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Understanding Montessori’s Cosmic Vision with the Cosmic Egg (Part 1/2)

Michael Dorer


“… when I look up in the universe, I know I’m small but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

This strikingly original interpretation of the five Cosmic Themes uses a set of originally designed nesting eggs with original art. The presentations will begin with an overview of what the Cosmic program is, its components, and the application of Montessori’s Cosmic Vision. The Cosmic Egg itself will be accompanied by an original story written for the egg. Original, new children’s literature created especially for the Cosmic Egg will also be displayed. The Master Classes will alternate between presentation, interviews, discussion, and storytelling.


Michael Dorer

Michael Dorer is a Senior Consultant in the Montessori Foundation and Executive Director of Sarasota University’s Montessori programs. He is credentialed by AMI, AMS and Independent. Additionally, Michael has a doctorate in Instructional Leadership. Michael’s pedagogical interests include imagination, holism, classroom leadership, cosmic education, mathematics, and storytelling. He is very active in school consultation and presenting to schools and conferences.

Michael is very involved in teaching online classes. One of these classes is You Can Teach it All. This is a course on curriculum management for elementary Montessori guides.

The other course is The Great Lessons: Inspiring a Sense of Wonder. This is a course for anyone at all interested in the Great Lessons.

Michael has authored two books, The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom and his latest, an illustrated children’s book, Hatching the Cosmic Egg. Presently Michael is working on a new book focusing on Storytelling in Montessori Grammar.

This is Michael’s 50th year of activity in Montessori. You can reach Michael at +1 651-353-2109 or at

Tim Seldin

Tim is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. He is a co-founder of the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and Co-Director of its Montessori School Leadership Certification Program.

His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation. Tim was the co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim Seldin is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers – Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

Tim is the father and step-father to five former Montessori students, and the grandfather of a new generation of Montessori students. He lives on a small vineyard north of Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Joyce St. Giermaine, their many horses, dogs, and cats.

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