Course Description:

We have all felt the effects of this tumultuous time of change, loss, and anxiety as well as experienced a chance to strengthen our resilience and resolve.  Children and adults in every Montessori community need time, space, and some skilled support to help them process the suffering and loss they too have witnessed during the time of this horrific pandemic and political and social upheaval.


 We have all lost something.  At a minimum, we have lost our previous way of life. Some will have lost loved ones, some friends, or colleagues, and in some cases, a beloved member of the school community.   How carefully and caringly we help people navigate the winding paths of grieving, healing and growing will determine how quickly students are able to re-engage in the prepared environment; teachers are able to be fully present in order to “follow the child,” and parents are to continue to support the school.


In this six-part course (three pre-records and three live online gatherings) we will have an opportunity to speak to our losses and explore the very foundations of our lives that have been shaken by the extraordinary events of a global pandemic as well as social and political turmoil. We will learn about the ways and means by which we can help ourselves and others rebuild the foundations of our lives by harnessing our own resilience and inner growth. We invite you to join us to give time and space for self-care, self-reflection, and the creation of a community of support within our varied schools.

3 Recorded & 3 Live Sessions

Sundays

Live Meetings - Sunday

2.21| 2.28| 3.7

4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

2:00 - 3:30 PM CST

1:00 - 2:30 PM PST

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Jonathan is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. In addition to serving as a senior consultant for the Montessori Foundation and working with the Montessori Leadership Institute, he was the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership.Jonathan provides retreats, workshops, consultations and coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations and learning communities around the globe. The best-practice leadership retreats and workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning and improved organizational effectiveness. He is the coauthor with Tim Seldin of Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs.After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy and quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori's first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States.Today, his primary focus is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world.jonathanwolff@montessori.org

Jonathan Wolff

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation

Jonathan Wolff

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Cheryl Allen attended Montessori school as a child. After some time as a traditional secondary teacher, she worked in Montessori classrooms, both 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12, earning certifications from both AMS (3-6 and 6-9) and IMC (6-12). She is a teacher educator, workshop presenter, and member of IMC accreditation teams. Cheryl’s two children attended Montessori school from age two through high school graduation.
Cheryl Allen

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Claire Salkowski has been a leader in the field of education for forty years. She was the founder and Head of Free State Montessori School and has taught at every level of development from toddlers through graduate school. She is the previous Director of the Montessori Education Program at Delaware State University and has been a faculty member at numerous Montessori teacher training programs. She has been an adjunct and associate professor at Goucher College, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware State University, Loyola University, and a visiting lecturer at UMBC. Most recently she held the posts of Curriculum Director for the International Montessori School in Hong Kong and Principal for Gateway International Montessori School in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Salkowski is currently a professional ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) specialist and educational consultant. In her role as professional mediator and Circle facilitator, she was also Director of Mediation and Education Programs at the North Baltimore Center of Mosaic Community Services, an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt. She has mediated and served on the board of two U.S. community mediation centers and is currently on the Board and serves with the Circle Restorative Initiatives of MD Ms. Salkowski holds a Master of Science in Emotional Disturbances from Johns Hopkins University, was State certified in Special Education, and is Montessori (AMS) certified for 3-6-, 6-9- and 9–12-year-olds. Ms. Salkowski has also earned 30 beyond in School Psychology and earned over a hundred hours of training in mediation, Circle facilitation, and Conflict Coaching. She is currently the principal consultant of C.J. Consulting and Services which offers processes, practices, and retreats for personal and organizational growth, the resolution of conflict, and the creation of community in the home, school, workplace, and society. Ms. Salkowski has written and developed curriculum in Montessori education, mediation, conflict resolution, and peace education. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including peace education, Montessori practice, parenting, mediation, and conflict resolution. She has trained extensive faculties and students in Montessori philosophy and practice, peer mediation, and conflict resolution. Ms. Salkowski has presented at numerous Montessori conferences and other professional organizations nationally and internationally on a number of topics. She was Chair and Co-Chair of the School Accreditation Commission and still serves on the Board of the Montessori International Council,( IMC) the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), the Oneness-Family School, and Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI).
Claire Salkowski

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