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Submit a Workshop Proposal for the AMS 2018 Annual Conference

The call for workshop proposals for the AMS 2018 Annual Conference is now closed.

Qualifications for Presenters

Individuals submitting proposals must meet the following qualifications:

  • For topics related to Montessori curriculum: Credential/s at level of target audience/s and minimum of 3 years of experience in Montessori classroom at level/s of target audience/s.
  • For topics related to administration: Minimum of 5 years of experience as an administrator in a Montessori school, or as an administrator/instructor in a teacher education program, or as a professional on the topic.
  • For workshops on theory and/or information related to specialized fields: Appropriate degree/s and minimum of 5 years of experience in field of topic.
  • For research sessions: Experience conducting and presenting research in a professional environment, as well as a postgraduate degree and/or supervision by a faculty advisor in a university setting.

In addition:

  • Author/s must have experience teaching adult learners (e.g., at conferences, teacher education programs, universities, etc.).
  • All proposals are for a 75-minute workshop.
  • All presenters must be included on this form. Presenters cannot be added after the proposal has been submitted. If this workshop is a panel, panelists must be entered in the space indicated on the submission form.
  • A maximum of 2 proposals may be submitted by any individual, either as a primary author, a co-author, or a panelist.
  • Proposals for commercial purposes will not be accepted.

Workshop Topics

Please let our ideas inspire you—but not limit you. Note that we give preference to proposals related to the 2018 conference theme, “Montessori: Inside and Out”—including the ideas about it that are expounded upon in the conference theme statement. 

Topics of Special Interest:

  • Montessori beyond classroom walls—e.g., exploration of the natural world, Going Out experiences, community outreach, and service learning
  • Refresher workshops on Montessori curriculum areas, materials, and lessons
  • Workshops geared specifically for attendees representing Montessori public and charter schools
  • Social justice and diversity
  • Workshops presented in Spanish

Continued Favorites:

Philosophy: Dr. Montessori’s universal vision of how children learn; cosmic education; peace education; educational best practices; comparisons of Montessori with other educational theories and practices 

Classroom Leadership and Curriculum: Montessori best practices and curriculum; practical ideas for immediate implementation in the classroom; observation; record-keeping and assessment; technology 

Supplemental Curriculum: STEAM; art; music; movement; physical education; foreign languages, including ESL; environmental education and sustainability; global education 

Socio-Emotional Development: Moral and spiritual growth; grace and courtesy; self- regulation; normalization; mindfulness; positive discipline; bullying 

Montessori Inclusion and Learning Differences: Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, ADHD); speech and/or language delays and disorders; autism spectrum disorders; developmental disorders; physical disabilities; behavioral issues; inclusive classroom management 

School Leadership: Leadership development and skills for emerging and current educators and administrators; faculty development and support; nuts and bolts of running a quality school (finance, development, marketing, admissions, etc.) 

Teacher Education Programs: Adult instruction; assessment and data to inform practices; transformation of the teacher; staff development and support; nuts and bolts of running a quality teacher education program 

Family, Community, Communication, and Action: Home and school partnership; parent education; public policy and advocacy Research: Personal research related to Montessori education; action research and how to do it 

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