Montessori Teacher Educators Day

Professional growth for our teachers’ instructors.

Our community needs you—the instructors and directors of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs—to continue to thrive in your essential role in training 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 day of professional growth. As an attendee, you’ll surround yourself with your tribe—fellow Montessori movers and shakers—to explore topics surrounding Montessori education. You’ll get to the heart of what it means to be a teacher educator through breakout sessions, a featured speaker, networking, and jam sessions where we’ll share the latest news, achievements, and programs that our community has been working on. We’ll discuss ways to refine and enhance our practices, and come away re-energized about our ongoing work with adult learners.

Mark Your Calendar

March 21, 2019
Washington Marriott Wardman Park 
Washington, DC

AMS-affiliated teacher education programs receive 1 free registration per course level. Additional registrations are $50 per person through March 1, and $75 per person (regardless of your free registration) when purchased after the deadline.

Please plan on extending your visit so that you can attend The Montessori Event, March 21 – 24, in the same venue. There will be workshops specifically for TEP directors and faculty in every session.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 20

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

"Meet & Mingle" with AMS TEAC commissioners and fellow teacher educators (Optional)

Thursday, March 21

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast                                                      

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

TES Annual Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote: Jill Buban

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Workshops: Session 1

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Workshops: Session 2

2:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Workshops: Session 3

Keynote Address: Jill Buban

Jill Buban, PhD, is an online learning research specialist with many years of expertise in the higher education, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. As chief academic officer of Unizin, she’s focused on providing resources for a consortium of higher education institutions who are inevitably adapting to the ever-changing digital and learning landscape. Previously at the Online Learning Consortium, she worked on key strategic leadership initiatives for digital learning leaders and oversaw the organization’s peer-reviewed journal, Online Learning, for which she continues to serve as a special issue editor.

Through her tenure at OLC, Buban served on many advisory boards and continues to do so today. She was a regular contributor to the Presidents’ Forum, and she collaborated with organizations such as EDUCAUSE, WCET, NC-SARA, and Quality Matters, on topics related to the distance learning field and promoting student and faculty success. Buban has also held relevant leadership positions at Post University and SUNY Empire State College.

Buban has received several awards for her accomplishments including: the 2017 Class of OLC Fellows, the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty achievement (2014), Emerging Scholar for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (2012), and Best-in-Track Award from Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning (2011).

Workshops

Session 1

Workshop A

The Role of Critical Consciousness in Montessori Teacher Training: Part 1
Presenters: Maati Wafford, Dr. Vanessa Rigaud

This workshop will focus on the importance of social justice in our teacher training programs, classrooms, and individual lessons. It will empower and engage you, helping you shift from awareness to intentionality. The session will consist of collaborative small group work, case studies, and an open dialogue that will encourage you to reflect on your practice and the overall direction of Montessori teacher education in AMS-affiliated programs.

About the Presenters
Maati Wafford, MSW, is Lower Elementary teacher and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I, Administration).

Vanessa M. Rigaud, EdD, is an assistant professor at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, OH. She is also a former teacher and administrator in Montessori public and private schools worldwide, including at Qingdao Amerasia International School, in Qingdao, China. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II). MACTE-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Workshop B

Fundamental Tenets for the Spiritual Preparation of Montessori Guides
Presenter: Iana Phillips

“The real preparation for education is a study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character, it is a preparation of the spirit.” — Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

In this workshop, we will consider the spiritual preparation of the Montessori adult learner through the internship year and beyond. We will discuss why it is a critical component of becoming a Montessori guide, examine the basic tenets of spiritual preparation, and share thoughts about how we, as teacher educators, can impart them. Attention will be given to the differing needs of interns at public schools vs. private schools.

About the Presenter
Iana Phillips, MEd, is an instructor at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD, and a volunteer on-site verifier for MACTE. She has taught in public, public charter, and private Montessori schools. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Session 2

Workshop A

The Role of Critical Consciousness in Montessori Teacher Training: Part 2
Presenters: Maati Wafford, Dr. Vanessa Rigaud

Continuing the discussion started “The Role of Critical Consciousness: Part 1,” this workshop will focus on the importance of social justice in our teacher training programs, classrooms, and individual lessons. It will empower and engage you, helping you shift from awareness to intentionality. The session will consist of collaborative small group work, case studies, and an open dialogue that will encourage you to reflect on your practice and the overall direction of Montessori teacher education in AMS-affiliated programs.

About the Presenters
Maati Wafford, MSW, is Lower Elementary teacher and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I, Administration).

Vanessa M. Rigaud, EdD, is an assistant professor at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, OH. She is also a former teacher and administrator in Montessori public and private schools worldwide, including at Qingdao Amerasia International School, in Qingdao, China. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II). MACTE-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Workshop B

Best Practices in Montessori Infant & Toddler Environments
Presenters: Melody Patton and Cindy Weiher

In this workshop, you will gain new insights into working with Infants & Toddlers. We will focus on the children, environment, and materials. You will learn about developmental tendencies, and techniques for best practices in the Montessori school setting. Small and large group discussions will allow for idea-sharing with your peers. You will leave feeling more confident and empowered in your abilities as an I&T educator and teacher educator.

About the Presenters
Melody Patton, MBA, is head of School in the Woods Montessori in Denver, CO, and an instructor and Infant & Toddler coordinator at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. She has more than 13 years of classroom teaching experience. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

Cindy Weiher is a parent/child instructor at Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program, and an instructor at Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Center in Columbus, OH. She is an Infant & Toddler representative on the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission and serves on MACTE and AMS accreditation teams. For more than 35 years, she taught at West Side Montessori, in Toledo, OH. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).

Session 3

The Montessori Continuum
Presented by: Susie Shelton-Dodge, Dot Thompson, Paloma Johnson, Ann Sutton

This workshop will provide a cohesive overview of what a Montessori education looks like from infancy through adolescence. We will outline the similarities and differences between age levels, and discuss important adaptations for each of those age groups. There will be stimulating discussions, and you will walk away with new insights to bring back to your adult learners.

About the Presenters
Susie Shelton-Dodge, MAT, is director emeritus of Hope Montessori Educational Institute and an Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood teacher at Hope Montessori Creve Coeur and Westminster Day School. She is an Infant & Toddler representative on the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. She is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

Dot Thompson, MEd, is chair of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. She is a former director and instructor from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO, and a former Early Childhood instructor . AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Paloma Johnston is founder and head of school of Monarch Bay Montessori Academy and director of Montessori Teacher Academy, both in Dana Point, CA. She is also vice-chair of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. She was formerly a Montessori teacher educator and has more than 25 years of experience as a Preschool and Elementary teacher. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).

Ann Sutton, PhD, is a Secondary instructor and field consultant at the Houston Montessori Center in Houston, TX. She is also the Secondary representative on the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I – II).