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.
Dates and topics are subject to change. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)
“Linking Inputs & Outputs: Authentic Assessment for Authentic Montessori in the Public Sector”
Presenters: Keith Whitescarver and Jacqueline Cossentino
For: Public Montessori principals and other administrators
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Some of the most significant challenges faced by all public schools—Montessori and other—revolve around assessment. How do we demonstrate what our students know and can do? For Montessorians, this challenge is often made more acute by a testing regime that does not take into account the personalized and cumulative nature of learning in fully implemented Montessori schools. This session will present a framework for addressing this challenge. Drawing from preliminary results of the “What, Why, & How” research project, an investigation of the methods and outcomes of Montessori education in the United States, Jackie Cossentino and Keith Whitescarver will share an approach to documenting student outcomes and linking those outcomes to the unique nature of Montessori teaching and learning. They will reveal newly developed assessment tools and outcome measures that assist schools and teachers in “measuring what matters” in Montessori classrooms and schools. Together, these innovative measures offer potentially promising new ways to effectively document the deep learning that occurs in Montessori learning environments.
Keith Whitescarver, EdD, is director of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and a member of the AMS Archives Committee. His research on the history of the Montessori movement has appeared in Teachers College Record, Montessori Life, Montessori International, and other outlets.
Jacqueline Cossentino, EdD, is senior associate and director of research at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. Her work revolves around advancing fully implemented Montessori education in the public sector, and her research focuses on the development of expertise within Montessori educational culture.
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).
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