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Virtual Pass: Inclusion Track

Virtual Pass 2018 Annual Conference 

We understand that sending staff to Denver is not an option for all Montessori schools. For those who cannot join us on-site, the virtual track is an ideal way to earn hours of continuing professional development while still getting a taste of the conference experience—all at a fraction of the cost of attending the event live.

This year’s virtual pass provides access to 7 workshops that address inclusion within the Montessori environment. 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.

As a virtual attendee, you will be able to watch workshops live, with the chance to participate in the Q&A sessions as they happen; or you can watch workshops on demand, whenever is most convenient for you, through June 30, 2018. You’ll also be given access to all presenter handouts and notes distributed to in-person attendees.

Registration for the conference Virtual Pass is now closed. Recordings of the presentations, available to watch on demand, will be available to rent in May.


Note: All times are listed in Mountain Time. All sessions are available for on-demand streaming immediately following the live presentation. Watch at any time! 

Friday, March 23, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Inclusion: Respecting Each Child’s Learning Differences
Presenter: Joyce S. Pickering
Target Audience: All

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. This workshop will clarify special-education vocabulary, evaluation processes, current laws and policies, and sound strategies for collaboration between Montessori teachers and special-education professionals.

Friday, March 23, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Special Needs Differentiation in the Early Childhood Classroom
Presenter: Brenda Huth
Target Audience: Early Childhood

Through case studies, learn how modifications, accommodations, and differentiation have helped students who learn differently to thrive in Montessori Early Childhood environments. 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.

Friday, March 23, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Differentiated Montessori Instruction for Students with Learning Differences
Presenter: Casey Barnett
Target Audience: Elementary I, Elementary II

Children with learning differences benefit most from teachers who understand what their differences are and who can analyze and modify lessons and presentations based upon keen observation. Come review these essentials for serving all your students, and learn simple modifications to presentations of Montessori lessons to best serve children with learning differences.

Saturday, March 24, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Classroom Management in an Inclusive Montessori Environment
Presenter: Pauline Novak
Target Audience: All

This workshop is for the Montessori teacher who seeks knowledge and skills for fully integrating an inclusive classroom model that meets the needs of diverse learners. 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.

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Strategies & Tools for Inclusion
Presenters: Ann Epstein, Pam Shanks
Target Audience: Early Childhood, Administrators, Teacher Educators

In this presentation of several topics addressed in the AMS Montessori Inclusion Endorsement, use a composite case study and role-play to learn new strategies for supporting families of children with exceptionalities. 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.

Saturday, March 24, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Inclusion for Secondary Students with Learning Exceptionalities
Presenter: Gideon M. Smith
Target Audience: Secondary I, Secondary II

Learn how you can best support a Montessori Secondary environment that is inclusive of diverse learners, including those with exceptionalities. This workshop will offer strategies for utilizing assessments, preparing your classroom for all learners, and differentiating lesson plans and instruction. You’ll also explore ideas for professional teaming and learn to be a better observer and record keeper in your classroom.

Sunday, March 25 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Inclusion from Birth
Presenters: Nancy Lindeman, Duna Strachan
Target Audience: Infant and Toddler

The earliest years are when we must be most alert to signs and symptoms of students’ special needs, so that we can address them as swiftly as possible. 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.


Registration for the conference Virtual Pass is now closed. Recordings of the presentations, available to watch on demand, will be available to rent in April.”Individual and group virtual passes are available.

Group passes are perfect for staff development days, as they afford you CPD hours for up to 20 people.

Registration for the Virtual Pass closes Tuesday, 3/20, at 1 PM Mountain Time. On-demand-only registration, with access to the recordings of each workshop, will open in April.

Individual Pricing
AMS Adult Learner Member       $125
AMS Member  $175
Non-Member $225


Group Pricing
AMS Member Schools and TEPs $695
Non-Members $895

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