Trust Me!

Building trust starts with you.

If you are interested in learning more about how to enhance trust, among children and adults, we invite you to join our upcoming 
“Trust Me” Discussion Circle

with Dr. Stacey Mackinnon and Jonathan Wolff

A Six Session Cycle of Guided Discussions 

including . . . 

3 pre-recorded videos with Stacey and Jonathan discussing the art and science of trust-building 

Each video session is followed, one week later, by a live, guided online discussion, on how to enhance trust in the classroom, school community,

and school leadership 

3 Live Zoom Sessions and 3 Pre-records, Starting Tuesday, February 15th 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET USA

Feb 15 - Pre-record

Feb 22 - Live Zoom 

March 1 - Pre-record

March 8 - Live Zoom

March 15 - Pre-record

March 22 - Live Zoom

Learning, teaching, and leadership demand something far more essential than the clear transmission of information and ideas. Their success largely depends upon the degree of relational safety and wellbeing felt by the participating parties -  in short, by their lived level of trust. In organizations, everywhere – including Montessori learning communities – one can observe learning, instruction, and leadership that are being diminished or have been damaged, by breaches of trust. 

In each of these three courses,  Dr. Stacey MacKinnon and Jonathan Wolff invite you to join in a six-session inquiry on how trust is cultivated in a Montessori learning community – among students, staff, parents, and administration – as well as how it can be regained when it has been lost. Whether you are a Montessori guide, instructional leader, head of school, or teacher educator, “Trust Me.” is designed to help you establish a culture of trust in your classroom and school community, as well as heal hurts and rifts where trust has been compromised. 

This course includes three prerecorded videos discussions with Stacey and Jonathan, with accompanying exercises for reflection and applied learning exercises. Each prerecorded session will be followed by a live 90-minute webinar that will include interactive discussions, small group work, and guided action planning.

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Instructor Bio:

Dr Stacey MacKinnon is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. She is also the designer and coordinator of First Year Inquiry Studies for UPEI and developed a model for Montessori Adolescent programs as well. Dr MacKinnon received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2004. Her current research focuses on reigniting and maintaining curiosity and the “desire to inquire”, including both skills and attitudes toward learning. In addition to her university teaching, Dr MacKinnon also taught inquiry studies for the adolescent cohort for a year at The Montessori School of Charlottetown. Her interest in Montessori goes back almost twelve years to her daughter’s toddler and CASA experiences and is enhanced by her daughter’s current status as an online student in the NewGate School’s Global Campus Secondary Program.

Dr. Stacey MacKinnon

Dr. Stacey MacKinnon


Instructor Bio:

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

Jonathan Wolff

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation

Jonathan Wolff