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Supporting Parents with Grace and Courtesy

Presenters: Aubrey Hargis and Junnifa Uzodike
Levels: Infant & Toddler – Elementary II
CPD Hours: 1.5
Available: On Demand

Individual Rental Group Rental


On-Demand Webinar

The presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


A parent's influence over a child’s future wellbeing is profound. Most try to do the best they can with the information available to them—but the glut of tips and “techniques” found online, along with an endless stream of well-meaning advice from family and friends, can be confusing—and conflict with the principles, perspectives, and values we are trying to impart in the Montessori classroom. We can view this as an inconvenience or an opportunity. To truly help the child reach his potential, a positive collaboration based on mutual respect and support is needed between educators and parents.

In this workshop, we will discuss how, as Montessori teachers, we can mindfully provide parents with both moral support and concrete information about the planes of development. We will also discuss the benefits of belonging to an online global community (a virtual Montessori “village”) and how to use social media to advocate for quality Montessori education in today’s connected world.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understanding of why parental support is a critical responsibility of the Montessori teacher
  • Ability to identify opportunities for providing information/ support
  • Ability to identify, interpret, and respond to common concerns of parents through each of their children’s developmental planes
  • Knowledge of helpful online resources
  • Understanding of why and how to leverage a web presence and social media to advocate for Montessori principles locally and globally

Aubrey Hargis, MEd (curriculum and instruction), is executive director of the Child Development Institute of the Redwoods, in the San Francisco Bay Area. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

Junnifa Uzodike, MBA, is managing director of Nduoma Education from Birth in Nigeria. AMI-credentialed (0- 3, 3 – 6 ).

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