Montessori Conference in San Francisco to Revive Spirit of Historic “Glass Classroom”

Montessori Conference in San Francisco to Revive Spirit of Historic “Glass Classroom”

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 212-358-1250 x323
E-mail: marcykrever@amshq.org

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

February 8, 2012, New York, NY—The American Montessori Society will celebrate the highly acclaimed Montessori “glass classroom” from San Francisco’s 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) at its2012 Annual Conference, to be held March 15 – 18 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

On Friday, March 16, AMS will showcase a Demonstration Montessori Elementary Classroom, inside the hotel’s atrium, where conference attendees will observe students from Valley Montessori School of Livermore, CA, as they carry out activities typical of their school day. The classroom will spotlight hallmark features of Montessori education, including mixed-aged classes (students will range in age from 6 – 9), specially designed learning materials, and self-directed learning. The Demonstration Montessori Elementary Classroom pays tribute to the glass-walled classroom created inside the Palace of Education and Social Economy at the PPIE, which drew crowds of onlookers and garnered worldwide attention for the Montessori educational model.

“It is fitting that we host our conference, which carries the theme ‘Montessori: The Bridge to Learning for Every Child,’ in San Francisco,” said Richard Ungerer, executive director of The American Montessori Society. “With its backdrop of magnificent bridges, the city is the perfect setting to build our own connections and move forward to strengthen and grow Montessori for our children.”

This year’s conference is expected to draw more than 2,500 educators, researchers and child advocates from around the world. The conference’s opening event, on Thursday, March 15, will honor AMS 2012 Living Legacy Chandra Fernando, who has devoted herself to the Montessori Movement for more than 3 decades. Fernando will pay tribute to the ideals of volunteerism and to those who practice it. A volunteer effort particularly close to Fernando’s heart has been to develop Montessori classes for Sri Lankan children orphaned by the tsunami that devastated her homeland in 2005.

Also on the 15th, the AMS Peace Committee will lead attendees in a Day of Service, starting at Larkin Street Youth Services, where the group will lend a hand in sorting donations, preparing meals, and assembling care packages. Later, at GLIDE Memorial Church, they will serve dinner to San Francisco’s neediest.

The conference will also feature keynote speakers Drs. Brené Brown, Ann Lieberman, and Brian Swimme, esteemed scholars who will offer insights and strategies sure to resonate with Montessorians.

Throughout the long weekend, more than 100 workshops, networking sessions, and exhibitors will target the specific needs and interests of all who attend.

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