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The Montessori Foundation’s 24th Annual International Conference
Sarasota, Florida
November 5-8, 2020

Our Most Popular Courses

How to Start a New Montessori School
Building a World-Class Montessori School
Finding the Perfect Match:  Recruit & Retain Your Ideal Enrollment

For more information about ongoing and upcoming classes, CLICK HERE.

The Montessori Foundation

A Resource for All Montessori Schools

The Montessori Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation was established in 1992 to create an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community.

The Montessori Foundation works with the entire Montessori community, regardless of affiliation, as well as parents, educators, schools, and schools systems that are interested in learning more about the insights, research, and approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Our Products and Services


Tomorrow’s Child Magazine

The Montessori Foundation’s first project was the creation of Tomorrow’s Child, the only magazine written specifically for parents with children enrolled in Montessori schools. Tomorrow’s Child is also enjoyed by Montessori teachers and administrators around the world. In the 22 years that it has been a part of the Montessori community, Tomorrow’s Child has developed a terrific following of more than 50,000 Montessori parents, teachers, and heads of schools in North America and abroad. We offer Montessori schools the opportunity to buy Tomorrow’s Child in bulk orders, at a significantly discounted price, to send home with families as part of their parent education program at an extremely affordable cost.

Membership in the Montessori Family Alliance provides Tomorrow’s Child subscriptions for school families (digital and/or paper versions), individual memberships, and so much more. For more information about subscribing to Tomorrow’s Child, and giving your school access to all the resources of the Montessori Family Alliance, CLICK HERE.


Conferences & Events

In addition to ongoing Leadership Workshops, we host an annual international conference every year in Sarasota, FL and other locations in the US and abroad. CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2017 ONLINE CONFERENCE BROCHURE & SCHEDULE.


Montessori Leadership Institute

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Our Montessori Leadership Institute offers a broad program of in-depth and practical workshops and courses in Montessori leadership. We offer seminars on a wide range of topics, from school design to fundraising, recruitment, internal communications, and curriculum development. Our courses are offered in person and online.

For a current schedule and more information, CLICK HERE.


School Consultation

Our Montessori School Consultation Service provides a wealth of knowledge and experience. We work with boards, Heads of Schools, and faculties on all issues related to creating, managing, improving, and ‘growing’ a Montessori school. Our team of experienced Montessorians work with schools throughout the world.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


Lab School

Through our Lab School, The NewGate School of Sarasota, Florida, we work to develop and implement new programs and curricula, test new resources, and integrate Montessori “best practices” with 21st-century technology. One of our key projects involves the develop of a replicable program and secondary Montessori curriculum that is capstoned by a Montessori International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

For more information, CLICK HERE.


The Montessori Foundation
19600 E State Road 64
Bradenton, FL 34212-8921

1-941-729-9565 • 1-800-655-5843
941-745-3111 (fax)

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Staff Members

Tim Seldin, President
The Montessori Foundation
Chair, IMC
1-941-729-9565/ 1-800-655-5843

Joyce St. Giermaine, JD
Executive Director
1-941-729-9565 / 1-800-655-5843

Margot Garfield Anderson
Conference Coordinator / Montessori Foundation
IMC Membership Director
1-941-729-9565 / 1-800-655-5843

Lorna McGrath
Director of Parenting Education
Director of IMC Accreditation
1-941-729-9565 / 1-800-655-5843

Tanya Ryskin
Associate Head of School, The NewGate School
Lab School of The Montessori Foundation

Don Dinsmore
Bookkeeper / Office Manager
1-941-729-9565 / 1-800-655-5843

Katrina Costedio
Graphic Director
1-941-729-9565 / 1-800-655-5843



Michael Dorer, PhD

Daniel “Robin” Howe, 111, EdD

Jonathan Wolff

The International Montessori Council (IMC)

Our Membership Organization: The International Montessori Council  (IMC)

In 1998, The Montessori Foundation organized an independent membership organization, The International Montessori Council (IMC), to offer a wide range of programs and support to Montessori schools around the world, including school accreditation, professional development for teachers and school administrators.

Montessori Leadership is published by the Montessori Foundation on behalf of the International Montessori Council. It is written for Heads of Schools, educational coordinators, Montessori teachers, parent leaders, and members of school boards.

One of the IMC’s most valuable services is in the area of school accreditation. More and more states now require accreditation to provide evidence that a Montessori school is following a curriculum that, although different than that of traditional school, provides students with the knowledge that meets and exceeds minimal state requirements. Not only does the IMC Accreditation Program provide valuable state-mandated authentication, it is also a very thorough process by which a school conducts its own self-study program, learning valuable insights as to challenges and opportunities available to them.

By logging into this website, IMC members are given access to more than twenty years of information, forms, videos, public relations materials, ongoing webinars and course work, all of which will benefit Montessori administrators, teachers, board members, and involved parents.

There are many different IMC membership opportunities and benefits for Montessori schools and individuals. To learn more about the IMC and which membership program best suits you and/or your school’s needs, CLICK HERE.


The Montessori
Help Line

Our Montessori Help Line
(1-941-729-9565) offers counsel
when schools need a friendly
ear and some advice.

The only catch is that you
will need to pay for the long-distance
call, and it is possible that
we may need to schedule
your telephone conference
for a time when a consultant
is free from other duties.


Become a member of The Montessori Family Alliance and ensure your subscription to Tomorrow’s Child and all the resources of this comprehensive website. CLICK HERE to pick the subscription that best suits your needs.

The Montessori Family Alliance

The Montessori Family Alliance (MFA) was designed to bring all the resources of The Montessori Foundation and The International Montessori Council (IMC) into one place, which would benefit all members of the extended Montessori community:  parents, teachers, administrators, and adult learners wishing to learn more about the Montessori Method.

The IMC has its own ‘wing’ on this website. Members of the IMC have access to all IMC-related material. They will also have limited access to posts and information that is Montessori Family Alliance material. While not everyone who is a member of the MFA may want (or need) access to IMC materials, IMC members are encouraged to consider becoming MFA members, in order to have complete access to the many benefits of complete access to the entire website.

For example, School Membership in the Montessori Family Alliance provides Tomorrow’s Child subscriptions for school families (digital and/or paper versions). For more than twenty years, Tomorrow’s Child has provided an invaluable marketing resource to schools that provide it to their parents. The MFA also offers individual memberships, subscriptions, paper and digital options,and so much more.

We have structured membership/subscription options to meet the varied needs of members of the entire Montessori community. For more information about MFA membership and/orsubscribing to Tomorrow’s Child, and giving your school access to all the resources of the Montessori Family Alliance, CLICK HERE.