AMS Teacher Educators Section Annual Meeting

Directors and faculty of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs are invited to this annual event, which offers networking and professional development and is held in conjunction with the American Montessori Society’s Annual Conference. Representatives from applicant teacher education programs are welcome to attend.

2016 TES Annual Meeting & Professional Development Event
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL

Our gathering in Chicago will focus on mentoring teachers during and after their practicum, and supporting and encouraging the emerging leaders among them. We crafted the program using feedback shared by attendees after last year’s Annual Meeting.

For more information, e-mail Abbie Kelly.

Registration

Advance registration is open now through February 22. To register, log in with your TEP ID and password, then click "Webinar & Meeting Registration" in the blue navigation box on the left side of your screen.

You may register on-site at the Sheraton on March 10 from 7:15 – 9:00 AM. The on-site registration fee is $75/person.

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Schedule At A Glance

Wednesday, March 9

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: “Meet & Mingle” Join us for this gathering just for TES community!

Thursday, March 10

7:30 – 8:15 AM: Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:00 AM: TES Annual Business Meeting

9:00 – 10:15 AM: Keynote Address. P. Donohue Shortridge, “What Interns and New Teachers (Not to Mention School Owners) Need TEPs to Know”

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop Session 1

  • Choice 1A: “Supporting Pre-service Teachers through Clinical Supervision & Reflective Practice”
  • Choice 1B: “Supporting New Montessori Teachers”

12:00 – 1:30 PM:  Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Workshop Session 2

  • Choice 2A: “Mentoring Emerging Leaders: Why & How”
  • Choice 2B: “AMS & MACTE Verifiers Training”

3:15 – 4:30 PM: Breakout Discussions & Networking (all levels). Mentoring interns, new teachers, and emerging leaders

Friday, March 11

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Teacher Educators Networking Session

Schedule Details

Wednesday

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Meet & Mingle

Let’s gather to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. This is our time to socialize, network, meet with TEAC commissioners, AMS staff, and one another. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open.

Thursday

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM: Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM: TES Business Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM:  Keynote Address

“What Interns and New Teachers (Not to Mention School Owners) Need TEPs to Know”
Presented by: P. Donohue Shortridge
In her keynote presentation, Donohue will address mentoring interns and new teachers. Drawing from interviews with interns, new teachers, and school owners, as well as from her experience as a Montessori consultant working with numerous schools across the country, she will offer concrete suggestions for how teacher educators and their programs might enhance mentoring strategies.

P. Donohue Shortridge, a frequent writer on Montessori matters, conducts staff development workshops, in-class observations, teacher mentoring, and parent-night talks at Montessori schools worldwide. She is also a guest lecturer at Montessori teacher education programs. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

10:30 AM – Noon:  Workshop Session 1

Choose 1 of the following workshops.

Choice 1A: “Supporting Pre-Service Teachers through Clinical Supervision & Reflective Practice”
Presented by: Laura Saylor and Ginger McKenzie
This workshop will present the process of clinical supervision as well as levels of reflective practice as a way to promote individualized and targeted development of pre-service Montessori teachers. Whether you are a teacher preparation program supervisor, administrator, or teacher, you will be empowered to support pre-service teachers and other professionals in their growth as highly reflective practitioners.

Ginger Kelley McKenzie, EdD, is a Montessori consultant and researcher, and member of the AMS Board of Directors. Formerly she was an assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy at the Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program in Cincinnati, OH; and a Montessori executive and teacher for all levels, Early Childhood through Elementary II, in Amarillo, TX. NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).

Laura Saylor, PhD, is an assistant professor of inclusive Early Childhood education at the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH. She is a Montessori consultant and researcher, and sits on the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II).

Choice 1B: “Supporting New Montessori Teachers”
Presented by: Hilary Green and Debbie Kukielka
The many demands on a new Montessori teacher come from her teacher education program during the practicum year, as well as from her school. In addition, a new teacher needs support from the school and the supervising teacher. Learn how all involved can assist one another, including strategies for new teachers to balance tasks and time and to know when and how to ask for help.

Hilary Green is the director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD, and a member of the administrative team at the Barrie School. She is an elected member-at-large for the AMS Teacher Educator Section (TES) and vice chair of the Teacher Educators Action Commission (TEAC). Hilary has many years of classroom experience. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

Debbie Kukielka is a logistics and level coordinator and instructor at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD, and educational director and an Early Childhood teacher at Little Genius Montessori School in Rockville, MD. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

Noon – 1:30 PM:  Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM:  Workshop Session 2

Choose 1 of the following workshops.

Choice 2A: Mentoring Emerging Leaders: Why & How 
Presented by: Robyn Breiman and Julie Bragdon
The data is in. More than 1/3 of current AMS heads of schools are approaching traditional retirement age. AMS is facing a school leadership crisis and must work to prepare people with the skills to successfully take on a headship. TEP directors face the same challenge—how to prepare the next generation of teacher education directors and instructors. This workshop will be a conversation about how TEPs, who are in a unique position for identifying leadership challenges and opportunities, can be involved in supporting the next generation of Montessori leaders—be they in schools, training programs, or other venues.

Robyn Breiman, MEd, is a co-founder and co-director of Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative and a teacher educator and school consultant. She serves on Executive Committee of the AMS Board of Directors and is a member of several AMS committees including the School Leadership Development Committee. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II).

Julie Bragdon, MEd, is assistant head of school at Montessori School of Denver in Denver, CO, treasurer of the AMS Board of Directors, and a member of several AMS committees including the School Leadership Development Committee. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Choice 2B: MACTE & AMS Verifiers Training
Presented by: Rebecca Pelton, Barbara Ervin, and Hilary Green
In our roles as directors and and teacher educators in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs, we engage in reflection and assessment during the affiliation and accreditation process. If we want to have our own TEP visits be effective and professional, we must be willing to “pay this volunteer act forward” in the service of other members of AMS. This workshop is for all TES directors and instructors. It will help you understand the current AMS standards for affiliation and TEAC’s expectations for quality, and help you bring your own course into compliance with all standards before it is time to write your next annual report or self-study. It will also increase the pool of knowledgeable and qualified individuals serving on on-site teams—which will benefit all of us.

Rebecca Pelton, EdD, is executive director of MACTE. Rebecca taught in public and private schools for over 20 years before switching to a career in teacher program accreditation. For 14 years, she served as vice president of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. She has presented at many national conferences and participated in on-site visits too numerous to count.

Barbara Ervin, MEd, is director of the Lander University Montessori Teacher Education Program and chair of the Teacher Educators Action Commission (TEAC). AMS-accredited (Early Childhood, Elementary I).  . 

Hilary Green is the director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD, and a member of the administrative team at the Barrie School. She is an elected member-at-large for the AMS Teacher Educator Section (TES) and vice chair of the Teacher Educators Action Commission (TEAC). Hilary has many years of classroom experience. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Breakout Discussions & Networking by Level

Mentoring of Interns, New Teachers, & Emerging Leaders
Facilitators: TEAC level representatives

Friday

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Teacher Educators Networking Session

This is a flexible, audience-driven networking opportunity for faculty and directors of Montessori teacher education programs to gather and talk briefly about a specific topic. Planned topics are derived from evaluation surveys provided by attendees at the prior TES meeting. This year the topics of greatest interest include ways to mentor newly credentialed teachers and procedures for developing new instructors for teacher education programs.  

In addition, attendees are always invited to share their own questions, questions and announcements as time permits. Format is small breakout discussions organized by program level.  It is a great way to meet others and an excellent opportunity for veteran educators to share what they know with newcomers. Bring your lunch and join others in a lively conversation around the challenges and rewards we all face as we work to develop the next generation of Montessori educators. 

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