Claudia Mann


Claudia Mann, MEd, has completed three levels of Montessori credentials: Elementary I at
Xavier University where she also earned a Masters Degree in Montessori Education, Elementary
II at the Center for Montessori Education|NY and Secondary I at the Houston Montessori
Center. She is currently completing her Secondary II certification through the Center for Guided
Montessori Studies. After more than 20 years as a Montessori guide in schools from Ohio, New
Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, Claudia and her husband, also a Montessorian, founded the
Chaffee County Montessori School in Salida, CO in 2007. She has experience working as a
teacher, mentor, and school leader in for profit and non-profit private schools and with both
charter and traditional public schools. Throughout the years, Claudia has worked as a teacher
trainer and field consultant for the Center for Montessori Education/New York, Cincinnati
Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
and the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She has completed two leadership fellowships:
The Temple Hoyne Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship and the Get Smart
Schools/Catapult Leadership Fellowship for creating alternative public-school programs. After a

term as Head of School of LePort School in Encinitas, CA, Claudia now dedicates her time
consulting, teacher training, and providing online support to teachers in the area of Cosmic
Education, teacher empowerment, and school development. She is a field consultant for
CME|NY’s Administrator Course.

Break out #1
Preparation of the Curricular Environment: Planning for Cosmic Education, skills Acquisition and
Peace Education

Managing all the aspects of the Montessori curriculum can be daunting. The sheer volume of
lessons and important experiences can overwhelm even the most experienced of teachers,
especially in a world that increasingly values standardized learning and testing. But it’s possible,
with useful strategies and tools, to not only manage it, but to have a boatload of fun in the

In this workshop, attendees will be provided a step by step process for planning well-integrated
curriculum that assures student engagement, ongoing curiosity, and connections to our inter-
dependent universe, while developing skills in math, reading and writing as tools for ever
growing understanding. This “hands-on” workshop will be aided by teachers bringing copies of
expected skill development for the levels of students in their class.

Break out #2
Get Out and Rock! Using Geology to Understand Cosmic Education, Solve Problems, and
Practice Skills

Children LOVE rocks… and volcanoes, rivers, oceans and earthquakes. When you use their
natural interest and curiosity in this subject to guide their experiences in Earth Science and
Cosmic Education, skills can develop almost without awareness.

We will use hands-on materials and experiments to solve problems, think critically, and learn
about key concepts in the long history of the earth and its ongoing changes. In the process,
attendees will have new stories to share with their children to inspire curiosity and wonder for
this amazing planet which we live.