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Deep Dive into Education and how Montessori fits
The History of Education
This course surveys three millennia of educational thought, focusing on the big picture aims and curricular-pedagogical frameworks in Western education. We’ll start with the emergence of curricular education in antiquity, follow the development of classicism through the 19th century, and then examine burgeoning progressive movements. Montessori will be considered as a third historical alternative to these two schools.
Price
$180
Location
Online
Length
12 session series...
Group
Ages 0-18
Ongoing education for practicing Montessori educators
Professional Development Courses
Hone your craft as a Montessori educator or school leader. Our professional development courses and workshops are designed to refresh and upskill you with targeted knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become more effective with children and communities under your care.
Frequency
Monthly
Location
Online
Length
Varies by course
Price
$35
Deep-dive For Prospective Montessori Educators
Montessori Foundational Studies
A Montessori classroom functions in a beautifully designed manner. This course explains what it takes to orchestrate a vibrant Montessori classroom so that it provides children with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently accomplish anything. You will discover how a Montessori classroom functions, how the methodology was developed, and how each aspect of the classroom works together in harmony.
Price
$850
Location
Online - Live
Length
6 weeks
Group
Ages 0-6
Implement a full-day Montessori experience at home
Montessori in the Home
Our most popular course. Bring Montessori into the home with this introductory course for parents and caregivers currently designing learning experiences for children in their own homes. This course will guide and orient you to craft full days of meaningful work for children ages 0-6.
Price
$49
Location
Videos on demand
Length
16 Hours
Group
Ages 0-6
Learn the basics of the Montessori Method
FREE Introduction to Montessori
This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to learn about Montessori, revisit the principles of the Montessori Method, or is simply interested in human progress. While it functions as a standalone course, Introduction to Montessori is also the first module of the Montessori in the Home course. It covers aspects of working with children of all ages, but with a special focus on the 0 to 6 age range.
Price
Free
Location
Online - Live
Length
2 Hours
Group
Ages 0-18
Practical guide on specific topics for caregivers and educators
Montessori in Practice Short Courses
Looking for practical guide and tips to implement the Montessori methodology, such as toilet learning? Check out this series of short courses designed for parents, caregivers, and in-home educators looking for guidance to address specific topics to bring more independence and joy to children under their care.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-18
A full certification for Montessori Educators
Accredited Montessori Teacher Diploma
A unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and to those beginning their careers in Montessori education.
Tuition
$5,000 to $7,500
Location
Online & In-Person
Length
1 to 2 Years
Group
Ages 0-18
Best practices for supporting independence and concentration in children
Assistant Guide Essentials
The Assistant Guide Essentials Course is designed for assistant Montessori guides that are currently working in a Montessori classroom with children between 0 to 6 years old. This version of the course can be completed asynchronously. The course consists of 10 topics. For each topic, learners will watch a 90-minute session video and complete an assignment at their own pace. Learners will have access to learning and teaching resources that will help them put the learning into practice both during and after they complete the training. This course is designed for Assistant Guides that are currently working in a Montessori classroom with children between 0 to 6 years old.
Format
Self-paced Asynch...
Length
15 hours videos a...
Access
Exclusive for Gui...
MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher Diploma
Nido & Toddler Montessori Teacher Certification (0-3 Years Old)
A unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori Method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and to those beginning their careers in Montessori education, specializing in the 0 to 3 age range.
Tuition
$5,000
Location
Online & In-Person
Length
1 to 2 Years
Group
Ages 0-3
MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher Diploma
Children's House Montessori Teacher Certification (3-6 Years Old)
A unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori Method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and to those beginning their careers in Montessori education, specializing in the 3 to 6 age range.
Tuition
$5,000
Location
Online & In-Person
Length
1 to 2 Years
Group
Ages 3-6
MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher Diploma
Elementary Montessori Teacher Certification (6-12 years old)
A unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori Method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and for those beginning their careers in Montessori education, specializing in the 6 to 12 age range.
Tuition
$6,500
Location
Online & In-Person
Length
2 Years
Group
Ages 6-12
MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher Diploma
Adolescent Montessori Teacher Certification (12-18 years old)
A unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori Method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and to those beginning their careers in Montessori education, specializing in the 12 to 18 age range.
Tuition
$7,500
Location
Online & In-Person
Length
1 to 2 Years
Group
Ages 12-18
Learning at your own pace with experts
On-Demand Courses
Recorded on-demand courses with extensive learning resources to help you learn at your own pace.
Price
45
Location
Video on demand
Length
16 hours
Group
Ages 0-6
Build positive partnerships with parents
Communicating with Parents Effectively
An effective partnership with parents requires a relationship built upon trust and positive shared experiences, and a willingness to share information about the Montessori method and strategies that have been helpful, both at home and at school. When we do this successfully, the result is a predictable and congruent experience for the child, setting up conditions for the child to thrive.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-6
Bringing quality care through the later part of the day
Extended Day Training
The Extended Day Training is aimed at supporting Assistant Guides working in the Extended Day program at Guidepost Montessori Schools. Extended Day Guides are often the "face" of the campus, as this is when parents pick up their children, and we want to help you bring high quality programming to the later part of the day.
When
Weekly from 1:30-...
Format
Zoom Meeting
Age Level
0-3 & 3-6 years
Weekly Practice Sessions for Montessori Album
La Pratica
La Pratica is a series of weekly, supervised practice sessions held via Zoom. Join us to spend time practicing with materials and working with other guides-in-training towards album completion!
When
Every Tuesday 1-5...
Format
Zoom meeting
Age level
0-3 & 3-6
Supporting the process of independence
Independence for Toddlers
Independence is at the heart of Montessori education, deeply shaping our pedagogy. In this session we will discuss how we can support this natural process within the child, including control of movement, self-care routines, care of the environment, basic communication, and social interactions.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-3
How to tell a child what to do, not what not to do
Positive Phrasing
Young children are in a sensitive period for language, which means they are keenly aware of not only what we say, but also how we say it. Positive phrasing is the art of brief and true statements that tell a young child what to do, instead of what not to do. In this session, we will focus on key principles for positive phrasing in Montessori communities, and how its role is effective classroom leadership.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-6
Honing your craft as a Montessori educator
Multi-Session Series
Multi-session personal and professional development courses designed to help you further explore and master the Montessori method.
Price
Varies
Location
Online
Length
4 to 35 hours
Group
Ages 0-18
Deepen your understanding of Montessori 3-6 curriculum
Children's House Master Class Series (3-6 years old)
The Children’s House Master Class Series is a series of 4 courses with the goal of providing an opportunity for experienced Guides who are already trained to deepen their knowledge in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math. The purpose of this training is to align Guides from different training courses and discuss advanced Montessori teaching practice.
Price
$45 each course
Location
Online
Length
4 hours each course
Group
Ages 3-6
Lesson planning for ages 0 - 6
Lesson Planning Best Practices
The lesson planning workshop is a key practice of a successful Montessori Guide. In this course, we will discuss strategies for how to know when a child is ready for the next lesson and how to stay organized while keeping individualized lesson plans for rapidly changing developmental and academic needs. Focused on lesson planning for ages 0 - 6 years.
Price
$50
Location
Online
Length
3 hours
Group
Ages 0-6
A half-day training intended for all new-to-Guidepost team members
Guidepost All Staff Orientation Training
Guidepost Orientation Training has been revamped into a half-day training intended for all new-to-Guidepost team members. This training will address Guidepost culture and core values, fundamentals of a Montessori classroom, general school & Covid-19 health and safety, and family communication.
Magnifying the ability to grow as Montessori educators
Visible Classroom Training
Visible Classroom is an impactful self-reflective professional development and program quality tool that uses classroom cameras to allow Guides to film their own classrooms without disrupting the student experience. This series of trainings and ongoing support will help school leaders and guides get started with using the system.
Become a confident Montessori leader
Fundamentals of Classroom Leadership
In our communities we aim for more than “classroom management.” We aim to be effective leaders. Montessori is based on the idea of non-compulsory education. In this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss how to set children on the path towards self-discipline and how you can become a confident leader in your environment.
Price
$50
Location
Online
Length
3 hours
Group
Ages 0-6
Support English language development in language immersion program
English Language Guide Introduction
The English Language Guide Introduction course is designed for English speaking assistant guides that support the delivery of English Language presentations in the Children’s House (2.5-6-year old’s) Language Immersion Program (Spanish or Mandarin) in Guidepost Montessori schools. In this 5-hour live online course, we will begin to learn how to support the development of English literacy in an immersion program. We will discuss the strategies and best practices and share the prerequisites that will guide you on how to practice and learn the scope and sequence of English Language Presentations.
Location
Online Class
Access
Exclusive for Gui...
Length
5 hours
Teaching independence in the bathroom
Toilet Learning
Using the toilet is one of the most important ways toddlers work toward independence. Well before the active toilet learning process, you can start preparing for the process by using diaper changing time to connect with the child, communicate clearly, create consistent routines, and involve the child as much as possible.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-3
The basics for working with children 0-3
Nido and Toddler Introduction (0-3 years old)
Montessori strategies can be implemented from birth, and expanded upon as the child grows in abilities and independence. In this session, we will discuss basic principles for working with children aged 0-3, including ways to support a child in achieving independence, engaging in concentrative work, acquiring language, and absorbing healthy social interactions.
Price
$50
Location
Online
Length
3 hours
Group
Ages 0-3
Elementary Classroom Leadership Q&A
This monthly gathering is open to Guidepost Elementary Lead Guides & Assistant Guides as well as Guides-in-Training. Sessions are led by members of the Programs team, Prepared Montessorian Institute training team, and Onward Peer Mentors, who are still in the classroom. These sessions take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month through May.
Price
Free
Location
Online
Length
1 hour
Group
Ages 6-12
Build adult relationships that foster in-class harmony
Collaborating with Adults in the Montessori Classroom
Positive, efficient communication between the adults in a classroom is a critical element of the Prepared Environment. Without successful communication, we cannot do our work. We will discuss common obstacles to building trusting relationships with our coworkers and how to build harmony and a unified approach.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-6
PD Opportunities for Guidepost Guides
Workshop and Q & A on Administering DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
Literacy skills are an invaluable key for our students -- not only for accessing our enriching Montessori curriculum today, but also for unlocking a lifetime of opportunities tomorrow. As educators, we need to collect and thoughtfully analyze data to ensure that each and every one of our students is on track to becoming a joyful and competent reader. DIBELS is one proven way of collecting this data. This workshop will help ensure that you are able to administer DIBELS with fidelity to all of your K-3 students this January/February. Come ready to practice, and bring your questions!
An Introduction to Raising Capable, Independent Children
How Montessori Education Works
Are you curious how Montessori education works? Do you want to explore new strategies to support the young people in your life? Whatever your motivation for being here, you are in the right place. This free course, hosted on the Udemy platform, is an introduction to raising capable, independent children in today’s world.
Cost
Free
Length
1.75 hours
Format
Online
Audience
General
Group
Ages 0-18
Problem-solve classroom situations, dynamics and needs
Onward Program
Onward is a Guidepost peer-support program that allows guides who are new to their craft or working to overcome a particular challenge to meet with a fellow network guide, trained in the art of mentorship. Drawing from their wisdom and experience, the mentor will help problem-solve classroom situations, dynamics and needs over a series of focused sessions with targeted goals, in either Study Groups or Child Studies. ​​
APPLYING MONTESSORI KNOWLEDGE IN PRACTICE
Single-Session Workshops
A selection of single-session online live workshops designed for educators, parents, caregivers, and in-home educators looking for professional development and guidance on bringing more independence and joy to children under their care.
Price
Free and above
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes to 3 h...
Group
Ages 0-6
Troubleshoot issues through observation
Observation Principles
In your career, you will run across children that seem to defy understanding. However, it is your calling and responsibility to seek that understanding and help the child forward on his path to development. Observation will be the key methodology that you will use on this quest. In this session, we will learn how observation is at the heart of the Montessori pedagogy and how it can be used to troubleshoot many individual issues that will arise in your classroom daily.
Price
$35
Location
Online
Length
90 minutes
Group
Ages 0-6

EXPLORE A REWARDING, IMPACTFUL CAREER IN EDUCATION

Take the first step to open up future possibilities, and become a fully certified Montessori teacher in under 15 months.

To help bring forth a Montessori future, we have combined unprecedented accessibility with deep rigor and high standards. Our programs provide a variety of flexible options that accommodate your goals and schedule, while ensuring you receive a quality educational experience.

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