COVID-19 School Support

 

April 6 - Upcoming Crisis Resource & Response Meetings


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Urgent News & Announcements

We have developed an area of our website to post timely resources for school leaders, teachers, and parents navigating the uncharted waters during the global pandemic. No membership is needed to join the meetings or access resources created by the volunteer-driven Montessori Response Team.

 

The following is a list of upcoming events. As events and information are updated daily, we urge you to use the following link for the most current information.



 

Weekly Webcasts for Montessori Leaders

Save Our School: Emergency Fundraising
during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Wednesday, April 8 — 1:00-2:30pm EDT



Montessori Family Support Gatherings

Invite Your Families to Join Us

Balancing: Work, Home School, Family Life- Oh My! Part 2
Friday, April 10 — 1:00-1:45pm EST
J
oin us in conversation as we explore practical ideas and solutions for balancing and reducing stress for the whole family.
Christine Lowry, Montessori and Special Needs, Educator, Consultant


 

Montessori Town Hall

All school leaders and Montessori educators are invited

Friday, April 10 — 3:00 pm EDT



Meeting ID: 663 230 7856


Montessori Family Support Gatherings

Invite Your Families to Join Us

Connecting Caregivers, Teachers, and Parents
Monday, April 13 – 2:30-3:15pm EST

Jonathan Wolff, Montessori Parent Coach, consultant,
trainer, international speaker, author


REGISTER ...


 

Fundraising During a Time of Crisis for Nonprofit Montessori Schools

A free intensive, practical workshop from the Montessori Foundation.

A Series of 4 Mondays: Beginning, April 13th, 2:00 – 3:30pm EST
Dr. Valaida L. Wise, Montessori Educator, Experienced Head of School,
Montessori Foundation Senior Consultant

Tim Seldin, President, Montessori Foundation, Chair, IMC,
Headmaster, NewGate School



Financial Support Team

These sessions will provide support with financial strategies to those independent, nonprofit or private schools needing financial crisis management support in the short term.
Two Sessions per Week for 3 Weeks
Tim Seldin, President, Montessori Foundation, Chair, IMC,
Headmaster, NewGate School

 

Montessori Family Support Gatherings

Invite Your Families to Join Us

What is a Family Meeting Anyway? Part 2
Monday, April 13 – 2:30 – 3:15pm EST
Lorna McGrath, Montessori Family Alliance, educator,
creator of the “Parenting Puzzle.”


April 6 - This Week at AMS | Stress & Trauma & Your Students



 

This Week at AMS

 

Special Topic: COVID-19

 

AMS Connect Live! is a series of networking sessions that keep you connected during this time of isolation. Join us on Zoom for resources, generative conversations, and idea sharing. This week's sessions are:

  • Monday, 3:00 PM: Secondary Teachers*
  • Tuesday, 3:00 PM: Elementary II Teachers**
  • Wednesday, 1:00 PM: Heads of Schools Human Resources Advice
  • Wednesday, 3:00 PM: Elementary I Teachers**
  • Thursday, 3:00 PM: Early Childhood Teachers
  • Friday, 3:00 PM: Infant & Toddler Teachers 

All times are Eastern. Click here for Zoom links. All are welcome to the Zoom sessions. AMS members can use AMS Connect boards to share documents and continue the conversation.

*The week our Secondary chat will focus on service learning, creating appropriate home/work boundaries during online learning, and building engaging Zoom sessions.

**This week our Elementary chats will focus on the transition from classroom to virtual and home learning. We will discuss the expectations of and for parents, how students turn work in online, and the mechanics of online lessons. 


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Check out these 100 activities for Early Childhood students at home and 100 activities for Elementary students at home. Thank you to the faculty of St. Joseph Montessori School and Michelle Jacob for these great ideas. 


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Kids for Peace promotes activities to help young children lead with empathy in this uncertain time. Includes self-care tips, peace-focused prompts, and compassion-centered projects for students.

 

 

Professional Development


We are all experiencing a trauma right now, including our students. Our 3-part series, "Trauma & Stress," will illuminate different types of trauma that can be present and the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional effects. You will become familiar with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) surveys and their implications. Come away understanding common triggers of challenging student behavior experience and how they affect a student’s learning.

AMS members can use their professional development vouchers to view this series, and earn 4.5 hours of continuing professional development, at no cost.

 

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We are accepting proposals for workshops for The Montessori Event 2021, March 4 – 7 in Boston, MA. Your presentations, whether about best practices, innovations, core philosophy, social justice, or anything in between, enrich our community and keep the passion for Montessori alive. Submission deadline: April 13. 
 

 

 

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Community


Voting for the AMS Board of Directors elections and Teacher Educators Section elections is still open. The AMS board guides the organization through times of crisis, like now, and thus, your vote is more important than ever.

The deadline to vote has been extended to Monday, April 13. We've already sent you several emails about this that include your unique link to the ballots—and will send a final reminder on Friday.

You can learn more about the candidates during a live forum, hosted via Zoom, today, April 6, at 7:00 PM ET. Use this link to join the forum.

 

 

Looking Ahead  



Free parent guide created by some amazing Montessori educators with Trillium Montessori

It is free through Amazon for the next five days!

https://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Parent-Coronavirus-Survival-Guide-ebook/dp/B086C77MKY


 

Resources from Beverly Montessori

Beverly Montessori has put together a packet of information to share with their families, including materials.  AIMS Board member Kelley Ciraulo shared this information on our Heads call today and is making it available to other schools. If you have similar information that you would like to share with other Montessori schools, please forward it to president@ilmontessori.org or executivedirector@ilmontessori.org


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Join Us... 

Invite Your Families to join us for

“Montessori Family Support Gatherings”

CLICK THE LINK BELOW AT THE DESIGNATED TIME TO JOIN ONE OF THE GATHERINGS

Monday, March 23 at 9:00-10:00 am EST  

Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30-3:30 pm EST

Wednesday, March 25 at 8:30-9:30 pm EST

Time zone is for the east coast of North America GMT -4

We are here for you and your family during this difficult time. Please join families from around the country and the world at the “Montessori Family Support Gatherings.”

You will have an opportunity to share your needs and ideas such as how to plan for social connections; 24/7 parenting; at-home activities while maintaining your own work schedule energy, and emotional equilibrium.

Join other parents for a gathering of support and sharing of ideas and resources facilitated by leaders in the Montessori community.

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Webcast

"The Courage to put our Leadership Principles into Practice"

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

1:00 pm EDT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBCAST

Join us as our Montessori Foundation panel explores the concepts of courage and leadership during this ever-changing new reality we are all experiencing. This is the time to come together and remind ourselves and each other of the principles and practices that we espouse and how we can implement them in the face of our fears. We will support each other in finding the courage to move forward. 

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Montessori Town Hall 


"Navigating the Financial Implications of

COVID-19 in Private Montessori Schools" 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

3:00 pm EDT

JOIN ZOOM MEETING THURSDAY AT 3PM EDT 

This special 90-minute meeting is free and open to leaders of private Montessori School. The outbreak of coronavirus and the declaration of a pandemic continues to create an economic challenge for private Montessori schools in the United States and abroad. Private Montessori schools, large and small, are facing many questions about how to navigate these troubling times. Join us for a special live meeting of Montessori school leaders to discuss topics involving finances, tuition, refunds, and continuing to pay teachers’ salaries. We’ll take questions throughout the meeting as well. 

The first part of the meeting will be addressing financial and HR issues relevant to all private schools. Then we will have breakout rooms for specific groups - small schools (under 50), early childhood only topics, etc.   

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Montessori Town Hall

Scenario Planning...Next Steps

Friday, March 27, 2020

4:00 pm EDT

JOIN ZOOM MEETING FRIDAY AT 4PM EDT

Join us with your questions, challenges, and ideas to share. It’s time for us to address future planning scenarios as we navigate the ever-changing requirements, expectations, and opportunities that lie ahead. 

The purpose of this Montessori Town Hall Meeting is to gain a better understanding of what public and private Montessori school students, parents, teachers, and school leaders are feeling and facing, as they strive to negotiate this unprecedented world event.  

Our intention is to help you stay connected with each other–as the Montessori community comes together to support each other through challenging times. We’ll discuss people and protocols that will enable you to address your school’s most pressing issues - with the overarching goal of helping your learning community achieve a sense of stability and implement alternative modes of educational and business operations. 

 



We are Here to Help!

The Montessori Foundation and

International Montessori Council Team


From AMS: COVID-19 Resources for Our Community


Dear Colleagues,

The catastrophic developments with COVID-19, including its designation as a pandemic more than a week ago, have required us to make drastic shifts in our lives.

As challenging as our days are, it is vitally important to remember that we are each an integral part of a caring and compassionate community—and together we can discover new ways to keep ourselves, and those whom we serve, safe and healthy.

To this end, below are some resources we hope will be helpful to you in your schools and programs. We will be sharing more in the coming days, with items of special interest for both teachers and administrators, so please keep your eyes on your inbox.

AMS Connect: The amount of activity we’ve been seeing on our online messaging platform, particularly in the Heads of Schools Community, has been unprecedented. Join your peers to read about—and share—thoughts about teacher salaries and tuition during school closures, plans and resources for distance learning, and more. And, in the Teachers Community, join lively discussions about online learning and Montessori in the home. Member login required. (Use the same username and password you use when logging in to the main AMS website.)

AMS Connect Live! via Zoom: Teachers, let’s connect on Zoom to encourage one another and share ideas about applying Montessori principles to our work doing during these challenging days of COVID-19. We’ll break out into small groups so that you can interact with peers in your program level. Facilitated by AMS’s Joshua Shanklin, along with other veteran teachers.

Live Webinar: “Managing Your School Through the Pandemic.” Join us Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET, for a FREE live webinar. Presented by our friends at Firestorm Crisis Management Solutions, this webinar is open to the entire Montessori community, but you must register.

On-Demand Webinar: “Managing Communicable Illness.” If you missed our live webinar, or would like to see it again, you can now watch a recording and avail yourself of related handouts. Member login required.

COVID-19 Resources for Schools Webpage: Our new webpage, with ideas for remote learning and much more, 
will go live Tuesday, March 24. There will be a callout to it on our homepage in the Connect with Our Community section (beneath the 4 colorful boxes), or, starting Tuesday, just type COVID in the search function.

Please be assured that while our physical offices are currently closed—AMS staff are working from home—systems are in place so that we can continue to provide uninterrupted, robust service to you. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas to share—or even just want to let us know how you are—please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. You are the reason we do what we do, and hearing from you brings meaning to our day.

In peace, hope, and gratitude,

Richard A. Ungerer
Interim Executive Director



Special Topic: COVID-19

 

Join our partners at Firestorm Crisis Management Services for "Managing Your School Through the Pandemic," a FREE webinar tonight, Monday, at 7:00 PM. Among the topics to be addressed are implications of the crisis, decisions and actions associated with school operation, school facility closure, remote learning, and school reopening. Register by 4 PM (ET).

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Earlier in the month, Firestorm presented a free webinar about steps for preparing for communicable diseases within your school. It is now on demand. AMS members can watch the recording on our website (login required).
 

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Montessori is not just for the classroom. Here are some tips you can share with parents to help them make their home learning environments more aligned with Dr. Montessori's philosophy.



COVID-19 Support from the National Association of Independent Schools - OPEN to ALL


https://www.nais.org/articles/pages/additional-covid-19-guidance-for-schools/

ISBE Update and Free Internet Access Opportunities


Dear Colleagues: 

 

I want to be sure you are aware of the free internet access opportunities from AT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast. ISBE has listed these opportunities at www.isbe.net/keeplearning. Please share them with your students, staff, and communities. We need to be prepared to continue remote teaching and learning both online and off, potentially beyond March 30.  

 

Belleville Township High School District 201 has also taken a creative approach to ensuring all students have access to the internet. According to WILL, the district “is deploying four school buses equipped with WiFi to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the community. Drivers park the buses next to seven different parks scattered throughout the community and Belleville’s downtown YMCA, depending on the day of the week, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday through Friday.” 

 

Wow. I can’t say this enough: I’m so grateful for the way teachers, administrators, and families are helping students adapt to this unexpected crisis. 

 

Today, we also saw staff and volunteers in Libertyville District 70 preparing and distributing Chromebooks and iPads for drive-through pickup, so students can keep learning. We saw Mrs. Latka, a choir director at Forest Ridge, sing a special song to her students via the internet. We saw about a dozen teachers from Goodrich School in Woodbridge using YouTube to lead students through physical exercise. And we saw educators who support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind, or low vision provide resources, accommodation options, and collaboration avenues for educators and families through email and social media.

 

That’s just a few of the amazing things teachers are doing. If you can take the time to share these stories via Twitter with #ILSchoolsStepUp, please do. Those posts inspire others and show your staff how much they and their efforts matter.

  

It's easy to get stuck in a crisis mindset. As leaders, it is important now more than ever show appreciation for the added hours, the volunteering, and the extra mile. This praise and recognition will be the fuel your teachers and staff need to keep going for as long as the school closure is necessary.   

 

Please keep preparing to educate students at home and to ensure their nutritional needs are met in the event the closure extends beyond March 30. And please keep taking the time to tell each other and your teachers and staff, thank you.  

 

Sincerely,  

 

Dr. Carmen I. Ayala 
State Superintendent of Education 
Illinois State Board of Education  



Public Montessori Resources and Convening


NCMPS friends,

We, like you, have been deeply impacted by these ongoing unprecedented challenges, and have been working hard to determine how we can best be of help.
 

Resources

We have been heartened and inspired by the outpouring of resources and support from the Montessori community. Lesson plans, home environment guidance, free webinars, daily schedules—social media and our email inboxes have been flooded with the heartfelt work of so many volunteers and organizations.

Many of these resources are oriented towards independent schools, but have relevance for public schools as well.  At this time, a very comprehensive collection, and a lively conversation, can be found on the Facebook group Montessori Teachers

NNCMPS is collecting resources and information that may be particularly germane to public schools. We will let you know as we build the collection and host it on our website for your easy reference going forward. A few that we would like to highlight right away:


Convenings

We would like to know from public Montessori schools what specific challenges they are facing, what innovative solutions they’ve arrived at, and what kind of help they need most. We would like to provide a forum for connection and fellowship—a place to learn from other public Montessori schools what specific challenges they are facing, what innovative solutions they’ve arrived at, and how we can best help each other.

And, we want to learn the best way to do this. So we’re kicking off with a Public Montessori Convening, primarily for school leaders and leadership teams. This will be a Zoom call Wednesday, March 25th, 11:00–12:00 ET. We’ll ask participants to register for the meeting so we can know the attendance and break out into smaller meetings if needed, and to maintain communication. You can register for the Convening below:
 

 

Register for the Public Montessori Convening



March 18, 2020 - Webinar Meetings


American Montessori Society Webinar Friday and Monday: https://amshq.org/Educators/Professional-Development/Professional-Development-Online/Webinars/All-Webinars/Managing-Your-School-Through-the-Pandemic

 

National Geographic free training today at 4 PM CST: https://webinars.eltngl.com/engaging-students-in-meaningful-learning-activities/

 

From the Montessori Response Team:

"How to Zoom Session for Upper Elementary (9-12) Teachers."

   Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00 EDT

    Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/2924433353 

 

"How to Zoom Session for Secondary Teachers."

   Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 EDT

    Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/4227351717

 

"How to Zoom For Montessori Infant-Toddler Teachers"

Facilitated by Terri Sherrill

Wednesday, 3-18-20 at 2:00 EDT

Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/3014171324  

 

 

"How to Zoom for Montessori Early Childhood  3-6Teachers "

Facilitated by Lori Karmazin

Wednesday, 3-18-20 at 2:00 EDT

https://zoom.us/meeting/8580983647  

 

 

"How to Zoom for Montessori Lower Elementary (6-9) Teachers"

Facilitated by Anya Bartlet

Wednesday, 3-18 at 2:00 EDT

https://zoom.us/j/7175648009  



Resources from Chiaravalle

Chiaravalle Montessori has developed a rich portal of information that is publicly available and AIMS Vice President Robyn Springer has shared it with us. Please feel free to use the information on that page that is relevant for your families.

https://www.chiaravalle.org/about/covid-19


Resources from AMI

Self-Care: First and foremost, it is easy in times of challenge to forget what we know, which is we will be much more effective in our responses and in helping others if we stay connected to how we are being impacted, too.

Family Resources:

School Resources/Suggestions:

Additional Resources:


Resources from AMS

On the topic of parent concern about what to do with children at home for so many days here are some great links that Melanie Thiesse, Director of School Quality and Accreditation at AMS shared (with credit to Michelle Jacob and Brenda Huth as well) for activity suggestions and websites:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tYN-06ZvhqBKLzlu2ipu2P2LlOQ4exOP/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O7bWPWOwl_5-GWDjjBgnzEK2mwPCC8vn/view