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Webinars

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Webinars hosted by the American Montessori Society are an economical way to bring real-time, interactive learning experiences right into your office, classroom, or home. Presented by Montessori educators and other experts in related fields, our webinars are a convenient and efficient way to earn 1.5 clock hours that qualify for the AMS professional development requirement.

Many of our webinars are also available for rental as webcasts, allowing you to fit professional development into your schedule at the time that works best for you.

Unless otherwise noted, the prices for webinars are:

Individuals (1 participant at 1 computer)
$45 AMS member
$65 general public 

Organizations (unlimited participants at 1 computer)
$175 AMS member school or affiliated teacher education program
$225 non-member school, unaffiliated program, or other nonmember organization

If you register for a webinar and then cancel, we will credit your payment toward another Webinar of your choice.

Registration for webinars closes at 4:00 PM (ET) on the day of the presentation.

Upcoming Webinars

Dates and topics are subject to change. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Language Development, Neuroscience, & Montessori”
Presenter: Julia Volkman
For: Teachers of children who are infants – age 12

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How can we use the teachings of neuroscience to bring language alive and inspire children to choose language work in our Montessori classrooms? How can we guide children to independent language expression and creativity? Join us for a brain-based look at the meeting point of current research and Montessori pedagogy.

Julia Volkman is the founder and president of Maitri Learning, a Montessori materials company; and a teacher and mentor to children and teachers since 1997. A former teaching assistant for the Mind, Brain, Health, and Education course at Harvard University’s Extension School, she is now nearing completion of her master’s degree in psychology, also at Harvard. Julia’s studies focus on cognitive neuroscience and neuroeducation (a transdisciplinary approach to education that considers the child’s genetics, environment, capacities, and interests). She is also a former advisory panel member for and contributor to the Annenberg Foundation’s Neuroscience in the Classroom course and an intern supervisor for the Northeast Montessori Institute. Julia holds an AMI Early Childhood credential.


Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Using Cosmic Education to Teach Peace & Social Justice”
Presenter: Michael Duffy
For: Teachers of children of all ages

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By emphasizing our common origins with other humans, other living species, and with Earth and the universe itself, the Montessori Cosmic Education curriculum calls upon each person to help make the world more peaceful, socially just, and respectful of nature. This workshop will explore practical ways to make this understanding of a part of the classroom at every level, so that teachers and students alike will increase consciousness and awareness of our personal cosmic task.

Michael Duffy, MEd, has been involved in Montessori education since his daughter entered her first Montessori class some 40 years ago. After 21 years as a journalist, he became a teacher, earning AMS EI-II credentials. Michael was a cofounder of Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA, where he taught at the Elementary I and II levels, and ran the school's media center. A consultant to schools nationwide, he has also been a teacher educator for CMTE/NY and Montessori teacher education programs in Puerto Rico and Vancouver. Michael is the author of Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain and the co-author of Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students.


Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Boys & Girls Learn Differently”
Presenter: Michael Gurian
For: Teachers and parents of children of all ages, school administrators, teacher educators

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Bestselling author Michael Gurian will share his extensive research on the differences in how boys and girls learn, addressing such influencers as distinctions in hard-wiring and socialized gender differences. Michael will presents a proven method to educate our children based on brain science, neurological development, and chemical and hormonal disparities. 

Michael Gurian is a social philosopher, family therapist, corporate consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of 26 books published in 20 languages. Titles include The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently, and Leadership and the Sexes. Michael has pioneered efforts to bring neurobiology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs, and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.


Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“No More Mean Girls: Creating Positive Girl Behavior”
Presenter: Yvonne Nass
For: Teachers and parents of girls of all ages

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We’ve all come across “mean girls” in the classroom and home, and witnessed their disruptive influence—but how do we deal with them? In this webinar, certified parent educator Yvonne Ness will address these so-called “mean girls” and explore causes, typical behaviors, and impact on a group. You will come away with helpful strategies for balancing out these behaviors in a positive manner, resulting in an improved social atmosphere in your classroom or home. 

Yvonne Nass is a certified parent educator and Adlerian family counselor, and a member of the board of directors of First State Montessori Academy in Wilmington, DE. For over 40 years, she has developed and taught parent education curriculums to a diverse group of parents and caregivers, and facilitated training workshops in classroom management for educators, including Montessori teachers. Her greatest joy is to assist in building the self-esteem of a child who is struggling emotionally and socially in school.


Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Montessori & STEM”
Presenter: Catherine Ibes
For: Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary teachers and school administrators

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In this webinar, you will learn how to create an integrated lesson sequence using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the “STEM” fields. Among the many takeaways will be a spiraling lesson sequence that works across all levels, engaging Early Childhood students through sensory design and story, and serving Elementary and Secondary students’ investigation of slope and the history of the inclined plane.

Catherine Ibes, MA, is a Montessori consultant and an adjunct professor at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN, and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. She is a co-developer and co-instructor of the Montessori STEM Graduate Certificate and has been a head teacher at Montessori schools in Berkeley, CA, and Elk River, MN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I-II).


Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“iPad Uses for Montessori Teachers”
Presenter: Elizabeth Park
For: Early Childhood and Elementary teachers and teacher educators

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Are you intent on getting the most out of educational technology in your Montessori classroom? In this webinar, Elizabeth Park will explore the usefulness of iPads at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, including how the iPad can be used to facilitate language development and self-directed learning, both for typically developing children and those with special needs. She will also fill you in the latest research, methods, and apps. Time will be allotted for you to ask questions.

Elizabeth Park, MS, MEd, is the director of Early Childhood education and the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu Montessori Teacher Education Program in HI, and a member of the Montessori Life Editorial Advisory Board. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Divide & Conquer! A Math Refresher for Teachers of Elementary Students”
Presenter: Betsy Lockhart
For: Elementary teachers and teacher educators

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Have your students conquered division or is division conquering them? This workshop will refresh your understanding of the links between concrete and abstract division of wholes, fractions, and decimals, offering precise language that more deeply connects children (and parents) with materials, leading them naturally toward abstraction without teaching processes abstractly.

Betsy Lockhart is the Elementary coordinator and an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Evergreen, CO. She has been an Elementary teacher at Montessori School of Lakewood and Montessori School of Evergreen, both in CO, and a science instructor at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I-II).


Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Water Activities Beyond Float & Sink”
Presenter: Marie Conti
For: Early Childhood and Elementary teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators

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What do your students know about evaporation, absorption, saturation, precipitation, and pollution? This webinar will give you a wealth of ideas for step-by-step lessons that include experiments and other activities that will pique their curiosity about the many properties of water—and set them on the road to exploration and discovery. Along the way, they will also develop an appreciation for water as a fragile resource. You’ll also come away with a list of recommended reading to help further your knowledge (and theirs), relevant websites, and suggestions for materials that can support water work both inside and outside your classroom—many of which can be found right at home.

Marie Conti, MEd, is head of school at The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, PA, and the former AMS senior director of school accreditation & member programs. She has 35 years of experience in Montessori, wearing many hats: teacher, teacher educator, teacher education program director, school administrator, and regional group leader. In 2009, she was honored with the Montessori Teachers Association of Pennsylvania's Award of Excellence. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Thursday, April 30, 2015 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Montessori Beginnings: Weekly Community Experiences for Infants & Parents>”
Presenter: Martha Carver and Tracey Hall
For: Infant &Toddler teachers and school administrators

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Join us for a look at the joys and challenges of developing a Montessori community for babies and young toddlers from birth through 23 months of age and one of their parents or caregivers. Topics to be addressed include the needs of the adult, environmental design, snack, adult education, songs, materials, community building, economics, database development, staffing, budgeting, and the impacts on enrollment.

Martha Carver is head of Rock Prairie Montessori School in Janesville, WI. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Tracey Hall coordinates and leads Montessori Beginnings, an infant and parent program at Rock Prairie Montessori School in Janesville, WI, and is an Infant & Toddler faculty member at Houston Montessori Center in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).

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