CMSM Course Description
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CME|NY Course for Montessori School Administration and Leadership (CMSM)
Faculty: Marie Dugan and Beverly Smith
Course Content Hours: 150 (summer academic content hours)
Practicum Hours: 1,080 (over 9 months/school year practicum hours)
The Administrators course presents a comprehensive program to assist current and future heads of Montessori schools to operate within the philosophy and best practices of Montessori education while giving practical and necessary tools for the smooth operation of a well functioning, healthy Montessori school. The program offers a comprehensive study of Montessori philosophy and current research of Dr. Maria Montessori's writings as well as a study of all areas of the Montessori curriculum, including lesson and material in each curriculum area and age grouping. (Part I)
Faculty serve as role models and mentors, modeling excellent leadership skills, and demonstrating qualities and skills of patience, encouragement, conflict resolution, and building community in the cohort.
The learning is both practical and instructive and prepares each Head for the specific challenges, needs and aspirations for his/her own school, whether the school is an independent, pubic, charter school or child care center.
Participants gain knowledge in school finance, legal and licensing requirements, curriculum administration, personnel supervision and evaluation, program planning and development, as well as parent relations, building a healthy board, school policies and short and long term planning. (Part II, Part III)
A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited U.S. College or University.
The practicum site must contain at least one Montessori classroom that meets the environmental set-up, materials and age range of children as required for its level. Administrators work at their own school during the practicum.
CME offer 3 models each with a total of 150 contact academic hours, divided into three weeks (three parts) with each part consisting of 50 academic hours. CME offers 2 weeks (2 parts of 100 hours) one summer and 1 part the following summer (50 hours).
The Practicum consists of 1,080 hours, lasting a full academic year, with the administrator working at the practicum site a minimum of six hours per day, five days a week, for nine consecutive months. Assignments and assessments are integrated throughout the practicum year. A required case study is presented in the second summer.
The Administrator receives three site visits from CME faculty during their practicum, with observations and evaluation reports submitted to the CME.
Model 1: For the school administration without a previous Montessori Credential who seeks knowledge of the Montessori philosophy, pedagogy, and curriculum;
Model 2: For the school administrator who has a credential in Montessori and seeks knowledge and skills in school administration.
Model 3: For the school administrator who seeks knowledge and skills in both Montessori philosophy/pedagogy/curriculum and skills in school administration.
Program Development & Leadership (Core) Part II
1. Creating a learning community in harmony with Montessori principles
2. Working with teachers
3. Working with parents
4. Working with boards and/or community
5. Starting a school
9. Professional development
Montessori Curriculum (Core) Part I
1. Overview of Montessori Curriculum
2. Overview of Montessori Materials
Montessori Philosophy (Foundational) Part I
1. Planes of development
2. Dr. Maria Montessori's Life and work
3. Montessori concepts and theory
scope and sequence
curriculum for peace
curriculum of cosmic education
4. Current research and relevance in practice today
5. Personal growth through self evaluation
6. Central role of observation of Montessori programs
observation tools and techniques in Montessori
development of observation skills
use of observation in evaluation
goal setting and faculty development
Education Leadership Part II, Part III
1. Leadership styles
2. Leading and Managing individuals and groups
3. Communication skills
4. Modeling and Mentoring
Operations Part II
1. Financial Management
2. Legal issues
5. Good governance
6. Strategic planning
7. Marking and enrollment
10. Public and charter schools
REQUIRED READING: These books are available in most libraries and bookstores.
Paula Polk Lillard: Maria Montessori – A Modern Approach, 1973, Schocken Books, Inc., NYC
Maria Montessori: From Childhood to Adolescence, 1973, Schocken Books, Inc., NYC
John Chattin-McNichols: The Montessori Controversy, Delmar Publishers, Inc., Albany, NY
Rita Kramer: Maria Montessori: A Biography
Peter Block: Flawless Consulting, A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used:
Susan Cain: Quiet: The Power of Extroverts
John Chattin-McNichols: The Montessori Controversy (Delmar, NY)
John W. Gardner: On Leadership, 1990, Simon and Schuster, NY
Daniel Goleman: Primal Leadership – Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, 2002, Harvard Business Publishing, Boston
Daniel Goleman: Social Intelligence, The New Science of Human Relationships, 2006, Bantam Dell Div. of Random House, NY
Margaret Howard Loeffler: Montessori in Contemporary America (Heinemann, NH)
Jane Roland Martin: The Schoolhome: Rethinking Schools for Changing Families (Harvard, MA)