FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS           ARTICLES           ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INFORMATION          

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS          

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER MONTESSORI TRAINING?

Countless children in schools are floundering and becoming discouraged. They need what you and Montessori self-learning environments can supply.

 

HOW CAN I BECOME A MONTESSORI TEACHER?

Enroll in the Montessori training program at MMTTC for teaching the Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II age child. You will continue to “learn by doing” during the academic year(s) of implementation.

 

 WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS?

While MMTTC does not offer financial aid, we do support the AMS Scholarship Program. Click here for more information and a to get a copy of the scholarship application.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE SUMMER PHASE OF TRAINING?

An experienced Montessori consultant will visit you during your internship year(s). You will have detailed albums for ready reference and personal use. The Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center is always available as a resource.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF?

A highly competent staff of Montessori teachers holding Montessori credentials and currently working with all Montessori Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II components, will share their expertise through lectures and demonstrations.

 

WHERE IS THE TRAINING CENTER LOCATED?

 

I DON’T LIVE IN THE CHICAGO AREA. WHERE CAN I STAY DURING TRAINING SESSIONS?

Early Childhood Adult Learners

Hotel where MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate

  • Holiday Inn Chicago/Evanston MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate ($105/night except 6/20 - 6/22), but you must make your reservations no later than May 29, 2019. This hotel is located near our school in downtown Evanston.  They have a free shuttle service to and from our school, discounted parking, and discounted breakfast and dinner.  Click the link to reserve your room, or if you prefer to speak with them for a more customized schedule, please call 847-491-6400
    • Ask for “In House Reservations”
    • Mention that you are with Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center
    • Provide them with your Arrival and Departure Dates
    • Mention the Rate Code:  MTT

Other nearby Hotels where MMTTC Adult Learners have stayed

Elementary Adult Learners

Hotels where MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate

  • Spring Hill Suites Chicago-Lincolnshire

    MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate ($99/night for King Suite, $129/night Double Suite), but you must make your reservations no later than June 2, 2019 (May 26, 2019 if you will be attending the EC Overview week). This hotel has all new rooms, includes breakfast and a free shuttle service to and from our Elementary training schools.  Spring Hill Suites is conveniently located near restaurants, entertainment and shopping. 

               Click a link below (or both if you are attending the EC overview week also) to reserve your room
  • Courtyard Chicago Lincolnshire 

    MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate ($99/night for King Suite, $129/night Double Suite), but you must make your reservations no later than June 2, 2019 (May 26, 2019 if you will be attending the EC Overview week).  This hotel has all new rooms, includes breakfast and a free shuttle service to and from our Elementary training schools.  Spring Hill Suites is conveniently located near restaurants, entertainment and shopping. 

               Click a link below (or both if you are attending the EC overview week also) to reserve your room
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago-Lincolnshire

    MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate ($99/night for 1BR or $159/night for 2BR suite). This hotel has one and two bedroom suites, includes breakfast (each day) and dinner (Monday - Thursday) and a free shuttle service to and from our Elementary training schools.  Homewood Suites is conveniently located, has free parking and will shuttle you to nearby restaurants, entertainment and shopping. 

    To reserve your room, please call Natalie at 847-943-2341
    • Mention that you are with Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center
    • Provide her with your Arrival and Departure Dates

Other nearby Hotels where MMTTC Adult Learners have stayed

Please make your reservations as soon as possible since these hotels become quite busy during the summer.

ARTICLES          

"THE ROLE OF THE TEACHER" by Daria L Ardelean

From MMTTC Co-Director Dr. W. Michael Kunert: Daria is a recent MMTTC Adult Learner and she submitted this essay as part of her required work.  As a reader of the essays that are turned in every year for me to give my blessing as to approve or try again, I believe that Daria's essay was superb and deserved to be read by others as well.  My thought was "Maria, no need to turn over, just smile, a good long smile for a job well done".  Click here to read Daria's essay.

MONTESSORI AND OTHER IDEAS FOR REFORMING EDUCATION

Log on to Diane Ravitch’s Blog to read several interesting articles including one from Marianne Giannis, MMTTC Elementary Faculty Member entitled: "Montessori Teacher To John King:  Montessori Is Not About Testing and The Common Core"

Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of Education.
John King was the U.S. Secretary of Education and the former Commissioner of Education for the State of New York.

 

THE REAL ESSENCE OF THE MONTESSORI METHOD

“The real essence of the Montessori Method is to help the natural process of human development, to create integrated personalities – that is, people who have a sense of responsibility, who know their limitations, who have a sense of duty toward themselves and society, and who having a clear vision, can make a positive contribution to solving social problems.”  Dr. Mario Montessori – lecture November 1966.

“The essential factor in the Montessori outlook is that it is not the adult who creates the child; it is the child, who through his experiences, creates a human being.” Dr. Mario Montessori – lecture November 1966.

 

From John Taylor Gatto, author of the book DUMBING US DOWN (1995):  “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”

johntaylorgatto.com/index.htm – The Odysseus Group – Challenging the Myths of Modern Day Schooling

The Natural Child Projectwww.naturalchild.org  This is a good web site and it has interesting articles.  Another article by John Taylor Gatto, entitled “Why Schools Don’t Educate is found on this web site.  This article is the text of a speech by John Taylor Gatto accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990.

There is also an article by Jan Hunt entitled “What We Can Learn from Sandy Hook.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INFORMATION          

MMTTC students: We know you are working hard and we know that you would like to have a place where you can find some reminders of dates that may have slipped your mind.

 

2019 TRAINING SESSIONS

Click here to download the PDF version of the MMTTC Academic Catalog.

Registration is now open for 2019: CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (AIMS) CONFERENCE 2019

Registration is now open for the AIMS annual conference. Click here to visit their website for more information.

 

MMTTC WINTER AND SPRING INSTITUTE 2019

Winter dates: Elementary II and Early Childhood: February 14-16, 2019
Spring dates: Elementary I,  Elementary I-II and Early Childhood: April 25-27, 2019 (for enrolled students only).

Early Childhood Institutes are held at Hyatt House, 1515 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. 60201 (discounts rooms are available for MMTTC)

Elementary I and Elementary I-II Institutes are held at Riverwoods Montessori School, 3140 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods IL. 60015

Testing Week for returning Early Childhood adult learners is:  June 10-14, 2019
and will be held at Midwest Montessori Demonstration School, 926 Noyes Street, Evanston IL. 60201

Assessment and Review for returning Elementary I adult learners is:
June 10-14 and June 17-21, 2019
and will be held at Deerfield Montessori School, 760 North Avenue, Deerfield IL. 60015

 

AMS Scholarship Information 2019 

The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship application is available on the AMS Website (AMSHQ.ORG) for all aspiring Montessori teachers.   Click here for more information and to get a copy of the 2019 scholarship application.  Please share information regarding scholarship opportunities with your prospective and newly enrolled adult learners.  Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and official verification of acceptance into an AMS-affiliated program.

Complete applications must be received by the AMS office by May 1, 2019. If you or your adult learners have questions about the scholarship application process, please contact:

Abbie Kelly,
Director of Teacher Education Services
American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003 – 2163
Email: abbie@amshq.org
Phone: 212-358-1250 x315
Fax: 212-358-1256