Coach Montessori

What is Coaching?

Creating a Community of Reflective Practitioners

Montessori Coaches support school-wide implementation of strong Montessori and guide teacher development. Strong Montessori allows children to flourish.

Coaching brings a belief in limitless human potential to the organizational level of the school, helping adults partner and prepare through systems for stability, cohesion and coherence.

Montessori Coaching and Instructional Coaching

Many schools have an Instructional Coach to help teachers improve classroom practice with the goal of improving academic achievement. Montessori Coaching broadens this scope to support for human development and school-wide full implementation.

Becoming a Montessori coach means moving from…
Improving test scores → Transforming adults and systems
A deficit model → An attributes model
A discrete set of skills → A complete mindset
Support for delivering instruction → Support for development
Defined achievement goals → Self-identified, reflective goals

Montessori Coaches Training

Coaches Training prepares adults—coaches, level heads, school leaders, and others—
to help teachers and schools fully implement the Montessori model.

Coaches Training

Coaches Training is a 16–18-hour workshop for Montessori experienced adults interested in supporting teachers and schools. The training includes:

  • Orientation to the coaching model
  • Tools to support a school-wide community of reflective practice
  • Training and practice with classroom observation
  • Training and practice with coaching conversations
  • Membership in a digitally-connected national community

Coaches Workshop

Trained Coaches can join a ten-month Coaches Workshop—an online  community of practice to refine and deepen their work.

Coaches Convening

Coaches Workshop participants are invited to an annual two-day retreat to bring together best practices, share personal skill-sets, strengthen relationships, and help shape the Coaches Training.

On-site Coaching

Coach Montessori Coaches support schools through high-touch contracts that include periodic observations and coaching the coach visits, professional development, and an array of phone and other supports.

Coaching Resources

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Upcoming Trainings

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Feedback from the Montessori Coaches Training

I felt deeply inspired by your powers of deescalating situations and keeping the focus of conversation on the topic at hand; working together to work for and with the children.

I wish I had taken this training while I was an administrator! NCMPS coaching gives an opportunity for systematic growth, repetition and reflection. Bravo!

I feel supported and empowered to begin my new role.

It was exceptional—the philosophy, values, and practical approach were demonstrated clearly.

This was the most transformative professional development I’ve been to in my career.

I love all the tools we have been given to take back and use immediately.

On point, relevant, targeted, and engaging.

Personable, no shame, supportive, left me wanting to do amazing things.

So fantastic for my leadership team to see and understand the role of the coach and the importance of coaching to the school.

I appreciated the practice, the insight, and the content.

Our Coaches

Elizabeth SladeElizabeth G. Slade

Director of Coach Montessori

Elizabeth has been a Montessori educator since 1987. Her extensive work in the public sector has included posts as a teacher, mentor, coach, and Coordinator of Teaching and Learning. In addition, she consults for public Montessori schools across the country and is a frequent presenter at regional and national Montessori conferences and contributor to Montessori and non-Montessori publications.

Elizabeth received a BA from Wheaton College and earned her AMI Elementary Diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, and her AMS Administrative Credential at the Center for Contemporary Montessori Studies.

Michelle BoyleMichelle Boyle

Associate Coach

Michelle worked for many years at the KIPP network of high-performing, college-prep urban schools in DC, San Diego, and Newark before discovering Montessori when she became a parent. She co-founded the first public Montessori charter school in Memphis, Tennessee, dedicated to serving children in the historic and high-need community of Frayser. She took American Montessori Society primary training in Princeton, New Jersey, and also completed conventional teacher preparation in California. She lives in Memphis with her family and enjoys cooking, hiking, and learning.