The Connected Family Workshop

The Austin Montessori School Connected Family Workshop

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  • Building Communication Skills to Nurture Healthy Child and Family Development for Life

    The Austin Montessori School Connected Family Workshop is a parenting workshop created and led by Head of School, Grae Baker, and Director of Enrollment Management, Sveta Pais.

    This workshop gives parents the opportunity to form a learning community and forge strong relationships with fellow parents. Over five sessions, participants build life-long skills within the Montessori approach to communication and whole-child development.
    Topics include: 

    • The Montessori Framework for Understanding Human Development
    • The Neuroscience of Effective Communication
    • Alternatives to Punishment
    • Creating a Collaborative Partnership With Our Children
    • Specific and Detailed Acknowledgment Versus Praise
Grae Baker is the Head of School at Austin Montessori School and has served in this position since 2014. He holds an AMI elementary diploma, a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola College, and has completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies.  Grae began his work in Montessori as a primary classroom assistant. He later served as a guide in upper elementary, 6-12 elementary, and as founding lead teacher of the adolescent program at Omni Montessori School in Charlotte, NC where he went on to serve as Head of School. Grae is the parent of an eight-year-old daughter who has attended Austin Montessori School since the parent-infant community.
Sveta Pais serves as Director of Enrollment Management at Austin Montessori School. She holds an AMI primary diploma, a B.Sc. in labor relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an M.Ed. in Montessori education from Endicott College, and has completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies.  Sveta began her work at Austin Montessori School co-ordinating its parent education program in 2017. She is the parent of two daughters aged 15 and 9 years old who have attended Austin Montessori School since the parent-infant community.
I found almost everything in this workshop useful. I attend as many AMS workshops, presentations, and gatherings as possible as they provide solid information, ideas, and support in terms of human development and healthy connection with our children. - Connected Family Workshop Participant
I really found Donna Goertz’s articles helpful. They were grounding in the connection to the Montessori way. I also found the brain development research very revealing. I am going to do even more work to learn about the brain-nervous system connection and its effect on our way of communicating. Thank you!! - Connected Family Workshop Participant
What I loved about this workshop is the validation that we are human, learning something new, not perfect, and it's OK to make mistakes when parenting. This particular workshop felt more in tune with the reality of parenting / being a parent. Parenting is hard, and there's no set rule on how to be a good parent, but arming myself with skills and knowledge from this class really helps support me as a parent trying to be a good parent - a good Montessori influenced parent. - Connected Family Workshop Participant
Austin Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or age in providing educational services, activities, and programs. Austin Montessori School complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), as amended, which incorporates and expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and any other legally-protected classification or status protected by applicable law.