School Leadership

Montessori School Leadership Course 2018

Sunday, July 1 through Saturday, July 7

Cincinnati, Ohio


Join us for an intensive, practical, and inspiring journey into Montessori School Leadership!

At CMStep we focus on the professional and personal development of the individual.  If you are committed to your growth as a school leader in any capacity – whole school leadership, principal, head of school, director of admissions, curriculum, development, communications, or faculty team leader – the CMStep team is here to support your journey.

Are you a seasoned Montessori teacher who is considering a broader role in school leadership? A principal or head of school who seeks an immersion or re-immersion into Montessori philosophy from a whole school perspective?

As a lifelong learner, you bring a unique mix of experience, training, education to your school. The first step in planning or revitalizing your leadership path is to assess where you are right now and where you would like to continue growing. 


The CMStep faculty is here to help you chart your course!

Join us this summer for an immersive course experience, based on the American Montessori Society’s School Administrator Competencies and the National Policy Board of Educational Administration’s Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, designed for educators and administrators in public, independent, charter and privately-owned Montessori schools.


Course Includes:

  • A confidential, online self-assessment of your strengths and areas for professional and personal growth based on AMS’ Head of School Requirements Verification and Portfolio Variance Application. Once you’ve completed your self-assessment, a CMStep faculty member will “meet” with you via video conferencing to review your assessment and consider options for your development that make sense for you, including the realities and logistics of your work and personal life.


  • An interactive, practical, in-residence course with CMStep faculty where you will explore best practices in Montessori school leadership, gain insights into relevant issues and resources for effective leadership, and gain a deeper understanding of your own leadership abilities. Course topics include:
    • Montessori Philosophy and Your Whole School Community
    • The Leader’s Role in Curriculum and Program Development
    • Educational Leadership – Your Personal and Professional Journey
    • Communication Skills and the School Leader


  • Five hours of individual leadership coaching (via video conference) scheduled at your convenience between July and December 2018 and focused on your leadership goals.


The CMStep Montessori School Leadership course provides 55 hours of continuing education credit from the American Montessori Society.


Course Cost: $1,500

  • Includes pre-assessment consultation, all course materials, and 5 hours personalized coaching in 2018
  • $500 (non-refundable) deposit is required at the time of registration to secure a space in the course, with the remaining $1,000 balance due no later than June 15, 2018.

Checks should be made payable to CMStep (with learner name in the memo line) and mailed with School Leadership Learner Agreement to:

PO Box 17152
Richmond, VA 23226

Not Included: Travel, food, lodging

If needed, the University of Cincinnati  has a variety of rooms available, including single room options. The cost of lodging at UC for seven nights is approximately $400.


Course Hours:

Sunday, July 1: noon-8pm
Monday, July 2: through Friday, July 6: 8am-6pm
Saturday, July 7: 8am-1pm


Course faculty:

Katie Keller Wood, CMStep Director
Susanne Gregory, CMStep Director of Leadership Programming
Marta Donahoe, CMStep Director of Professional Development


Interested in other CMStep courses?

If other CMStep courses in Montessori Secondary Education would be beneficial to you, Montessori School Leadership course participants may also attend the following CMStep courses in Cincinnati:

  • Montessori Overview Course (fully online; self-paced course) – $250
  • Montessori Philosophy & Adolescent Development: June 24-29, 2018 -$1,000*
  • Erdkinder (overnight course, held at Cincinnati Nature Center) July 8-12, 2018 – $1,000*
  • Curriculum Development July 16-27, 2018- $2,000*

*Tuition includes all course materials and content, differentiated to reflect Montessori school leadership competencies, and CEU hours through AMS.  Course participants are responsible for the cost of travel, lodging, and food, with the exception of the Erdkinder course, for which meals and lodging are provided.


Ready to Register?

Click here! Space will be limited, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to also download and mail  School Leadership Learner Agreement with deposit check to complete your registration


Join a group of like-minded professionals for a practical, interactive and immersive learning experience that will transform the way you lead within your school community.

We look forward to seeing you July 1-7, 2018!


2018 AMS Conference Session Materials: Learning-Oriented Leadership for Transformational Learning