Montessori Discipline for the Home

Montessori Discipline for the Home

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This webinar provides parents with strategies for implementing Montessori discipline and connection in the home. Led by Tamara Sheesley Balis, Head of School at Greenspring Montessori School, this webinar draws on strategies from the book No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, psychologist Ross Greene, and Hand in Hand Parenting.

If you have questions or would like to suggest topics for future events, please contact us at learn@greenspringmontessori.org. To learn more about the Montessori Method, please visit our Research and Resources page.

Recommended Reading

Throughout the webinar, we recommend several books also listed below.


No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


Listen by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore


The Power of Showing Up by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

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Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

This year as we turn our focus to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we have created a number of forums for faculty and staff to engage in discussion and learn from various professional development opportunities. Below, we have outlined more about what we will be covering in these sessions with our team.

Lending Library

Greenspring Montessori School’s library in the Main Building silos houses an array of resources for adults and children. Speak to our librarian, Sherry White, for recommended readings.



The Factuality Game
Natalie Gillard
Equity educator and creator of Factuality
August 2019

During Staff Week, the faculty and staff at Greenspring Montessori School participated in the Factuality Game. Factuality is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game, all in one, that simulates real-life experiences in America. Factuality’s board game delivery creates a comfortable environment for participants to simulate structural inequality in America. Participants discussed and unpacked the structural limitations and advantages that coincide with various intersecting identities. Several staff members commented that this was their most meaningful professional development experience to date.


September 2019
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lunch with Leadership Team
Greenspring Parent DEI Committee

At the beginning of the school year, the leadership team invited an open dialogue with the members of the Greenspring Parent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to brainstorm ways to best fuel the inspiration and learning around DEI for the year.  


Date TBD
Human-Centered Design Workshop
Monica Tanase-Coles
Certified Integral Coach and adjunct faculty at New Ventures West, Greenspring Parent
George Coles
Process LUMA-certified practitioner of Human Centered Design, member of the Greenspring Board of Trustees, Greenspring Parent

In this workshop, we will come together as parents, to actively share our experience on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the Greenspring Montessori School community, and then work together to generate part of the path forward.


December 2019

The Fundamentals of Race in Education
Britt Hawthorne
Equity trainer and Montessori educator

This introductory workshop launches educators into anti-racist practices through a historic context. Participants will explore the timeline of race and racism in education as a critical component for understanding racial inequities and structural racism. This interactive workshop is for educators looking to respond to biases with their learners in a developmentally-appropriate way.


December 2019
How to Talk to Your Children About Race
Britt Hawthorne
Equity trainer and Montessori educator

This family and community presentation seeks to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support and affirm their children’s developing racial, ethnic, and other identities, empower their children to celebrate differences, and help them learn to stand up in the face of injustice. This event is open to parents and staff at Greenspring Montessori School.


January 2020
Practical Implementation of Anti-biased practices in the Montessori Classroom
Tiffany Jewell
Anti-racist Montessori educator

Building on the previous workshop with Britt Hawthorne, Tiffany will offer practical anti-biased classroom techniques for Montessori educators.


June 2020
Reflection and Looking Forward

Staff will take this opportunity to reflect on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion learning thus far and identify the next steps in our learning going forward.

Parent Enrichment Opportunities Relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Parent Enrichment Opportunities Relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Photo c/o Britt Hawthorne

As part of our theme for the 2019-20 school year and ongoing work in the realm of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Greenspring Montessori School has put together a series of parent events around these topics.

Please take a look at the list below to learn more about our upcoming events.

Lending Library

Available year-round

Greenspring Montessori School’s library in the Main Building silos houses an array of resources for parents and children. Speak to our librarian, Sherry White, for recommended readings.


The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and reflections on Greenspring’s DEI journey

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00pm

Tamara S. Balis Head of School at Greenspring Montessori School, Greenspring Parent


Human-Centered Design Workshop

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00-10:30am
Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm

Monica Tanase-Coles Certified Integral Coach and adjunct faculty at New Ventures West, Greenspring Parent

George Coles Process Process LUMA-certified practitioner of Human Centered Design, member of the Greenspring Board of Trustees, Greenspring Parent

In this workshop, we will come together as parents, to actively share our experience on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the Greenspring Montessori School community, and then work together to generate part of the path forward.


How to Talk to Your Children About Race

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30pm

Britt Hawthorne Equity trainer and Montessori educator

This family and community presentation seeks to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support and affirm their children’s developing racial, ethnic, and other identities, empower their children to celebrate differences, and help them learn to stand up in the face of injustice.


Coffee & Conversation: How Privilege Impacts My Parenting and My Child’s Access to Opportunities

Friday, January 24, 2020 from 8:45-10:45am

Jeff Gray Founder of the Johns Hopkins Homewood Council for Inclusive Excellence, Greenspring Parent

Learn about and reflect on the many dimensions of privilege in this parent-led workshop. Encourages individuals to reflect on and recognize their own unearned advantages and disadvantages as parts of immense and overlapping systems of power and how that impacts their children’s education. Suggested pre-reading:

In addition to these events, our faculty and staff will also be receiving a number of professional development opportunities throughout the year on these topics. To learn more about the work happening among our faculty and staff, please click here.

Kick-Off to Construction

Dear Greenspring families –

After years of work and planning, the day has finally come! The trucks have arrived on campus – our Great Foundation, Great Future Project has officially begun! This week Southway Builders will be on campus removing the play structure that is at the top of our campus next to our chicken coop, installing fences that will delineate the construction zone from the accessible and safe areas on campus, and installing the access road that will cross the Falls Road end of the soccer field.

So much work has been done to make this much-awaited day a reality:

  • We have worked with architects from GWWO to ensure that every square foot of space serves the child and that every dollar is used toward that end – no bells and whistles, no extras, only what the children need to further their growth – a truly Montessori approach. Our new classrooms and villages will be constructed to meet the developmental qualities of the age group they serve.
  • We have received all of the needed permitting and approvals from the state, county, and community organizations. This has been no small task! We have spent a year on the front end of the project working with community groups and the past 17 months working with the county.
  • We officially have the funds needed to build and renovate the Multipurpose Building. This building will be demolished and reconstructed to create the Toddler and Children’s House Village East – housing four Children’s House classrooms and three Toddler classrooms. This will be the first building to be complete – hopefully by the end of summer – allowing us to move right in for the start of the new school year.
  • We also have the funds needed to fully renovate our historic Main Building, which will become our Toddler and Children’s House Village West and be home to two Children’s House classrooms, two Toddler classrooms, a our Montessori Teacher Training Center, the Library, the nurse’s office, and numerous administrative offices. Our intent is to begin renovations on this village after school lets out for the summer, allowing us to move back into the beautiful new spaces for January 2018.

A heartfelt thank you to those of you who have helped us make these two major phases possible with your leadership donations to our Capital Campaign. Your gifts have made it possible for us to offer two newly updated and appointed buildings for our children. You have made a real difference for our community, our families, and our students!

We aren’t finished our Big Work yet! Our master plan also includes new classrooms to be constructed between Little Barn and Friedberg to serve our Elementary Community. This group of buildings will be our Elementary Village, housing the Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms, a community kitchen, an art studio and maker’s space, and a courtyard designed for outdoor learning. This part of the project, however, is yet to be funded. The Campus Master Plan stemmed from our commitment to serving all our children, and we need our community to help fulfill that commitment. We will be asking for your support to complete it in the upcoming weeks and months.

We are planning a series of classroom dinners to allow every family to learn about the project and to have the opportunity to give. Look for information coming about the date of your classroom’s event in the coming months!

We want you to be informed! Going forward, we will be communicating with you in a few different ways to share our progress:

  1. We have a new Capital Project page on our website which we will use to share pictures and updates as well as archived project communications. Visit GreenspringBigWork.org for more information!
  2. We will keep you informed through our weekly Connection and Look Aheads which you receive via email on Fridays.
  3. We will use social media – Facebook and Instagram – to share pictures and updates on a regular basis.
  4. We will continue to send emails when direct communication to you is needed (e.g. carline announcements, big project events).

Without a doubt, this project is a major undertaking for our humble community. Therefore, it will continue to require our community’s strength, flexibility, and love each step of the way. We stand ready and eager, knowing we are doing the absolute best for our children and families. Thank you for your support in this project – and in all we do here at Greenspring Montessori. We could not do it without you.

Warmly,

Tamara Sheesley Balis
Head of School

Capital Project Update January 2017

Capital Project Update January 2017

The time is finally here!  We are delighted to share that our building project is finally beginning!  There will be a great deal of activity on campus beginning next week as we begin the big work of creating a truly prepared environment for our children and adolescents.

I want to make you aware of a few of the major undertakings you will see and hear about over the coming month or so.

The first signs that the project is underway will appear this coming Monday, January 30. During the inaugural week there will be a growing stream of activity as sediment controls will be staked out and set in place along with various site and building boundary markers, surveying of roadways and utility lines will commence, test pits will be dug in various locations to gauge water pressure, and fencing will be set in place. If all goes well, we are also hoping to see the installation of a gravel road running along the Falls Road end of the soccer field. We will be installing fencing to ensure that the playground and the roadway are safely separated and that we can maintain the use of our soccer field and play equipment.

Once the initial site prep is complete, we will be constructing a bio retention pond up near the old chicken coop location.  As we are required to install this first to address the environmental issues associated with run-off during and after the project, we will need to remove the play structure that is currently there. You will be pleased to know that we have found a good home for it at the Boys and Girls Club of Howard County.

We are told that we can maintain access to the Multi-Purpose Building for three more weeks, until February 17. That is very good news. At that time, Discovery for Children’s House, Elementary and Adolescents will be moved to the gym.  Toddlers will stay happily nestled in their classroom in the Main Building.

Due to the need for widening, repaving and the utilities work all around the loop road at various intervals during the construction period, sections of the roadways will be torn up for extended and intermittent periods. When this happens you will be sure to be given plenty of advanced notice that we will move to the new carline procedures attached herein.  (Note that carline for children in the Main Building will not change for the time being.)

We will do our very best to keep you posted each step of the way.   We thank you now for your patience and flexibility as our community self-constructs – and builds a beautiful, updated home away from home for your children.

With much excitement,

Tamara Sheesley Balis
Head of School