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American Montessori Society webcasts are now available for you to rent and view on-demand. Each on-demand webinar provides valuable information for your classroom, home, or program—and can earn you hours of continuing professional development (CPDs) that qualify for the AMS professional development requirement. Viewable anytime, from anywhere, AMS webcasts let you fit professional development into your schedule at the time that works best for you.

Pricing:
$55 individual (CPD certificate for 1 person)
$200 group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)
All webcast rentals are valid for 30 days.

Certificates of Continuing Professional Development

Each on-demand webinar qualifies the viewer for a CPD certificate of attendance, and earns the renter or renting group 1.5 hours of AMS continuing professional development. Individual renters receive 1 CPD. Groups can receive up to 20. All CPD requests must be made within the 30-day rental period. To receive your CPD(s), send an e-mail to support@amshq.org within the 30-day rental period. Include the name(s) of the viewer(s), the title of the webcast, the date of rental and confirmation number from Vimeo. A completed CPD will be emailed back to you within 2 business days.

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Inclusion for Secondary Students with Learning Exceptionalities

Learn how you can best support a Montessori Secondary environment that is inclusive of diverse learners, including those with exceptionalities.

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    A Montessori Guide to Teaching Conflict-Resolution Skills to Young Children

    In this webinar you’ll learn strategies for teaching conflict resolution skills to children. The presentation will address the needs of socially diverse classrooms, and how best to craft your peace lessons for children who have not yet developed strong concepts of tolerance, respect, and acceptance.

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      Anti-Bias Education for Students & Educators Alike

      We will embark on the process of understanding ourselves and our students through the lens of Anti-Bias Education: an active approach to maintaining a culturally responsive environment for all learners. This webinar will introduce you to the 4 goals of Anti-Bias Education for children and the 5 goals for adults.

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        Anti-Bias Education for Students & Educators Alike, Part 2

        Some of us may ask how or even why discussions of race, gender, and other topics are relevant or appropriate. This webinar continues the discussion began in our previous webinar with a discussion on the importance of anti-biased, anti-racist practice at individual, class-wide and school-wide levels; and offers concrete tools to support you in the essential task of continuing your own spiritual preparation.

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          Breaking the Cycle - Uncovering the Roots of Misbehavior

          Join us as we understand and learn to respond to children with chronic behavioral challenges in a manner that is both proactive and consistent with the Montessori approach for respect in the classroom.

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            Building a Simple Yet Rich Birth to 3 Environment Indoors, Outdoors, and at Home

            This webinar will show you how to create a well-prepared Montessori environment with children’s stages of development in mind, whether at school or at home.

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              Building the Self: A Toolkit for Self-Regulation

              Our presenter will outline methods for preparing an environment for self-regulation, including tools for planning, goal setting, time management and behavior management. He will also describe community norms in which children co-create and collaboratively maintain the rules.

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                Building the Self: Self-Regulation, the Successor to Normalization

                Biff Maier presents recent research in self-regulation and its compatibility with Montessori’s vision of the normalized child.

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                  Children's House Extension for Geography and Science

                  Explore ways to think beyond ordinary extensions of the basic presentation of geography and science.

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                    Classroom Assistants & You: Cultivating Healthy Relationships

                    Recognizing the assistant as a crucial aspect of classroom success, our presenter will walk you through concrete steps to take for building a checklist for your assistant to follow, when and how to allow your assistant to take on greater responsibilities in the classroom, and defining and respectfully enforcing boundaries.

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                      Common Core & the Montessori EC Classroom

                      With the universal Pre-K movement gaining momentum nationally, Montessori Early Childhood programs are faced with the challenge of demonstrating measurable progress towards Common-Core-based learning standards. This webinar will offer insights into how to align Montessori curriculum at the Early Childhood level with Common Core learning standards.

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                        Common Core in the Early Childhood Classroom

                        Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)
                        Gelsey Steinbrecher will offer insights into aligning a Montessori Early Childhood curricula with Common Core State Standards.

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                          Conducting Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

                          Learn how to prepare for and conduct regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Ideas will be shared for creating opportunities for productive, open communication for all involved, and to avoid common pitfalls in communicating with parents.

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                            Connections Matter: Skills for Creating, Strengthening, & Maintaining Meaningful Interpersonal Connections

                            Learn techniques to help you and your students initiate, maintain, and strengthen connections in all areas of your lives.

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                              Cosmic Extensions for the Early Elementary Years

                              This webinar will help you take a new look at your existing Elementary I Cosmic curriculum and provide you with helpful and creative ideas for adding depth and breadth to it through the use of well-planned, well-designed, and well-executed extensions.

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                                Creating Community: Differentiation in Secondary Montessori Classrooms

                                In this webinar, we will describe methods useful for enabling an interdisciplinary, thematic, and collaborative approach to Secondary subjects in which students are not grouped by abilities or age.

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                                  Curricular Extensions for Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

                                  Explore how to add substance and depth to your Montessori Early Childhood Science environment.  We will develop curricular extensions and address how to ground those presentations in previous Montessori work so that the spiral curriculum of Montessori continues. 

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                                    Developing Social Imagination through Nature, Art, & Play

                                    This webinar on social imagination will integrate current research on the brain, place-based learning, and creativity; examine the benefits of nature, art, and play in Montessori education; and provide intentional ways to respect the past and envision a better world.

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                                      Divide & Conquer! A Math Refresher for Teachers of Elementary Students

                                      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.

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                                        Educating for “Ecoliteracy” in the Montessori Classroom

                                        Our presenters will explore the numerous connections between the Montessori and Children & Nature movements and offer practical ways to promote “ecological literacy” in our prepared environments.

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                                          Elementary Practical Life - Beyond Grace and Courtesy

                                          Feel confident incorporating examples and projects within your classrooms, as our presenters discuss activities of Elementary Practical Life within the framework of the planes of development and Montessori’s understanding of the human tendencies.

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                                            Freedom as the First Period in the Toddler 3-Period Lesson

                                            In this webinar, presenter Rebecca Thompson-Stewart will present her perspective—drawn from Dr. Montessori’s writings, knowledge of child development, and classroom experience—that the toddler’s exploratory behavior is the first period of the 3-period lesson for Toddlers.

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                                              From Sensation to Abstraction: The Role of Sensorial Materials

                                              This webinar will show how, in our increasingly technologically driven culture, sensorial materials form an essential foundation for both language and math development. We will also cover the challenges of keeping the sensorial curriculum fresh, and identifying the challenges of communicating the importance of sensorial education.

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                                                Fundamental Practices of Motivation

                                                Are the children you know motivated by rewards, or praise, or their own hard work? In this webinar, you will learn why rewards hinder a student’s natural desire to learn, how praise can be a type of reward, and how this impacts a student’s development and sense of self.

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                                                  Healthy Classrooms

                                                  This webinar will introduce participants to the Healthy Classroom Checklist− addressing social interactions, work choices, independence, and classroom management techniques.

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                                                    Helping Children Experience the Joy and Wonder of Summer

                                                    Learn enticing activities for your children, from backyard and urban adventures, photography explorations, natural crafts, writing investigations, and more to keep everyone happy all summer long!

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                                                      Classroom Management in an Inclusive Montessori Environment

                                                      Learn how to analyze and measure children’s classroom behavior and to acquire specific strategies and classroom modifications that will empower each child’s self-control—and come away with techniques to monitor ongoing progress.

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                                                        Differentiated Montessori Instruction for Students with Learning Differences

                                                        Come review the essentials for serving all your students, and learn simple modifications to presentations of Montessori lessons to best serve children with learning differences.

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                                                          Inclusion from Birth

                                                          This workshop will cover all the aspects of building an inclusive classroom, from what to look for and how to gather data in Infant and Toddler classrooms to effective and supportive communication and coordination with families, pediatricians, and therapists.

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                                                            Inclusion in the Montessori Environment (7 Webinars)

                                                            This webinar bundle provides access to 7 workshops that address inclusion within the Montessori environment—all for 1 low price. You will come away understanding the history, vocabulary, and best practices around inclusive classrooms, along with tools and techniques for student assessment and observation, curriculum design, and for offering support to vulnerable children.

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                                                              Respecting Each Child’s Learning Differences

                                                              Explore inclusion in Montessori environments through a historical look at the influences on and development of Maria Montessori’s pedagogy and a comparison of the planes of development and sensitive periods for typical children and those with exceptionalities.

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                                                                Special Needs Differentiation in the Early Childhood Classroom

                                                                This workshop will define and discuss AMS’s new Montessori Inclusion Endorsement and the processes and tools—including specific differentiated Montessori materials from all curricular areas—to best serve students with exceptionalities.

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                                                                  Strategies & Tools for Inclusion

                                                                  Explore observation and assessment that align with Montessori pedagogy and keys to understanding and using evaluation results—and take home an observation tool to evaluate attention and concentration.

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                                                                    Internalizing the Hierarchy of Numbers

                                                                    This webinar will not only reacquaint attendees with important introductory lessons on the hierarchy, but will also explore new ways to use traditional Montessori materials that are already in the classroom, as well as new materials that focus on hierarchy in engaging and unique ways.

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                                                                      iPad Uses for Montessori Teachers

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        Let's Make Music!

                                                                        Be prepared to tap your feet and sway to the beat as Frank Leto, one of Montessori’s favorite musicians, demonstrates the many benefits of music education in the classroom or home.

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                                                                          Leveraging Current Research to Support Montessori

                                                                          Demand for data and research to support the proliferation of Montessori principles and practices is growing quickly, as is research from mainstream education supporting Montessori practices. We’ll talk about how to make this data work for you in your efforts to champion Montessori—whether to parents, future Montessori educators, or public policy wonks.

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                                                                            Lighting a Child's Inborn Sense of Wonder: Mobilizing Your School to Bring Nature Back to Children

                                                                            You’ll experience activities and curriculum ideas that engage students with the natural world through art, creative writing, science observation, and alternatives to traditional play concepts, all using available natural space.

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                                                                              Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Practical Applications of a Developmental Continuum

                                                                              Dr. Phinney and Dr. Ward will provide an extensive and practical literacy continuum framework that will enable you to meet the needs of the wide range of development found within any group of literacy learners, regardless of age/grade level.

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                                                                                Marketing your Montessori School: Basics to Boost Enrollment

                                                                                Join us for an overview of marketing principles and a deep dig into concepts that represent real-world examples of effective school marketing.

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                                                                                  Math, the Spiral Curriculum, and the Layering of Learning

                                                                                  The Pink Tower is just the beginning of the mathematical curriculum that spirals out from this majestic material. Come, see, and understand the depth of the Pink Tower and how layering of learning happens organically in the classroom.

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                                                                                    Mindfulness & Education for Peace

                                                                                    This presentation will address the need for intentionality in keeping the spirit of peace alive in the Montessori classroom and school, and explain how mindfulness activities can play a vital part in this.

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                                                                                      Montessori Principles: Creating a Dynamic Parent-Education Program

                                                                                      Come learn how one school took a good hard look at what today’s parents need and redesigned its parent-education program to engage and educate its community—resulting in parent participation that has never been higher.

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                                                                                        Montessori Principles: Observation: Montessori's Secret Ingredient

                                                                                        This webinar will you think more broadly about observation at the administrative level, used not only as an annual employee assessment tool but as a way to achieve a more encompassing view of classroom and school effectiveness. 

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                                                                                          Montessori Principles: Pulling It All Together

                                                                                          Join us for an overview of the basic Montessori elements that will help you, as a school administrator, guide your school community knowledgeably, confidently, and effectively.

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                                                                                            Montessori Principles: The Prepared Environment

                                                                                            We will explore the 6 principles of the Montessori prepared environment—freedom, structure & order, beauty, nature & reality, social environment, and intellectual environment—and discuss your role, as school leader, in ensuring that objectives for your classroom environments are met, so that students may experience success and joy in learning “the Montessori way.”

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                                                                                              Montessori Principles: The Role of the Montessori Teacher

                                                                                              This webinar will present a key to guiding your Montessori school effectively by understanding the role of the teacher, along with the big-picture understanding of the basic concepts informing the curriculum, tone, and environment of your school.

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                                                                                                Montessori Teacher Development: Nurturing the Seeds of Transformation

                                                                                                When we nurture and nourish the seeds of transformation, we can truly blossom. During this webinar, we will use the imagery of a seed to identify what is needed to break through the protective coat of our current Montessori practices.

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                                                                                                  No More Mean Girls: Creating Positive Girl Behavior

                                                                                                  Certified parent educator Yvonne Nass will address these so-called “mean girls” and explore causes, typical behaviors, and impact on a group, and she will provide helpful strategies for balancing out these behaviors in a positive manner.

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                                                                                                    Nurturing Nature Inside and Outside the Early Childhood Classroom

                                                                                                    Learn practical ways to help children connect to nature using botany and zoology materials that emphasize your local plants and animals.

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                                                                                                      Perspectives in the New Literacy: Coding, Programming, and Problem-Solving

                                                                                                      Our students are part of the continually evolving digital world and have an opportunity to engage critically and purposefully with technology. The presentation will share different ways to introduce programming, and coding concepts to complement and support the Montessori curriculum.

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                                                                                                        Preparing the Environment for Children with Sensory-Processing Needs

                                                                                                        In this webinar, we will investigate the identifying features of children with sensory challenges, including children who are on the autism spectrum and those with sensory-processing disorders. We will explore simple strategies and adaptations that can be utilized to support the learning and behavioral needs of these children who don’t fit the typical developmental patterns.

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                                                                                                          Professional Development That Mirrors Montessori Principles & Practices

                                                                                                          In this webinar you'll be exposed to the guiding philosophy of why professional development matters, how it is best administered, creating effective professional development plans, and measuring its effectiveness. This presentation is a must-view for administrators looking to craft a professional development plan for their staff.

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                                                                                                            Retaining Third-Year Students in the Early Childhood Classroom

                                                                                                            Join this webinar and learn how to market your the 3 years that form the complete cycle of your school’s Early Childhood program, highlighting a specific and clear, individualized curriculum with tri-annual benchmarks (as opposed to annual). 

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                                                                                                              School Accreditation 101

                                                                                                              If you are contemplating AMS accreditation for your Montessori school, or if you are just beginning the process, participation in AMS’s School Accreditation 101 will provide you with vital information about protocol, goals, and more.

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                                                                                                                School Financial-Management Basics

                                                                                                                Presented by a longtime head of school and former treasurer of several organizations, Dane Peters will look at strategies for budget building, including establishing and collecting fees, financial aid, and employee care.

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                                                                                                                  Science Activities for Toddlers

                                                                                                                  How do you incorporate science into the Toddler education? Julie Eskenazi will provide examples, and help you generate ideas on how to create your own materials to promote learning in the classroom.

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                                                                                                                    “Sex & Pizza”: Human Development & Sex-Ed for Montessori Upper Elementary

                                                                                                                    We'll share ways to guide parents and children in navigating the journey toward adult bodies and adult behaviors, including teaching the vocabulary for naming reproductive body parts; guiding children to formulate questions about human development, identity, and sexuality; and answering their questions in a respectful, open, and honest manner.

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                                                                                                                      Sharing Montessori Philosophy with Parents: Home Visits & Beyond

                                                                                                                      As Montessori teachers, we have a keen understanding of the philosophy that drives our practice with infants and toddlers—but don’t always have the resources or confidence to share it effectively with parents. In this webinar, you will learn why home visits offer an excellent avenue for sharing information about Montessori philosophy.

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                                                                                                                        Socratic Discourse: Preparing the Environment for Thinking, Listening, & Speaking

                                                                                                                        In this refresher course for trained Montessori Secondary teachers who are familiar with conducting structured discussions with their students, you will be invited to examine key components needed for conducting successful Socratic discussions* with adolescents. After a review of relevant background information, the focus will turn to preparatory lessons, choosing appropriate texts, and writing and clustering questions as the “prepared environment” for discussion.

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                                                                                                                          Supporting Parents with Grace and Courtesy

                                                                                                                          To truly help the child reach his potential, a positive collaboration based on mutual respect and support is needed between educators and parents. In this workshop, we will discuss how, as Montessori teachers, we can mindfully provide parents with both moral support and concrete information about the planes of development.

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                                                                                                                            Tapping the Power of Art & Creativity in Young Children

                                                                                                                            In this session, our presenters will provide you with ways of nurturing creativity through art activities and experiences in all children.

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                                                                                                                              Teaching Written Language to Children with Learning Differences

                                                                                                                              This webinar will offer a learning model that has proven effective at helping children who have learning differences or are at-risk for learning differences achieve success in reading, writing, and spelling, by integrating the Montessori written language curriculum with several other multi-sensory learning approaches.

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                                                                                                                                Technology for the Digital Immigrant

                                                                                                                                This webinar will focus on cross-platform computer programs that can be used to improve school administration and classroom management.

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                                                                                                                                  Transdisciplinary Education: Applying Montessori Philosophy to Secondary Curriculum

                                                                                                                                  John Branch will explain how transdisciplinary learning is a critical component of Montessori Secondary education.

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                                                                                                                                    Trauma & Stress, Session 1: Understanding the Effects on Children

                                                                                                                                    Gain an understanding of how exposure to traumatic events and/or adverse childhood experiences can influence a student’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional abilities.

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                                                                                                                                      Trauma & Stress, Session 2: Trauma, Triggers, & Interventions for the Classroom

                                                                                                                                      Learn why difficult behaviors may be occurring in your classroom and positive strategies to utilize when working with students who have been exposed to traumatic events.

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                                                                                                                                        Trauma & Stress, Session 3: Burnout Is Real: Managing the Stress of the Classroom

                                                                                                                                        Secondary traumatic stress is common among teachers. Teachers not only have academic standards to uphold but many become the social-emotional coach in their students’ life. Learn techniques that will support your emotional health, allow you to find work life balance while continuing to meet the needs of your classroom.

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                                                                                                                                          Using Cosmic Education to Teach Peace & Social Justice

                                                                                                                                          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 a part of the classroom.

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                                                                                                                                            Whole-School Communities: Why They Matter, How to Build Them

                                                                                                                                            Our presenters will discus what we need to create community beyond the classroom; ways to assist children across ages in assuming contributing roles; and opportunities for how you can be an active member of your school community beyond the walls of your classroom.

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                                                                                                                                              Montessori Principles Webinar Package

                                                                                                                                              This 5-webinar package takes school leaders without a background in Montessori on a comprehensive journey through the world of Montessori: its pedagogy, principles, and practices—all for 1 low price!

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