This year NAMTA presents a professional development course
for administrators, Tier I: First Principles, October 7-11, 2015, in Baltimore, MD!
Order NAMTA's 2013-2015 supplement to the Whole-School Montessori Handbook, The Evolution of a Montessori High School
NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
A two-tier approach to this week-long course was introduced in 2011. Tier I offers the basics to novice Montessori administrators. Tier II, for seasoned Montessori administrators, explores strategic planning management.
This course is for Montessori administrators who are looking for guiding Montessori principles in their work and for teachers who are beginning an administrative career in Montessori. Whether you are an administrator of a one classroom Children’s House or a multi-level school with 500 students, this workshop will help you. As Montessori schools become more complex they must integrate all the parts to complete the dynamic community. Dr. Montessori envisioned successive prepared environments, indoors and outdoors, which encompass the natural and human-built worlds through all academic disciplines from concrete to abstract, from eighteen months to eighteen years. How does such a school remain focused on the organic whole, which is simply children and their needs in contact with the “prepared environment,” and the natural environment? The implementation of Montessori Whole-School Management requires not just competent administration, but visionary leadership.
The program allows time for discussion, problem solving, and creation of your own toolkit. The toolkit is a plan for your school which you will develop over the course of the 3.5 days. Bring a laptop computer and an historical timeline of the school, three years of enrollment data, and two years of budgets from your school. The Whole-School Montessori Handbook and 2007 Supplement are included in your registration.
Tier II is for administrators who have completed the Whole School Management course, and for experienced heads and trustees who are ready to deepen their skills in institutional effectiveness by learning to:
• Understand current and new thinking on strategy making in schools
• Assess the school’s current realities
• Develop a long-term vision (with Montessori focus)
• Create strategic goals and methods of implementation to set a 5-year strategic plan
• Engage collaboration to get everyone on board
• Coordinate budgeting with the strategic planning effort
• Implement major gifts cultivation in support of the strategic plan and long-term vision
• Develop a systemized way to effectively implement and account for a strategic plan’s progress, and ways to keep it “ever green.”
The program allows time for discussion, problem solving, and creation of your own toolkit. The toolkit is a plan for your school which you will develop over the course of the 4.5 days. The 2012 Supplement to the Whole-School Montessori Handbook is included in your registration.