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Webinars

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Webinars hosted by AMS are an economical way to bring real-time, interactive learning experiences right into your office, classroom, or home. Our Webinars are presented by Montessori educators and other experts in related fields; interactive; and a convenient and efficient way to earn 1.5 clock hours of AMS continuing professional development.

Unless otherwise noted, the price 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, July 17, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“A Shared Humanity: Geography Lessons that Go Beyond Borders”
Presenter: Angie Meadows
For: Early Childhood teachers

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There are no borders from outer space, just one planet and one people. How can we teach our students to see beyond their nationality or race and instead see the human race? This webinar will provide a plethora of resources to help you enhance your early childhood geography lessons. Presenter Angie Meadows will cover topics, materials, and resources related to physical geography—including landforms and globes. From there, she will pivot into methods for discussing the political and cultural geography of the Western Hemisphere through the customs and traditions of its native peoples.

Angie Meadows is head of school at Clementine Montessori in Philadelphia, PA. She has over 20 years of experience as a Montessori parent, teacher, teacher educator, and school leader. Angie holds AMS Early Childhood, Elementary I, and School Administrator credentials. Always eager to learn, she is currently pursuing an MEd from St. Catherine University.


Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Starting Off the School Year for Reading Success”
Presenter: Linda S. Zankowsky, EdD 
For: Early Childhood and Elementary teachers and school administrators; teacher educators

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Following the child to reading independence requires thoughtful planning and consideration as Montessori teachers enter the new school year. Drawing from her work on classroom-based assessment in Montessori schools, Linda will provide an overview of developmental benchmarks in reading and specific ways that Montessori teachers can learn about children in relation to those benchmarks in the first 6 weeks of school. Using this information, you will be better prepared to ensure that your classroom environments and activities support each child’s growth as a reader.

Linda S. Zankowsky, EdD, an associate director at the Delaware Center for Teacher Education at the University of Delaware, where she leads the Office of Clinical Studies, is a former head of school at Wilmington Montessori School in Wilmington, DE, a past member of the AMS Research Committee and the AMS Task Force on Professional Development, and the vice chair of Montessori Works, an organization devoted to expanding accessible Montessori in Delaware. Linda’s doctoral dissertation, “School-Wide Reading Assessment in a Montessori Program,” is available online in the AMS Research Library.


Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

“Montessori & Autism”
Presenter: Michelle Lane-Barmapov
For: Teachers and parents of children of all ages

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This webinar will introduce teachers and parents to ways of effectively working with children on the autism spectrum by blending the Montessori approach with ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Attendees come away with strategies to put to use immediately both in school and at home. No pre-knowledge of ABA is required.

Michelle Lane-Barmapov is founder of the Lane Montessori School for Autism (previously known as the Toronto Montessori School for Autism) in Toronto, Canada. This not-for-profit school was the first of its kind to combine Applied Behavior Analysis with the Montessori curriculum—an approach Michele herself created. (Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, the school closed in 2010.) Currently Michelle is a French Immersion Montessori teacher in Toronto, Ontario. She also has a consulting business (“Lane”), which offers families and professionals the opportunity to learn about the blended method and implement strategies in their own programs. A former Montessori student, Michelle is the author of Autism-A Montessori Approach. In 2005, she was awarded The Premier’s Award in recognition of her outstanding work in special education and Montessori. She holds an AMS Early Childhood credential and lives in Toronto with her husband and 3 children.


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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