Montessori Teacher Educators Day

Thursday, March 16, 2023, Boston, MA

Our community needs you—the instructors and directors of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs—to continue to thrive in your essential role in preparing the Montessori teachers of tomorrow. With the demand for high-quality Montessori teachers continuously growing, it is more important than ever that AMS provide you with the information, inspiration, and organization you need to excel in your work.

Montessori Teacher Educators Day offers a full lineup of professional growth at The Montessori Event in Boston. We look forward to you joining us to connect with your peers and get to the heart of what it means to be a Montessori teacher educator.

Each AMS-affiliated TEP receives one complimentary registration voucher. Additional registrations are $70 USD and includes all programming, the keynote luncheon, and a networking reception. Register now.

Featuring Jamil ZakiJamil Zaki

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World


Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Using tools from psychology and neuroscience, he and his colleagues examine how empathy works and how people can learn to empathize more effectively. His writing on these topics has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic.

 

In his groundbreaking book, The War for Kindness, Jamil Zaki shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He also tells the stories of people who embody this new perspective, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances: a former neo-Nazi who is now helping to extract people from hate groups; ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them; Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks; and NICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don’t succumb to burnout.

 

With clarity and passion, Zaki offers us an inspiring call to action. The future may depend on whether we accept the challenge.


Schedule at a Glance

All times listed below are in the Eastern Time Zone.


8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration & Welcome
8:30 – 9:30 AM Teacher Education Annual Meeting
9:45 – 10:30 AM Instructor Academy Presentations
10:45 – 11:45 AM Intentional Design of a Teacher Education Program
12:00 – 1:30 PM Keynote & Luncheon: Jamil Zaki
1:45 – 2:45 PM Marketing AMS Teacher Education
3:00 – 4:15 PM Succession Planning: Preparing for the Future
4:15 PM Wrap Up & Close

Pricing

$70

Register Today


This event is for AMS Teacher Education staff (including TEP directors, instructors, administrators, & field consultants) only.

AMS-affiliated teacher education programs receive 1 complimentary registration for Teacher Educators Day

To receive your TEP's complimentary registration, please have your TEP director or administrator email tes@amshq.org to get started.


Schedule & Sessions

Session 1: AMS Teacher Education Annual Meeting

8:30 – 9:30 AM (ET)

Join for an overview of the state of AMS Teacher Education.

Presenters:

Hilary Green

Hilary Green

Vice President of the AMS Board and Chair of the Teacher Education Section

Michele Mohar

Michele Mohar

Chair Teacher Education Action Committee

Gina Lofquist Chief Education & Learning Officer 

Gina Lofquist

AMS Senior Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives

Melina Papadimitriou DIRECTOR OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Melina Papadimitriou

AMS Director of Teacher Education


Session 2: Instructor Academy

9:45 – 10:30 AM (ET)

Join current Instructor Academy Candidates as they present their Deep Dive Projects. These presentations are based on an assignment in which candidates choose a topic of interest to further inform and enhance their instruction of adult learners. We will also be celebrating the graduates of the first cohort of the program.


Session 3: Intentional Design of a Teacher Education Program

Presenters

Teresa Ripple

Teresa Ripple

Associate Professor for Early Childhood and Montessori Programs at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Sarah Hassebroek

Sarah Hassebroek

Program Director of the Early Childhood and Montessori Program at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

10:45 – 11:45 AM (ET)

In this workshop, we will share the tools we created and used to inform a teacher preparation program to intentionally weave Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist foundations, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices in a Teacher Education Program (TEP). In 2021 – 2022, we had our first group of graduates and began a deep dive into an evaluation of program goals. In this workshop, we will share the process, answer questions, and make time to brainstorm how learning can be shared across current and future TEP settings.


Session 4: Keynote & Luncheon with Jamil Zaki

Presenter

Jamil Zaki

Jamil Zaki

Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab

12:00 – 1:30 PM (ET)

It doesn’t have to be this way. In his groundbreaking book, The War for Kindness, Jamil Zaki shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He also tells the stories of people who embody this new perspective, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances: a former neo-Nazi who is now helping to extract people from hate groups; ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them; Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks; and NICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don’t succumb to burnout.

With clarity and passion, Zaki offers us an inspiring call to action. The future may depend on whether we accept the challenge.


Session 5: Marketing AMS Teacher Education

Presenters

Munir Shivji

Munir Shivji

AMS Executive Director

Jason Roth

Jason Roth

AMS Senior Director of Marketing

1:45 – 2:45 PM (ET)

Join Munir Shivji, AMS executive director, and Jason Roth, AMS senior director of marketing, as they share exciting information about enhanced marketing for AMS teacher education programs.


Session 6: Succession Planning: Preparing for the Future

Presenters

Hilary Green

Hilary Green

Vice President of the AMS Board and Chair of the Teacher Education Section

Gina Lofquist Chief Education & Learning Officer 

Gina Lofquist

AMS Senior Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives

3:00 – 4:15 PM (ET)

Succession planning for instructors and directors of teacher education programs is critical for the longevity of the program. Join Hilary Green and Gina Lofquist for a panel discussion about how to plan for this necessary step in the life cycle of your TEP. Participants will engage in collaborative activities to support their understanding.