Training Courses

IMI offers two tracks of training: 1.) Philosophy of Indigenous Education (PIE) courses and 2.) Montessori training. Each track requires a separate application and tuition. During the academic training year, tracks are interwoven to provide Reclaiming Indigenous Education, Indigenous School Leadership Development, Montessori Training, and Indigenous Language-Immersion Approaches through the lens of Indigenous epistemologies.   


KCLC-IMI is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to enrolled members of Tribal Nations, as well as living stipends to support tuition costs and expenses for those who are accepted to both training tracks (PIE & Montessori training).

Scholarship criteria:

  • Enrolled membership in a Tribal nation
  • Acceptance letter to SIMS training course
  • Completed PIE application
  • Completed scholarship application, released upon request
  • Letter of recommendation from an Indigenous colleague


IMI accepts Letters of Interest for Montessori training throughout the year.  Official applications for the upcoming Montessori training cycle will be available six months before the start date. Letters of interest should describe one’s reason for wanting to apply along with an expressed intent to apply for the upcoming training year.  Letters of Interest may be submitted to Povi Mitchell at 

Philosophy of Indigenous Education Courses

The PIE tracks deliver up to 10 training modules, one in each of the Keres Children’s Learning Center’s fundamental principles. 


Fall: Reclaiming Indigenous Education 

Spring: Indigenous School Leadership Development 

Summer: Indigenous Language-Immersion Approaches 

Tuition: $1,700.00 per person. Includes access to all course materials. Payment Plans Available.

Each Fall, IMI will offer AMI Primary or Elementary Montessori training through a partnership with the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies (SIMS).  


Reclaiming Indigenous Education Course:

  • Reclaiming the Education of Our Children 
  • Embracing Identity 
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies 
  • Why KCLC
  • Wider World of Indian Education 
  • Indigenous Language Immersion 
  • Indigenous Dual-Language Education Immersion Models 
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems 


Indigenous School Leadership Development Course:

  • Federal Indian Policy 
  • Anti-Racist Approaches 
  • Indian Education Policy 
  • Funding Sources 
  • Educational Models 
  • Strategic Schooling Framework 
  • Strength-Based Approach 
  • The Dam- A Case Study 


Indigenous Language-Immersion Approaches Course:

  • Federal Indian Policy 
  • Anti-Racist Approaches 
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies 
  • Language as Wellness 
  • Program Infrastructure 
  • Policies & Procedures 
  • Program Elements 
  • It is Possible


Summer 2024 Indigenous Language-Immersion Approaches Application is Now Available…Schedule Coming Soon

Montessori Training – Offered Through SIMS Partnership Alongside PIE Courses 

Now Accepting Letters of Interested in Primary (3-6yrs) Montessori Training for 2024 – 2025 Albuquerque Site – Submit LOI to

The Montessori training track focuses on developing the whole child in the following areas:

  • Montessori philosophy
  • Principles of child development
  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Grace and Courtesy
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the study of:
    • geography (geology, chemistry, physics)
    • biology (botany, zoology, ecology)
    • history
    • language
    • mathematics (arithmetic, geometry, algebra)
    • music
    • art

Application Fee: $150.00
Foundation course: $2,000.00 (Pre-requisite course, if applicable)
Tuition: $15,000.00 – Elementary Montessori Training
Tuition: $10,500.00 – Primary Montessori

Primary or Elementary training – Apply here


View IMI Primary Evening Schedule 2024-2025

 Learning and Teaching Methods for Both Tracks Include:

  • Interactive PIE modules and discussions via Zoom (online learning platform)
  • Lectures on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
  • Practice developing curriculum
  • Research and assigned readings
  • Demonstrations of the use of scientifically designed Montessori materials
  • Hands-on practice with the materials
  • Classroom observation in Montessori schools
  • Student teaching
  • Material making and classroom curriculum development

 Montessori Teacher Training and Reclamation of Indigenous Education

You may also download a printable version of the calendar here: Zoom Info Session PDF