Parents to Explore Progressive Initiatives in Education at American Montessori Society Conference in Dallas

Parents to Explore Progressive Initiatives in Education at American Montessori Society Conference in Dallas

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cathy O'Brien, Press and Media Consultant
Phone: 212-358-1250 x323
E-mail: cathy@amshq.org

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

As the country debates education issues such as testing and universal Pre-K, renowned educators and other human development experts will convene to give Dallas-area parents an overview of the Montessori Method, a scientifically-based, time-tested educational approach that values children as unique individuals who are naturally eager to learn, and is fast growing momentum as an alternative to traditional education. The American Montessori Society’s Parents Montessori Mini-Conference will take place Saturday, March 29, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. It will include workshops and a hands-on exhibit, as well as a keynote address on nurturing from Andrew Solomon, PhD, author of the New York Times bestseller Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.

Nurturing is central to Montessori education, with adults providing the support and guidance that enable children of all learning styles and abilities to develop to their full potential as independent, compassionate, and competent world citizens.

Drawing from his book Far From the Tree, for which he interviewed more than 300 parents of children with extreme challenges, such as autism, deafness, schizophrenia, and dwarfism, Dr. Solomon will explain how he learned that acceptance and tolerance can prevail, and that by embracing the differences between us, we expand our definition of what it is to be human.

The conference will also include a “Please Touch!” exhibit of Montessori Math materials, which parents will have an opportunity to handle and explore—just as children do in a Montessori classroom, under the watch of keenly observant teachers who understand when to step in and help, when to let their students figure it out for themselves, and when to offer challenges of deeper levels of complexity. Among the materials will be “golden” beads, geometric solids, and binomial and trinomial cubes, for teaching concepts such as the decimal system, spatial relations, and algebraic equations. Specially designed learning materials are a hallmark of Montessori education, helping students of all grade levels, preschool through high school, to build a strong foundation by working first on a concrete level, and then moving gracefully into abstract thinking.

Rounding out the day will be a choice of workshops on topics such as:

  • The Learning-Different Child (presented by the director and executive director emeritus of Dallas’s Shelton School & Evaluation Center) 
  • Parenting with Presence 
  • Montessori for Adolescents 
  • The Role of the Adult with Infants & Toddlers

There will also be a Q&A with local educators, which will serve as an informal social gathering and conversation about Montessori as a solution to the policy pitfalls and issues facing today’s schools and families, and any other relevant issues of interest or concern.

Registration ($45, available online through February 28) and schedule of events: www.amshq.org/2014Conference. Onsite registration will also be available.

Media passes: e-mail Cathy O'Brien.

The Parents Montessori Mini-Conference is held as part of the American Montessori Society’s 2014 Annual Conference, a larger event that will host thousands of educators, from programs worldwide, March 27 – 30 at the Hilton Anatole.

About the American Montessori Society
The American Montessori Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with nearly 13,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1960, AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. AMS is also a Montessori information hub, a voice in the public policy arena, and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community through support services, research, and professional development events. Executive Director: Richard A. Ungerer. President of the Board of Directors: Joyce Pickering.

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