30 Sep The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)
An Integral Component of Our Montessori Instructional Model
Research has shown that teaching quality is one of the most important factors in helping children learn at the highest levels. Effective professional development through mentoring, collaborative lesson planning, classroom observations etc. are critical for teachers to successfully expand their knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices.
A key driver of effective instruction and child development at Children’s Manor and Children’s Magnet Montessori schools is our Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). This team, made up of experienced, Master’s degree Montessori teachers representing each of our schools, is a distinctive component of our education model that makes Children’s Manor and Children’s Magnet Montessori unique in providing effective early childhood education through the Montessori method.
In partnership with the School Director responsibilities of the ILT include:
- Monitor educational instruction, programs and accurate implementation of the Montessori philosophy
- Work with Lead Teachers to coordinate curricula
- Help guide Lead Teachers in achieving their educational goals
- Oversee student assessment, evaluation and development
- Maintain school discipline policy in a consistent and respectful manner
- Coordinate all professional development opportunities for staff throughout the school year
The ILT Team meets monthly to collaborate on each succeeding month’s curriculum, integrating all five of the Montessori learning areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Practical Life, Sensorial, and Geography/Culture. The team plans out a full curriculum for our Pre-Primary Classes (2-3.5 years), Primary Classes (3.6-6 years), and Honors/Kindergarten Classes (4.5-6 years), incorporating a variety of lessons, related activities and hands-on experiences that take into account our students’ various learning styles. Equally importantly, our ILT Team provides monthly professional development and training to our teachers at each of our schools. They provide feedback on what works and what doesn’t in the classroom, continuously striving to improve our curriculum and learning environment to ensure the continued success of our children.