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Onward is a 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 ​​​
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Onward

Step by Step Guide to Join the Onward Program

Meet & Request
Click the registration link above to set up an initial consult to discuss your goals and interests.
Join
Join by attending the online sessions via Teams. This is a small discussion group and meant to be interactive, so bring your questions!
Work
Onward Groups are specifically designed to give you practical tips and tools that you can apply to your work daily. There may be assignments, but all are designed to be real-life tools you would need to be successful in your role. Try out the ideas discussed in the Onward Group, and come prepared to discuss how they went!
Grow
Continue to grow in your Montessori knowledge journey. Join other Onward Groups or additional training through Prepared Montessorian Institute. We are all on a path to continue learning, and we are here to support you on that journey!

Overview

For Guides teaching at Guidepost Montessori, additional support is available to you with Onward, our peer mentoring program! Onward Peer Mentors are experienced Guidepost Lead Guides, specially trained in mentorship.Your Onward Peer Mentor will guide you and your peers through goal setting and strategy building in a series of four 45-minute sessions. This is an ideal space to bring your specific questions and learn from each other!

There are options for both Lead Guides and Assistant Guides, so read on… Below are some of the groups that we are currently offering (and check back again, as we are constantly adding more!)

To express your interest in joining a particular Onward Group, please click on the link below to schedule an initial consultation. We will set you up with an Onward Group, and offer additional resources as needed. The Onward Groups are offered on a rotating basis, and can be tailored to different time zones, depending on the need. Book your initial consult to find the next Onward Group date and time.

Nido and Toddler Guides

Nido Onward Group

Nido Onward Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Nido Communities to brainstorm your goals and create strategies together.

  • Create a positive goal with your mentor
  • Work on strategies towards your goals as a group
  • Share ideas on strategies with the group

Role: Nido Lead Guides

Ages: 6-12 weeks to 16 months old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Young Toddler Onward Group

Young Toddler Onward Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Toddler Communities to brainstorm your goals and create strategies together.

  • Create a positive goal with your mentor
  • Work on strategies towards your goals as a group
  • Share ideas on strategies with the group

Role: Young Toddler Lead Guides

Ages: 12 months to 2 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Toddler Onward Group

Toddler Onward Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Toddler Communities to brainstorm your goals and create strategies together.

  • Create a positive goal with your mentor
  • Work on strategies towards your goals as a group
  • Share ideas on strategies with the group

Role: Toddler Lead Guides

Ages: 15 months to 3 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Toddler Spanish Immersion Study Group

Toddler Spanish Immersion Study Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Spanish Immersion Communities to brainstorm ways to run a thriving Spanish Immersion environment.

  • Learn about using Total Physical Response (TPR) as a way to communicate with children learning a second language
  • Brainstorm ways to remain consistent in offering Spanish language to the children (while still giving lessons and setting limits)
  • Share ideas of how to share your culture with children in an immersion classroom

Role: Toddler Lead Guides in Immersion Classrooms

Age: 15 months to 3 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Toddler Mandarin Immersion Study Group

Toddler Mandarin Immersion Study Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Mandarin Immersion Communities to brainstorm ways to run a thriving Mandarin Immersion environment.

  • Learn about using Total Physical Response (TPR) as a way to communicate with children learning a second language
  • Brainstorm ways to remain consistent in offering language to the children (while still giving lessons and setting limits)
  • Share ideas of how to share your culture with children in an immersion classroom

Role: Toddler Lead Guides in Mandarin Immersion Classrooms

Age: 15 months to 3 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Children's House Guides

Children’s House Onward Group

Children’s House Onward Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Children’s House Classrooms to brainstorm your classroom goals and create strategies.

  • Create a positive goal with your mentor
  • Work on strategies towards your goals as a group
  • Share ideas on strategies with the group

Role: Children’s House Lead Guides

Ages: 2.5-6

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Children’s House Spanish Immersion Study Group

Children’s House Spanish Immersion Study Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Spanish Immersion Classrooms to brainstorm ways to normalize a classroom in a second language.

  • Learn about using Total Physical Response (TPR) as a way to communicate with children learning a second language
  • Brainstorm ways to remain consistent in offering Spanish language to the children (while still giving lessons and setting limits)
  • Share ideas of how to share your culture with children in an immersion classroom

Role: Children’s House Spanish Immersion Lead Guides

Age: 2.5 – 6 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Children’s House Mandarin Immersion Group

Children’s House Mandarin Immersion Group

Connect with an Onward Peer Mentor, as well as other Lead Guides in Mandarin Immersion Classrooms to brainstorm ways to normalize a classroom in a second language.

  • Brainstorm ways to remain consistent in offering language to the children (while still giving lessons and setting limits)
  • Share ideas of how to share your culture with children in an immersion classroom

Role: Children’s House Mandarin Immersion Lead Guides

Age: 2.5 – 6 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Children’s House Advanced Materials Group

Children’s House Advanced Materials Group

Although we may not present the advanced materials with as much frequency as some of the other presentations, we still want to be able to offer them to children when needed, and have them ready at the tip of our fingers! Come and receive a “refresher” on how to present the advanced materials in a Children’s House environment.

  • Receive a “refresher” on the purpose and point of interest of the Math and Language areas
  • Practice the art of presentation with the guidance of an Onward Peer Mentor
  • Discuss how to build up to presenting these advanced materials with children

Role: Lead Guides

Age: 2.5 – 6 years old

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Assistant Guides & Extended Day Guides

Assistant Guide Study Group

Assistant Guide Study Group

Assistant Guides are such an essential part of the classroom. Join this group to connect with Assistant Guides across our network of schools, working at your same age level, to discuss Montessori best practices and implementation.

  • Deep dive into preparing the environment
  • Focus on setting limits with Grace and Courtesy, including how to inspire children to choose work
  • Focus on effective transitions and routines.

Role: Assistant Guides

Ages: 0-6

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 45 minutes
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Extended Day 101 Study Group

Extended Day 101 Study Group

This Study Group 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.

  • Learn how to carry Montessori principles throughout the entire day!
  • Earn the trust of parents through effective parent communication
  • Focus on bringing self-directed learning to the extended day program

Role: Assistant Guides leading Extended Day programs, one for each campus please

Ages: 15 months – 6 years old 

Format:

  • Series of 4 sessions
  • Meets once a week for 1 hour
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