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Workshop Session 1

Friday, March 10 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Presenter: Alice M. Renton

Esta presentación examinará cómo define la Dra. Montessori el papel de la guía, desde 3 perspectivas: el papel de la educadora en el ambiente preparado, la preparación interior del adulto consciente, y su preparación práctica.

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Presenter: Peggy A. Krug

Come learn how to more fully engage and accommodate your students through yoga, music, movement, and play techniques that decrease anxiety and stimulate higher level learning and brain function.

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Presenters: Victoria Whitaker, Nicole Garrett

Discover new Practical Life activities that spark the imagination while helping children develop the self-respect that comes with hands-on work.

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Presenters: Marge Ellison, Darla Ferris Miller

Discover 10 straightforward steps toward a more peaceful learning environment for children from birth – age 12.

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Presenters: Melanie Thiesse, Tonya Courtright

This workshop will explore student research, curriculum tie-ins, and practical considerations, including appropriate permission forms, for your students to develop a ”Going Out” program.

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Presenters: Nancy Rose, Misse Carolan

This workshop will offer insight into the practices and tools necessary to develop and maintain the tactful, professional relationships among adults that model an appropriate tone for our students.

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Join current and past recipients of AMS Dissertation & Thesis Awards as they share their experiences conducting their graduate-level research in Montessori education.

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Presenters: Judi Bauerlein, Vanessa Callaghan

Learn what research says about teaching students to think gratefully and try out several gratitude activities for the cosmic curriculum, including songs, poems, and writing.

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Presenter: Beth Tracy-Kaliski

Come learn how to support third-year students as they transition into the next plane of development and prepare to work in a new environment.

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Presenters: Dorothy Paul, Judith Luman

Come join in a dialogue, led by Montessorians working in Prague for an AMS-affiliated TEP and in the Czech school system, to share ideas, realities, and best practices for Montessorians living and working in foreign countries.

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This panel will discuss how Montessori teacher education programs can integrate technology use into TEP coursework.

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Presenters: Mary D. Burbank, Jennifer Spikner

Come learn how the collaborative efforts of these entities are extending Montessori awareness in the community, creating leadership opportunities for experienced Montessori teachers, infusing Montessori principles into non-Montessori teacher education programs, and supporting the adoption of Montessori by a traditional Title I school.

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Learn about developments in the Montessori Movement from representatives of the Montessori Leaders Collaborative—a group working on behalf of key associations, including the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori International/USA, as well as individuals representing Montessori research, teacher education, administration, and more.

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Presenter: Elaine Blasi

Learn how administrators with and without Montessori backgrounds can use Montessori teacher supervision and evaluation to nurture respectful, collaborative professional growth while addressing public sector benchmarks.

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Presenter: Sherry L. Schweighardt

In this workshop, you will learn low-cost, evidence-based methods to create, redesign, modify, and evaluate outdoor play spaces that optimize children’s sustained, active play and acquisition of diverse motor skills.

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Presenter: Amy Croel-Perrien

Learn about the power of the Reader’s Notebook and how to use it to connect children to the written word. We will address how the notebook can support reading instruction as a bridge to content-area learning and be used as a tool for connecting children to literature, facilitating a love of reading, and supporting book club meetings.

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Presenters: Katie Keller Wood, Mindy Mahar

Join us for an overview of 5 essential elements of the Montessori Secondary work cycle, with a particular focus on 3 of them: the uninterrupted work period; a student-centered, constructivist approach; and a strong, respectful community.

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Presenter: Cindy Goldade

This workshop will offer micro-interventions that you can incorporate into your class to support students’ physical skills of learning, such as eye tracking, eye-hand coordination, binaural hearing, concentration, and memory, as well as emotional processing and regulation. The content is based on the Brain Gym® program, which is committed to the principle that movement is the door to optimal learning and living.

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Presenter: P. Donohue Shortridge

This session will consider conflict and disquiet from 30,000 feet, as well as offer strategies for how to address various thorny issues.

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