Leadership Workshops – Teacher Workshops – Group Intensives

 

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Collaboration, Context, & Clarity

Leadership is more than just doing what needs to be done to keep enrollment up and your regulators happy. That’s just management. Being a true leader requires not just knowing what to do, but how to do it in a way that is efficient, smart, and respectful of everyone involved. In this workshop school leaders are invited to explore strategies for increasing their use of collaboration, context, and clarity in everything they do. Individual and group activities keep the conversation lively and the learning meaningful!

Reflect deeply on your leadership practices by taking an inventory of your values, strengths, and goals. We use this reflection to build a personal mission statement. Once you have identified your personal mission, you can use it to guide your leadership strategy. As we explore strategies for supporting teachers in the classroom and caring for ourselves in the midst of our busy work, you will build a leadership plan customized to your unique situation.

Your school is only as strong as your employees. Together, we will explore the five stages of the employee life cycle so you know what to do to maximize each stage. Define your needs clearly. Recruit and interview effectively. Onboard each person to ensure success. Create a culture of support and accountability throughout the organization. Finally, ensure that you dissolve employee relationships in a way that ensures protection of your school and preservation of the staff member’s dignity. An effective HR strategy begins with knowing your life cycle.

Effective leadership is all about communication. When we discuss our challenges and problems, we make space for growth and problem solving. Sometimes, approaching difficult conversations can be challenging. In this workshop we explore how to use radical candor to name problems in a way that is respectful and empowering for all. Learn how to invite your staff to own their areas of growth and partner with you to set meaningful goals. Courageous communication builds strong school culture. Let’s make it happen for you!

Preparing the Environment

Montessori assistant teachers are such valuable members of our classrooms. We want them to feel confident in their approach to working in the learning environment. This means they need to know not only what to do but why they are doing it. A well-prepared Montessori environment is meticulous from the start and refreshed throughout the day. Here is your opportunity to ensure that your assistants approach every preparation activity enthusiastically and with the right information!

Emergent Curriculum

Emergent curriculum uses the interests of the children as the primary source for units of study. It pairs perfectly with Montessori materials at the Primary and Elementary level. The teacher turns a keen eye and ear to the ideas, questions, and experiences the children have, then uses that prompt to introduce new materials or activities into the learning environment. Together we explore practical strategies for implementing this Reggio-influenced approach with fidelity to the Montessori approach.

A Guide to Cosmic & Peace Education

Cosmic and Peace Education are fundamental aspects of the Montessori curriculum. Yet, their overt curricular applications don’t begin until the second plane of development. In this workshop, we will explore the concepts behind Cosmic and Peace Education. Teachers will discuss how the school is already approaching this and develop ideas for new ways to enrich the prepared environment to further deepen the children’s connections to peace and the cosmos.

Working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is busy! Often, adults spend their full working day in contact with children. Time to reflect, connect, and focus on best practice is rare. This workshop is for early childhood programs who need to hit the “reset” button with the staff and get everyone focused on the same priority: the children. Professionalism in early childhood is all about serving the children and families while also caring for oneself. This workshop is part reflection, part lecture, and part group discussion on values and priorities.

Settle in and do the big work you know you need: Mission & Vision – Strategic Planning – Building Trust – Accreditation Strategy. Results retreats are customized to your exact needs. From preliminary phone calls through retreat facilitation and into our follow up accountability sequence, I’ll be with you every step of the way. CLICK HERE for all the details on Results Retreats.

Refresh & Reflect

Running and effective school is a team effort. Every member of the team is critical to your school’s success. In this workshop attendees will reflect individually and work in small groups to identify the school’s greatest strengths as well as areas for improvement and growth. As a team, administration, lead teachers, assistant teachers, and other critical staff members will start a conversation about how to preserve the school’s strength while exploring opportunities for positive change.

Previous Presentations

2016 Montessori Education Programs International Conference – Kiwah Island Resort, SC

-Workshop Presenter: A Montessori Guide to Leadership

 

2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference – Denver, CO

-Workshop Presenter: A Montessori Guide to Leadership

 

2016 AMI Refresher Course – Los Angeles, CA

-Facilitator: Montessori Public Policy Initiative Forum

 

2015 Montessori in the Mountains Conference – Estes Park, CO

-Workshop Presenter: Emergent Curriculum in the Montessori Classroom

 

2015 AMI Refresher Course – Atlanta, GA

-Forum Presenter: Public Policy & State Coalitions

 

2014 NAEYC National Conference and Expo – Dallas, TX

-Workshop Presenter: Emergent Curriculum in the Montessori Classroom

 

2014 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference – Denver, CO

-Workshop Presenter: Collaboration, Context, & Clarity: The Three C’s for a Successful School

 

2013 ECEA & CMA Leadership Bootcamp – Aurora, CO

-Workshop Presenter: Collaboration, Context, & Clarity: The Three C’s for a Successful School

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