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Transdisciplinary Education: Applying Montessori Philosophy to Secondary Curriculum

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)

Presenters: John Branch 
For: Secondary Teachers & Administrators

Individual Registration Group Registration


Live Webinar

Individuals (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$45/AMS member

Organizations (Unlimited participants at 1 computer; CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)
$175/AMS member organization
$225/non-member organizations

Registration closes at 4:00 PM on the day of the webinar. Registration fees are non-refundable. If you register and then cancel, we will be happy to credit your payment toward another webinar of your choice. Credits may not be used toward the cost of on-demand webinars.

On-Demand Webinar

All prices include unlimited, 30-day access to the on-demand webinar.

After the live webinar airs, the presentation will be made available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period. Please note the on-demand webinar can be purchased separately.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


This webinar will address both the philosophical and practical needs of creating transdisciplinary learning opportunities by design, and guide you through creating such activities for your individual learning communities.

We will examine steps one Montessori high school is taking to promote learning that goes beyond interdisciplinary efforts, thereby increasing not only the relevance of the Secondary curriculum, but simultaneously its rigor. The goal of this effort is to give students an opportunity to grasp the bigger picture created by synthesizing and transforming traditional courses. We will start with a brief overview of the philosophical background and justification, discuss the implications of transdisciplinary education, and work rapidly to practical steps that can be taken in any school setting, such as rethinking the nature of final examinations and creating transdisciplinary projects. Practical techniques for engaging students, teachers, parents, and the community will be addressed.

The webinar will follow the Montessori 3-period lesson: (1) questioning and video will be used to strike the imagination; (2) you will learn the process of developing transdisciplinary learning; and (3) you will practice these skills and receive feedback.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the difference between interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning
  • Explain how transdisciplinary learning is a critical component of Montessori Secondary education
  • Complete the process of designing and implementing transdisciplinary education in your learning community.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of transdisciplinary education, once implemented, in your learning communities

John Branch, EdD, is a Secondary math and science teacher at School of the Woods in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I – II).

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