystery to me. I have tried since then to understand what took place in those children. Certainly there was nothing of what is to be found now in any House of Children. There were only rough large tables. I brought them some of the materials which had been used for our work in experimental psychology, the items which we use today as sensorial material and materials for the exercises of practical life.
I merely wanted to study the children’s reactions. I asked the woman in charge not to interfere with them in any way, as otherwise I would not be able to observe them. Someone brought them paper and colored pencils, but, in itself, this was not the explanation of the further events. There was no one who loved them. I myself only visited them once a week, and during the day, the children had no communication with their parents.
The children were quiet; they had no interference either from the teacher or from the parents, but their environment contrasted vividly from that which they had been used to; compared to that of their previous life, it seemed fantastically beautiful. The walls were white, there was a green plot of grass outside, though no one had yet thought to plant flowers in it, but most beautiful of all was the fact that they had interesting occupa-tions in which no one ... ...
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Tomorrrow’s Child Magazine
Tomorrow’s Child was originally created for the parents of Montessori students. As it turned out, Tomorrow’s Child has become a publication read by parents, grandparents, students who may contribute content from time to time, and families who want to know more about Montessori for their own children. It is published four times during the school months (at least here in North America), but we have many international readers and welcome submissions of photos and content from around the world.
Through Tomorrow’s Child, we have shared stories of the youngest Montessori children through those who graduate from Montessori high schools. We share information from former students about the impact of their Montessori education on their life as college students, their choices of work, and how they raise their own children. It is not unusual to find that many students enrolled in Montessori schools today are actually second-generation Montessorians.
We also provide solid advice on how to bring Montessori into the home, sharing the very real challenges and rewards of raising children in an atmosphere of respect for every level of development.
Montessori schools deliberately create a partnership with parents to work together to teach children what they need to succeed in the ‘real’ world; that’s the easy part! The greater, more rewarding challenge is to help children retain the capacity to grow into adulthood with the empathy, gravitas, and leadership skills they experienced in their Montessori schools when they were children.
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