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AMS Teacher Educators Section Annual Meeting

TES 2014 Annual Meeting

Meet & Mingle: Wednesday evening, March 26
Meeting: Thursday, March 27
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX

Directors and faculty of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs are warmly invited to this yearly 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 observe the meeting as non-voting registrants.

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Online registration is now closed, but you may register on-site for the event. See you in Dallas!

To register as a group, log in to your Member Page using your organization's login ID and then click "Events & Meetings Registration" in the blue navigation box on the left.

Individuals Attending the Annual Conference
If you are not attending with a group, you can register for the meeting at the same time you register for the AMS 2014 Annual Conference. You’ll see an option to add the TES Annual Meeting to your conference registration on the Events page.

Individuals Not Attending the Annual Conference
Not planning to join us for the conference? You can still use the conference registration form, and select "Pre-Conference Only" as your registration type. Select the TES Annual Meeting from the Events page and you’ll only be charged the $50 for that event.

If you have questions about how to register please contact Leah Zak, AMS conference coordinator at

Program At-A-Glance

 Wednesday, March 26


 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 “Meet & Mingle”

 Thursday, March 27


 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

 Continental Breakfast (sponsored by AMS)

 8:15 AM – 8:50 AM

 TES Business Meeting

 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 Workshops: Session 1

 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

 Morning Break

 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

 Workshops: Session 2

 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

 Lunch on Your Own

 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

 Keynote Address: Rob Evans

 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

 Afternoon Break

 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 Breakout Discussions

 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 “Mister Rogers & Me”

 Friday, March 28


 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

 Teacher Educators Networking Session

Program Details

Wednesday, March 26

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: “Meet & Mingle”

Thursday, March 27

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM: Continental Breakfast (sponsored by AMS)

8:15 AM – 8:50 AM: TES Business Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Workshops: Session 1 (select A or B)

A: “Using Videotaping and Teacher Reflection during the Practicum Year”
Presenters: Marta Donohoe and Barb Scholtz
This workshop will offer an exploration of strategies to encourage adult learners' self-reflection during the practicum year. We will examine guidelines used by one program in their ongoing efforts to have TEP learners record aspects of their practice, reflect, and grow as Montessori teachers. We will share videotaping guidelines, presentations, and ideas, and begin conversations about drafting guidelines for additional levels. Time will be allocated for participants to brainstorm guidelines for their own needs.


B: “Teaching Teachers to Teach Their Team How to Redirect Children's Disorderly Behaviors”
Presenter: Donohoe Shortridge
It is not uncommon for new, inexperienced Montessori guides to be hesitant to instruct their assistants in how to redirect students’ behaviors. This workshop will offer suggestions for specific exercises that you can use in practice with TEP learners to boost their confidence in this leadership area.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Morning Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Workshops: Session 2 (select A or B)

A: “Montessorians Mentoring Montessorians”
Presenter: Donohue Shortridge
What role does the seasoned Montessorian play in mentoring new and upcoming Montessorians? This workshop will include telling the stories of participants' own journeys and present strategies for valorizing the journeys of up-and-comers.

B: “The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of the Observation World”
Presenters: Cheryll Ruszat, Rayann Palazzolo , and Floyd Creech
Finally—an observation tool that does it all! It documents observations quickly and easily in all areas of the curriculum and development. Ideal for adult learners, it trains them how to see what they are looking at, diagnose the next need of the child, and plan for further instruction—all at once. It is also an ideal tool for seasoned teachers—no more taking observations home to transcribe or writing of elaborate individual lesson plans! This presentation will explain the overall functions of the tool, demonstrate the easy process of using it, and give suggestions for how it can be adapted to your individual program.


11:45 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Keynote Address

“Helping Teachers Work with Today’s Parents”
Keynote Presenter: Rob Evans
Across the country, schools report that parents are more anxious than ever about their children’s success—and increasingly critical and demanding of the schools—yet less available to guide and support their children. Since few teachers are extensively trained in working with parents, communication issues are on the increase. Rob Evans—school consultant, clinical and organizational psychologist, and executive director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA—will outline ways of coping with these dilemmas and restructuring the parent-teacher partnership.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Afternoon Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM or 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (select Breakout Discussions or Film)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Breakout Discussions on Dr. Evan’s Keynote Address
Aggregated by course levels, you will address topics such as how to develop skills in beginning teachers, and what parents want to know at various stages of their children’s development, as well as at stages of their own development as parents.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: “Mister Rogers & Me”

Friday, March 28

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Teacher Educators Networking Session (for AMS 2014 Annual Conference registrants)


Floyd Creech, program director for the Florence School District One Montessori Teacher Education Program and the Director of School Readiness in Florence School District One, has 35 years of experience in early childhood education. He holds a Level 1 Resources for Infant Educarers Certificate and is a frequent on-site leader for MACTE accreditation visits.

Marta Donohoe, MEd, is executive director of CMStep and Montesori school consultant, and middle and high school program coordinator for Clark Montessori School, which she founded and previously directed. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – 11, Secondary 1 – 11).

Rob Evans, EdD, is also a keynote presenter at the American Montessori Society 2014 Annual Conference. Read more about Rob Evans.

Rayann Palazzolo, MA, is associate director of human resources for the Montessori Schools of Irvine, where she has worked for over 20 years. For 10 years previously, she was director of Northwood Montessori. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Cheryll Ruszat, MA, is executive director for the Montessori Schools of Irvine in CA. She has been an early childhood professional for more than 3 decades and was the recipient of the Instructor of Excellence award at UC Irvine.

Barb Scholtz, MEd, teaches curriculum and instruction and serves as a field supervisor and practicum director at CMStep. She is also an adjunct at Xavier University and serves on Clark Montessori School’s Local Decision-Making Committee and the Clark Montessori Foundation. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I-II).

Donohoe Shortridge, MA, is a Montessori school consultant, parent coach, writer, and speaker based in Littleton, CO. A Montessorian for over 30 years, she is also a Montessori teacher educator and mentor. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

Registration Rates

Teacher education programs: 1 complimentary registration for each AMS-affiliated course level

Each additional faculty member: $50

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