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Professional Development Customized for Your Staff

Tim Seldin
Michael Dorer

An important lesson we learned years ago is that none of the world’s great Montessori schools try to go it alone. They depend on external mentors to help them stay on course. When facing challenging times, or when attempting to plan and implement something new, experience, expertise, and a fresh outside perspective can be absolutely invaluable. The Montessori Foundation is here to help!

Staff Professional Development can be expensive.

Many schools find it difficult to send their teachers, administrators, or boards off to conferences or retreat centers for renewal and inspiration.

The Convenience of OnLine Professional Development

With modern internet communications, more and more schools are finding that live two-way video conferencing provide the least expensive way to have someone from our team of senior Montessori consultants work with your teachers, staff, parents, or board.

Your staff can participate together in one room at your end, or from up to 100 different locations. We will be able to see and hear each other.

We record each session, from start to finish and post them in a secure area of our website, where you and your team can replay it or download it to your computers.

The Montessori Foundation’s nationally renowned Montessori consultants and coaches are experts in bringing these services to your school as workshops, weekend retreats, teleconferences, or live two-way video conferences at a fraction of the cost.

Our senior Montessori consultants and coaches include Sharon Caldwell • Michael Dorer • Paul Epstein • Robin Howe • Andrew Kutt • Christine Lowry • Kathy Leitch • Lorna McGrath • Tanya Ryskind • Claire Salkowski • Tim Seldin • Jonathan Wolff

Customized For Your Goals All of our programs and services are specifically designed for the needs of the staff at your school!

You can give your teachers a ‘PREP Talk’ before the school year starts or at any point throughout the year


On-Site: Yes, we can come to your school!

OnLine: One to three hour live and interactive professional development High-Resolution Interactive Webcasts, designed to deliver what your teachers need to jump-start a successful school year.

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 us at 1-941-729-9565 or email


Getting Your Classroom “Normalized” Earlier in the School Year

10 Characteristics of Effective Montessori Teaching Teams

Building Positive Relations With Parents Early and Often

Classroom Management That Fosters Self-Directed Learning, Confidence, Higher Order Thinking, and a Collaborative Classroom Community

20 Keys to Helping Students Stay Engaged During and After Lessons.

Moving Toward More Self-Directed Work Planning

SMART Observation Practices: How to Learn More in Less Time

The Three Spheres of the Prepared Environment – Beyond the Materials, Addressing How Teacher Mindfulness and Manners Affect Students

Surviving the Conversations with Parents You Hate to Have

Staying Happy, Healthy, Organized for the Whole School Year

Improving Concentration, Precision, Accuracy, and Work Completion

Is There a Place for Humor and Playfulness in the Montessori Classroom?

Developing Strong Montessori Adolescent Programs

The Use of Storytelling to Excite Imagination and Engagement

How to Raise an Amazing Child: The Montessori Way at Home

The Parenting Puzzle

Yes, You Can Teach It All in Montessori Elementary

The Great Lessons Come Alive!

The Cosmic Curriculum

Bringing Grammar to Life

And so much more…

Tangible Results

During difficult times, for start-up help, or for faculty/administrator rejuvenation, schools turn to The Montessori Foundation for help because we provide tangible results.

From our experiences working with hundreds of Montessori schools, we can offer solutions to your challenges and identify new opportunities.

As a result of working together, schools enjoy a renewed sense of security, confidence, and support from their families and staff. The schools with which we work discover new ways to increase income and contributions and decrease expenses without compromising the integrity of their Montessori programs.

We are backed by an extensive team of experts in every field of Montessori school leadership from the Montessori Foundation staff and beyond.

School Consultation Team

Contact Info:
651-353-2109 / 800-655-5843

Michael Dorer, PhD

Michael is a Montessori teacher educator, consultant, speaker, author, and storyteller. Michael has nearly fifty years of Montessori experience with Primary (Children’s House), elementary and adult Montessori education.

Michael began his Montessori career in public Montessori aimed at children in poverty. He has gone on to work in a variety of settings, including both public and independent schools, as well as at the college and university level.

Michael’s broad background includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in education as well as Specialist and Doctoral degrees in Instructional Leadership. He is public-school licensed in elementary education, nursery school, and Kindergarten. His Montessori credentials include a 3-6 and 6-9 Diploma from AMS and a 6-12 AMI elementary diploma earned in Bergamo, Italy.

Michael has also spent more than 25 years working with Montessori adults, as a teacher trainer, consultant, and presenter. His focus has been on Montessori theory, elementary level arithmetic and geometry, curriculum, classroom management and leadership, Great Lessons, higher order thinking, functions of words, and more. He is especially renowned for his work in lesson planning, record keeping, and management, and also in storytelling.

Storytelling is a particular specialty for Michael. He frequently presents, speaks, and consults on classroom storytelling, offers artist in residence opportunities to schools, and trains teachers in using storytelling in Montessori settings. He is the author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Classroom Storytelling, the definitive book on stories in Montessori.

Today, Michael continues to work with schools and Montessori organizations around the world. His knowledge of Montessori, his special insight, and focus on school and professional improvement put Michael in demand by Montessorians everywhere.

Robin Howe

Contact Info:
941-922-4949 / 800-655-5843

Daniel Robinson Howe, III, EdD

Dr. Daniel Robinson (Robin) Howe began his Montessori career at the age of two at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, which he attended through the eighth grade. Graduating from Dickinson College with two majors (Spanish and Religion), he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from University of South Florida. After successfully pursuing a career in the restaurant industry, Robin decided to return to his Montessori roots. He earned his Primary certification from Palm Harbor Montessori School (AMS) then attended St. Catherine’s University to earn his Lower and Upper Elementary Certification (AMS). He also attended NAMTA’s Orientation to Adolescent Studies (AMI). Robin holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University and works with The Montessori Foundation’s management team at NewGate (the Foundation’s lab school), serving as Associate Head of School and as a Senior Montessori Foundation School Consultant. In his spare time, Robin lives with two Elf cats and has set a personal goal to run marathons in all fifty states.

Contact Info:

941-729-9565 / 800-655-5843

Lorna McGrath

Lorna Mcgrath is a Senior Consultant and Director of Family Resources at the Montessori Foundation. She also served as Associate Head of NewGate School.

Lorna has 41 years of experience in the field of education, teaching children from 18 months through 6 years old and from 12 through 18 years old in both public schools and independent Montessori schools. She received her Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Family Counseling from the University of Georgia, and her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Lorna is a Montessori teacher educator, conference presenter, and school consultant. Lorna has used her many years of experience, working with families in the educational setting, to develop programs for parents as well as teachers and children. She has spent many years as a certified instructor for the International Network for Children & Families, teaching classes in Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom, Common Ground for Parents and Teens, and Parenting Instructor Network Training.

Contact Info:
941-729-9565 / 800-655-5843

Tim Seldin

Tim is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. He is a noted expert in Montessori education, specializing in school leadership. He is a senior school consultant, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and accreditation specialist. His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation.

Tim was the co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Tim is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs with Jonathan Wolff, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

Contact Info:
941-729-9565 / 800-655-5843

Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. In addition to serving as a senior consultant for the Montessori Foundation and working with the Montessori Leadership Institute, he was the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership.

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. He is the coauthor with Tim Seldin of Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs.

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.

Today, his primary focus 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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