Spring MMS Conference
by P. Donohue Shortridge
Inspiring Parents to the Montessori Way
What do you hope parents who have chosen Montessori understand? Likely it’s for the parents to embrace the Montessori approach and to partner with the school for the ultimate benefit of the child. When such a partnership is working well, parents are happy with their choice, value the school’s goals and philosophy, and are apt to express support through participation in school activities and re-enrollment.
How can we foster parent-school collaboration? How can we build connections before, during, and long after enrollment? While many Montessorians are skilled at working with children, they find themselves at a disadvantage when working with parents. All members of a school’s staff—lead teachers, assistants, after-school caregivers, administrators, maintenance workers--play a part in fostering positive parent interactions.
So then, what are some of the essential elements of a successful relationship with parents? And why is it important to you? Our discussion will include:
- the importance of appreciating the perspective of parents
- how to listen to parents so we can understand them
- how to get the cooperation of parents right from the start
- specific ways you can make a difference that inspires parents to embrace the Montessori perspective
- daily interactions and how they influence parents’ view of the school and its staff
- conducting meaningful parent conferences
- some ideas for dealing with challenging situations
- the influence of the school’s internal staff relationships on children and parents
- dealing with the impact of social media, cell phones, and other electronic devices on child-parent and parent-teacher relationships
There will be time for your specific questions. Join us on the journey to great parent relationships!Download Description
P. Donohue Shortridge Bio
Donohue Shortridge has been a Montessorian since 1980, serving in various capacities from classroom assistant to lead guide to teacher educator and mentor. She holds AMS credentials at both the infant/toddler and early childhood levels from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder Colorado, where she now guest lectures.
For the past 30 years, Donohue has been presenting staff development workshops and parent night talks at Montessori schools in Colorado and around the US and Canada. She also works with Montessori school administrators and education coordinators to enhance their school’s Montessori philosophy and practices. She is published in Montessori journals, and is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national conferences.
To learn more, visit Donohue’s website at www.pdonohueshortridge.com. There you will find an useful library of child- and Montessori-related articles, essays, and commentary.Download Bio
Please be sure to check your individual membership status, school affiliation status, etc. before paying for a conference or membership. Memberships are valid from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.