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All workshops take place Thursday, March 9. Each session offers a choice of 2 workshops.

Session 1: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Workshop A: “Supporting Literacy Growth in Montessori Classrooms”

Presenters: Margaret Phinney, Gay Ward

Montessori may have been the first to engage students by teaching parts in the rich context of a meaningful whole, supporting the exploration of multiple genres through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and making connections across disciplines. How can we maintain her exceptional framework while incorporating contemporary strategies to better meet student needs? We will explore strengths and shortcomings in our Early Childhood and Elementary literacy curriculums and practices. Using rich literature, a developmental continuum for formative assessment, and differentiated instruction, we’ll examine strategies to support literacy growth and offer an alternative to packaged literacy programs.

Margaret Phinney, EdD, is a professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and a literacy instructor, reading consultant, and children's book author.

Gay Ward, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

Workshop B: “The Role of Research in Montessori Education”

Presenters: Angela Murray, Carolyn Daoust

Join active researchers for a discussion of the field of research related to Montessori education. You will learn about the importance of research, where Montessori stands in terms of research, and recent developments in Montessori research. Specific topics relevant to teacher education programs will include applying data collection techniques while assessing adult learners, and developing teachers’ skills in objectively observing and collecting data on their own students.

Carolyn Daoust, PhD, is a consultant, former member of the AMS Board of Directors, and a recipient of the AMS Outstanding Thesis Award (1996) and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2004). AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood). AMI-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Angela K. Murray, PhD, is an assistant research professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, AMS senior researcher & coordinator, and editor of the Journal of Montessori Research.

Session 2: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Workshop A: “Montessori Inclusion Endorsement and ADA Regulations”

Presenters: Lisanne Pinciotti, Gina Lofquist, Natalie Danner

In 2015, the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission (TEAC) created a Montessori Special Education Task Force to study, discuss, and plan a new Montessori Inclusion Endorsement (the name is tentative) that would support AMS-credentialed teachers in more effectively working with children with disabilities. Gina and Lisanne will discuss the requirements for course content as they are being conceptualized, as well as instructor qualifications, contact hours, and expected adult learner outcomes.

Federal laws and mandates (ADA, Section 504, and IDEA) impact both public AND private Montessori schools. Montessori teachers and administrators need to know what is and what is not allowed in school policies and procedures. Natalie will present valuable information on the ADA to share with prospective teachers and administrators in your TEPs.

Lisanne Pinciotti, MEd, is director of the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program in New York City, NY, and a member of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Administrator).

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Natalie Danner, PhD, is an assistant professor of Early Childhood education at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Workshop B: “Building A Community of Anti-Bias Montessori Educators: An Essential Aspect of Peace Education”

Presenter: Tiffany Jewell

Learn about anti-bias education and why our Montessori programs should understand and implement it as a component of peace education. You will be introduced to the 4 goals of anti-bias education, learn what is happening in the Social Justice Montessori community, and create and share a vision for the future of Montessori educators. We will focus on how to build a community of learners ready to embrace anti-bias education and take action towards positive change within ourselves, classrooms, schools, and communities.

Tiffany Jewell is a Lower Elementary teacher at the Montessori School of Northampton in Northampton, MA; as well as an anti-racist educator, a member of the executive committee for Montessori for Social Justice; and curriculum development committee coordinator for ABAR (Anti-Bias, AntiRacist) Education.

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