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Workshop Session 1

Friday, March 23 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Presenter: Monica Gargiulo-Benitez

Este taller explicará cómo crear colaboraciones cercanas y productivas con los padres por medio de varias estrategias como sesiones de orientación, noches de educación para padres, y desayunos familiares. Ustedes aprenderán a guiar a los padres hacia la mejor manera de apoyar a sus hijos y a la escuela, además animándolos a ser embajadores para el Movimiento Montessori.

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Presenters: Dandan Yu, Marlene Barron

Learn why you should create a rich language environment that stimulates development among your diverse learners—and how to do it.

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Presenters: Amy Callahan, ReQwal L. Duckworth

Come be reminded of the importance of observing the child both in and out of the classroom environment and review Montessori learner outcomes, observation recording strategies, and ideas for applying observed information for student success.

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Presenters: Metta King, Devon Elizabeth Warn

Meet the Montessori students and teachers and their nonprofit partner who worked together to build a Montessori school in the rural town of Khandbari, Nepal.

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Presenter: Kathy Minardi

This workshop will explore the science and tools of living systems principles, Montessori-compatible, intentional community structures that nurture a thriving, adaptive, resilient, and healthy staff community with a deliberately developmental mindset.

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Presenters: Judi Bauerlein, Teri Canaday Freeman

This panel of experienced public and charter Montessori educators will describe how they integrated a Cosmic curriculum vibrantly and effectively into every aspect of their classrooms.

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Presenters: David K. Yun, Stan Kang

This workshop defines branding and shows you how to broadcast your school’s unique value and character to the wider community.

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Presenters: Barb Scholtz, Erika Eicholz

Learn how to establish meaningful and critical viewing, structure Socratic discourse around films as text, and discover how the seminar format fulfills Montessori’s vision of valorization, social independence, and group cooperation.

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Presenter: Claudia Mann

Using a model of the Rocky Mountain region as an example, learn how to access and read geologic maps to make connections between your own local environment and the first 2 Montessori Great Lessons: the God with No Hands and the Timeline of Life.

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Presenters: Phyllis Povell, Sherry L. Schweighardt

Join a panel of current recipients of AMS Dissertation & Thesis Awards as they share their experiences in conducting graduate-level research in Montessori education, including design strategies, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the writing process.

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Presenter: Joyce S. Pickering

This workshop will clarify special-education vocabulary, evaluation processes, current laws and policies, and sound strategies for collaboration between Montessori teachers and special-education professionals.

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Presenter: Kieran McHugh

This workshop will explore a model 3-year plan that incorporates Montessori lessons, connects state standards, and engages students; corresponding literature and activity ideas will be included.

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Presenters: Katie Keller Wood, Susanne Phelan Gregory

Come explore how adults process experiences in developmentally different ways and explore 4 pillar practices—teaming, collegial inquiry, mentoring, and providing leadership roles—that create vibrant, nurturing communities of lifelong learners and leaders.

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Presenter: Nichole Holtvluwer

This workshop will deepen your understanding of the developmental needs of toddlerhood and empower you with tools for navigating power struggles using language that offers freedom and sets appropriate limits.

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Presenters: Susan Tracy McDaniel, Melody Patton , Elizabeth Houghtaling

If you would like to make a life-changing difference for families in just a few hours per week, this workshop is for you! You will learn what a parent-infant program is and how it can provide parents with essential child-rearing skills as they, along with a teacher, observe their children actively exploring and discovering. You will come away with concrete ideas for setting up a parent-infant program, along with copious ideas for topics for discussion with parents.

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Presenters: Amanda Stone Norton, Rachel Cole

Learn how to bring the “real world” into your Secondary science program using place-based, experiential learning.

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Presenter: Wesley Simmons

This workshop will provide you with real-world financial and practical considerations to help you succeed in selling your school and avoid major pitfalls.

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Presenter: Gina Lofquist

Join a panel of AMS staff and new program directors for this workshop that will provide essential information for developing a teacher education program and familiarize you with AMS requirements, its application, and the self-study process.

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Presenters: Jolene Tollett, Wendy Freed

Come learn how to prepare an accepting environment with dolls representing various family structures, celebrations of multicultural holidays, a socially conscious library, and other research-based resources, shelf materials, and lessons.

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Presenter: Elaine Blasi

Come explore a “team management” approach and learn to design an organizational structure that adopts Montessori classroom-style leadership, coaching, and mentoring that you can employ to guide faculty, staff, and trustees to work together most effectively.

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Presenters: Elizabeth Park, Yan Yan Imamura

Come learn more about E.I. and one Montessori school’s collaboration with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to engage its faculty with the RULER approach.

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Presenters: Shanon Flowers, Diana Tuquero-Gustafson

Come learn about UNESCO’s 4 Pillars of Learning—Learning to Know, Learning to Do, Learning to Be, and Learning to Live with Others—and discover inspirational examples of peace, service learning, and community outreach activities that nurture a world fit for children.

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