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Creating Harmony through Courageous Conversation

  • February 06, 2024
  • February 13, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • February 06, 2024, 6:00 PM 7:30 PM (PST)
  • February 13, 2024, 6:00 PM 7:30 PM (PST)


  • OMA members also welcome
  • All educators not yet members of PNMA
  • PNMA event organizers

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Creating Harmony through Courageous Conversation

PNMA invites you to share 2 evenings with Cassie Mackey as our Winter speaker. Her wisdom will help Montessori practitioners at all levels -Infant through High school and all administration! Gaining the skills to address challenging topics in relationships with all we encounter in our Montessori communities; students, parents , co-workers, supervisors, will be a model for peaceful co-existence for the next generation.

"Schools committed to continuous improvement are inevitably leading for change. Open, authentic, honest dialogue, in an atmosphere of trust and respect, is key to making meaningful change possible. While effective leadership draws on a range of capacities, it could be argued that Courageous Conversation is unique in its influence over whether deep and sustainable improvement can happen."

6:00-7:30 Online Workshop on Tuesday Evenings: February 6 & 13; Both evenings comprise the cohesive and interactive content of this experience. There are opportunities for practicing skills with group discussions, which give everyone a chance to take an active role.

"This workshop is a skill-based approach to developing interpersonal-communication competencies. In part, I have aligned Montessori principles with Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott and added key components of Elizabeth Slade’s Montessori in Action.  

Increased skill in all components of Courageous Conversation decreases the fear associated with challenging exchanges"


Cassi Mackey, M.Ed. is passionate about helping communities create identity-safe spaces where people are encouraged to make changes to improve relationships. Cassi has witnessed the transformational power of communities that engage in Courageous Conversation, Collaborative Coaching, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging practices. It is a promise of more meaningful relationships, greater depth of experience, and a broader, more compassionate view of oneself and the world. These practices are essential in order to serve our children and the future of humanity.

Cassi has been in the Montessori field for 30 years as 9-12 lead teacher and a Montessori Charter school principal. She is currently an American Montessori Society (AMS) School Accreditation Commissioner, a trainer for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) School Administrator course, Instructional Guide for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies School Leadership certification course and AMS Anti-bias Anti-racist certified. She consults with and provides advice to Montessori communities that are intent on generating positive and lasting change.

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