Optimizing Parent Relations

For Teachers and School Leaders

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In this course, your instructor, Jonathan Wolff, will lead you through exercises that will give you the confidence to dramatically raise the quality of parent relations at your school. From understanding what parents need, to building trust from day one, to tackling difficult conversations, you will walk away with not only a broader perspective and deeper insights, but a game plan for having your best year ever with parents as your partners.

Your takeaways from this course can be applied all the way from day-to-day parent interactions, through the life cycle of the family at your school from admissions to retention and beyond.

SESSION 1: Understanding the Needs and Tendencies of Parents

What you don’t know about the parents in your classroom – can hurt you, the children, and your school. You will discover what makes parents tick, ticked off, and tickled pink about your Montessori program. You will explore strategies that teachers and administrators can use to connect with parents about their needs, tendencies, experiences, expectations, aspirations, and anxieties.
Workbook included.

SESSION 2: Building Trust with Parents Early and Often

This session will focus on how teachers and school leaders can frame the Montessori message in a manner that evokes parent interest and understanding. You will learn how to communicate the goals of your program using the language of the parents’ needs. This lays the foundation of trust necessary for an optimal relationship.
Workbook included.

SESSION 3: Difficult Conversations

Session 3 is all about getting good at the conversations that teachers hate to have with parents. Guiding teachers to develop the sensitivity and skills to work through conflict, advocate for things parents don’t want to hear about their child, and motivate them to act, follow-through, improve their parenting. This will lead to the creation of a “culture of retention” at your school, with dedicated and committed families who will be with you for the long haul.
Workbook included.

The total video content is over 4 hours. You can view the videos at your own pace, as often as you like.

Your Instructor

Jonathan Wolff
Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan has over 30 years of experience in the Montessori field, as an AMI credentialed teacher, school leader, keynote speaker, author and trainer.

The primary focus of his current consulting practice is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance.

Jonathan has an incisive ability to apply Dr. Montessori's educational constructs to training adults. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in high demand by organizations around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a pre-recorded course. The original sessions aired in April and May 2016. You can complete this course at your own pace.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for Montessori professionals. Non-Montessori educational professionals will also find a lot of value in the content here. This course is not designed for parents.
Will I receive a certificate of attendance for this course?
You can get a 4-Hour certificate of attendance by request. You will need to fill out a feedback form. You will receive a PDF certificate via email, along with a course description and a short questionnaire about the contents of the workshop. You may need to submit the completed questionnaire with your certificate to your local licensing agency in order to be eligible for continuing education credits in your area. Read more about certificates of attendance HERE.
What is the difference between the School registration and the Individual registration?
A school registration allows additional attendees from one school to view and be eligible for certificates of attendance. An individual registration allows one person to receive a certificate.
How does the school registration work?
Once you register as a school, you will be sent additional unique registration links (We have to do this part manually, so please allow 48 hours). You will pass these links on to the staff members who will be participating from your school. They will need to log in and register via their unique link at no additional charge. They can then login and view the presentation as many times as desired at their convenience.
I am trying to create an account but it says my email is already taken. What do I do?
This means that you already have an account with Trillium Montessori Courses because you registered for one of our other courses in the past. Use the password you created when you originally signed up, and then login to continue your purchase. If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgot Password" below the login button to reset your password. Please do not create multiple accounts for yourself using different emails.

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