Why should I choose the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program?
Many Montessori leaders have made huge strides in their personal and professional development by attending workshops, management training classes, conferences and retreats. These strides not only come from hearing new ideas and information, but also from deliberate reflection, self-study and an openness to learn. The PCTE Montessori Leadership program provides participants with the higher-level leadership expertise required to effectively lead a Montessori School in the 21st century.
Are you ready to begin a challenging Montessori Leadership program that includes self-reflection, guidance from distinguished leaders in the field and a personalized practicum? If so, join other Montessori leaders to:
Define your leadership vision
Explore and enhance your personal communication styles
Implement new leadership best practices
Examine current school law, regulations, governance & policy
Develop a consistent voice to tell your story
Inspire those around you to perform their best
Sharpen financial aptitude
Connect with other Montessori Leaders
Tell me more about the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program.
During the two-year cycle, participants will explore what it means to be an authentic leader, analyze their own leadership strengths and challenges, develop a personal leadership growth plan and receive individual coaching during the practicum phase.
The primary focus of the course is learning how to integrate Montessori philosophy and principles into all facets of leadership such as marketing, technology, organizational development, finance, policy, employee benefits, school governance and development, family systems, facilities management and building design, parent education and communication, staff development, curriculum, Montessori philosophy and child development.
Who are the instructors?
Marsha Stencel, holds an MA in Supervision and Curriculum from Wright State University, OH, and a BS with a specialization in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, TN. She holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) credential in Early Childhood through MECA-Seton, IL. She is certified by the State of New Jersey to teach Special Education K-12. Her teaching experience includes Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Levels. She is a Commissioner of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CES) and an American Montessori Society Commissioner for School Accreditation. She served on the board of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). She volunteers time to the Ukrainian Project to develop a viable Montessori system of education in Ukraine. She is the former Head of the Princeton Montessori School and CEO of Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).
Ginny Cusack, Director Emeritus of Princeton Center Teacher Education, are the primary instructors of the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program. They bring their combined experience of over 30 years leading schools, developing teacher-training courses, coaching teachers and administrators, and building state-of-the-art facilities to this Montessori Leadership Program. Their experiences, along with a desire to keep Montessori education alive and in-tune with the times, are unique perspectives that Marsha and Ginny bring to the program. Other instructors include specialists in finance, governance, law, marketing, advancement, and office and curriculum technology.
What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
The Montessori Leadership Program is designed to meet the needs of leaders with different educational backgrounds and experience. Three model options are offered:
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college, university or its equivalent is required. Each participant must be computer-literate and have access to a computer throughout the course.
In addition, each participant must work at or be assigned to a practicum site that includes at least one Montessori classroom that meets the environmental setup, materials, and age-range of children as required for this level.
What is the current course schedule?
Note: Those enrolled in Model 1 or Model 3 may enroll in the Montessori Philosophy course in Summer or Fall 2013.
Tell me more about the practicum.
The purpose of the practicum is to provide an opportunity for participants to integrate learning into their daily leadership responsibilities. It is scheduled for the academic year and includes a minimum of six hours a day, five days a week, for nine consecutive months and includes three visits by an experienced Montessori leader. PCTE provides personalized leadership coaching sessions during the practicum phase. Depending on individual preferences, participants may begin their practicum anytime between November 2013 and August 2014 for a minimum of nine consecutive months (Applicable to Fall 2013 cohort only).
What is the cost?
Program fee is $7200. (Includes a non-refundable application fee of $500)
Where are the classes held?
All classes, except online classes, are held at Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) located at Princeton Montessori School, Princeton, NJ. Class hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Click here to see the campus.
How do you apply?
Application to the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program consists of three parts: Online Application and Essay, Credentials and Recommendation Letters, and Submission of Transcripts. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort, beginning in October 2015.
Does PCTE provide lodging?
Participants may make arrangements directly with area hotels. Click here for a list of hotels in the area.