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How To Start A New Montessori School

The Initial Building Blocks of Success

Dates: May 15 to June 26, 2014 (6-weeks)

Please note this course is designed for those just beginning to work on developing a new Montessori school, or converting an existing day-care to Montessori. If you are looking to extend an existing school to higher levels, or take your existing school to a whole new level of excellence, then your needs would be better served by our Building a World Class Montessori School course.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT PREPARATION TO TEACH A MONTESSORI CLASS - IT IS AIMED AT SCHOOL LEADERS AND OWNERS, WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT YOU WILL BE HIRING MONTESSORI TEACHERS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE MONTESSORI TRAINING, OR ALREADY HAVE MONTESSORI TRAINING YOURSELF.

Location: Your office or home, on your computer!

Application form: Download here.

Instructor: Sharon Caldwell and Tim Seldin 

Time: Set your own schedule, working on weekly learning activities and projects that will directly benefit your school next year. You should expect to invest at least five hours a week reading the extensive course materials, viewing online video presentations or listening to audios, collaborating with fellow students and Tim Seldin, and working on PR, marketing, and recruitment strategies that will directly impact your school.

Do you have a trip or specific time during this period when you will not be available? No problem! While it is best to participate with the entire group in ongoing discussions, You can catch up when you return.

Course description

In response to numerous requests from the community, we have written a new course: How to Start a New World Class Montessori School. Anyone who wants to start a new Montessori school, or convert an existing childcare center into a Montessori school, will find this course invaluable.

World-class Montessori schools are schools that have achieved a level of excellence, stability, and wide-spread public appeal that makes them highly attractive to prospective parents and teachers.  So often though schools struggle, primarily because they continue to compromise their programs and principles in hope of becoming more attractive to parents. Tim Seldin and Sharon Caldwell make the case for courage, conviction, and consistency. Their premise is that there is a Montessori way that we can and must follow to produce, time and time again, the results that made Montessori schools famous around the world. He will sketch out the specific elements of best practice that can lead your school to greater success in everything it does.

The Montessori Foundation has worked with hundreds of Montessori schools around the world, helping them to clarify their philosophy and develop the highest levels of Montessori curriculum and practice. This course will give both an incredibly in-depth overview of all of the Montessori Foundation's other courses in Montessori school leadership, along with a host of specific strategies and tools that you need to chart the best course for your school's future.

We don't provide a precise syllabus because we customize the course to a large extent to respond to the interests, needs, and concerns of the students enrolled. Topics covered typically include:

Clarity is the Key to Success

Understanding Montessori Education

Why start a Montessori school?

What is a World Class Montessori School?

Abundance Thinking

The Nine Areas of School Operation

Prioritizing and sequencing what you need to do

Community of support and inspiration.

Legal Structures

Your Business Plan

Ownership and Governance

The Importance of Environment

Facilities

Equipping your classroom(s)

Curriculum design and systems to record student progress and report it to parents

Staffing your school - important principles and ethical issues

Administration/School Leadership

Marketing and Recruiting - Finding the Perfect Match


COURSE LEADER


Tim Seldin

TIM SELDIN, M.Ed. is the President of The Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. His almost forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, his own alma mater (age two through high school graduation). He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and as 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 Seldin 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; Finding the Perfect Match - Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment; Master Teachers - Model Programs; Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sharon CaldwellSHARON CALDWELL, B.A.Hons./HDE, has been involved in Montessori for fifteen years, after a six year stint as a teacher in a conventional high school. She founded Nahoon Montessori School, which drew strongly on democratic school tradition to realise the principles of student governance suggested in Dr. Montessori’s writings. As a result of her experience and insight into a variety of educational models, Sharon has run workshops and presented at Montessori, Alternative/Democratic and other education conferences in the USA, Australia, India, China and South Africa. She is coeditor of the International Montessori Council’s publication Montessori Leadership, has edited course materials for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and is a regular contributor to Tomorrow’s Child. She supports Montessori schools and parents internationally as a mentor on Montessori_Online, an online discussion group sponsored by the Montessori Foundation, and is an instructional guide on two of the Montessori Foundation’s leadership programs: Building a World Class Montessori School and Finding the Perfect Match. She has contributed chapters to The Directory of Democratic Education and Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories. She lives in East London, South Africa.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


How to Apply:

You can register online, or mail your application and payment by credit card or check (drawn against a US bank) in to us at The Montessori Foundation, 19600 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212 USA. Please make checks payable to The Montessori Foundation.

You can scan and email your application (with payment by Mastercard, Visa or American Express) to the Montessori Foundation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax it to us at 1-941-745-3111. If you need to arrange a wire transfer, please email or call for instructions.


Registration Fees:

Non-IMC Members: $750 for the first person from a school/$600 for each additional person enrolling from the same school.

Members of the International Montessori Council (IMC): Individual IMC members, or participants sponsored by a school that is a member of the International Montessori Council, receive a substantial discount: $700 for the first person enrolled from an IMC affiliated school/$500 for each additional participant enrolling from the same IMC member school.

 

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