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Montessori Principles: The Role of the Montessori Teacher

Presenter: Gwen Shangle 
Representing: Princeton Center for Teacher Education, Princeton, NJ
For: Montessori school leaders interested in an overview of Montessori concepts

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This presentation is part of a package of 5 webinars available for a 90-day rental via Vimeo On Demand. You may watch all 5 webinars any time and as often as you like within your rental period. 

$150/package of 5 webinars (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)


A key to guiding your Montessori school effectively is an understanding of the role of the teacher, along with a big-picture understanding of the basic concepts informing the curriculum, tone, and environment of your school. In this webinar, you will explore the unique attributes of the Montessori teacher, including his or her role as developmental specialist and guide; the preparation of the teacher; and other overarching themes integral to Montessori classrooms, such as children’s developmental levels, the interaction of the student (and teacher) with the environment, and the role of observation and individual instruction.

By building a better understanding of the guiding principles teachers use to guide their students, you will find yourself prepared to better aid your entire school community, and more skillfully articulate your goals and vision in a Montessori school setting.  This information will also serve to strengthen your abilities to provide for faculty development and parent education, and to meet the goals of your school community with a shared Montessori vision, purpose, and mission.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The importance of the preparation and role of a Montessori teacher
  • Key facets in the development of the Montessori teacher
  • The unique attributes of the Montessori teacher and how you can articulate these strengths to parents in ways that can build strong, positive, collaborative relationships
  • The impact and importance of the teacher within a school community
  • How you can best support your faculty

About the Presenter

Gwen Shangle, MEd, is director of the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and director of education at Princeton Montessori School, both in Princeton, NJ.  She brings over 20 years of experience as a Montessori classroom teacher to her current positions. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

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