A few weekends ago Quinn, our Head of School, and I were able to attend a conference for Montessori administrators which brought together not only people from the United States but also the world. Large group presentations covered general topics such as techniques on how to improve communication, hiring procedures, and teacher-evaluation methods. Based on our personal experience and needs, we were then separated into interest groups to participate in additional training workshops.
I chose to go into track B, a track for people who have a Montessori teaching background but have not been an administrator for long. In my group we had people who have been teachers for over thirty years and are now entering into the realm of administration as well as people who were interested in starting their own Montessori school! I cannot begin to explain how much I benefited from this conference and the people in my group. I was able to learn how to be a better asset to my school and administration team, how to help support new teachers, and even how to simply de-stress after a challenging day. The other valuable lesson I learned from this conference is that having someone to bounce ideas off of is extremely important. I am so lucky to have met so many people I can now connect with for advice and support!