online workshop series

Montessori School Governance
Workshop Series

Three online sessions covering everything board members and school leaders need to know

Session 1 starts in

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Why Attend?

Montessori schools are complex, dynamic, integrated ecosystems with students, teachers, parents/carers, leaders and board directors working towards a shared purpose. This specialised, online workshop series will focus on the role of school leaders and board directors using a Montessori lens to build an effective board and
negotiate crucial conversations.

What You’ll Learn

How to Build an Effective Board

Basic ideas and materials to help build an effective board.

  • The decision-making work of the board
  • Montessori as a distinct approach to board governance
  • Board action plans

Walk like a Montessori Director

Governance beyond the basics.

  • Cultural Red Flags
  • Difficult and crucial conversations
  • The Boardroom as a Prepared Environment
  • Board Culture: Freedom and Responsibility
  • Developing a Director’s mindset
  • Skills sets

Directors' Dragons Den

Montessori governance challenges.

  • Board challenges, including complaints and grievances
  • Conflict of interest
  • Tricky case studies

6 HOURS of online, specialised Montessori governance training!
Templates and resources will be provided.

Presented by

Dr Karen Bennetts

Following a career in government and corporate organisations, Karen became involved with Montessori education in 1993 when her first child began in a Montessori toddler program. She subsequently undertook state teacher training at primary and secondary levels as well as Montessori training from birth to adulthood, including AMI 3-6 and AMI 6-12 Diplomas and the AMI-NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies. Karen has worked as a Montessori teacher, principal, advisor and researcher. She has a PhD in Montessori leadership and is currently an SMTC Trainer for the AMI Administrators Certificate Course. Karen began her governance career two decades ago. She is now Board Director and Company Secretary at SMTC as well as Board Chair of Mansfield District Hospital. Karen is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. She was granted a State Fellowship Award by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders in 2016 for her significant contribution to education.

Karen Bennetts headshot

Session Details & Prices

Individual Workshop

Attend your choice. Price is per session.
$ 125 Per person, per session.
  • Non-Members $180.00
  • GST inclusive.

Multi-Session Discount

Attend all three workshops
$ 335 Per person.
  • Non-Members $445.00
  • GST inclusive.
Best Value

Multi-Session GROUP Discount

Every fifth Multi-Session ticket is free!
$ 1340 5 multi-session tickets for the price of 4.
  • Non-Members $1780
  • GST inclusive.

We recommend attending all three sessions to gain the most from the workshops.

However, we know that isn’t always possible.

Click here for an attendance template to share with your team.

Ready to build an effective Montessori school board?

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