Parent Education


Suggested Books for Parents

2013-14 Parent Education

Princeton Montessori School’s faculty and administration believe that teaching children effectively requires close collaboration between parents, teachers, and administration.  A strong supportive community is paramount and the involvement of family is an important part of the commitment to the school. Our goal is for parents and teachers to work together and support each other in educating and raising self-reliant, resilient and healthy children.

Each year, we present Parent Education workshops and discussions to help parents with the various developmental stages and challenges that arise when parenting. Topics vary and are tailored to parents of children within different age groups while complementing Montessori philosophy. Princeton Montessori School also participates in CommonGround, a collaborative effort of fourteen Princeton area independent schools. Each year, CommonGround sponsors a lecture series featuring distinguished speakers who address contemporary educational and parenting issues.

We look forward to seeing you at these very informative sessions. All are welcome and for many of these workshops there is no charge. For more information, contact Ann Wilson, Director, Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) at


CommonGround Lecture Series:

Ethical Behavior in Academic Life and Beyond: Fostering honesty in our classrooms

Presented by Don McCabe, Ph.D

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7:30-9:00 pm
, Pennington School

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.  But surveys show that up to 90% of students reported cheating in the prior academic year.  Through an examination of the origins and implications of cheating on college and high school campuses, Prof. McCabe will offer insights on how parents and schools can consciously and deliberately foster the intrinsic motivation for ethical behavior in academic life and beyond.

·      Do parents desire for good grades put pressure on our children to cheat?

·      How can our schools foster ethical behavior in academic life and beyond?

·      How best can honor codes facilitate moral, social and character development?

Prof. McCabe is a professor at Rutgers University.  Professor Don McCabe is an internationally recognized expert on integrity and honor codes. His research has focused extensively on the culture of integrity in schools and the corporate world. He has lectured around the world on the topic of student integrity, in many cases acting as a consultant to schools that wish to change their existing policies.

     All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.


CommonGround Lecture Series:

Raising Kids for Real Success

Presented by Madeline Levine, PhD

Tuesday, April 1, 2014,  7:30-9:00 pm
, Stuart Country Day School

Madeline Levine, PhD., is an expert in explaining the ways the culture of affluent communities pressures both kids and parents into a narrow view of success, undermining our children’s healthy development, sense of self worth, and identity, and leading to epidemic rates of depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. Backed by cutting edge research, Levine proposes solutions for schools and families that are both practical and credible, urging us to move away from a hyper-competitive, myopic focus on grades, test scores, and performance to a longer-term vision of success that values our children’s unique interests, abilities, and well-being. She reminds us that healthy child development depends not just on achievement, but also on attention to attributes like resilience, adaptability, engagement, integrity, emotional intelligence, and health. She provides parents a toolbox to navigate the waters between loving involvement and harmful over involvement, with concrete, developmentally appropriate advice on how to help our children build a healthy sense of self throughout their lives. Levine speaks all over the country to school communities, professional organizations, and the media about issues related to child well-being and academic and social pressures to achieve.

·      Explore the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame

·      Toolbox for parents to define a success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities

·      Practical advice for raising well-rounded and successful children

Levine is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and educator, and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well (2012). The organization she co-founded, Challenge Success, is based at Stanford and is at the cutting edge of this research and believes that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance, leaving little time and energy for our kids to become resilient, successful, meaningful contributors for the 21st century.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.


The World of the Child

Presented by Vandana Monteiro, Toddler Teacher

Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  8:30-10:00 am
, Princeton Montessori School

 “Seeing” and “Living” in the world 
of the child takes keen observation and some inventing on the part of the parent. Come learn how to better accommodate your child to his or her environment through the design of your home, activities and furniture. Experience the child’s world in a way you may never have thought of doing. 

Parents of Infants and Toddlers are encouraged to attend.


Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) Evening Classes

Founded in 1989, the mission of Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) is to educate and train adults according to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. PCTE’s accredited teacher training programs prepares Montessori teachers of Infant and Toddler children (birth to 3 years old), Early Childhood age children (3 to 6 years old), and Elementary children (6 to 12 years old).  It provides a complete education for prospective Montessori teachers, offering quality academic and practical instruction through the experience and observation of an on-site model.

The following evening classes serve as an introduction to Montessori Philosophy and Child Development concepts. They are worthwhile for any parent interested in learning more about their children and the path that lies ahead. Nine (9) sessions, meeting from 6:00-9:00 pm each week. There is a fee. Register online.

Montessori Philosophy

6:00 – 9:00 PM; Nine sessions – Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 21, Dec. 12, (Snow Date)

Princeton Montessori School; Instructor: Rita Brenner

The Montessori Philosophy provides the foundation for developing purposeful, responsible and fulfilling lives for children. This class is based on the principles of the Montessori method as found in the primary works of Maria Montessori and various contemporary authors. Topics covered are the study of Dr. Montessori’s life; development of the Montessori method; preparation of an environment; observation; role for the adult; nature of the child; discipline, spiritual preparation and personal development of the teacher; Montessori child care and its historical foundations.

Child Development

6:00 – 9:00 PM; 
 Nine sessions – March 6, 13, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 21 (Snow Date)

Princeton Montessori School; Instructor: Gwen Shangle

The Child Development Course provides a study of basic theories of child development according to the major child developmentalists: Rousseau, Dewey, Piaget, Froebel, and Vygotsky, etc.  You will examine social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual characteristic of children at their developmental stages.  Current research based on scientific findings is woven into the lectures, videos and class discussions.