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