MSM Heads of School Cafe

Heads of School Cafe

The MSM HOS Cafes are held monthly on a Wednesday morning starting at 9:30AM. The purpose of the HOS Cafes is to create a collaborative and supportive community among Heads of Montessori Schools. We encourage open dialogue, sharing best practices and brainstorming and sharing solutions to common challenges. By infusing Montessori principles into these topics, we as school leaders can inspire our school community, enhance the parent experience, and foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Montessori approach.

This year we are introducing topic themes for each month. We want to inspire conversations along with innovative thinking and sharing amongst the group. We have organized themes to line up with the flow of the school calendar and what might be happening in our communities throughout the year.

Topic themes:

October 11: How do we support effective parent-teacher conferences and progress reporting in a Montessori setting?
Theme: Teachers (Collaboration, Assessment, Reinforce Montessori Benefits)
Inspiring Quote: "The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind." "The child who concentrates is immensely happy." - Maria Montessori

November 8: How do we fostering a nurturing and supportive Montessori community
Theme: Community (PD and Parent Learning)
Inspiring Quote: “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” - Maria Montessori

December 13: How do you prepare for enrollment season in regard to new admissions and retention
Theme: Re-enrollment/Retention, New Families, Reinforce School’s unique features & Montessori
Inspiring Quote: “All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.” - Ken Robinson

“Education is the passport to the future.” - Maria Montessori

January 10: Join us to share mid-year successes and challenges
Theme: HOS Reflection
Inspiring Quote: "The greatest sign of success is not just what we achieve, but how we grow, adapt, and learn from our experiences." - Maria Montessori

February 14: How do we further empower parents as partners in Montessori?
Theme: Parents (Empowering)
Inspiring Quote: "Free the child's potential, and you will transform them into the world." - Maria Montessori

March 13: How do we celebrate our school community and continue to build strong connections with the Montessori community
Inspiring Quote: "Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori

April 10: How do we show appreciation for our teachers?
Themes: Teachers
Inspiring Quote: "Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities." - Maria Montessori

May 8: How do we celebrate the Montessori journey?
Themes: Montessori Journey, Gratitude, Moving up)
Inspiring Quote: "Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe... for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity." - Maria Montessori

June 12: Join us to reflect on the 2023-24 School Year
Theme: End of Year Reflections