Community: Services and Resources

The Center provides AMI Montessori training to students and communities seeking comprehensive and authentic Montessori pedagogy. We support our constituents in their work through consultation and by hosting professional development workshops. Speakers and consultants are available for most any need; some examples are described below. Contact our office for pricing and availability.

Teacher Workshops – Workshops for teachers cover the gamut, from material making to progress reports. Workshops for teaching assistants review the theory and principles of Montessori, including shared responsibilities and how to appropriately assist the teacher throughout the classroom.

Continuing Education – A variety of continuing education opportunities are available for Montessori teachers from the Montessori Training Center Northeast. Please contact the Center for more information. One such opportunity for alumni of the Center who have earned their AMI Diplomas is the chance to audit any of our lecture series as refreshers and to keep up-to-date on advances in the Montessori philosophy and teaching tools.

Parent Workshops – Montessori experts from the Montessori Training Center Northeast are available to provide overviews of the Montessori philosophy to parents, including integrating the philosophy in the home. Workshops may also be about specific topics, such as reading and writing in the Montessori classroom.

Support Staff Workshops – Beyond the classroom, staff members in Montessori programs should be aware of the role they play in the students’ education. These workshops provide concrete examples of how to incorporate the Montessori philosophy in all student interactions.

Administrator Workshops – Administrators, too, may want to consider working with MTCNE consultants on such topics as matching Montessori with the state curriculum requirements.

We are here to support you by providing professional development that is accessible (time/location/value).

If you are interested in any of the topic areas listed below or if you have other specific interests/needs not addressed on this list, let us know. Please provide your input here.

  • Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Practice(s)
  • Observation Practices
  • The Self-Managed Classroom
  • Learning Differences (Neurodiversity), Inclusion and Special Education
  • Trauma Informed Teaching
  • Second Language Learners & Multi-Language Learners
  • Bridging the Gap: Primary to Elementary (Literacy)
  • Bridging the Gap: Primary to Elementary (Mathematics)
  • Practical Life – A Path to Developing Concentration for All
  • The Power of Imagination
  • Building Positive Relations with Caregivers
  • The Montessori Way at Home: Parent Education
  • Practitioner Research and Teacher Inquiry

Shannon M. Helfrich Resource Center

The Shannon M. Helfrich Resource Center at the Montessori Training Center Northeast was established in honor of the Center’s founding AMI Director of Training. A generous donation by The Montessori School in Wilton was made in Ms. Helfrich’s honor as she moved on to begin a new AMI training center in China. The collection of books, reference materials and audio visual materials are available for use by all those enrolled in courses at MTCNE and are also available to members of the Montessori Schools of CT.

Financial donations to continue to build the volume of resources are welcome.
Checks should be made payable to “CREC” with Helfrich Resource Center written in memo section and mailed to CREC/MTCNE at 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.

Interested on learning more about the Montessori approach?

Here is sampling of titles to get started. The following books are available for purchase through the Montessori Training Center Northeast and via a variety of online booksellers.

By Maria Montessori
The Child in the Family
What You Should Know About Your Child
Education and Peace
The Secret of Childhood
The Absorbent Mind (particularly for ages 0-6)
To Educate the Human Potential (particularly for ages 6-12)
From Childhood to Adolescence (particularly for ages 6-18)

By Silvana Montanaro
Understanding the Human Being (particularly for ages 0-3)

By Mario Montessori Jr.
Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori

By Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori: A Modern Approach
Montessori Today

By E.M. Standing
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work

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