Building a World Class Montessori School-NON IMC Member Rate

NOTE: his is for 1st person from school. If you are enrolling more than one person you will need to go to the product showing "Additional Participant" and register them there.  This product is ONLY for those people who are not current members of the IMC. If you wish to join the IMC you must join by selecting the level of membership from this site and add it to your shopping cart.  This is a self-paced online course. Registration is open and you may register at any point in the year. We guarantee registrants at least a full year to complete it. Some people have been able to complete the course in 12 weeks with an investment of approximately 5 hours a week to read the materials, watch the videos, and complete the assignments. Class participation in the discussion forums is essential to take advantage of not only the prepared content, but to explore your prospective project, ask questions, and interact with other students. Additionally, the Montessori Foundation offers a series of optional weekly webinars on Wednesdays at 1 PM East Coast time in the United States. Many of these live sessions make be of interest and value to participants in the course. Questions are encouraged.

Course Description

Building a World-Class Montessori School has been our most popular course for almost 25 years.

World-class Montessori schools are schools that have achieved a level of excellence, stability, and widespread 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. The Montessori Foundation helps you makes the case for courage, conviction, and consistency. Our 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. We 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:

UNIT 1: Introduction to World Class Montessori Schools

• Introduction to the concept of a World-Class Montessori School.
• A historical perspective of Montessori education.
• Clarifying what it means to be a Montessori school.
• How a school differs from other businesses.
• How a Montessori school differs from other schools.
• Perspective: Abundance vs. Scarcity.
• The Nine Areas of School Operation.
• Starting a new school: rationale; steps; legal & financial structures; business plan

UNIT 2: Defining Your Identity

What are core values, vision, mission, and aims and why are they important?
Achieving clarity regarding core values, mission, vision, and aims.
• How some Montessori schools lose their way (missions and market forces).
• Defining a school's identity based on core values.
• Creating a 'Blueprint' for the school.
• Using a Best Practice process to guide decisions.

UNIT 3: Ownership of the School / Governance by the Board

• The role of Boards in the management of Montessori schools.
• Creating Boards that function efficiently and effectively.
• How boards work with the head (recruit, support and evaluate the head).
• Effective board meetings.

UNIT 4: School Leadership / Administration

• Defining the role of the School Head: administrative and leadership functions.
• How to find the right person as Head of School.
• Employment agreement for the Head of School.
• Sustainable School Leadership: Assessing and supporting the Head

UNIT 5: The Educational Program

• The fundamental principles underpinning an authentic Montessori program.
• Establishing continuity and cohesion across all levels in a school.
• Designing and implementing a cohesive and integrated Montessori curriculum.
• Implementing a studio program to enhance and extend the Montessori program.
• Program assessment.
• Student assessment, recording and reporting.
• Aspects of Best Practice in a Montessori educational program.

UNIT 6: Faculty & Staff

• Staffing a Montessori school - important principles and ethical issues.
• Recruiting the right staff.
• Choosing the right candidates.
• Interview techniques and questions.
• • Evaluating effectiveness of faculty.
• Job descriptions.
• Staff Handbooks.
• Salaries and legalities.
• Staff development and retention.
• Characteristics of Master Teachers.

UNIT 7: Facilities

• Aspects of architecture and grounds layout.
• Designing an aesthetic and effective Montessori classroom.
• Assessing the efficacy of school facilities.

UNIT 8: Finances

• Setting tuition.
• Enrollment agreements.
• Refund insurance.
• Tuition increases.
• Financial aid.
• Collecting past-due tuition.
• Other aspects of finances.
• Assessing the health of your school?s financial position.

UNIT 9: Recruitment and Admissions

• An introduction to the process of 'Finding the Perfect Match.'
How to market a Montessori school.
• Define what you are selling and identify your school?s unique selling points.
• Marketing strategies: direct mail, brochures, print, radio, TV, guerilla marketing.
• The admissions process and documentation.
• Making admissions decisions.
• Retaining families once they are enrolled.

UNIT 10: Building School Community

• Building strong school communities.
• Community meetings.
• Involving parents productively in the school.
• The family-friendly school.
• Customer service.
• Parent Education.

UNIT 11: Gathering Additional Resources

• Fundraising, bonds, and/or financing.

Registration Fees:

Non-IMC Members: $1,250 US for the first person from a school / $1,000 US 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: $1,050 US for the first person enrolled from an IMC-affiliated school / $800 US for each additional participant enrolling from the same IMC member school.

If you would like to become an IMC member, CLICK HERE.

The Montessori Foundation's Montessori Leadership Institute has developed strong leaders of Montessori schools around the world since 1992.
In 2006 we pioneered online learning in Montessori leadership development, using streaming video and audio presentations, libraries of resources, dynamic online discussions, conference call-ins, and a network of fellow Montessori school administrators.

Our online courses offer:

  • practical information and resources
  • a fellowship of professional colleagues
  • individual counsel from our faculty
  • and the convenience of working from your school

They offer invaluable insights and skills used by successful Montessori schools around the world. Our Montessori Leadership courses are designed for:

  • Heads of Schools
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • Admissions Directors
  • Development Directors
  • Board Members
  • Parent Leaders

Important Notes about Our Leadership Courses

These courses are professional development programs that are offered online. They are intensive, and collaborative learning experiences. While individual course certificates of completion are offered, they do not, at this time, represent a formal credential in Montessori school leadership.

Participants are encouraged to explore issues that they are currently working on at their schools. Many have described the experience as individual school consultation for a much lower cost, with the added advantage of the shared perspectives and experience of the other leaders participating in the course.

Although the course runs for a specific number of weeks, you can set your own schedule. 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.

The first week is orientation. The last is for reading, reflection, and wrap up. Plus you will have access to the entire course online classroom and resource collection, the video talks, and ongoing discussions with the instructor and your fellow students, for an entire year after the course ends!

During the course, you will be working on weekly learning activities and projects that will directly benefit your school. 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.

Final Note:
None of our leadership courses are preparation to teach a Montessori class. Workshops are for school leaders, who may or may not have Montessori training. These workshops are not intended as a substitute for Montessori teacher education at any level.


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