How We Are Different

About the Montessori Foundation

MF logoThe Montessori Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad.


The Foundation was established in 1992 to create an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community. The Montessori Foundation works with the entire Montessori community, regardless of affiliation, as well as parents, educators, schools, and schools systems that are interested in learning more about the insights, research, and approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori.

imc-logo-from-vector-01_1024Our Membership Organization: The IMC

In 1998, The Montessori Foundation organized an independent membership organization, The International Montessori Council (IMC), to offer a wide range of programs and support to Montessori schools around the world, including school accreditation, professional development for teachers and school administrators. Montessori Leadership is published by the International Montessori Council. It is written for heads of schools, educational coordinators, Montessori teachers, parent leaders, and members of school boards. ML Leadership cover

For more information about the IMC and to read a FREE issue of Montessori Leadership, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s Child Magazine and The Montessori Family Alliance

The Montenew TC COVERssori Foundation’s first project was the creation of Tomorrow’s Child, the only magazine written specifically for parents with children enrolled in Montessori schools. Tomorrow’s Child is also enjoyed by Montessori teachers and administrators around the world.

Now, when you subscribe to our magazine you are automatically enrolled in the Montessori Family Alliance as well. For more about the benefits about the MFA go to
Conference / Events

In addition to ongoing Leadership Workshops, we host an annual international conference every year in Sarasota, FL and other locations in the US and abroad.

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Our Montessori Leadership Institute offers a broad program of in-depth and practical workshops and courses in Montessori leadership. We offer seminars on a wide range of topics, from school design to fund raising, recruitment, internal communications, and curriculum development. Our courses are offered in person and online. For a current schedule and more information, CLICK HERE

School Consultation

Our Montessori School Consultation Service provides a wealth of knowledge and experience. We work with Boards, Heads of Schools, and faculties on all issues related to creating, managing, improving, and ‘growing’ a Montessori school. For more information, contact Tim Seldin at

Lab School

Through our Lab School, The NewGate School of Sarasota, Florida, we work to develop and implement new programs and curricula, test new resources, and integrate Montessori best practices with 21st century technology. One of our key projects involves the development of a replicable program of secondary Montessori curriculum that is capstoned by a Montessori International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. While you are in Sarasota, you are invited to tour NewGate. Unlike past years, there will be no scheduled tours; the school is closed on Friday, November 6th so that all teachers are able to attend the Conference. If you wish to visit  NewGate while you are in town, contact Robin Howe, Associate Head of School, at

Collaboration with Outside Service Providers

The Montessori Foundation works with external providers that serve Montessori school administration, such as:

  • MontessoriCompass™ (online student record keeping, progress reporting, and parent communication)
  • Hubbli – School management solutions
  • National Montessori School Insurance Program
  • DonorPath™ support for fundraising and grant writing
  • Montessori/Semble™ (Crowd-source, low-cost loans to help finances campus expansionº
  • Scantron Global Scholars™ / Formative Assessment

Montessori Education Research Institute

The Montessori Education Research Institute is a new initiative developed by The Montessori Foundation. Our primary goals are to organize ongoing validated data collection initiatives using formative assessment, teacher recorded progress against a nationally aligned curriculum, assessments of personal development, and ongoing studies and survey collection input of Montessori students in many settings through their schooling and into adulthood.

Montessori Help Line

Our Montessori Help Line (1-941-729-9565) offers counsel when schools need a friendly ear and some advice. The only catch is that you will need to pay for the long-distance call, and it is possible that we may need to schedule your telephone conference for a time when a consultant is free from other duties.

Contact Us:

The Montessori Foundation
19600 E State Road 64
Bradenton, FL 34212-8921
1-941-729-9565 • 1-800-655-5843
941-745-3111 (fax)
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