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Wednesday, March 21
 

4:00pm

Badge Pickup
Collect your conference badge at the Badge Pickup counter. Our friendly staff and volunteers can help you.

Exhibitors are asked to check in and collect badges with George in front of the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level
 
Thursday, March 22
 

7:00am

Ask a Local
Looking for a good place to grab a bite to eat? Wondering how to navigate Denver’s public transportation system? Our friendly team of local volunteers is available to answer all your questions about the area, and help you feel comfortable and well-situated.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:00am - 7:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

Badge Pick-Up
Collect your conference badge at the Badge Pickup counter. Our friendly staff and volunteers can help you.

Exhibitors are asked to check in and collect badges with George in front of the Exhibit Hall.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:00am - 9:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:15am

AMS Teacher Educators Section Annual Meeting & Professional Development Day (Invite Only)
Directors and faculty of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs are invited to this full-day event, which offers networking and professional development and is held in conjunction with the American Montessori Society’s Annual Conference. Representatives from applicant teacher education programs are welcome to attend. You can find more details here.

Program details and registration will be available this fall.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:15am - 4:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

7:30am

Tour 1: St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Approximate one-way travel time: 1 hour

Price: $90

Interpreters for this school tour and workshop are available in Spanish. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.

St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Longmont, CO
Head of School: Katie Torres
250 students, ages 3–15 years
AMS Associate-Member School

Established in 2009, St. Vrain Community Montessori School is a thriving public charter program making creative use of a modest facility in a mixed-use industrial area. Its 9 welcoming, joyful classrooms, serving students Early Childhood through Secondary I, are a testament to the community’s resourcefulness while saving for the purchase of a “forever” campus. Notable features include a middle school aquaponics system and, 2 miles away, an agricultural program featuring a dwarf apple orchard and pumpkin patch (with apologies, not part of the tour).

Workshop: Student-Run Store

After a tour of the facilities and lunch, visit and learn about the operations of the SVCMS Upper Elementary Student-Run Store, which will be open for business when you visit.

This unique, nonprofit school store was designed and is run entirely by SVCMS students, who donate all profits to the United Nations in support of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This service learning initiative allows SVCMS students to live their values; each year, the students choose a sustainability focus and an area in the world where they hope to make a difference.

After touring the store, you’ll learn about its entirely student-created management systems, including tracking inventory, creating artistic displays, and learning customer-service skills. See how they mentor each other through decimal and money work and role-play sales as they earn their “business licenses” to perform cashier duties before ultimately becoming business managers with oversight and governance responsibilities. You’ll learn how you can build a similar program to empower your students with relevant, values-aligned work of the head, hands, and heart.

Facilitators:
Kate Goss is Upper Elementary curriculum coordinator and level leader/coach at SVCMS. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
Katie Torres is the founding head of SVCMS. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:30am - 3:30pm
Plaza Court 1 Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Tour 2: Jarrow Montessori School
Approximate one-way travel time: 1 hour

Price: $90

Interpreters for this school tour and workshops are available in Spanish. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.

Jarrow Montessori School
Boulder, CO
Interim Executive Director: Mary Zeman
160 students, ages 18 months–12 years
AMS-Accredited Member School

Established in 1964, Jarrow is Colorado’s oldest Montessori school. Its 2 Toddler, 4 Early Childhood, 2 Lower Elementary, and 1 Upper Elementary classrooms, are housed in freestanding cottages nestled among a beautiful, tree-filled 3-acre campus. Close to the Rocky Mountain foothills and a lake used by the older students, the campus itself boasts a discovery trail, inviting outdoor exploration, and reflects the active, outdoor lifestyle popular in the Boulder community.

After a tour of the facilities and lunch at Jarrow, you will take a 20-minute bus ride to the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR), where you may choose to attend either a Parent/Infant “Glass Classroom” Demonstration or a Mindfulness Workshop.

Workshop: Parent/Infant “Glass Classroom” Demonstration

This workshop takes place at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.

This live demonstration of a Parent/Infant class, where you’ll witness parents and their very young children being guided through respectful and nurturing interactions by an experienced Montessori teacher, will be combined with a conversation about the benefits of Parent/Infant programs to children, parents, schools, and society. You’ll learn how Montessori Parent/Infant programs teach and help parents to observe their children and reflect on their observations in a weekly support group discussion. Discover how to nurture parenting with a Montessori perspective and cultivate parents who are committed to Montessori education.

Facilitator:

Susan Tracy McDaniel, MEd, is an international workshop presenter and director of Learning Together Education, a Montessori parent-coaching and education organization in Barrington, IL. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). AMI-credentialed (Assistants to Infancy).

Workshop: Mindfulness

This workshop takes place at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.


Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, with a sense of complete openness, acceptance, bravery, and compassion. In this workshop, you will be guided through some of the tools of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offered an overview of how mindfulness can be applied both personally and professionally. You are invited to bring your curiosity, questions, and insights into the role of mindfulness in education to this interactive, inspiring seminar.
Facilitator:

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition. She is a faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Boston, MA, and an adjunct professor at Naropa University, in Boulder, CO.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:30am - 3:30pm
Plaza Court 2 Plaza Concourse Level

7:45am

Tour 3: Montessori School of Evergreen
Approximate one-way travel time: 50 minutes

Price: $90

Interpreters for this school tour and workshop are available in Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.

Montessori School of Evergreen
Evergreen, CO
Head of School: Bill Schuver
205 students, ages toddler–14 years
AMS-Accredited Member School

Founded in 1977, Montessori School of Evergreen celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Its 205 students are spread between 2 campuses that include former private homes, creating untraditional, welcoming spaces for the following classrooms: 1 Toddler, 3 Early Childhood, 3 Lower Elementary, 1 Upper Elementary, and 1 Middle School. Both campuses feature greenhouses and small outdoor classroom areas; the school also boasts a multiuse gym/theater space. Middle school students can choose to study Spanish, Italian, French, or Mandarin—studies augmented through international trips to Central America, Europe, Canada, and China.

Workshop: Experiential & Service Learning Programs

After a tour of the facilities and lunch, learn about MSE’s Montessori-based experiential and service learning programs. This workshop will teach you how to scaffold service learning for optimal outcomes, including appropriate experiential field studies from Early Childhood through Secondary I, and the classroom-based Practical Life activities that support experiential learning at all levels.

You’ll meet student presenters to hear about several sample projects and learn how they’ve come to understand, integrate, and apply their knowledge from this program to improve their communities.

Facilitator:

Chris Lafferty, MS, is the eighth-year core middle school and science teacher at Montessori School of Evergreen.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:45am - 3:30pm
Plaza Court 3 Plaza Concourse Level

8:05am

Tour 4: Compass Montessori School
Approximate one-way travel time: 30 minutes

Price: $90

Interpreters for this school tour and workshop are available in Spanish, Japanese, and German. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.
Compass Montessori School
Golden, CO
Principal (Golden campus): Seth D. Webb
Principal (What Ridge campus): Cameron Gehlen
700 students, ages 3–18 years
AMS Initiate-Member School

Established in 1997 as a public charter program, Compass Montessori School serves approximately 700 students across 2 campuses in 5 Early Childhood, 5 Lower Elementary, 5 Upper Elementary, and 3 middle school classrooms, as well as a combined Secondary I and II high school program. Compass’s Golden campus includes a working farm, and high school students have an open schedule so that they can enroll concurrently in career and technical education centers or community colleges. Compass students at all ages help prepare and serve meals and snacks, and middle school students participate in occupations that serve the school community and maintain a micro-economy. High school students spend one day a week working in internships or community service projects that support the broader community.

Workshop: The Spiritual Development of the Adult

After your tour and lunch, participate in a reflective and thought-provoking afternoon asking big questions about the need for and the way to nurture our own spiritual development. What calls us to our Montessori work, and how can we transform habits and transcend consciousness so we can shepherd into being the evolution of a new human?

Our task is no small one: to create intentional experiences that develop in children the skills to meet the demands of the times as well as the moral compass to engage with the world in ways that are at once sound and sacrosanct, progressive and adaptable. To do so with fidelity first requires deep personal work, self-study, and reflection, as well as an ethnographic exploration of the communities we serve. In this workshop, we will explore the spiritual preparation of the teacher, rooting and expanding our capacity for profound and long-lasting service to the students in our care.

Facilitator:

Seth Webb, MAEd, is the principal of the Golden campus of Compass Montessori School. A writer who blogs about Montessori education at “Finding Our Center – Reaching Out,” Seth’s Montessori experiences have included being lead teacher, department chair, instructional leader, dean of students, field consultant, and teacher educator. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). AMI-credentialed (Secondary I–II).

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:05am - 3:30pm
Plaza Court 4 Plaza Concourse Level

8:15am

Tour 5: Montessori School of Denver
Approximate one-way travel time: 20 minutes


Price: $90


Interpreters for this school tour and workshop are available in Spanish and Korean. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.


Montessori School of Denver
Denver, CO
Head of School: Stephanie Flanigan
337 students, ages 2–14 years
AMS-Accredited Member School


Established in 1964, Montessori School of Denver sits on almost 7 acres, in the middle of urban Denver, and serves 345 students, in 3 Toddler, 5 Early Childhood, 3 Lower Elementary, and 2 Upper Elementary classrooms, as well as 1 Secondary I classroom.


Among many notable elements throughout the campus are Toddler-size doors in the Toddler Village, garage doors that open to the outdoors in a Science Tower, an Art Barn, a theater, a gymnasium that includes a climbing wall, and a teaching kitchen. Outside areas feature a tree house, a peace garden, large playgrounds for each program level, and multifaceted urban farming facilities.


Workshop: Urban Farming


After your tour and lunch, learn how MSD started an innovative urban farm program that includes an exciting variety of opportunities for student learning, through initiatives such as raising tilapia in aquaponic tanks, soil gardening, hydroponic vertical farming, seed collecting and cataloging, seedling sales, farmers’ markets, and farm-to-table dinners.


You’ll leave with inspired strategies for starting and growing your own farming enterprise that ties directly into your school’s unique culture and mission. MSD farm faculty will share ideas for strategic partnerships, traditional funding and alternative revenue streams, coordinating with service-learning priorities, and using your farm projects to give to the community outside your school.


Facilitators:
Stephanie Flanigan, JD, is head of Montessori School of Denver and president of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.


Lexi Fickenscher, MPH, is the urban farm manager at Montessori School of Denver.


Ginny Bishop, MS, is director of advancement at Montessori School of Denver.

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm
Plaza Court 5 Plaza Concourse Level

8:30am

Introduction to AMS School Accreditation
For those considering AMS school accreditation or preparing to begin the process, this workshop will provide vital information about goals, protocol, budgets, timelines, and expectations.

Presenters
avatar for Sara S. Wilson

Sara S. Wilson

Senior Director of School Accreditation & School Improvement, American Montessori Society
Sara S. Wilson, MEd, is AMS senior director of school accreditation & school improvement. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

8:30am

Strategic Admission & Enrollment Management
This presentation will teach you how to establish a current admission and enrollment management baseline from which you can begin to plan strategically for the future. We’ll review Independent School Management’s “Admission and Enrollment Management Assessment” instrument—whose questions themselves can guide you to best practices—as well as a framework for measuring and reporting progress to the head of school, the board, and the school community. You’ll leave having created a personal 3-step plan to help you drive enrollment demand beyond your needs.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Riley

Amy Riley

Enrollment Management Consultant, Independent School Management
Amy Riley, EdS, is a consultant and the academic dean of the International Advancement Certification Program at Independent School Management, in Wilmington, DE.



Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

8:30am

Day of Service: Denver Parks & Rec
The AMS Day of Service is an annual event that offers you the opportunity to deepen your conference experience and live your Montessori values by partnering with non-profit organizations to give back to the host city through meaningful service.

This year, spend a day outdoors in Centennial Gardens, where we will be working with Denver Parks & Recreation to help clean and maintain the site—a serene, 5-acre sanctuary patterned after the Gardens of Versailles, but with a twist: the plants are all drought-resistant.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about plants native to the area and xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little or no irrigation—along with interesting tidbits about the history of Denver.

No gardening or outdoor-maintenance experience is necessary.

Please wear closed shoes and whatever else you’ll need for a day spent working in the beautiful fresh air. Work gloves, while not required, would be a welcome addition.

We will depart from the conference hotel (Sheraton Downtown Denver, 1550 Court Place) at 8:30 AM and return by 3:00 PM. Transportation will be via city bus on or on foot—your choice. The gardens are in downtown Denver, approximately 1.5 miles (a 30-minute walk) from the Sheraton.

Price: $20 (lunch)

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 3:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

8:30am

Eco Lab: A Complete Montessori Elementary Science Curriculum
This workshop will lead Elementary teachers through the Eco Lab program, an enriching, nature-focused curriculum encompassing earth science, physics, chemistry, biology, agriculture, astronomy, and zoology, for both Lower and Upper Elementary programs. We’ll review two 3-year rotating curriculum structures, one for Lower Elementary and one for Upper, replete with hundreds of engaging indoor activities and outdoor experiences guided by specific directions for teachers. You’ll also learn how to adapt these curricula when creating your own album for your specific school environment and limitations.
The morning session will demonstrate classes and practical activities that enhance the understanding of ecological concepts, from how to conduct a nature hike to presenting class materials in an outdoor setting. After lunch (on your own), the afternoon segment will explore the Eco Lab program holistically. You’ll receive an Eco Lab skeleton album and curriculum resource guide to adapt and take home. Please note: Attendance is required for both morning and afternoon sessions.

Presenters
avatar for Geoffrey Bishop

Geoffrey Bishop

Executive Director, Nature's Classroom Institute
Geoffrey E. Bishop, ArcD, is the executive director and founder of Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School, in Mukwonago, WI. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
avatar for Mirko Sever

Mirko Sever

Director of Outreach - California, Nature's Classroom Institute, Inc.
Mirko Sever, MS, is director of California outreach for Nature’s Classroom Institute and Environmental Education, Inc., based in Angelus Oaks and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.


Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

8:30am

Introduction to Anti-bias Education
This workshop will invite educators of all levels to take part in a thoughtful, provocative, and participatory day of professional development:

• Discussing the development of social group identities (e.g., race, gender, class, etc.) and their relationship to bias and prejudice.
• Gaining insight into how children and adults internalize and act out of these biases.
• Exploring how bias and race prejudice develop, and how they become structured into institutions.
• Learning about the 4 Goals of Anti-bias Education and discover ways to apply them to educational settings.

It will be led by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, founded in 1986 to find new directions in understanding root causes of racism and developing effective strategies for dismantling systemic racism in institutions. Crossroads leads institutions in identifying organizational barriers that prevent just, accountable, authentic multicultural diversity. A primary focus is the development of institutional anti-racism teams that receive training designed to help them create and implement long-range, strategic antiracism planning for their institutions.

Presenters
avatar for Jo Ann Mundy

Jo Ann Mundy

Organizer/Trainer, Crossroads AntiRacism Organizing and Training
Antiracism community organizer and trainer; Non-profit executive; Anti-Bias, Antiracism Education Organizing; Pre-K thru 12 School organizing; Philanthropy Organizing; City and Governmental Organizing; Implicit bias and Internalization of Racism; Institutional Organizing



Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:30am

Nurturing Our Inner Lives for Peace
Come examine what having a peaceful inner life really means and how maintaining yours is the foundation for gracefully nurturing the inner lives of children and others. This workshop is designed like a mini-retreat: You will be guided through peace practices, including mindfulness and awareness exercises as well as active multicultural songs and dances—a range of experiences that engage your whole body, mind, and spirit. We hope to inspire your inner life by offering a menu of daily habits that promote deeper peace within yourself and a greater capacity to help spread peace in the world.

Presenters
SM

Sonnie McFarland

Shining Mountains Press
Sonnie McFarland was the AMS 2011 Living Legacy and is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors and a former chair of the AMS Peace Committee. She is an author and the executive director of Shining Mountains Press, in Buena Vista, CO. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
avatar for Tajali Tolan

Tajali Tolan

Peace Educator, Rock Prairie Montessori School
Tajali Tolan, MS, is a peace and mindfulness educator at Rock Prairie Montessori School, in Janesville, WI, and the founder of both the Children’s Global Peace Project and the Consciousness Project, LLC.


Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

10:30am

Understanding the AMS School Accreditation Self-Study Process
You have submitted your application for AMS school accreditation, received your letter of candidacy, and are beginning to prepare for the self-study process. Now you’re ready for this workshop, in which you’ll examine the next steps: planning a timetable, structuring committees, verifying compliance with the standards, and completing the self-study template as you write this important document.

Presenters
avatar for Sara S. Wilson

Sara S. Wilson

Senior Director of School Accreditation & School Improvement, American Montessori Society
Sara S. Wilson, MEd, is AMS senior director of school accreditation & school improvement. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Thursday March 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

12:30pm

A Framework for Analyzing Your School’s Enrollment Story
Explore a framework for analyzing your school’s enrollment outcomes by considering some essential questions: How are you positioned in the marketplace? How well are you articulating who you are as a school? What does it mean to be an influencer in your immediate market? Does your faculty have an accurate impression of the student experience? Is everyone serving the same mission narrative? Do parents believe what they pay in tuition is worth it? Bring at least 3 years of your school’s enrollment data for guided analysis of what they’re really telling you; you’ll create a plan to take home and establish essential neworking connections for ongoing coaching and strategy work.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Riley

Amy Riley

Enrollment Management Consultant, Independent School Management
Amy Riley, EdS, is a consultant and the academic dean of the International Advancement Certification Program at Independent School Management, in Wilmington, DE.



Thursday March 22, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

12:30pm

Advocacy Training for Montessori Public Policy
This workshop will provide information about advocating for excellence in Montessori education. You will learn about legislative and regulatory processes germane to the education policy world, and how to build strong coalitions for action. You will also learn about the Montessori Public Policy Initiative—a collaboration between AMS and the Association Montessori International/USA—and the exciting progress the group is making to support effective policies to protect authentic Montessori implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Damore

Sharon Damore

Consultant, Educational Consultant
As Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, Dr. Damore teaches courses in Educational Leadership. She is the immediate past Executive Director, AIMS and consultant to numerous Montessori schools across the U.S. | | Dr. Damore’s professional volunteer work spans across Montessori... Read More →
avatar for Ashley LiBetti Mitchel

Ashley LiBetti Mitchel

Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Ashley LiBetti Mitchel, MPP, conducts research and policy analysis, specializing in early childhood education, teacher preparation, and charter schools, for Bellwether Education Partners, in Washington, D.C. Her work has been featured by C-SPAN, U.S. News & World Report, the Huffington... Read More →
avatar for Denise Monnier

Denise Monnier

Director of State Advocacy, Montessori Public Policy Initiative
Denise Monnier, MA, is the Director of State Advocacy for the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and Executive Director of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools.
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Wendy Shenk-Evans

Wendy Schenk-Evans is director of Christian Family Montessori School, in Washington, D.C., and chair of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative.


Thursday March 22, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

12:30pm

Aligning Public School Standards with the Montessori Curriculum
This workshop will guide you through a structured framework of alignment exercises to match Common Core Standards or state guidelines to the Montessori curriculum. We’ll explore methods to patch holes where coordination is difficult and discuss how to communicate alignment details to parents. No one wants to re-create the wheel—we’ll share resources where mapping has already been completed, and we’ll establish professional connections for ongoing support and idea sharing after the conference.
This workshop is for you if:
  • Your school has not completed and is interested in creating a correlation of your state standards to the Montessori lessons.
  • You want to see how other schools have correlated their state standards to Montessori lessons.
  • You want to be part of a community of support between other public school leaders as we balance our state standards and Montessori philosophy.
Feel free to bring copies of curriculum standards from your state or correlation documents that you are in process of completing!

Presenters
MH

Melinda Harris

Principal, Community Montessori
Melinda Harris, EdD, is principal of Community Montessori School in Jackson, TN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Marilyn Horan

Principal, Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School
Marilyn Horan, MS, is principal at Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School, in Frederick, MD. A board member of Montessori Schools of Maryland, she is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).


Thursday March 22, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level

3:00pm

AMS Central
Stop by to find out about our exciting new initiatives, learn how we can help you meet your Montessori goals, and share your thoughts about what AMS can do for you. A revolving cadre of AMS staff will be on hand, eager to engage with you.

Find out how AMS can help you advance your Montessori career and your school. From professional development, to leadership opportunities, to making the most out of your member benefits. If you run a school or teacher education program, AMS has a variety of programs and services to help take your organization to the next level and position it for success in your local area.

4:30 - 5:30 PM Professional Development Q&A

Thursday March 22, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

3:00pm

Exhibit Hall
Whether you’re interested in buying or browsing, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find more than 120 booths featuring a vast array of Montessori materials, services, and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to find and compare—all in one convenient place.

Thursday March 22, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm

Come Play With Us!
Children become what they learn through games and play. In this joyful and interactive workshop you will discover the ins and outs of teaching children how to play with—rather than against—each other, using Xavier's Lab School-tested games and activities that build a child’s self-worth through cooperation, acceptance, inclusion, and fun. You’ll come away filled with ideas for cooperative games that promote individual and team success, strengthen movement and coordination, promote activity and self-care, and foster children’s body awareness and control.

Presenters
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Donna Hutchinson-Smyth

Donna Hutchinson-Smyth, MEd, is early childhood head teacher and training professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
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Kimberly Stegmaier

Director of Academic Instruction, Shanghai Montessori Education Academy
Kimberly Stegmaier, MED, is Director of Academic Instruction and Senior Teacher Trainer at Shanghai Montessori Education Academy in Shanghai, China. She is also an adidas-sponsored dance fitness instructor. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Finding Your Leadership “True North”
The work of school leadership can be so satisfying but also exhausting; perpetually sprinting to put out fires, many leaders find themselves on the edge of being overwhelmed. This workshop will invite you to slow your sprint to a jog. Come reflect, build a vision, and make a plan to stay pointed toward your true north through a stimulating mix of individual reflection, small-group discussion, lecture, and Q & A. We will explore the challenges of leadership compassionately, while offering practical steps for moving toward a more visionary and less defensive approach to leading.

Presenters
avatar for RB Fast

RB Fast

Bee Line Consulting
RB Fast, MS, is a school leadership coach for Bee Line Consulting, LLC, in Denver, CO. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm

Integrating MakerSpaces into Montessori Classrooms
MakerSpaces give students an opportunity to learn science and engineering through hands-on, collaborative exploration—in many ways an embodiment of the Montessori approach. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up a MakerSpace in your classroom as well as how to integrate its use into your regular daily routine by presenting your students with specific weekly challenges. You’ll leave informed about how to create your own fully accessible center for discovery, collaboration, and creation and inspired to get started.

Presenters
avatar for Melanie Thiesse

Melanie Thiesse

Curriculum Coordinator, The Westmont Montessori School
Melanie Thiesse, M.Ed. is the Curriculum Coordinator at The Westmont Montessori School, a teacher educator, and a consultant. She has seventeen years of Montessori teaching experience and holds Montessori Elementary I & II certifications from AMS and NCME.



Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Nurturing the Leader Within
This workshop will introduce you to some well-known leadership theories and concepts and apply them directly to the practice of leadership within Montessori education. You will be helped to consider your own skills and strengths as a leader and be given plentiful ideas for cultivating further growth, along with options for how you may, as a leader, help spread the vision and message in your own community and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for Anna Perry

Anna Perry

Executive Director, Seton Montessori Institute and Schools
Anna Perry, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of Seton Montessori Institute and Schools, based in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, and a Masters in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University. Additionally she... Read More →



Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

The Critical Partnerships for Supporting Students with Exceptionalities
This workshop will address how to find common focus as you balance transparency and rational compassion in partnering with families of students with exceptionalities. Learn how to prepare the child’s family and educational staff for the journey from assessment to instruction, how best to communicate professionally with the therapeutic team supporting the child, and much more.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Kelton

Amy Kelton

Asst. Head Elementary, Shelton School & Evaluation Center
Amy Kelton, MEd, is head of Upper Elementary at Shelton School & Evaluation Center, in Dallas, TX. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Toddlers, Practical Life, & the Development of a Sense of Self
Explore how opportunities for meaningful work aid toddlers’ individual development and self-regulation, while supporting the emergence of a peaceful Toddler community. You will be offered a connection between Maria Montessori’s writings and criteria for creating environments and materials that support a toddler’s desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. We will contrast developmentally appropriate Toddler environments with Early Childhood environments and discuss how to avoid the much discussed but often poorly defined “watered-down Early Childhood environment.” You will come away with tools for creating a safe and appealing environment that sparks each child’s interest and aids in the child’s ability to be a contributing member of the toddler community.

Presenters
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Tracey J. Hall

Rock Praire Montessori School
Tracey J. Hall is a Toddler guide at Rock Prairie Montessori School, in Janesville, WI, and an instructor at Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX, and at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Unleashing Children’s Creativity, Passions & Purpose
Children are from birth passionately engaged in the quest to uncover and stay connected to their own authenticity, brilliance, and calling. In this workshop, you will discover how to nurture that connection through identifying the unique creative intelligences through which each child discovers their gifts and anchors their brilliance in the world. Learn how to monitor active, passive, false, and misdirected interests and integrate the themes of each child’s real passions into the learning environment. You will take away an abundance of ideas for activities and projects aimed at helping each child find individual meaning, purpose, and a sense of true calling.

Presenters
avatar for Resa Steindel Brown

Resa Steindel Brown

Founder and Director, Passion Oriented Education™
Resa Steindel Brown, M.A., M.F.A., is an award-winning writer, speaker, educator receiving national recognition for her Amazon best-seller in parenting and education, "The Call to Brilliance,” Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year nomination and Mom’s Choice Award winner. Her... Read More →



Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Film Screening & Discussion: Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. Advertise childhood experiences such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for destructive behavior and medical diseases later in life. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience , a 1-hour documentary featuring trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare, explores these issues—and chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back with approaches designed to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about issues and strategies raised in it and implications they hold for Montessori practices. The discussion will be facilitated by Elaine Blasi, head of Silver Oak High School, a public charter Montessori school in Hayward, CA. Panelists are a select group of Montessori educators and other experts who will draw from their research and experiences working with children who have suffered from toxic stress: Sara Knickerbocker, Linda Jacobson, and Kathy Winterman.

Resilience was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as well as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and more.

Panelists: Linda Jacobson, Dr. Sara Knickerbocker, and Dr. Kathy Winterman

Presenters
avatar for Elaine Blasi

Elaine Blasi

Head of School, Silver Oak High School
Elaine Blasi, MEd, is head of Silver Oak High School, in Hayward, CA, a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission, and a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. She is the founder of Montessori Hale O Keiki, in Kihei, HI AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Secondary I... Read More →


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Hands-On Art: An Introduction to Printmaking
Relief printmaking is a dynamic process, suitable for children of many ages, that utilizes a variety of easily accessible materials. In this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to create 6 different types of relief prints: monotypes, reductive monotypes, monotypes with stencils, foam plate printing, collagraphs, and gyotaku (traditional Japanese fish prints). Even if you have no prior artistic experience, you’ll leave this workshop with a diverse portfolio and the confidence to share the printmaking process with your students.

Presenters
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Julie Karlonas

Art Work
Julie Karlonas, MA, is the founder of Art Work and a creative arts instructor for the St. Mary’s College Montessori Teacher Education Program, in Moraga, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:30pm

Professional Development Q & A
We are excited to offer a sneak peek of our new online learning professional development format. This interactive and collaborative workshop combines HD video, interactive tools, and a community for idea and resource sharing. Drop in to learn more and explore with our first prototype: Creating a Culture for Spontaneous Activity.

Thursday March 22, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

5:30pm

Conference Kickoff & Rocky Mountain Schools Showcase
This informal gathering is an opportunity for first-time conference attendees, as well as conference veterans, to join AMS board and staff in a convivial “meet-and-greet” setting. You’ll also get to heads and staff of local AMS-member schools, who will be on hand to showcase their programs and learn about yours. Plus, we will have great giveaways—including a free AMS individual membership, VIP seating at conference keynote events, a voucher for a professional photo of you with Rick Steves, to be taken by the AMS conference photographer immediately before Rick’s keynoter address), and much more. Finally, if you have questions about AMS or AMS membership, this will be a perfect, low-key opportunity to get them answered before the conference starts in earnest. There’s nothing we like more than information-sharing with our community. And this means not only telling you about us and what we’re doing, but learning about you!

Thursday March 22, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

5:30pm

Bookstore
The AMS Bookstore is where you’ll find books by our keynoters speakers—Rick Steves, Anna Deavere Smith, and Dale Dougherty—as well as limited-edition conference mementos and items specially curated by our Peace Committee. 

Thursday March 22, 2018 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony & Living Legacy Address
Please arrive by 6:45 for the best seating.

We will begin our Annual Conference with an Opening Ceremony featuring musical presentations by students from local Montessori schools. They will be followed by our 2018 Living Legacy honorees, D’Neil & Michael Duffy. The Duffys will share how a lifetime of Montessori has enriched their family in the Living Legacy Address. The evening will culminate in a festive reception in celebration of the Duffys’ career, character, and achievements.

Living Legacy Address: “Celebrations & Aspirations”
In the nearly half-century that D'Neil and Michael Duffy have been involved in Montessori education, they have witnessed many changes involving the American Montessori Society and other areas of the worldwide Montessori Movement. Some of these changes represent major reasons for celebration in relation to the past. They also represent aspirations or dreams for the future. Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done if Maria Montessori's vision of a better world is to become a reality.

Drawing on their experiences and knowledge of the history of Montessori in the United States, the Duffys will address issues related to the above. These will include unity among factions within the Montessori Movement, the presence of the Montessori Method within the public school arena, the scientific research needed to validate Montessori in the rest of the educational community, and the need for substantive books to explain Montessori in modern terms. Each area of focus will offer reasons for celebration of the past and a demand to aspire to more advances in the future.

Learn more about D’Neil & Michael Duffy.

Book Signing
Following the Living Legacy Address, copies of the Duffys’ books will be available for purchase. Be sure to join D’Neil and Michael for a book signing Friday morning, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM. 50% of the proceeds from the book sales will support the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Plaza Ballroom Plaza Concourse Level

8:30pm

Living Legacy Reception
Join our 2018 Living Legacy honorees, D’Neil and Michael Duffy, as we gather for a festive reception in celebration of their career, character, and achievements. Copies of the Duffys’ books will be available for purchase. Be sure to join D’Neil and Michael for a book signing Friday morning, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM. 50% of the proceeds from the book sales will support the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level
 
Friday, March 23
 

6:30am

Sunrise Yoga (Friday)
Join us bright and early, while your mind is still, and before the rest of the world springs
into action, to greet the day with Sunrise Yoga. Experience the trans formative nature of
the practice, which integrates body, mind, and soul, and cultivate a sense of serenity for
holding with you as the day progresses, no matter how hectic your schedule may get.
Classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Wear comfortable clothing and please bring
a towel (or a yoga mat, if you have one). Best to also bring an empty or just-lightly-fed
stomach, and most important, your best smile and an open mind.

Presenters
avatar for Callae Gedrose

Callae Gedrose

Private/Corporate Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Callae began her journey into yoga over 18 years ago and has been teaching for 11 years. She has a 200 hour certification in Power Vinyasa, a 200 hour certification in Align and Flow, as well as a yoga teacher assistant certification focusing on alignment and adjustments. Callae has... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 6:30am - 7:15am
Beverly Tower Terrace Level

7:00am

Badge Pickup
Collect your conference badge at the Badge Pickup counter. Our friendly staff and volunteers can help you.

Exhibitors are asked to check in and collect badges with George in front of the Exhibit Hall.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00am - 4:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

Ask a Local
Looking for a good place to grab a bite to eat? Wondering how to navigate Denver’s public transportation system? Our friendly team of local volunteers is available to answer all your questions about the area, and help you feel comfortable and well-situated.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

AMS Central
Stop by to find out about our exciting new initiatives, learn how we can help you meet your Montessori goals, and share your thoughts about what AMS can do for you. A revolving cadre of AMS staff will be on hand, eager to engage with you.

Find out how AMS can help you advance your Montessori career and your school. From professional development, to leadership opportunities, to making the most out of your member benefits. If you run a school or teacher education program, AMS has a variety of programs and services to help take your organization to the next level and position it for success in your local area.

7:30 - 8:30 AM Pathway Q&A
9:30 - 10:30 AM School Accreditation Q&A
12:30 - 1:30 PM Professional Development Q&A
1:30 - 3:00 PM Pathway Q&A
3:00 - 4:00 PM Teacher Education Program Q&A

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00am - 6:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Pathway of Continuous School Improvement Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to learn about AMS’s new school quality initiative—the Pathway of Continuous School Improvement! Participation in the Pathway is available to every AMS member school at no additional cost, and includes personalized coaching and consultation to guide your school’s unique journey! Come with any and all questions you may have and they will be answered, or simply stop by to say hello—we’d love to meet you in person!

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Exhibit Hall
Whether you’re interested in buying or browsing, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find more than 120 booths featuring a vast array of Montessori materials, services, and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to find and compare—all in one convenient place.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30am - 6:30pm
Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Activities to Foster Literacy in Bilingual Classrooms
Learn why you should create a rich language environment that stimulates development among your diverse learners—and how to do it. This workshop will dive deeply into the needs of bilingual classrooms and explore 7 key activities that foster literacy skills: conversation, storytelling, dramatic play, reading aloud, drawing, playing games, and writing.

Presenters
avatar for Marlene Barron

Marlene Barron

Associate Dean / Director of Research and Development, Shanghai Montessori Education Academy
Marlene Barron, PhD, is associate dean and director of research and development at Shanghai Montessori Education Academy, in Shanghai, China, and an international Montessori consultant and teacher trainer. She is a former president and treasurer of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed... Read More →
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Dandan Yu

Dandan Yu, MS, is deputy director of and program coordinator for the Infant & Toddler course at Baishan Montessori Teacher Education Institute, in Qingdao, China. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

An Observation Refresher
The basic principle of Montessori observational practice can fall away as teachers get caught up in other demands. Come be reminded of the importance of observing the child both in and out of the classroom environment and review Montessori learner outcomes, observation recording strategies, and ideas for applying observed information for student success.

Presenters
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Amy Callahan

Upper Elementary Teacher, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
Amy Callahan, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Northglade Montessori School, in Kalamazoo, MI. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
RL

ReQwal L. Duckworth

Upper Elementary Teacher, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
ReQwal L. Duckworth, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Northglade Montessori Magnet School, in Kalamazoo, MI. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Bringing Montessori to Nepal: A Cultural Möbius Strip
Meet the Montessori students and teachers and their nonprofit partner who worked together to build a Montessori school in the rural town of Khandbari, Nepal. Their stories, pictures, and videos—along with detailed practical advice—will inspire and challenge you to reach outside of your own community to build cross-cultural bridges and develop life-changing service learning experiences for your students (and you!).

Joining the facilitators:
Narayan Shrestha, founder and president, Helping Hands Education
Lila, Rose, and Teka Nadelhoffer, Montessori students
Laura Alexander and Rameshwari Shakya, Montessori educators

Presenters
MK

Metta King

Montessori School of Evergreen
Metta King is a middle school guide at Montessori School of Evergreen, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I, Secondary I–II).
DW

Devon Warn

Devon Elizabeth Warn is an Early Childhood guide at the International School of Neuchâtel, Méthode Montessori, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Canceled - Community Building through Living Systems Principles - Canceled
This workshop has canceled. 

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Canceled

8:00am

Cosmic Education in Public Montessori Schools
This panel of experienced public and charter Montessori educators will describe how they integrated a Cosmic curriculum vibrantly and effectively into every aspect of their classrooms. In the face of district support that isn’t always dependable, don’t lose hope—we’re here to inspire and empower you to deliver authentic Montessori in your public setting!


Panelists: Ginny Riga, Michelle Hammons, Vernon Weathers

Presenters
JB

Judi Bauerlein

Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco
Judi Bauerlein, MEd, is a Montessori teacher educator and consultant. A former president of the AMS Board of Directors, she was the AMS 2010 Living Legacy. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).
TC

Teri Canaday Freeman

Faculty, MEINA
Teri Canaday Freeman, MAT, is director of the Montessori Center of Jackson, TN, and an instructor for the Montessori Educational Institute of North America (MEINA). AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I). Teri has worked in the area of Montessori education for 44 years and... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Educando a los Padres y Conectándonos con Ellos
Este taller explicará cómo crear colaboraciones cercanas y productivas con los padres por medio de varias estrategias como sesiones de orientación, noches de educación para padres, y desayunos familiares. Ustedes aprenderán a guiar a los padres hacia la mejor manera de apoyar a sus hijos y a la escuela, además animándolos a ser embajadores para el Movimiento Montessori.

Presenters
avatar for Monica Gargiulo-Benitez

Monica Gargiulo-Benitez

School Director, Montessori Academy
Monica Gargiulo-Benitez is director of Montessori Academy and Montessori Academy Training Institute, both in Pembroke Pines, FL. She is a founding member of the Montessori Florida Coalition. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Effective School Branding
Threading a consistent message through all your communications is the key to effective branding that cultivates connections with prospective parents and builds the confidence of existing parents by reminding them why they chose your environment. This workshop defines branding and shows you how to broadcast your school’s unique value and character to the wider community.

Presenters
TM

The Montessori Agency

Stan Kang is chief executive officer at The Montessori Agency, in Lebanon, NJ.


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Film Seminar: A New Socratic Discourse
Film is a legitimate if nontraditional kind of text, worth “reading” closely to probe ideas, issues, and values that strengthen comprehension and interpretive capabilities. Learn how to establish meaningful and critical viewing, structure Socratic discourse around films as text, and discover how the seminar format fulfills Montessori’s vision of valorization, social independence, and group cooperation.

Presenters
EE

Erika Eicholz

middle school teacher, Montessori School of Westfield
Erika Eicholz, MEd, is a middle school teacher at Montessori School of Westfield, IN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I–II).
avatar for Barb Scholtz

Barb Scholtz

Practicum Director, CMStep
Barb Scholtz, MEd, is practicum director for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Terrace Tower Terrace Level

8:00am

Get Out & Rock: Geology & Earth Science in Your Town
Using a model of the Rocky Mountain region as an example, learn how to access and read geologic maps to make connections between your own local environment and the first 2 Montessori Great Lessons: the God with No Hands and the Timeline of Life. You will also have the opportunity to create materials to bring back to your own classrooms, inspired by a host of resources that will be shared, including scientific models, experiments, and language and math activities, as well as ideas for outdoor adventures.

Presenters
CM

Claudia Mann

Co-owner, Fossilicious
Claudia Mann, MEd, is head of school of the Encinitas, CA, campus of LePort Montessori Schools; owner of Fossilicious, an online geology shop; and co-author of numerous earth science curricula, materials, and books for children. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Graduate Research in Montessori Education
Join a panel of current recipients of AMS Dissertation & Thesis Awards as they share their experiences in conducting graduate-level research in Montessori education, including design strategies, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the writing process. Prospective researchers will be encouraged to discuss their own research interests.

Panelists: Robyn Long, Daniel Robin Howe, Daniel Cohen, Jennifer Johnson

Presenters
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Phyllis Povell

Phyllis Povell, PhD, is professor emerita at Long Island University in Brookville, NY. She is the author of Montessori Comes to America: The Leadership of Maria Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch.
SL

Sherry L. Schweighardt

The College of New Jersey
Sherry L. Schweighardt, PhD, is a public health professional specializing in early childhood physical activity research and curriculum development and an adjunct professor at both the College of New Jersey, in Ewing Township, and Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA.


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Inclusive Practices: The History of Montessori as a Pedagogical Model
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.

Presenters
avatar for Joyce S. Pickering

Joyce S. Pickering

Executive Director Emerita, Shelton School & Evaluation Center
Joyce S. Pickering, HumD, is immediate past president of the AMS Board of Directors and the AMS 2013 Living Legacy. She is the executive director emerita of Shelton School & Evaluation Center, in Dallas, TX. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Columbine Tower Terrace Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Integrating Curriculum in the 3-Year Cycle
Overwhelmed trying to juggle cultural lessons, literature circles, and all the other pieces that make Montessori programs so rich? A truly integrated curriculum is the answer! This workshop will explore a model 3-year plan that incorporates Montessori lessons, connects state standards, and engages students; corresponding literature and activity ideas will be included.

Presenters
avatar for Kieran McHugh

Kieran McHugh

Head of School, Renaissance Academy
Kieran McHugh, MEd, is co-founder and Head of School of Renaissance Academy, a private turned Charter Montessori School, in LaPorte, IN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Learning-Oriented Leadership for Transformational Learning
Learning-oriented leaders assist adult learners in managing the complexities of teaching and leadership. Come explore how adults process experiences in developmentally different ways and explore 4 pillar practices—teaming, collegial inquiry, mentoring, and providing leadership roles—that create vibrant, nurturing communities of lifelong learners and leaders.

Presenters
avatar for Susanne Gregory

Susanne Gregory

Susanne Phelan Gregory, MPH, is principal consultant for Gregory Consulting, LLC, in Richmond, VA, specializing in school leadership, training, development, and long-range planning. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
avatar for Katie Keller Wood

Katie Keller Wood

Director, Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education
Katie Keller Wood, MEd, is executive director of the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program (CMStep) and an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Navigating Toddler Power Struggles
During toddlerhood, children go through an oppositional phase of development that begins when they start saying “no” and ends when they begin to use the personal pronoun “I.” This workshop will deepen your understanding of the developmental needs of toddlerhood and empower you with tools for navigating power struggles using language that offers freedom and sets appropriate limits.

Presenters
avatar for Nichole Holtvluwer

Nichole Holtvluwer

Owner, Radicle Beginnings
Nichole Holtvluwer is a Montessori consultant and owner of Radicle Beginnings, in Evergreen, CO. | | AMI-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). | | Passionate about the child under three, with an emphasis on authentic Montessori, Nichole is a "toddler whisperer" of sorts. She has built... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

8:00am

Parent–Infant Programs: How to Start One—and Why
If you would like to make a life-changing difference for families in just a few hours per week, this workshop is for you! You will learn what a parent-infant program is and how it can provide parents with essential child-rearing skills as they, along with a teacher, observe their children actively exploring and discovering. You will come away with concrete ideas for setting up a parent-infant program, along with copious ideas for topics for discussion with parents.

Presenters
EH

Elizabeth Houghtaling

Elizabeth Houghtaling is a parent/infant child guide at Montessori Country School in Bainbridge Island, WA. A member of the first cohort group of AMS’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program, she recently developed and implemented a Montessori parent/infant program in Washington.
avatar for Susan Tracy McDaniel

Susan Tracy McDaniel

Parenting Coach, Learning Together Education
Susan Tracy McDaniel, MEd, is director of Learning Together Education, a Montessori parent-coaching and education organization, in Barrington, IL. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). AMI-credentialed (Assistants to Infancy).
avatar for Melody Patton

Melody Patton

Head of School, School in the Woods Montessori
Melody Patton, MBA, is head of School in the Woods Montessori in Denver, CO and a member of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Place-Based Science Education
Learn how to bring the “real world” into your Secondary science program using place-based, experiential learning. View student projects and examine standards-based curricula developed around the watersheds and prairies at one Texas school. You’ll leave with tools to uncover the unique features of your community and environment that can be used to support scientific inquiry.

Presenters
RC

Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole, MEd, is a teacher leader at Audubon Charter School, in New Orleans, LA. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
AS

Amanda Stone Norton

Amanda Stone Norton, PhD, is a former middle school teacher at Montessori School of Fort Worth, TX, and an award-winning author of children’s books emphasizing the child’s connection to nature. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I – II).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

Selling Your For-Profit Montessori School
School owners who are considering selling their businesses face many questions: What are the school and real estate actually worth? What will happen to my employees and students after the sale? How do I navigate all the challenges? If you’re wanting to plan for this stage in your life, this workshop will provide you with real-world financial and practical considerations to help you succeed in selling and avoid major pitfalls.

Presenters
WS

Wes Simmons

Bailey Routzong Capital Advisors
Wesley Simmons is director of client advisory services for Bailey Routzong Capital Advisors, in Houston, TX.


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Starting an AMS Teacher Education Program
AMS affiliation is a mark of quality and excellence in teacher education programs. Join a panel of AMS staff and new program directors for this workshop that will provide essential information for developing a teacher education program and familiarize you with AMS requirements, its application, and the self-study process.

Joining the facilitators: Anita Hanks, Jesmine Lok, Harpreet Grewal

Presenters
GL

Gina Lofquist

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

Teaching Acceptance of All Differences
Research shows the importance of early diversity work to cultivate non-biased, accepting attitudes that young children hold on to as they grow. Come learn how to prepare an accepting environment with dolls representing various family structures, celebrations of multicultural holidays, a socially conscious library, and other research-based resources, shelf materials, and lessons.

Presenters
WF

Wendy Freed

Wendy Freed is a teacher at Wilson Montessori School, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
avatar for Jolene Tollett

Jolene Tollett

CEO, Lotus Curriculum, Inc.
Jolene Tollett is founder and chief executive officer of Lotus Curriculum, Inc. in Houston, TX. Classes for children, parents and teachers in art appreciation, setting up a home environment, preparing for the Gifted & Talented testing and teaching acceptance in the classroom. | Facebook... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

The Collaborative Community: Organizing Principles for Non-Montessori Administrators
Montessori schools are collaborative and unique communities that can sometimes be challenging for non-Montessori administrators to navigate. If you’re new to Montessori, come explore a “team management” approach and learn to design an organizational structure that adopts Montessori classroom-style leadership, coaching, and mentoring that you can employ to guide faculty, staff, and trustees to work together most effectively.

Presenters
avatar for Elaine Blasi

Elaine Blasi

Head of School, Silver Oak High School
Elaine Blasi, MEd, is head of Silver Oak High School, in Hayward, CA, a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission, and a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. She is the founder of Montessori Hale O Keiki, in Kihei, HI AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Secondary I... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

The Emotional Intelligence of Teachers
The effective Montessori teacher nurtures the emotional intelligence (E.I.) of her students, but shouldn’t we also nurture our own? Come learn more about E.I. and one Montessori school’s collaboration with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to engage its faculty with the RULER approach—Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions—for transformative results. You’ll be inspired to nurture the E.I. of the adults in your community.

Presenters
avatar for Yan Yan Imamura

Yan Yan Imamura

Assistant Director of ECE and Montessori Programs, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Yan Yan Imamura, MEd, MAT, is assistant director of Early Childhood and Montessori programs and Lab School Liaison at the Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
avatar for Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park

Assistant Professor & Director, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Elizabeth Park, PhD, is assistant professor of education at Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, and a member of the Montessori Life Editorial Advisory Board. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

The Natural World: Where Real Discovery Begins
Research substantiates that connections to the natural world enhances cognitive abilities and has far-reaching social, emotional, and health benefits. This presentation will energize your teaching and advance ways to reconnect children to the transformative power of nature. Ideas will be presented that encourage wonder, curiosity, and care of the natural environment, along with promoting nature discovery as a central element in the life of your community. Highlights will include a range of creative activities and integrated curriculum experiences to revitalize children’s relationship to the natural world.

Presenters
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Geoffrey Bishop

Executive Director, Nature's Classroom Institute
Geoffrey E. Bishop, ArcD, is the executive director and founder of Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School, in Mukwonago, WI. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Windows Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

The U.N. Peace Curriculum: Building a World Fit for Children
The United Nations Peace Curriculum is deeply complementary to Montessori philosphy. Come learn about UNESCO’s 4 Pillars of Learning—Learning to Know, Learning to Do, Learning to Be, and Learning to Live with Others—and discover inspirational examples of peace, service learning, and community outreach activities that nurture a world fit for children.

Presenters
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Shanon Flowers

Redeemer Montessori School
Shanon Flowers is head of Redeemer Montessori School, in Irving, TX. NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Diana Tuquero-Gustafson

Kindergarten Teacher, San Francisco Public Montessori
Diana Tuquero-Gustafson, MEd, is the former assistant head of Redeemer Montessori School, in Irving, TX. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood). She is now living in San Francisco, CA and teaches Kindergarten at San Francisco Public Montessori.


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Bookstore
The AMS Bookstore is where you’ll find books by our keynoters speakers—Rick Steves, Anna Deavere Smith, and Dale Dougherty—as well as limited-edition conference mementos and items specially curated by our Peace Committee.

Friday March 23, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:15am

Living Legacy Book-Signing
Copies of the Duffys’ books will be available for purchase at the AMS bookstore starting Thursday. Be sure to join D’Neil and Michael for a book signing Friday morning, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM. 50% of the proceeds from the book sales will support the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Friday March 23, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:15am

Networking: Graduate-Student Research
Participants in the “Graduate Research in Montessori Education” workshop (Session 1) are invited to continue their conversations in breakout groups based on specific topics of interest. This will be a time to share moral support with colleagues at similar stages of research and connect with potential faculty mentors for ongoing advice.

Presenters
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Phyllis Povell

Phyllis Povell, PhD, is professor emerita at Long Island University in Brookville, NY. She is the author of Montessori Comes to America: The Leadership of Maria Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch.


Friday March 23, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

9:30am

AMS School Accreditation Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to discuss the benefits of AMS school accreditation and the accreditation process with AMS staff and school accreditation commissioners. They will be happy to answer any questions you have!

Friday March 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

10:30am

Keynoter: Rick Steves
"The Global Classroom"

Iconic traveler Rick Steves joins us to share his thoughts on how the creativity, conflict, friendship, faith, art, customs, and cuisine he has witnessed and enjoyed over a lifetime of globe-trotting have led him to adopt a broader, more compassionate, view of mankind, and a belief that travel can be a force for peace and understanding in the world. From pondering fascism in Mussolini-era buildings in Milan, the intersections of Christianity and Islam in Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, and morality among matadors in Seville’s bullfighting rings, Rick Steves will show how our planet makes the perfect classroom, providing a venue to build lessons across a variety of curricular areas.

Whether you are making the grand tour inside your classroom, or hopping a flight, students in tow, to destinations abroad, Mr. Steves will deepen your appreciation of cultural studies. He’ll inspire you to guide your students to experience the world “through the back door,” by leaving ethnocentric viewpoints behind, becoming cultural chameleons, and treating travel as a political act. He’ll encourage you to use culture and place to tell the story of today’s people, and help us see that we’re much more alike than we may seem on first appearance. You’ll come away with renewed appreciation of cultural studies as a core element of the Montessori curriculum and an investment in your students’ abilities to create a better, more peaceful world.

Friday March 23, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom Plaza Concourse Level

12:00pm

Book Signing: Rick Steves
Following his keynote, Rick will be happy to sign copies of his book, Travel as a Political Act, available at the AMS Bookstore.

Friday March 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

12:00pm

Lunch Cart
Want to grab a quick bite without having to leave the conference? Choose from a selection of prepared meals at the cash lunch cart.

Location: Tower Court Foyer (second level)

Friday March 23, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tower Court Foyer North Tower Building Second Level

12:30pm

Professional Development Q & A
We are excited to offer a sneak peek of our new online learning professional development format. This interactive and collaborative workshop combines HD video, interactive tools, and a community for idea and resource sharing. Drop in to learn more and explore with our first prototype: Creating a Culture for Spontaneous Activity.

Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

12:30pm

Creación de Redes: Educación y Enlace en Español
Vengan a conocer a sus colegas que trabajan en programas Montessori de idioma español, o a quienes les interesa apoyar su desarrollo. Traigan su almuerzo, así como historias y preguntas, para que podamos intercambiar ideas sobre cómo colaborar y apoyarnos mutuamente.

Presenters
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Adriana Moreno

Adriana Moreno is an assistant Upper Elementary teacher at Montessori School of Celebration in Celebration, FL. Adriana is an American citizen born in Venezuela, has volunteered at her children’s Montessori school for several years and is now an Assistant Teacher in the Upper Elementary... Read More →
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Karen Simon

Montessori School of Celebration
Karen Simon is director of Montessori School of Celebration, FL. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Savoy Tower Majestic Level
  • Target Audience ALL

12:30pm

Networking: Peace Education
Join members of the AMS Peace Committee to learn about their ongoing work and how you can get involved in the Montessori peace effort. We’ll begin with a silent meditation, join together through song and dance, and then share stories of peace activities that have been meaningful to all of us. Bring your lunch and all your questions!

Presenters
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Judi Bauerlein

Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco
Judi Bauerlein, MEd, is a Montessori teacher educator and consultant. A former president of the AMS Board of Directors, she was the AMS 2010 Living Legacy. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

12:30pm

Networking: Public Schools
Join school leaders and teachers for a vigorous discussion of the issues, challenges, concerns, and joys of Montessori public and charter schools. Make connections, find encouragement, and gain insights from others who are hard at work strengthening and growing the Montessori Movement in the public sector—and hear about how AMS is working to support your work. Bring a lunch and any questions you have!

Presenters
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Michelle Hammons

Principal, Eagle Peak Montessori School
Michelle Hammons, MEd, is principal of Eagle Peak Montessori School, in Walnut Creek, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Melinda Harris

Principal, Community Montessori
Melinda Harris, EdD, is principal of Community Montessori School in Jackson, TN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Marilyn Horan

Principal, Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School
Marilyn Horan, MS, is principal at Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School, in Frederick, MD. A board member of Montessori Schools of Maryland, she is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
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Dale D. Mogaji

Principal, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
Dale D. Mogaji, MSEd, is principal of Northglade Montessori Magnet School, in Kalamazoo, MI, a member of the AMS Board of Directors, and a member of the Montessori for Social Justice Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
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California Montessori Project

California Montessori Project
Gary S. Bowman, MSEd, is executive director of the California Montessori Project, in Carmichael, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors.


Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

12:30pm

Networking: Teacher Educators
Instructors at and directors of AMS teacher education programs are invited to join others in lively conversation about the challenges and rewards we face as we work to develop the next generation of Montessori educators. Breakout tables will be organized by topic and course level; bring your lunch and your questions!

Presenters
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Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies

Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
Hilary Green is director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, in Silver Spring, MD, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).


Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Beverly Tower Terrace Level

1:00pm

The 10th Annual AMS Research Poster Session
AMS is celebrating a decade of supporting and promoting Montessori researchers—share in this important milestone at the 10th Annual Research Poster Session! As you circulate among poster displays, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss recent research projects with their authors and learn more about the latest efforts to examine varied aspects of Montessori education, including classroom practices and case studies from public and private schools alike.

  • "A Comparison of Elementary Classroom Practices Based on Montessori Certification," Carolyn Daoust, PhD
  • "Measuring Creativity in Rural Public Schools in South Carolina: A Comparison Between a Montessori and a Traditional School," Brooke Culclasure, PhD, David Fleming, PhD
  • "Innovations in Montessori Research," Angela Murray, PhD, Carolyn Daoust, PhD
  • "The Real Thing: Preschoolers Prefer Actual Activities to Pretend Ones," Angeline Lillard, PhD
  • "Development of Executive Function Within a Montessori Early Childhood Environment," Tracey Sulak, PhD, Janet Bagby, PhD
  • "Mission Driven Montessori Education: Cultivating Place and Pedagogical Fidelity," Maria McKenna, PhD, Andrew Garvey
  • "Creativity and Executive Function in Montessori Environments,"Katie Brown, PhD, Phil Dosmann, Katie Grabowski
  • "Learning from apps and objects: The human touch," Sierra Eisen, Angeline Lillard, PhD
  • "The Impact of Montessori Public Elementary Experiences on High School Students," Erica Rice, PhD
  • "Bilingual Education in Early Montessori: A Case Study of Two Schools," Seyedeh Mousavian, Arti Joshi, PhD, Jody Eberly, EdD
  • "Executive Function and Literacy Development through Sensorial and Practical Life Work," Tracey Sulak, PhD
  • "Environmental stewardship and sustainability education: Pathways to peace," Maria McKenna, PhD, Andrew Garvey
  • "A Natural History of Repetition: Preschool-aged Children’s Motor Behaviour During Free Play," Anne Jones
  • “'If we don’t get the TV back on, we’ll have to talk to each other': Evaluating a Montessori-Based Intervention for Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia," Kathleen Farfsing, Jennifer Kinney, PhD, Leah Janssen
  • "The Social Effects of Student-Selected Movement Activities in a Montessori Lower Elementary Class," Diana Haro Reynolds
  • "Writer’s Workshop within the Montessori Environment," Kelly Severson-Kunz


Presenters
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Katie Brown

Katie Brown, PhD, is regional coordinator and research associate for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, in Washington, D.C.
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Angela Murray

Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Angela Murray, PhD, is senior researcher and coordinator for AMS, an assistant research professor at the University of Kansas, and founding editor of the Journal of Montessori Research.
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Tracey Sulak

Tracey N. Sulak, PhD, is a clinical associate professor in educational psychology at Baylor University, in Waco, TX.


Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

1:30pm

Pathway of Continuous School Improvement Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to learn about AMS’s new school quality initiative—the Pathway of Continuous School Improvement! Participation in the Pathway is available to every AMS member school at no additional cost, and includes personalized coaching and consultation to guide your school’s unique journey! Come with any and all questions you may have and they will be answered, or simply stop by to say hello—we’d love to meet you in person!

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

A Fresh Look at School-Wide Holistic Education
Imagine an approach to holistic learning that brings balance to the curriculum and elevates each student’s self-awareness. This workshop focuses on the “7 Cs”—curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, citizenship, and compassion—that infuse the curriculum with renewed purpose and joy. You’ll learn how to revitalize your own practices, using student portfolios to initiate a reflective shift in administrator, teacher, and student mindsets.

Presenters
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Alison Fields

Ali Fields, EdM, is lead Upper Elementary teacher at River Valley Charter School in Newburyport, MA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I, Elementary II).
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Andrew Willemsen

Director, River Valley Charter School
Andrew R. Willemsen, MEd, is Director of River Valley Charter School, in Newburyport, MA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Antropólogos Naturales en la Comunidad Elemental
Aprendan a preparar ambientes interiores y exteriores que responden a las necesidades del alumno Elemental como antropólogo natural. Los temas de esta amplia presentación incluirán la importancia de interactuar con personas representativas y confiables de varios grupos sociales, culturales, o científicos así como el papel de la antropología en la Educación Cósmica.

Presenters
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Rocio Hernandez Babick

Upper Elementary teacher, Montessori del Mundo
Rocío Hernández Babick is a lead Upper Elementary teacher at Montessori del Mundo, in Aurora, CO. Montessori-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Building Community within Infant & Toddler Programs
The role of the Infant & Toddler guide does not only include nurturing and supporting the children, but also giving care to their parents. This workshop will highlight the sensitivity of the relationship between the I&T guide and parents, and address why establishing a strong bond with them is critically important. We will share ideas about how to build relationships to ensure that the entire I&T community is being supported—children and parents both— and ample ideas for incorporating into your Montessori toolbox.

Presenters
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Melanie Binder

Love of Learning Montessori School
Melanie Binder is an Infant & Toddler Guide at Love of Learning Montessori School in Columbia, MD. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). Melanie is very passionate and enthusiastic about creating a wonderful experience for the families that join her toddler program. She has presented... Read More →
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Elizabeth Campbell

Montessori Children's School
Elizabeth Campbell is a lead Toddler teacher at Montessori Children's School Key West, FL. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). Elizabeth is very enthusiastic and passionate about creating a wonderful experience for the families that join her toddler program. She has presented at... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Canceled - The Early Experiences of Empowered & Flourishing Adults - Canceled
THIS WORKSHOP HAS CANCELED

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Canceled
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Celebrating Difference through Cosmic Storytelling
This workshop responds to a rise in intolerance with the imaginative offerings of the Cosmic program Montessori envisaged to encourage universal oneness and world peace. Come listen to stories that celebrate how difference is a governing theme of the universe itself and see how these stories provide a powerful foundation for cultural problem-solving throughout our lives.

Presenters
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Michael J. Dorer

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation
Michael J. Dorer, EdD, is a senior consultant at The Montessori Foundation, in Sarasota, FL, a past president of the AMS Board of Directors, and author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary... Read More →
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Jennifer Morgan

President, Deep Time Journey Network
Jennifer Morgan is the award-winning author of the Universe Story Trilogy—Born with a Bang, From Lava to Life, and Mammals Who Morph—and president of the Deep Time Journey Network, in Princeton, NJ, which offers professional development in Cosmic Education.



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Cultivating Ecological Literacy
Cultivate ecological literacy and sustainable habits of mind, hand, and heart through mini-lessons, games, and songs that encourage systems thinking. Learn how to reduce your school’s ecological footprint through student-led “green teams” and how to foster a love of nature through goings-out, pedagogy of place, Earth Day celebrations, and cutting-edge ideas such as biomimicry and deep ecology.

Presenters
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Seth Johnson

Upper Elementary Teacher, Lexington Montessori School
Seth Johnson, MS, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori | School and serves on the faculty of Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) , both in Lexington, MA.. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Curating a Responsive Classroom Library
Support and empower readers by curating a classroom library like a librarian. This workshop will send you home with resources on book selection, leveling guides, and tips to help support all readers find exciting, developmentally appropriate books and materials.

Presenters
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Deborah Knight

Deborah Knight, MA, is a teacher at Lakeland Montessori Middle School, in Lakeland, FL. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Encouraging Spontaneity in the Elementary Environment
What does productive spontaneity look like, and how can it light a child’s spark of inspiration in Elementary environments? We’ll discuss the essential nature of the prepared environment in nurturing creativity and examine examples of student work and concrete tools that provide a structural base for imaginative exploration.

Presenters
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Adam Diamond

Upper Elementary Director, Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy
Adam Diamond, MEd, is Upper Elementary Director at Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy, in Crescent Springs, KY. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). He grew up a Montessori student through age 12 and has been teaching in Montessori upper elementary environments for 10 years. He... Read More →
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Laura Opfer

Laura Opfer, MEd, is a teaching professor at Xavier Montessori Institute and a head Lower Elementary teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is the recipient of an AMS Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award (2004). AMS-credentialed (Elementary... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Hear Ye, Principals! What Teachers in Montessori Public Schools Are Saying
This workshop will present the top challenges to program authenticity identified in a 5-year research study of teachers in Montessori public schools. Come hear what teachers say about how they can be better supported and learn how small changes in leadership have helped administrators address these pressing issues.

Presenters
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Ginny Riga

CEO, Montessori Public School Consulting
Ginny Riga, EdD, is a Montessori consultant for the South Carolina Department of Education, in Columbia, SC, a member of the research team at Furman University, in Greenville, SC, and a former member of the AMS Board of Directors.


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Making Practical Life Practical
Like loading a dishwasher, many of today’s most practical Practical Life activities may not have been envisioned by Maria Montessori. This workshop will review the need for Practical Life experiences and offer indoor and outdoor lessons that stem not only from traditional Montessori training but which respond to the practical demands of modern life and technology.

Presenters
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Stacey Wilker

Stacey Wilker, MEd, is Toddler directress at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, OH. AMI-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Navigating Grief
“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.” —C. S. Lewis
This panel discussion on death and loss will address supporting school communities from the inside—teachers, staff, and students—and the outside—parents, community members, and friends of the school. Topics will include self-care, professional preparation, pastoral community care, student support resources, timelines of support, communication tools, and special considerations.

Presenters
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Julie Bragdon

Assistant Head of School/Board V.P., Montessori School of Denver/AMS
Julie Bragdon, MEd, is assistant head of Montessori School of Denver, CO, a member of the AMS Board of Directors, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Montessori Life. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Stephanie Flanigan

Head of School, Montessori School of Denver
Stephanie Flanigan, JD, is head of Montessori School of Denver, CO, and president of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.
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Sara Knickerbocker

Sara Knickerbocker, PhD, is a school psychology consultant for The CORE Psychology, in Denver, CO, and the former school psychologist for Montessori School of Denver.



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Terrace Tower Terrace Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Professional Development for Teacher Assistants
This workshop will provide a structure for starting your own program of professional development for teacher assistants—an endeavor that can benefit everyone in your school community. Discover how to define roles, help assistants develop stronger relationships with lead teachers and students, and empower assistants to take on meaningful responsibilities that lead to greater satisfaction and career investment.

Presenters
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Angela Boley

Angela Boley, MA, is dean of students at California Montessori Project in Carmichael, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Melanie Driskill

Melanie Driskill, MEd, is a teacher for the California Montessori Project in Sacramento, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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California Montessori Project

California Montessori Project
Gary S. Bowman, MSEd, is executive director of the California Montessori Project, in Carmichael, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors.
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Mickey Slamkowski

California Montessori Project
Mickey Slamkowski is program director at the California Montessori Project in Carmichael, CA, and a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission. NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Special Needs Differentiation in the Early Childhood Classroom
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.

Presenters
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Brenda Huth

Director of Student Services, Oak Farm Montessori School
Brenda Huth, MEd (special education), is director of student services at Oak Farm Montessori School, in Avilla, IN, and a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

2:00pm

Speed Mentoring for School Leaders
Join us for an efficient exercise in drilling down to your particular interests and establishing relationships with peers who share similar questions or have the expertise you’re looking for. Choose your topic of interest from tables where mentor-experts will host a 20-minute introductory discussion, then rotate to 2 additional tables for a total of 3 conversations. You’ll leave with handouts and contacts for future connections.

Presenters
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Mary Ellen Kordas

Mary Ellen Kordas is president of the AMS Board of Directors, a member of the council of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative, and a consultant to Montessori schools and boards of trustees (MEK Consulting). She was a founding head of school of Livermore’s Valley Montessori, the... Read More →
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Kathy Roemer, PhD

Executive Director, Twin Parks Montessori School
Kathy Roemer, EdD, is executive director of Twin Parks Montessori Schools, in New York, NY, and president of the New York State Montessori Alliance. She is a former president of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Talk to Me: Mindful Communication for Adults & Adolescents
Have you ever been so focused on what you wanted to say next that you weren't really listening? Ever said something you regretted? If you can answer “yes” to either question (as most of us can!), come learn about reception, expression, and an overlooked element of communication—presence—as well as the small, sophisticated shifts we can make, and teach to adolescents, that can fine-tune our interactions with others.

Presenters
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Marta Donahoe

Marta Donahoe, MEd, is director of professional development for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. The founder of Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School, in Cincinnati, she is a certified Mindful Schools instructor. AMS-credentialed... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

2:00pm

Teaching the Spiraled Math Curriculum to Adult Learners
A complete understanding and appreciation of the spiraled complexity of the Montessori Math materials is necessary for your own ability to fully convey the curriculum’s layered beauty when you’re teaching adults. This workshop will revisit the foundational concepts of Montessori Math, from the Pink Tower through cube root, preparing teacher educators for more effective and inspirational instruction.

Presenters
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Rosemary Quaranta

Head of School and Clinical Faculty, Xavier University Montessori Lab School
Rosemary Quaranta, M.Ed is Clinical Faculty and Head of the Lab School at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Edgecliff College (which merged with Xavier University in 1980), The Washington Montessori Institute, and Cleveland State University where she received... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

The Capital Project: A Path to Institutional Maturity, Stability & Sustainability
When a school can remedy the tension between facilities-driven operational challenges and its greater aspirations, it opens pathways to growth, stability, and sustainability. School leaders and trustees are invited to join in a group dialogue and focused activities that explore the capital-project process, from feasibility investigation and funding to permitting, design, and construction. Ample time will be allowed for Q & A.

Presenters
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Kevin Campbell

Principal, KSC Education Consulting
As a former Montessori guide, Adolescent Community founder/director, and Head of School, and now a Montessori-focused consultant, there is no end to my shared interests with the Montessori community-at-large. My primary interest, however, is to share my knowledge and experience in... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

The Deep & Deliberate Engagement of Self-Directed Learning
Montessori called it concentration. Csikszentmihalyi calls it flow. A child’s absorption in play or work activity is foundational to learning—and a reliable predictor of academic success. This workshop will highlight the conditions and elements necessary for deep and deliberate engagement to occur.

Presenters
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Jonathan Wolff Consulting

Jonathan Wolff is a Montessori school consultant and leadership coach based in Moraga, CA. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Tanya Ryskind, J. D.

Associate Elementary Director, Center for Guided Montessori Studies
Tanya Ryskind, J.D., is a Montessori teacher trainer, consultant, speaker, and author who focuses her work on leadership and organizational development. She has presented at regional, national and international Montessori conferences. Tanya's work has been published in Montessori... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

The Kitchen of Life: Ethical, Values-Based Micro-Economies
Examine one school’s micro-economy that has contributed to a school-wide food and nutrition program, and see how adolescent efforts can go beyond economic goals to include among their purposes wellness and environmental sustainability. Also, learn how to use food as a vehicle for impressionistic lessons that you can use in cultural, science, art, history, and language that will support and reflect Montessori values at all levels.

Presenters
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Maria Nieves Gonzalez-Montejano

Nieves Gonzalez-Montejano, MEd, MA, is head Early Childhood–Upper Elementary Spanish teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Cora Heiser

MS Director, WHMS
Cora Heiser, MEd, is middle school director at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

The Magic of Performing Shakespeare
When children perform Shakespeare, they discover inner strengths, transform themselves, and emerge as more powerful beings. In this participatory workshop, you’ll explore how to guide Elementary students to understand Shakespearean verse and its essential truths. This Montessori-aligned methodology introduces public speaking, brings the children into nature through outdoor performances, and fosters creativity, collaboration, patience, and generosity.

Presenters
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Larry Schanker

Executive Director/Music Specialist, Brookview Montessori School
Larry Schanker is Executive Director at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he has served as Music Specialist for the past 20 years. He teachers the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Music Training for the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster... Read More →
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Laurie Stockton-Moreno

Education Director, Lead Lower Elementary Teacher, Brookview Montessori School
Laurie Stockton-Moreno is Education Director and Lower Elementary Lead Teacher at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She is AMS credentialed at both the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary levels. Laurie is a Teacher Trainer at the Institute for Montessori Innovation... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Time for Music!
Get ready to groove with finger-play and movement-based songs that are perfect for circle time or performance. This workshop will teach you an engaging, multisensory approach that uses repetition and association to help children internalize the music as they develop listening, verbal, and social skills.

Presenters
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Frank Leto

Frank Leto Musical Ventures
Frank Leto is a music educator and steel band instructor based in Albuquerque, NM, and the author of Frank Leto’s Method to Music. His company, Frank Leto Musical Ventures, offers an extensive catalog of educational CDs and DVDs. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Using Technology in Montessori Observation
In recent years, Wildflower Schools have been experimenting with technological supports to supplement teacher observation in Montessori-based classrooms. This demonstration will show you how Wildflower has used wireless radio sensors and computer vision to gather classroom information—and how algorithms convert this data into Web-based visualizations for teachers. Learn about usability and impact, teacher insights, and future research and development plans to expand upon Wildflower’s initial findings.

Presenters
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Theodore Quinn

Partner, Wildflower Schools
Theodore Quinn, PhD, is a partner and director of classroom research and development at the Wildflower Foundation. He is based in Minneapolis, MN.
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Mary Rockett

Mary Rockett, MEd, is head of Wildflower Montessori School in Cambridge, MA, and a partner at the Wildflower Foundation. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Nazmus Saquib

Nazmus Saquib, MS, is a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works with Wildflower Montessori Schools at MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines, in the MIT Media Lab.



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Teacher Education Program Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to discuss starting a Teacher Education Program and the affiliation process with AMS staff. We’re happy to answer any questions you have!

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Action Research in Montessori Classrooms
Talk to experts who can guide your current or potential action research projects in university and non-university Montessori teacher certification programs. We’ll begin with an overview of essential action research components and several case studies, after which you’ll be able to choose a specialized table talk to discuss your ideas or get help determining how action research might fit into your teacher education program or school.

Joining the facilitators:
Nancy Lindeman, Elizabeth Park, Teresa Ripple

Presenters
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Cate Epperson

Cate Epperson, MAT, is assistant director of Hope Montessori Educational Institute, in Lake Saint Louis, MO. She is a doctoral candidate in Transformative Learning in the Global Community at Webster University. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).
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Melina Papadimitriou

University of Wisconsin -- River Falls
Melina Papadimitriou, MEd, is director of the University of Wisconsin–River Falls Montessori Graduate Teacher Education Program, a public school consultant, and a board member of the Wisconsin Montessori Association. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). Montessori-credentialed... Read More →
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Gay Ward

Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Montessori
Gay Ward, PhD, is professor emerita and adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, co-chair of the AMS Research Committee, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Montessori Research. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Authenticity through Autonomy: Montessori in the Charter Sector
Join veteran public Montessori educators to explore their success in maintaining Montessori authenticity while meeting Common Core State Standards and other public-sector requirements. You’ll learn tried-and-true strategies that support student transitions, lesson plan development, standards alignment, and community building among staff, parents, and the school district—as well as the crucial questions to ask yourself to keep Montessori at the center of every decision.

Presenters
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Michelle Hammons

Principal, Eagle Peak Montessori School
Michelle Hammons, MEd, is principal of Eagle Peak Montessori School, in Walnut Creek, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Canceled - Empowering the Adolescent Brain for Valorization - Canceled
This workshop has canceled and will not be presented at this year's conference. 

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Canceled

4:00pm

Connecting the Art of Nature & Inner Nature
Experience in the natural world refines the mind and enables children to discover their own nature. In this hands-on workshop, come see and make art derived from and responding to the natural world, and learn how to support the creative development of children birth–age 6, from the outside in!

Presenters
avatar for Amy Allison

Amy Allison

Fourth Grade Teacher, St. Clement Catholic School
Amy Allison, MEd, AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood), is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Saint Clement School in Chicago, IL. | | Amy has worked in Montessori schools for over 10 years, and has also taught in traditional and parochial schools in Chicago. She holds both a traditional... Read More →
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Elizabeth Norman

Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator and Educator, Seton Montessori Institute and Schools
Elizabeth (Beth) Norman is an experienced Montessori leader serving the needs of children, families, adult learners, educators, school administrators, and the community with integrity, compassion, creativity, leadership and advocacy. Currently serving Seton Montessori Institute and... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

4:00pm

Creating Inner Motivation for Grammar Work
Learn how to listen to what children say and how you can use those very words in developing their grammar work. Come discover how this approach, identified by Dr. Montessori herself, can ignite inner motivation, build community, and help integrate your curriculum. You’ll receive tools for identifying phrasing patterns in children’s speech and for understanding a simple system for creating individualized Grammar Box exercises.

Presenters
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Jean Rashkin

E-1 Language Instructor, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Jean Rashkin is a Lower Elementary language curriculum instructor for the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Customer Service–Based Enrollment
Enrollment that starts and ends with a deposit and signed contract misses the opportunity to ensure that families feel valued during every step, from first visiting the school to placement after graduation—and beyond. This session will explore specific customer service tools that you can employ to increase parent satisfaction, student retention, and school sustainability.

Presenters
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Carrie Kries

Head of School, Gladwyne Montessori School
Carrie Kries, MEd, is head of school at Gladwyne Montessori, in Gladwyne, PA. Carrie values learning as an experience and seeks to provide children with a school environment where they can safely explore, create and wonder.
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Audra Walsh

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Gladwyne Montessori
Audra Walsh is Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Gladwyne Montessori, in Gladwyne, PA. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Differentiated Montessori Instruction for Students with Learning Differences
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.

Presenters
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Casey Barnett

Casey Barnett is a teacher at the Shelton School & Evaluation Center, in Dallas, TX, and is co-author of the Montessori Applied to Children At Risk manuals. She has been teaching students with special needs for nearly 3 decades. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

4:00pm

Diversity & Equity in Montessori Schools
This workshop will give school leaders an understanding of issues, vocabulary, and systems to support diversity and equity in our schools. As you come prepared to face complex issues, you’ll be empowered with solutions for nurturing more inclusive relationships, classrooms, and school environments that fulfill Montessori’s commitment to social justice.

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Erin R Trondson

Head of School & Adjunct Professor, Woodland Montessori School & UW River Falls
Erin R. Trondson, MS, is head of Woodland Montessori School, in Madison, WI, and an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin–River Falls. She is a recipient of an AMS Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award (2017). AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Edible School Gardens
“How we eat can change the world.” —Alice Waters, chef, activist, founder of the Edible Schoolyard
Learn how to create, sustain, and/or expand an organic kitchen garden program, a delicious and healthy way to motivate interest in math, culture, language, and science. We’ll discuss gardening, soil science, the cultivation of annuals and perennials, composting, and a wealth of inspiring curriculum ideas.

Presenters
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Jayne Cobb

Jayne Cobb is a lead Upper Elementary teacher at Center Montessori School, in Bradenton, FL. The head of the Edible School Garden Committee of Slow Food Sarasota, she is a graduate of the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkeley, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Mara Fulk

Administrator, Center Montessori School
Mara Fulk is an administrator at Center Montessori School, in Bradenton, FL. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Terrace Tower Terrace Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Enhancing the Observation Skills of Adult Learners
As effective Montessori teachers, adult learners, and researchers, we experience, we observe, and we reflect! A long word for this is phenomenology, the study of experience and consciousness. Phenomenology integrates with Montessori philosophy to improve our ability to reflect on classroom experiences, strengthening all our educational practices. This workshop will engage you in exploring phenomenological inquiry through multisensory participation, including games, timelines, comparisons, and dialogues. And don’t worry: You don’t have to be able to spell or pronounce it!

Presenters
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John Branch

John Branch, EdD, is a Secondary Math and science teacher at School of the Woods, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
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Olivia Christensen

Olivia Christensen, MEd, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota and an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Enriching the Language Area
Regardless of whether you are a seasoned Montessori teacher or someone new to the field, this workshop will help you enrich your Language areas to make them even more engaging to your Early Childhood students. We will cover such topics as variations and extensions to strengthen letter/sound association, phonemic awareness, formation of words, decoding skills, phonogram practice, creative writing, reading comprehension, and more. These enjoyable child-tested, lessons augment the basic Language curriculum by further isolating difficulties, offering control of error, or providing additional opportunities to practice, all strengthening important foundational language skills, while staying true to the Montessori approach.

Presenters
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Jean Offutt

Jarrow Montessori School
Jean Offutt is a lead teacher at Jarrow Montessori School in Boulder, CO. She has served as the Early Childhood Language Curriculum Instructor for the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies and the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Making the 3-Year Curriculum Manageable
This workshop will provide an organized, manageable approach to the massive amount of material covered in the 3-year Upper Elementary curriculum, broken down into annual, monthly, and weekly lessons. Come see examples of and learn strategies for lesson planning, scheduling, and follow-up and review work.

Presenters
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Aliceyn Applewhite

Aliceyn Applewhite, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Chesapeake Montessori School in Chesapeake, VA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Shanna Honan

Shanna Honan, MAEd, is head of Chesapeake Montessori School and program director for the Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center, both in Chesapeake, VA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Material-Making for the “Creatively Challenged”
Make materials for your classroom and bring some hands-on learning into your own life! This workshop will explore the value of handmade materials for both students and teachers and offer step-by-step instructions for simple, beautiful “DIYs” that can transform all areas of your classroom. We will also consider the rich alternatives offererd by repurposing recyclables and other found objects, such as egg cartons, baskets, fabric scraps, pebbles, and corks. No prior crafting experience is necessary!

Presenters
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Elizabeth Hamel

Elizabeth Hamel, MA, is a Toddler teacher at Torit Montessori School, in Boston, MA. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Montessori & School Reform in Puerto Rico
Learn about the roots and history of public Montessori in Puerto Rico, the achievements of organized public policy initiatives on the island, and outcomes from 50 Puerto Rican Montessori public schools. This workshop will explore the successes and challenges of the Secretaría Auxiliar de Educación Montessori—the Montessori Education Auxiliary Secretariat—established in Puerto Rico’s Department of Education in 2014.

Presenters
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Ana María García Blanco

Ana María García Blanco, PhD, is executive director of Instituto Nueva Escuela, an AMS-affiliated teacher education program in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
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Marlyn Rodriguez

Marlyn Rodríguez Fernández, MA, is the secretary of Montessori education for the Puerto Rico Department of Education, in San Juan. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Montessori Leaders Collaborative: A Panel Discussion
Learn about developments in the Montessori Movement from representatives of the Montessori Leaders Collaborative—a group working on behalf of key associations, including the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori International/USA, as well as individuals representing Montessori research, teacher education, public policy, and more. Ample time will be allotted for questions, so please bring yours!
Joining the facilitator:
Timothy Purnell, Sharon Damore

Presenters
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Mary Ellen Kordas

Mary Ellen Kordas is president of the AMS Board of Directors, a member of the council of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative, and a consultant to Montessori schools and boards of trustees (MEK Consulting). She was a founding head of school of Livermore’s Valley Montessori, the... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Partnering with Parents: What Does It Take?
This workshop will address key factors in the time-consuming, sometimes-challenging, but always-worth-it process of nourishing constructive relationships with parents. Learn how to communicate clearly, build rapport, and earn trust—and what to do when, despite your best intentions, things go awry. We’ll also address how to de-escalate conflict and the importance of considering parent perspectives and expectations as well as your own. You will leave inspired with new ideas and useful takeaways.

Presenters
avatar for P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge, MH, is a Montessori consultant in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Talking with Babies & Toddlers
This workshop will explore the work of both Maria Montessori and current scientists to present skills, tools, and beautiful materials that create language- and conversation-rich environments. We will discuss “serve and return,” “motherese,” sign language, reading together, moving from concrete to symbolic materials, and supporting the older toddler.

Presenters
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Lynne Aiken

Infant and Toddler Level Coordinator, Houston Montessori Center
Lynne Aiken is an instructor, field consultant, and level coordinator at the Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX. She also guides an Infant environment in her home. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
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Tracey J. Hall

Rock Praire Montessori School
Tracey J. Hall is a Toddler guide at Rock Prairie Montessori School, in Janesville, WI, and an instructor at Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX, and at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Tejido: Labores Manuales desde Niñez Temprana hasta Elemental
Experimenten una secuencia de costura e hilado que comienza con actividades sencillas para alumnos de Niñez Temprana y sigue avanzando hacia trabajos más complejos para el alumno de Elemental. En este taller de ¨hacer y llevar", ustedes podrán hacer muestras de algunas de las actividades presentadas, mientras aprenden de los beneficios de la Vida Práctica y las oportunidades de explorar culturas alrededor del mundo por medio de labores manuales de interés.

Presenters
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Mariel Gutierrez

Montessori School Of celebration
Mariel Gutierrez is a lead teacher at Montessori School of Celebration, FL. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Karen Simon

Montessori School of Celebration
Karen Simon is director of Montessori School of Celebration, FL. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).
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Maria Gabriella Vilchez

Maria Gabriela Vilchez is an assistant teacher at Montessori School of Celebration, FL. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

The Prepared Environment for Elders with Dementia
This workshop will compare prepared Montessori classrooms with residential environments prepared for adults living with dementia. Join us to explore the positive psychological benefits for both groups and current research supporting deliberate environmental preparation—that which scaffolds for success, independence, and purposeful work—for all people, especially elders with dementia.

Presenters
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Cameron Camp

Center for Applied Research in Dementia
Cameron J. Camp, PhD, is director of research and development at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, in Solon, OH.
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Alice Roberts

Montessori International School of the Plains
Alice M. Roberts, MEd, is head of school of The Roberts Academy in Omaha, NE. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I). AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

The Valorization of Green Leaders
Montessori “care of the environment” in the early years lays the foundation for adolescents to address big environmental issues. Come review this unfolding process and explore concrete ideas for meaningful adolescent ecological stewardship. You’ll learn how students can make real changes both locally and globally to create a more sustainable world and propel themselves toward valorization as they do.

Presenters
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Megan Knight

Megan Knight is a science teacher at Green School, in Bali, Indonesia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II). Before her stint abroad, Megan taught math and science in the adolescent program at Richmond Montessori School for five years.


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Using Visualization in Montessori Math
To truly understand and appreciate the beauty of mathematics, children must internalize its basic components and be able to perceive relationships between them. This workshop will explore visualization activities for arithmetic and use Montessori’s decimal cards and other materials to replace the imperative to memorize with more concrete and intuitive understanding.

Presenters
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Joan A. Cotter

Joan A. Cotter, PhD, is a curriculum developer for Activities for Learning, Inc., in Hazelton, ND, and author of the RightStart Mathematics curriculum. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Windows into the Past: An Archaeological Exploration
Step into your students’ shoes for this hands-on history workshop for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. By comparing and contrasting artifacts, replicas, and information cards, you will mirror the process professional archaeologists use to construct narrative understandings of past peoples and their cultures. Learn to plan and prepare similar content-based activities, and leave with additional resources for classroom implementation.

Presenters
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Tyson Hughes

Tyson Hughes is an educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, in Cortez, CO.
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Cara McCain

Educator, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Cara L. McCain is an educator for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, in Cortez, CO.



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

6:00pm

AMS Annual Meeting
This year, our Annual Meeting is taking on a decidedly interactive tone. Executive director Tim Purnell invites your participation in a generative exercise that will help us chart a course for an AMS that is maximally responsive to your needs and those of the larger Montessori community. Be prepared to share comments about internal trends, political factors, uncertainties, and more. We’ll bring all of your comments back to AMSHQ post-conference for review by board and staff. Your insights will help us generate a vision and roadmap for the near and distant futures.
Additionally, you’ll hear from the AMS board president and treasurer about the overall health of the organization as well as meet the members of your board of directors. You will also be the first to learn about the recipients of the Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award, the Douglas M Gravel Benefactor Award, the inaugural Dr. Maria Montessori Ambassador Award, and the 2019 Living Legacy honoree. And, we’ll pay homage to the recipients of other AMS grant and scholarship recipients.
We look forward to seeing you there; it promises to be an exciting meeting!
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Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

7:00pm

Networking: Montessorians of Color
Join Montessori colleagues of color to share and reflect upon our experiences in our classrooms and our schools. Let’s work together to establish a strong community network for ongoing support and to raise the profile of equity efforts throughout the Montessori community. Bring your stories and your questions!

Presenters
avatar for Trisha Moquino

Trisha Moquino

Education Director/Guide, Keres Children's Learning Center
Trisha Moquino, MEd, is education director, Early Childhood immersion guide, and Lower Elementary guide at the Keres Children’s Learning Center, a Native American dual-language/immersion Montessori program on the Pueblo de Cochiti reservation in New Mexico. AMS-credentialed (Elementary... Read More →
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Amelia Sherwood

Elm City Montessori School
Amelia Sherwood, MEd, is family partnership coordinator at Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, CT, and secretary of the board of Montessori for Social Justice.


Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

7:00pm

Networking: University-Based Teacher Education Programs
Directors and faculty of university-based Montessori TEPs are invited to join us at this session to share ideas and develop an ongoing network of support. This is AMS’s first networking session specifically for representatives of university-based programs—please join us to make the showing a strong one!

Presenters
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Gina Lofquist

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

8:00pm

Friday Night Lively
As the first day of the conference winds down, we turn it up! You are invited to break out your dancing shoes and let loose at this bash, which is open to all attendees. Don’t miss this night of dancing, drinks, and fun.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level
 
Saturday, March 24
 

6:30am

Sunrise Yoga (Saturday)
Join us bright and early, while your mind is still, and before the rest of the world springs
into action, to greet the day with Sunrise Yoga. Experience the trans formative nature of
the practice, which integrates body, mind, and soul, and cultivate a sense of serenity for
holding with you as the day progresses, no matter how hectic your schedule may get.
Classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Wear comfortable clothing and please bring
a towel (or a yoga mat, if you have one). Best to also bring an empty or just-lightly-fed
stomach, and most important, your best smile and an open mind.

Presenters
avatar for Callae Gedrose

Callae Gedrose

Private/Corporate Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Callae began her journey into yoga over 18 years ago and has been teaching for 11 years. She has a 200 hour certification in Power Vinyasa, a 200 hour certification in Align and Flow, as well as a yoga teacher assistant certification focusing on alignment and adjustments. Callae has... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30am - 7:15am
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

7:00am

Badge Pickup
Collect your conference badge at the Badge Pickup counter. Our friendly staff and volunteers can help you.

Exhibitors are asked to check in and collect badges with George in front of the Exhibit Hall.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00am - 2:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

Ask a Local
Looking for a good place to grab a bite to eat? Wondering how to navigate Denver’s public transportation system? Our friendly team of local volunteers is available to answer all your questions about the area, and help you feel comfortable and well-situated.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00am - 4:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

AMS Central
Stop by to find out about our exciting new initiatives, learn how we can help you meet your Montessori goals, and share your thoughts about what AMS can do for you. A revolving cadre of AMS staff will be on hand, eager to engage with you.

Find out how AMS can help you advance your Montessori career and your school. From professional development, to leadership opportunities, to making the most out of your member benefits. If you run a school or teacher education program, AMS has a variety of programs and services to help take your organization to the next level and position it for success in your local area.

7:30 - 8:30 Pathway Q&A
12:30 - 1:30 PM Professional Development Q&A
2:00 - 4:00 PM Teacher Education Program Q&A
3:00 - 4:00 PM School Accreditation Q&A
4:00 - 5:00 PM Pathway Q&A

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Pathway of Continuous School Improvement Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to learn about AMS’s new school quality initiative—the Pathway of Continuous School Improvement! Participation in the Pathway is available to every AMS member school at no additional cost, and includes personalized coaching and consultation to guide your school’s unique journey! Come with any and all questions you may have and they will be answered, or simply stop by to say hello—we’d love to meet you in person!

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Exhibit Hall
Whether you’re interested in buying or browsing, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find more than 120 booths featuring a vast array of Montessori materials, services, and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to find and compare—all in one convenient place.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30am - 6:30pm
Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Beyond the Peace Table: Strengthening Antibiased, Antiracist Practices
What does it mean to build an antiracist Montessori community, and what does developmentally appropriate, antibiased practice look like? Learn how to fully embody Maria Montessori’s vision for peace education as you explore philosophies of social justice and equity work in Montessori communities. You will leave with concrete strategies to implement in your school.

Presenters
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Brittney Hawthorne

Britt Hawthorne is a homeschooling Montessori directress in Houston, TX, an Elementary teacher specialist for public Montessori classrooms, and a member of Montessori for Social Justice. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Tiffany M. Jewell

Anti-Racist Montessori Educator
Tiffany M. Jewell is a Lower Elementary teacher at Montessori School of Northampton, in Western Massachusetts, and co-president of the Montessori for Social Justice. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).
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Katie Kitchens

Montessori Specialist, Winn Elementary, Austin Independent School District
Katie Kitchens, MA, is a guest lecturer at the Montessori Teacher Academy, in Dana Point, CA, vice president of Montessori for Social Justice, and an inaugural member of the AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Amelia Sherwood

Elm City Montessori School
Amelia Sherwood, MEd, is family partnership coordinator at Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, CT, and secretary of the board of Montessori for Social Justice.



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Majestic Tower Majestic Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Building Montessori Programs throughout the World
Are you interested in creating Montessori schools or developing Montessori teacher education programs outside of the United States? This panel of expert TEP leaders, representing Montessori on several continents, will explain different pathways to getting new international programs off the ground. Bring your questions and be prepared to be inspired.
Joining the facilitator: Joyce Pickering, Marlene Barron, Paige Geiger, Maureen Harris, Anna Perry

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Dorothy Paul

Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program
Dorothy Paul, EdS, is the program director of the Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program and the curriculum director for Duhovka Schools, both in Prague, Czech Republic. She is a member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Canceled - Discovering the Language of Encouragement - Canceled
This workshop has canceled

Presenters
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Misse Carolan

NEECA/Mariposa Montessori School
Misse Carolan, MS, is a consulting teacher at Maine Mountain Children’s House, in Kingfield, ME, and at Backbay Montessori, in Portland, ME. She is also a teacher trainer for Northeast Montessori Institute, in Rockport, ME. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Nancy Rose

Nancy Rose, MA, is executive director of New England Early Childhood Associates, in Kingston, RI. A faculty member at Cambridge Montessori Institute, in Cambridge, MA, and the Center for Montessori Education|New York, she is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Canceled
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Classroom Management in an Inclusive Montessori Environment
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.

Presenters
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Pauline Novak

Montessori Coaching for Learning Differe
Pauline Novak, MEd, MAT, CALT, is the Montessori Learning Specialist at the Montessori School of Northern Virginia. Formally taught for 14 years at the Shelton School, Dallas, TX. AMS-credentialed Early Childhood and Elementary I.



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Columbine Tower Terrace Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Connecting through Personal Stories
“When I was a kid…” Start with these words, and watch any child’s eyes light up! Personal narratives offer a means to impart values, model social skills, and foster empathy and self-acceptance—and students love them. Come listen to a master storyteller share some of the countless stories of his own that he uses to help students interact with their world and reassure them that they are never alone. You will leave with an uderstanding of how to do the same in your own classrooms, including advice on how to get started, respect boundaries, and access the most effective story for a given teaching moment.

Presenters
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Stephen Rich

Stephen Rich, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Williamsburg Montessori School, in Williamsburg, VA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary II).


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Courageous Conversations
In this transformative workshop, you will learn how to integrate open communication into your school community to the point where the expression of honest concerns is expected, required, and desired by everyone involved. We will discuss how to ensure all voices are heard, while building “relational capital” that will improve the community’s well-being, civility, and prosperity. You will leave feeling empowered and equipped to have those difficult and meaningful conversations you’ve been long avoiding!

Presenters
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Cassi Mackey

Cassi Mackey, MEd, is principal of Montessori Education Centre-Charter School in Mesa, Arizona.


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Designing a New Teacher Education Program
What does it take to develop a strong Montessori credential course? How will you capture the essence and detail of Montessori education while providing a learning experience that holistically prepares adults for Montessori careers? Come learn the basics of developing an inspirational and rigorous curriculum, from your mission, your syllabus, and stated learning outcomes to writing your program’s handbook for adult learners.

Presenters
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Gina Lofquist

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Different Angles: Geometry Games & Songs for Kinesthetic & Auditory Learners
Get ready to move and play through original games and songs that illustrate and enliven the Montessori Lower Elementary geometry curriculum. These hands-on, kinesthetic activities will address a range of concepts, including triangle equivalencies, parallel lines, the area of a circle, the volume of geometric solids, types of angles, calculations of perimeter and area, and the Love Story of 2 Straight Lines. All participants will receive a link to free downloads of every song and game.

Presenters
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Sylvia Loveless

California Montessori Project
Sylvia Loveless, MST, is director of the Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs, CA. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).
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Ally Webb

California Montessori Project
Ally Webb is a lead teacher for the California Montessori Project in Orangevale, CA, and a teacher educator at the Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Do They Have Something We Don’t? Analyzing Supplemental Math Programs
What draws Montessori parents to supplemental math and tutoring organizations? This workshop will examine the approaches of these programs and offer Montessori ways to elicit Russian-style problem solving, Singapore-like deep conceptual learning, and Kumon’s focus on automaticity. You’ll also discover strategies to describe and document Montessori Math to instill confidence so that parents don’t feel tempted by supplementary programs.

Presenters
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Seth Johnson

Upper Elementary Teacher, Lexington Montessori School
Seth Johnson, MS, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori | School and serves on the faculty of Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) , both in Lexington, MA.. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Biff Maier

Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development, Lexington Montessori School
Biff Maier, MEd, is director of faculty and curriculum development at Lexington Montessori School and co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, both in Lexington, MA. He is former chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

El Aprendizaje de Idiómas Múltiples en los Ambientes de Infantes y Ambulantes
Este taller descifrará el misterio de cómo los infantes y ambulantes pueden aprender a expresarse no únicamente en su idioma primario sino en un segundo y hasta un tercer idioma. Vengan a aprender cómo el Lenguaje de Signos (American Sign Language), el inglés, y el español se pueden entretejer ricamente en un ambiente Montessori para apoyar la fluidez del intercambio de la comunicación expresiva y responsiva.

Presenters
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Susana Ivanovich

Susana Ivanovich is a lead teacher at Montessori Country Day School in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
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Gabriella Romero

Montessori Country Day School
Gabriella Romero is a lead teacher at Montessori Country Day School in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

8:00am

Exploration before Expectation: Freedom as Toddlerhood’s First Period
Do you understand the philosophical and developmental rationale for exploration as the initial means of didactic experience in the Montessori Toddler environment? Come learn pedagogical methods for supporting freedom and discovery, procedures for moving the child beyond exploratory behaviors, and strategies to model, guide, and assist while enabling the child to make connections across domains.

Presenters
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Rebecca Thompson-Stewart

Rebecca L. Thompson-Stewart, MSEd, is a teacher at Versailles Montessori School, in Versailles, KY. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

Growing up Gay: A Montessori Perspective
In many of the world’s countries, being gay is punishable by death. And in the United States, there has been recent political opposition to gay marriage and gay rights. It is no wonder that, in today’s world, a small but important percentage of our young people grow up confused, scared, and unsupported. In this workshop, we will offer our perspectives on how growing up gay affected our lives and propose our thoughts on how schools and teachers can try to normalize what society often overlooks, misunderstands, ignores, or even considers to be outside the realm of reality.

Presenters
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Geoffrey Bishop

Executive Director, Nature's Classroom Institute
Geoffrey E. Bishop, ArcD, is the executive director and founder of Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School, in Mukwonago, WI. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
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Mirko Sever

Director of Outreach - California, Nature's Classroom Institute, Inc.
Mirko Sever, MS, is director of California outreach for Nature’s Classroom Institute and Environmental Education, Inc., based in Angelus Oaks and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Math for Toddlers
Math begins long before children start counting. This workshop will review basic mathematical concepts for young children, including number sense, measurement, and representation. You’ll discover how to encourage conceptual thinking that lays a foundation for future learning through numerous activities for all curricular areas of the Toddler classroom, and even on the playground.

Presenters
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Erin Conway

Head of School, Montessori Cottage
Erin Conway, MEd, is head of school at Montessori Cottage, in Fallshington, PA, an Adjunct Professor at Chestnut Hill College, in Philadelphia, PA, and a Teacher Educator at Princeton Center Teacher Education, in Princeton, NJ. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Navigating Media: Helping Students Stay Informed
Join a New York Times journalist and a Montessori educator in conversation about how to help students navigate the media landscape, including the Internet and social media, where even adults struggle to discern between credible sources, ”fake news,“ and opinion. You’ll receive lesson plans and other empowering resources for teaching current events and arming students for responsible participation in this critical aspect of global citizenry.

Presenters
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Susan Kambrich

Head of School, Woodland Hill Montessori School
Susan Kambrich, MEd, is the interim chair of the Heads of School section of the AMS Board of Directors, where she also serves as board treasurer. Susan is the head of Woodland Hill Montessori School, in Rensselaer, NY, and a board member of the New York State Association of Independent... Read More →
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Sandra Stevenson

The New York Times
Sandra M. Stevenson is visual editor at the New York Times and the Family Representative on the AMS Board of Directors.



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Vail Tower Majestic Level

8:00am

Orton-Gillingham in the Montessori Environment
This workshop will look at Orton-Gillingham, a specialized approach to language remediation, and how to integrate it into the Montessori environment. You’ll also examine the orthography of the English language and learn how to create materials for independent use on your language shelves.

Presenters
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Beth Tracy-Kaliski

Clinical Faculty/Early Childhood Head Teacher, Xavier University Montessori Institute
Beth Tracy-Kaliski, MEd, is a Teaching Professor at Xavier Montessori Institute and an Early Childhood head teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor at both beginning and advanced levels. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Practicing Gratitude in Early Childhood
In this workshop, you’ll examine the benefits of gratitude practice in the First Plane of Development, learn what research says about teaching students to think gratefully, and try out several gratitude activities for the peace curriculum, including songs, poems, and role-plays. Discover how to strengthen the culture of gratitude in your classroom and prepare each child for a meaningful, gracious life full of wonder and kindness.

Presenters
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Judi Bauerlein

Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco
Judi Bauerlein, MEd, is a Montessori teacher educator and consultant. A former president of the AMS Board of Directors, she was the AMS 2010 Living Legacy. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).
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Vanessa Callaghan

Vanessa Callaghan, MEd, is an educational consultant, author, and researcher based in El Cerrito, CA. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Record Keeping & Assessment: One Size Does Not Fit All
Record keeping is essential and critical for student evaluation and assessment. However, there is no single right way to record observations and progress. Join us to find what will work best for you, based on your strengths and weaknesses, and learn how you can can customize your own systems to produce effective and meaningful conference forms. Checklists, narratives, and rubrics will all be considered.

Presenters
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Mercedes Dugan

Interim Associate Director, Jarrow Montessori School
Mercedes Dugan is interim associate director of Jarrow Montessori School, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Student Math Presentations
Enhance Mathematics through dynamic student presentations that deepen reasoning and logic skills. Such demonstrations of learning, like those common in the humanities, ignite students’ inspiration, creativity, and confident internalization of understanding. Come discover how to help students ask the right questions to undertake independent work, and examine practical resources like rubrics and sample projects.

Presenters
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Leah Johnson

Middle School Math, Science, Mindfulness, Woodland Hill Montessori School
Leah Johnson, MEd, MS, is middle school head Math and science teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Submitting Your Words, Photos & Letters to Montessori Life
Join the editors of Montessori Life to review the nuts and bolts of the AMS quarterly magazine. Learn about the process and requirements for submissions, including how to use APA style. Come explore the many different ways you can contribute—photography, articles, letters, book reviews, and more—and bring your ideas to pitch!

Presenters
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Kathy Carey

Kathy Carey, MAT, is co-editor of Montessori Life and a professor at Oklahoma City University, OK. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Carey Jones

Editor, Montessori Life
Carey Jones is co-editor of Montessori Life, AMS’s quarterly magazine. She is a freelance writer, editor, and personal chef based in Marin County, CA.


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Supporting the Dysregulated Child
Take a close look at trauma and other contributors to extremes of student behavior in Montessori classrooms, and examine the components of a school-wide protocol for monitoring and nurturing self-regulated student behavior. Learn to cultivate a community of supports, and understand public mandates so you can better support students and families, minimize disruptions, and respond productively in a crisis.

Presenters
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Allison Jones

Senior Associate, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector
Allison Jones, MEd, is Child Study Lead at Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School, in Washington, D.C. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II). She also works with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector to promote their work with public Montessori... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

To Climb, to Dig, to Collect, to Categorize: The Montessori Field Experience
This presentation will explore Montessori’s vision of dynamic, real-world field experiences for adolescents. Come explore the whys, whats, and hows of successful, powerful intersessions, or even just day trips. You’ll leave with information and materials that will help you enjoy the experience as much as your students—including experience checklists, student self-evaluation sheets, and reflection sheets.

Presenters
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Jack Jose

Principal, Gamble Montessori High School, a Cincinnati Public School
Jack M. Jose, MS, is principal of Gamble Montessori, a public high school in Cincinnati, OH, and co-author of the book Angels and Superheroes: Compassionate Educators in an Era of School Accountability and the cult favorite blog at www.angelsandsuperheroes.com . AMS-credentialed (Secondary... Read More →
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Krista Taylor

teacher, James N. Gamble Montessori High School
Krista Taylor, MSEd, is an intervention specialist and co-teacher at James N. Gamble Montessori High School, in Cincinnati, OH, and an instructor and field consultant at the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Windows Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Where Is the Evidence? Results from 2 New Longitudinal Studies of Montessori Efficacy
This presentation was designed to answer a common demand on Montessorians: to produce evidence of established outcomes. Join authors of 2 recently completed longitudinal studies examining both academic and socio-emotional outcomes for Montessori students relative to their non-Montessori peers. Note: Attendance at the Session 5 research workshop “Leveraging Montessori Research in Your Community” is recommended as a follow-up to this workshop.

Presenters
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Brooke Culclasure

Brooke T. Culclasure, PhD, is research director of the Riley Institute at Furman University, in Greenville, SC.
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Angeline Lillard

Angeline S. Lillard, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. She is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.
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Angela Murray

Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Angela Murray, PhD, is senior researcher and coordinator for AMS, an assistant research professor at the University of Kansas, and founding editor of the Journal of Montessori Research.


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

8:00am

Fireside Chat
Please stop by for an informal chat with small groups of AMS board members, who are eager to learn about your wants, needs, interests, and concerns as an AMS member (or potential member).

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:00am

Bookstore
The AMS Bookstore is where you’ll find books by our keynoters speakers—Rick Steves, Anna Deavere Smith, and Dale Dougherty—as well as limited-edition conference mementos and items specially curated by our Peace Committee.

Saturday March 24, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:15am

Book Signing: Angeline Lillard
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Angeline Lillard

Angeline S. Lillard, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. She is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:30am

Networking: Montessori Doctoral Program
Join members of University of Wisconsin-River Falls to hear more about a proposed Montessori doctoral program. This will be an opportunity for interested potential doctoral students to learn more and discuss interests and goals related to earning an Ed.D.

Presenters
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Linda Jacobson

Linda Jacobson, MA, is currently managing operations and administrative aspects of the University of Wisconsin—River Falls Teacher Education Program, which she helped to design. She also helped start a public Montessori school.
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Melina Papadimitriou

University of Wisconsin -- River Falls
Melina Papadimitriou, MEd, is director of the University of Wisconsin–River Falls Montessori Graduate Teacher Education Program, a public school consultant, and a board member of the Wisconsin Montessori Association. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). Montessori-credentialed... Read More →
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Gay Ward

Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Montessori
Gay Ward, PhD, is professor emerita and adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, co-chair of the AMS Research Committee, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Montessori Research. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza Court 1 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

10:30am

Keynoter: Anna Deavere Smith
"Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education"

Are the American school system and the American incarceration system intertwined? For far too many of our nation’s children these two institutions intersect in ways that serve to derail lives and erase human potential. In this towering keynote—part performance, part lecture—actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will dissect the school-to-prison pipeline and portray educators, parents, and victims of childhood trauma. Using their own words, drawn from interviews she conducted, Ms. Smith will inhabit this diverse group of people who have witnessed the problems facing disenfranchised children. Their words, and Ms. Smith’s ruminations on education and criminal justice, will shine a light on how school culture can make a lasting difference in the lives of young people. You’ll leave inspired to engage colleagues and students alike in discussions of peace and social justice, consider different perspectives, and reminded of the cosmic principle that all human life is connected and unified.


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom Plaza Concourse Level

12:00pm

Book Signing: Anna Deavere Smith
Following her keynote, Anna will sign copies of her book, Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening between the Lines, available at the AMS Bookstore.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

12:00pm

Lunch Cart
Want to grab a quick bite without having to leave the conference? Choose from a selection of prepared meals at the cash lunch cart.

Location: Tower Court Foyer (second level)

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tower Court Foyer North Tower Building Second Level

12:30pm

Professional Development Q & A
We are excited to offer a sneak peek of our new online learning professional development format. This interactive and collaborative workshop combines HD video, interactive tools, and a community for idea and resource sharing. Drop in to learn more and explore with our first prototype: Creating a Culture for Spontaneous Activity.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

12:30pm

Teacher-Designed Montessori Materials Fair
Come see the fruits of Montessori teachers’ labor at this casual showcase of teacher-designed extensions for Montessori materials at all levels. Come meet colleagues who have worked to enrich and extend traditional materials, explore their activities and handouts, learn how to implement their innovations in your own classrooms, and perhaps be inspired to develop some materials of your own!

Presenters
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Suzanne Bayer

Valley Montessori School
Suzanne Bayer is program coordinator and a teacher at Valley Montessori School in Livermore, CA, and chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Tower Lobby, Street Level

12:30pm

Networking: Faith-Based Montessori Environments
This will be an opportunity for Montessorians working in faith-based schools or programs to meet and share experiences, questions, and ideas for integrating faith education into the Montessori environment. Since resources can be hard to find, you’re encouraged to bring samples of classroom materials you’ve discovered or made or good books you’ve used to introduce spiritual practices or traditions. Practioners from all faith backgrounds are welcome; please bring your lunch!

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Anna Hurdle

Park Road Montessori School
Anna Hurdle is a Lower Elementary guide at Park Road Montessori School, in Charlotte, NC, and a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd catechist, formation leader, and presenter. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Catherine Maresca

Director, Center for Children and Theology
Catherine Maresca, MA, is director of the Center for Children and Theology, in Washington, D.C. Certified at all levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, she is the author of Double Close: the Young Child’s Knowledge of God.


Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

12:30pm

Networking: Heads of Schools
Calling all heads and other Montessori school leaders! Let’s come together to share insights and tools for running schools of all sizes and shapes. This will be an opportunity to create support, provide perspectives, and gain insights from others who share similar goals, challenges, and experiences. Bring your lunch and all your questions and tips about being a Montessori school administrator!

Presenters
avatar for Susan Kambrich

Susan Kambrich

Head of School, Woodland Hill Montessori School
Susan Kambrich, MEd, is the interim chair of the Heads of School section of the AMS Board of Directors, where she also serves as board treasurer. Susan is the head of Woodland Hill Montessori School, in Rensselaer, NY, and a board member of the New York State Association of Independent... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level

12:30pm

Networking: Secondary-Level Teachers
Adolescent practitioners can sometimes feel isolated, so join your colleagues to exchange ideas and questions—and brainstorm solutions to the challenges we all face. Bring your lunch and the details of at least one lesson, activity, or event to share. You’ll leave with numerous exciting ideas to take back to your own Secondary classroom, as well as many new connections.

Presenters
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Betsy Coe

Director and Middle and High School Principal, Houston Montessori Center and School of the Woods
Betsy Coe, PhD, is executive director of the Houston Montessori Center and a former president of the AMS Board of Directors. The founder of the and high school programs at School of the Woods, in Houston, she was the AMS 2008 Living Legacy and a recipient of the Montessori Accreditation... Read More →
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Barb Scholtz

Practicum Director, CMStep
Barb Scholtz, MEd, is practicum director for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
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Ann Sutton

Houston Montessori Center
Ann Sutton, PhD, is a Secondary instructor and field consultant at Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
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Katie Keller Wood

Director, Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education
Katie Keller Wood, MEd, is executive director of the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program (CMStep) and an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

1:00pm

Fireside Chat
Please stop by for an informal chat with small groups of AMS board members, who are eager to learn about your wants, needs, interests, and concerns as an AMS member (or potential member).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Acclimating Support Staff to Montessori Culture
Come discover how to mentor the people who optimize your classroom environment—substitutes, assistants, specialists, and child-care staff—and raise their awareness of Montessori philosophies and cultures. Learn simple techniques that build effective working relationships and consistency that best serves the children. You’ll leave with practical strategies to jump-start their initiation and acclimation to Montessori.

Presenters
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Tammy Oesting

Cofounder, Instructor, ClassrooMechanics
Tammy Oesting, cofounder of Montessori professional development company ClassrooMechanics has been educating adults in Montessori for 20 years. Her passions include issues of social justice, training support staff, art education, neuroscience and education, and life sciences (AMS... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Action Socialization Experiences: Community Building through Problem Solving
Action socialization experiences are group activities that encourage collaboration, cooperation, innovation, and creativity: critical skills for today’s learners and essential elements for any community, whether students, teachers, or staff. Join in this fun, participatory session and experience ways to build community through games and problem-solving initiatives.

Presenters
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Joel Wilkinson

Teacher Educator, METTC
Joel Wilkinson, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at the Homestead School, in Glen Spey, NY, and a faculty and board member of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, in Lexington, MA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Bridging the Montessori Cultural Divide
Montessori teacher education can be like a cultural initiation, creating a gap between Montessorians and others that can best be bridged with gentle and helpful explanations. Bring your experiences with Montessori insiders and outsiders to this dialogue about how to explain Montessori without defensiveness or jargon in order to reach the widest population.

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John Chattin-McNichols

Seattle University
John Chattin-McNichols, PhD, is the AMS 2014 Living Legacy, a past president of the AMS Board of Directors, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Montessori Life. A professor at Seattle University, he founded, and for 18 years directed, the Montessori Education Institute... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Cómo Utilizar la Disciplina Consciente para Apoyar la Normalización
Este taller presentará la Disciplina Consciente, un acercamiento al auto-disciplina basado en el cerebro y alineado con Montessori. Vengan a explorar algunos de sus aspectos prácticos-- rutinas, rituales y estructuras, intervención positiva, opciones y consecuencias--que apoyan la normalización en la Niñez Temprana y Elemental I, al motivar la libre voluntad; mejorar la atención, las destrezas de tomar decisiones, y el logro de metas; reducir las luchas de poder; y re-dirigir la conducta.

Presenters
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Amneris Almodovar

Amneris N. Almodovar is a Lower Elementary lead teacher at Montessori del Mundo Charter School in Aurora, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).
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Gabriela Iturralde-Espejo

Gabriela Iturralde-Espejo, MEd, is an interventionist at Montessori del Mundo, in Aurora, CO. She is trained in Conscious Discipline.
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Paola Montoya

Paola Montoya is an Early Childhood lead teacher at Montessori del Mundo, in Aurora, CO.


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Developing Montessori Program Team Leaders
Learn about the efforts of one Montessori school to develop team leaders among their staff. Now in its third year, the program has been transformational in helping the school community genuinely embody the Montessori approach to working together as adults. You’ll leave with useful resources and an adaptable and affordable model for regular professional development, to nurture and sustain effective team leaders at all levels of your program.

Presenters
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Pamela Dunbar

The Montessori Academy of Arlington
Pamela Dunbar, MBA, is head of school of the Montessori Academy of Arlington, TX, and a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission.
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Michelle Morrison

Head of School, Princeton Montessori School
Michelle Morrison, MAT, is head of Princeton Montessori School, in Princeton, NJ. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I, Administrator). She is in her fourth year as HOS and enjoys creating a collaborative adult learning and working community that reflects Montessori v... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Dismantling Racism through Antibias Language
Create structural accountability that can begin to diminish biases and dismantle racism in your Montessori community. This workshop will explore how to develop common antibiased, antiracist (ABAR) language that can be enacted by community ground rules for dialogue. Join us to begin a thought-provoking journey capable of initiating radical positive change.

Presenters
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Nicole Evans

Nicole E. Evans, EdD, is principal of City Garden Montessori School, in St. Louis, MO.
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A. Faybra Hemphill

A. Faybra Hemphill, MEd, is director of Racial Equity Curriculum, and Training for City Garden Montessori School, in St. Louis, MO. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Is Montessori’s New Child Today’s Digital-Age Child?
This workshop will explore children’s development in a different world than we have known before, comparing the characteristics of Montessori’s New Child with those that theorists such as Seymour Papert have described—children whose computer use has changed the way they learn. Come discover how the young adults of the first digital generation may help us understand the effects of the environment on the neurological foundations for learning.

Presenters
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Patricia West

Educational Coordinator, Boulder Montessori School
Patricia West is a core instructor at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood). She is on sabbatical from Boulder Montessori School, where she taught 2 1/2 - 6-year-olds for 30+ years and co-director.



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Leveraging Montessori Research in Your Community
In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to apply your understanding of findings from current research as you plan communication strategies that spread the word about Montessori evidence. Help raise the profile of Montessori education in your school or university community, or in more general conversations about the state of education today. Note: Attendance at the Session 4 research workshop “Where Is the Evidence?” is highly recommended as a precursor to this workshop.

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Angela Murray

Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Angela Murray, PhD, is senior researcher and coordinator for AMS, an assistant research professor at the University of Kansas, and founding editor of the Journal of Montessori Research.


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Maximizing Public Money: Funding for Montessori Programs
Montessori grant-writers know the challenges of fitting our programs into conventional application boxes, but some public Montessori schools have cracked the code! Come hear about one Montessori charter school that has accessed over $2 million in public grants to support its mission. You’ll learn about approaches, including public policy and advocacy, that have been used to access, maintain, flexibly utilize, and expand public funding for classrooms, facilities, teacher development, and more.

Presenters
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Robert Nardo

Bob Nardo, MA, is the head and founder of Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori charter school in Tennessee. He has more than 13 years of experience in urban school reform, including as chief operating officer of a KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) region and founding chief operating... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Mind the Gap!
Have you observed a gap between children’s use of materials and true conceptual abstraction? Do some of your students struggle to transfer knowledge between materials or show “here today, gone tomorrow” mastery? Learn how to apply principles of neuroscience to traditional Montessori lessons to mindfully close the gap, resulting in deeper, more resilient comprehension. You will see specific examples in Math, Language, and Cultural studies and learn how to keep children at the leading edge of their learning curve.

Presenters
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Betsy Lockhart

Elementary Coordinator Emeritus and Instructor, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Betsy Lockhart is Elementary coordinator emeritus and an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Diana Visser

Lead Teacher, Montessori Peaks Academy
Diana Visser, MEd, is an Upper Elementary lead teacher at Montessori Peaks Academy Charter School, in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

New AMS Member Benefit: The Pathway of Continuous School Improvement
Learn how participation in AMS’s Pathway of Continuous School Improvement can provide you with personalized coaching to help you take your school to new levels of excellence. Whether you’re looking to craft a mission statement, incorporate core components of quality Montessori into your program, or even work toward accreditation, we will provide the support and resources to help you meet your goals. The Pathway process is self-paced, standards-based, and an exciting new addition to your school’s member benefits.

Presenters
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Peter Piché

AMS Leadership Coach and Consultant, American Montessori Society
PETER PICHE is a Montessori guide credentialed at the primary, elementary levels and has experience at the secondary level. He founded the Adolescent Community at Montessori Community School in Durham, NC. He is a certified professional leadership coach and Montessori consultant with... Read More →
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Sara S. Wilson

Senior Director of School Accreditation & School Improvement, American Montessori Society
Sara S. Wilson, MEd, is AMS senior director of school accreditation & school improvement. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Public Policy & the Montessori Community
In this panel discussion, representatives from leading Montessori organizations will discuss public policies that affect both public and private Montessori schools in the United States. Topics will include federal and state initiatives that impact the quality and sustainability of Montessori as well as strategies that are working to address our biggest policy challenges. Bring your questions!
Organizations represented:
American Montessori Sociey
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA)
Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI)

Panelists:
Timothy Purnell, AMS
Denise Monnier, MPPI
Rebecca Pelton, MACTE
Wendy Shenk-Evans, AMI/USA, MPPI

Presenters
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Sharon Damore

Consultant, Educational Consultant
As Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, Dr. Damore teaches courses in Educational Leadership. She is the immediate past Executive Director, AIMS and consultant to numerous Montessori schools across the U.S. | | Dr. Damore’s professional volunteer work spans across Montessori... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Role-Playing in the Secondary Classroom
This workshop will explore how role-play—acting out another person’s identity or situation—deepens learning while offering opportunities to increase self-awareness, explore multiple viewpoints, and practice social skills, all with immediate and natural peer feedback. Learn how to use simulations like Model UN, the World Peace Game, and mock trials to support the Cosmic curriculum; foster research, critical thinking, and argumentation; and even to use as an assessment tool.

Presenters
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Kelly De La Cruz

Kelly De La Cruz, MEd, is an Early Childhood lead teacher at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse, in Lakeland, FL. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I). AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Securing Your Legacy as a Second-Generation School Leader
Mom ran the school. Now it’s your turn. Particulary if the school is family-owned—but even if it’s not—passing the torch to the next generation tests the skills, talents, and leadership abilities of any new school head. This workshop is designed to assist second-generation school leaders in a successful transition and outlines proven leadership tools and techniques to help move the school toward stability and growth.

Presenters
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K.T. Korngold

CEO, Center for Montessori Education|NY Inc.
K. T. Korngold, MA, is the chief executive officer of the Center for Montessori Education|New York, in New Rochelle, NY. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Administrator from the Center for Montessori Education|NY). She is the Executive Director of the Montessori Children's Center... Read More →
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Mary Beth Ricks

Head of School, Bowman
Mary Beth Ricks is head of Bowman School, in Palo Alto, CA, and president of the Bay Area Montessori Association. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Sensorial Development through Practical Life & Nature
Taking a close look at the environments we provide for the youngest children, this workshop will discuss how best to foster the natural development of their senses. Using the natural world and Practical Life as focal points, learn how to meet children’s needs as they move from the unconscious to the conscious mind, and again as they approach the transitional time between the Toddler and Early Childhood classrooms.

Presenters
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Sara Aronson

Sara Aronson is Infant & Toddler director for Montessori Academy in Brentwood, TN. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
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Emily Breaux

Montessori Training Center of Brentwood
Emily Breaux, MEd, is an instructor and level coordinator at Montessori Training Center of Brentwood, in Brentwood, TN. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Sharing Art the Montessori Way
One of the most important gifts you can give your children is to inspire their creative imagination, and this workshop will enable you to do just that. You will learn how to prepare yourself and the environment to provide students with meaningful and developmentally appropriate creative experiences. Uncover a new understanding of art—and of yourself as an artist and educator.

Presenters
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Julie Karlonas

Art Work
Julie Karlonas, MA, is the founder of Art Work and a creative arts instructor for the St. Mary’s College Montessori Teacher Education Program, in Moraga, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

2:00pm

Spirituality & Adult Transformation
Learn how your teacher education program can reveal to your adult learners a path for personal spiritual growth that can become the journey of a lifetime. This workshop will examine our work as Montessorians to connect children to their cosmic task and remind us that we have the same responsibilities as teacher educators—to study ourselves and find our own authentic vocation in order to be available to help others.

Presenters
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Marta Donahoe

Marta Donahoe, MEd, is director of professional development for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. The founder of Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School, in Cincinnati, she is a certified Mindful Schools instructor. AMS-credentialed... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Vail Tower Majestic Level

2:00pm

Strategies & Tools for Inclusion
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.

Presenters
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Ann Epstein

Ann Epstein, PhD, is associate professor of early childhood education at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Pamela Shanks

Pam Shanks, MS, is associate head of Bowman School, in Palo Alto, CA. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

2:00pm

The Case for Cursive
As the art of handwriting becomes endangered, this workshop will compare Dr. Montessori’s determinations of its basic principles and value to current research and the debate about teaching cursive. The progression of writing, the benefits of handwriting, cursive, and the introduction of typing will be explored. You’ll leave with fully rationalized, complete lessons and instructions for teacher-made materials that will enable your students to write fluidly, naturally, and comfortably in cursive.

Presenters
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Anya Bartlett

Instructor and Field Consultant, The Center for Guided Montessori Studies
Anya Bartlett is an Elementary instructor and field consultant for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, in Tampa, FL, and a board member of Montessori Schools of Maryland. PAMS-credentialed (Elementary I). IMC-credentialed (Elementary II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Trusting the Process in Public & Charter Montessori Middle Schools
Teachers in Montessori public schools work tirelessly to cover all the standards and prepare for state exams while maintaining the authenticity of a Montessori classroom. This presentation will offer pointers and encouragement to trust the Montessori process, with specific examples of lesson planning, student accountability, time management, coaching, and group work that have proved successful in established public and charter Montessori middle school programs.

Presenters
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Debra Loewenstein

Debra Coe Loewenstein, MEd, is a middle school teacher at Wilson Montessori School, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).


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Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

2:00pm

Understanding & Communicating Literacy Essentials
Review the 5 essentials of literacy development in Montessori: preparing the environment for good communication; focusing on sounds; introducing letters; offering open-ended, process-oriented activities; and selecting and reading appealing books. This workshop will offer an in-depth discussion of each key ingredient as well as a useful format for presenting this information to your parent community.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Norman

Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator and Educator, Seton Montessori Institute and Schools
Elizabeth (Beth) Norman is an experienced Montessori leader serving the needs of children, families, adult learners, educators, school administrators, and the community with integrity, compassion, creativity, leadership and advocacy. Currently serving Seton Montessori Institute and... Read More →
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Eva Parrucci

Academic Director, Seton Montessori Institute
Academic Director for Seton Montessori Institute's teacher education courses and Seton Montessori School's Parent-Child Program teacher. Working in Montessori education since the mid-1970s. Presents Sensorial, The Bells and Music, Philosophy, Observation at Seton Montessori Institute... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Understanding and Responding to a Child with Trauma History
Many of the challenging behaviors we see in our classrooms are simply survival techniques for children who have experienced trauma. Drawing from real-life stories, the presenter will guide you in gaining an understanding of different types of trauma, how trauma affects a child’s brain and social emotional development, and several strategies you can implement that will help children who have experience trauma learn the skills they need to succeed in school and life.

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Linda Jacobson

Linda Jacobson, MA, is currently managing operations and administrative aspects of the University of Wisconsin—River Falls Teacher Education Program, which she helped to design. She also helped start a public Montessori school.



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Teacher Education Program Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to discuss starting a Teacher Education Program and the affiliation process with AMS staff. We’re happy to answer any questions you have!

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

3:00pm

AMS School Accreditation Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to discuss the benefits of AMS school accreditation and the accreditation process with AMS staff and school accreditation commissioners. They will be happy to answer any questions you have!

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Pathway of Continuous School Improvement Q&A
Drop in during this informal Q&A session to learn about AMS’s new school quality initiative—the Pathway of Continuous School Improvement! Participation in the Pathway is available to every AMS member school at no additional cost, and includes personalized coaching and consultation to guide your school’s unique journey! Come with any and all questions you may have and they will be answered, or simply stop by to say hello—we’d love to meet you in person!

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
AMS Central Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Character Development in the Modern World
This presentation of character-building ideas and lessons will address common issues such as peer pressure, bullying, feeling left out, and fitting in. Come explore group activities that promote intra- and interpersonal skills, and learn how to define and teach good character traits, design service and leadership activities that promote action, and encourage meaningful dialogue about concerns like social media use.

Presenters
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Gwen Shangle

Director, Princeton Center Teacher Education
Gwen Shangle, MEd, is director of educational programs at Princeton Montessori School and director of Princeton Center Teacher Education, both in Princeton, NJ. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Classroom Stories: “Telling” Children to Another Place
In this workshop, be entertained and inspired as you listen to and participate in stories from around the world and learn how stories can enrich cultural studies, art, music, science, and other curriculum areas. Special focus will be given to using stories for reading and writing development as well as how to encourage students to become storytellers themselves.

Presenters
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Teresa Noble

Education Director, Institute for Guided Studies
Teresa Noble, MA, is education director at the Institute for Guided Studies, in Camden, SC, a consultant for Montessori and other Early Childhood schools, and a member of the board of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). MEPI-credentialed (Early Chi... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Data Dashboards That Improve School Operations
Come be introduced to dashboards—technology tools you can use to harness data to help you monitor and analyze all aspects of school operations, from admissions to finance, development, advertising, and even facilities. You’ll learn how to gather the right information and use common software tools to build dashboards that enable you to take a look at your school from the inside out.

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Andrea O'Brian

Princeton Montessori School
Andrea N. O’Brian is director of operations and communications at Princeton Montessori School, in Princeton, NJ, and vice president of the New Jersey Montessori Association Corporation (NJMAC). AMS-credentialed (Administrator).


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Designing Infant & Toddler Environments
This workshop will look at Infant and Toddler environmental design through a new lens: Dr. Montessori’s sensitive periods of movement, language, and order. Learn to create an observation-based, developmentally appropriate environment in which children can most naturally form a true sense of trust and achieve normalization.

Presenters
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Michelle Battistone

Michelle Battistone is assistant head of Hawthorne Montessori School, in Austin, TX, an instructor at Cambridge Montessori Institute, in Cambridge, MA, and a field consultant for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Developing a Montessori Inclusion Endorsement Program for Your TEP
Explore the rationale for and process of making AMS’s new Montessori Inclusion Endorsement a part of your existing teacher education program. You’ll examine course components, field experiences, and practicum requirements as well as learn how to develop co-teaching teams and other strategies for success and support.

Presenters
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West Side Montessori School

Program Director, West Side Montessori School - Teacher Education Program
Lisanne M. Pinciotti, MEd, is program director of the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program, in New York, NY. She is secretary of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission and co-chair of the Montessori Inclusion Endorsement Task Force. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court B Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm

Education for Peace: Curriculum or Outcome?
Maria Montessori’s term “education for peace” can be a source of inspiration for some and confusion for others. Let’s sort through some of Dr. Montessori’s own writings on peace and explore the influence of the Montessori Movement in the United States on this topic. We’ll discuss how we landed at the misnomer “teaching peace” instead of more accurately capturing Montessori’s original vision of peace as the outcome of her humanitarian educational approach.

Presenters
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Anna Perry

Executive Director, Seton Montessori Institute and Schools
Anna Perry, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of Seton Montessori Institute and Schools, based in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, and a Masters in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University. Additionally she... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

El Adulto Consciente: Actitudes y Cualidades Esenciales
Maria Montessori habló de "la nueva guía" como "santo y científico." La mayoría de nosotros no nos identificamos con ninguno de los dos, pero ¿qué quería decir? Consideraremos las actitudes y cualidades a las que se refería, en forma de un "triángulo constructivo": nuestro papel en el ambiente preparado, nuestra preparación como adultos conscientes, y nuestra preparación práctica.

Presenters
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Alice Renton

AMR Enterprises
Alice Renton, MA, was the AMS 2017 Living Legacy and is a board member, visiting lecturer, and field consultant for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. She is also the founder and sole proprietor of In Other Words, a company that develops Spanish language curriculum... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Enriching Science through Engagement & Exploration
This workshop will move you beyond 3-part cards and zoology puzzles, offering numerous ways to prepare a science-rich curriculum that spans all areas of the classroom, introduces children to the natural world, and promotes exploration, observation, and scientific inquiry. An exciting and effective scope and sequence will leave you with concrete ideas for making materials and lessons.

Presenters
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Kathy Farfsing

Kathy Farfsing, MEd, is an adjunct faculty member and director of the Montessori Dementia Program at Xavier Montessori Institute, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Beth Tracy-Kaliski

Clinical Faculty/Early Childhood Head Teacher, Xavier University Montessori Institute
Beth Tracy-Kaliski, MEd, is a Teaching Professor at Xavier Montessori Institute and an Early Childhood head teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor at both beginning and advanced levels. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Going Up! The Montessori Elevator Pitch
How many times have you enthusiastically begun to describe Montessori, only to find listeners glazing over when you say things like “normalization, “sensitive periods,” or “Cosmic Education”? In this workshop, you’ll create a jargon-free 30-second speech about Montessori—short enough for you to convey in the course of an elevator ride!—that will exude confidence and clarity whenever you’re asked about what you do.

Presenters
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Deb Cyrier

Principal, Marquette Montessori Academy
Deb Cyrier, MEd, is principal at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy, in South Bend, IN. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I–II).
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Kurran Strunk

Kurran Strunk, MEd, is a Lower Elementary teacher at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy, in South Bend, IN. In 2001, she was selected as Indiana’s Teacher of the Year. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).
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Lisa Vukmirovich

Lisa Vukmirovich, MEd, is an Early Childhood educator at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy, in South Bend, IN. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

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. 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.

Presenters
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Gideon Smith

Intervention Specialist, Clark Montessori
Gideon M. Smith, MEd, is an intervention specialist at Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

4:00pm

Indigenous Languages & Educational Sovereignty
This workshop will explore the processes of truth and reconciliation (urged by keynoter Bryan Stevenson, at the AMS 2016 Annual Conference, as the essential starting point in the quest for American equality) by focusing on the indigenous peoples of the United States. Come learn how the Montessori Method is helping Cochiti Pueblo, a tribe in New Mexico, revitalize its Keres language and reclaim the education of its children.

Presenters
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Trisha Moquino

Education Director/Guide, Keres Children's Learning Center
Trisha Moquino, MEd, is education director, Early Childhood immersion guide, and Lower Elementary guide at the Keres Children’s Learning Center, a Native American dual-language/immersion Montessori program on the Pueblo de Cochiti reservation in New Mexico. AMS-credentialed (Elementary... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Innovations in Montessori Research
What’s new in Montessori research, and how can it affect your work? This panel discussion brings together members of the Montessori Research Working Group and other active researchers to review projects that are currently underway as well as those that are being planned.
Joining the facilitators: Angeline S. Lillard, Theodore Quinn

Presenters
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Carolyn Daoust

Carolyn Daoust, PhD, is a Montessori consultant and researcher based in Oakland, CA. She is a former AMS Board member and the recipient of an AMS Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award (1996) and an AMS Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2004).
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Angeline Lillard

Angeline S. Lillard, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. She is the author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.
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Angela Murray

Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Angela Murray, PhD, is senior researcher and coordinator for AMS, an assistant research professor at the University of Kansas, and founding editor of the Journal of Montessori Research.


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into…Everything!
Enrich your current curricula and school climate by learning how to seamlessly weave neuroscience-supported social-emotional learning (SEL) activities into all that you do. This presentation will introduce ways teachers can embed SEL core competencies, like building empathy and resilience, into health, literacy, media, Cultural, and STEM curricula, as well as positively influence the culture of your school.

Presenters
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Renee DuChainey-Farkes

Kingsley Montessori School
Renee DuChainey-Farkes, MEd, is head of Kingsley Montessori School, in Boston, MA.
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Lynne Griffin

Lynne Reeves Griffin, MEd, RN, is the executive director of Proactive Parenting outside of Boston, MA, and author of Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment.



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

Leadership Succession & School Sustainability
At some point, all school leaders have to think about succession and the long-term viability of the school they’ve worked so hard to develop. This presentation will cover all you need to consider in times of transition, including managing financial resources, guiding the board and and staff, and maintaining strategic vision and mission-fidelity through the process.

Presenters
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Brenda Bernstorf

Deputy Executive Director, Montessori Academy
Brenda Bernstorf, EdD, is deputy executive director of Montessori Academy, Inc., in Brentwood, TN. My seminar topic is about succession planning and financial sustainability and incorporates information about board change, administration change, and change models. I have a particular... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Public Montessori Panel Discussion
This panel of dedicated educators and advocates, who hold district, charter, and national perspectives, will tackle several of the biggest current issues in public Montessori education in the U.S. How is public Montessori growing and changing? What opportunities does Montessori have in the current reform landscape? What obstacles do public Montessori schools face, and how are schools rising to meet those challenges? Bring your own questions, too!
Joining the facilitator: Sara Cotner, Dale D. Mogaji, Keith Whitescarver

Presenters
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David Ayer

David Ayer, MEd, is communications director for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, in Washington, DC. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood). AMI-certificate (NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies).


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level

4:00pm

Storytelling & Mathematics: A Perfect Match
Enhance your presentation of Math—and build excitement, motivation, and understanding—by making storytelling a part of it! In this workshop, learn why, when, and how to use stories in Math work, and listen to engaging arithmetic and geometry stories that exemplify the power of this approach. Discover how to tell stories using the “LIBRA” method (listen, illustrate, block, rehearse, take action), and come away ready to tell these stories to your students right away.

Presenters
avatar for Michael J. Dorer

Michael J. Dorer

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation
Michael J. Dorer, EdD, is a senior consultant at The Montessori Foundation, in Sarasota, FL, a past president of the AMS Board of Directors, and author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Strengthening Classroom Communities with Group Initiatives
You’ll be on your feet in this active workshop, experiencing and learning about group initiatives as a means to deepen the relationships within your classroom community. Learn how to guide team-building exercises for groups of all sizes as well as how to elicit robust processing so your students can apply what they learn to other experiences.

Presenters
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Maribeth Brown

Maribeth Brown, MEd, MA, is a Secondary teacher at Maria Montessori School in San Diego, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I–II).
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Brandt Smith

Brandt Smith, MEd, is an instructor at the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program and is the student academy director at Leadership Scholars, also in Cincinnati, OH, a nonprofit that empowers students and parents with mindfulness and college readiness. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Student-Led Service Learning
This workshop will give a framework for service learning and its 3 distinct and equally important components—education, direct service, and reflection—which are all necessary to help individuals move from volunteers to active citizens. You’ll learn how to create and sustain a thriving program that supports social justice and character development while giving students ownership of meaningful and impactful projects.

Presenters
avatar for Aimee Allen

Aimee Allen

Head of School, Harbor Montessori School
I love to read, write and run. I'm a huge lover of people, animals and desserts. While I live in Washington state, I'm a Boston girl and love all Boston sports. I love hiking with my family and I find any excuse to be silly. | | Aimee Allen, MEd, is head of Harbor Montessori School... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Vail Tower Majestic Level

4:00pm

The Personal Work in Dismantling Inequity
Learn how to go deep for social justice by examining the roots of inequity and bias that exist in our communities—and in ourselves. In this workshop, you’ll explore the basis of your own racial identity and purpose to uproot prejudice and practice tangible action steps for cultivating equity in your classroom.

Presenters
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Darnisa Amante

Darnisa L. Amante, EdLD, is an adjunct lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and chief executive officer of Disruptive Equity Education Project, both in Cambridge, MA.
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Christine Han

Harvard University
Christine Daisy Han, MEd, MA, is a partner at the Wildflower Foundation, in Cambridge, MA, and the director of curriculum for the Disruptive Equity Education Project. She serves on the founding board of Montessori for Social Justice and is a recipient of an AMS Ursula Thrush Peace... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

The Science behind Motivation
Discover another way to look at the genius of the Montessori Method. In this workshop, you will become acquainted with Human Motivation Theory. Starting with Dr. Montessori’s writings, we’ll examine the supports for motivation embedded in the method. We’ll end with an examination of our own practices and design ways in which we can better support motivation in our classrooms. You will learn how you can enthuse your students to their innermost core!

Presenters
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Luz Casquejo Johnston

Assistant Professori, St. Mary's College of California
Luz Casquejo Johnston, EdD, is assistant professor and Elementary coordinator of St. Mary’s College Montessori Teacher Education Program, in Moraga, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level
  • Target Audience ALL

4:00pm

The Student-Run Science Lab
This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of creating an investigative science classroom—one in which the students are the scientists and the lab belongs to them. Learn how to cultivate their deep understanding of the scientific process and nurture a profound sense of capacity to contribute to the world around them.

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Megan Knight

Megan Knight is a science teacher at Green School, in Bali, Indonesia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II). Before her stint abroad, Megan taught math and science in the adolescent program at Richmond Montessori School for five years.


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm

Using Words Effectively with Our Youngest Children
This workshop will help you support children in the sensitive period for language by analyzing the words you use and identifying common “teacher” phrases that do not always align with Montessori philosophy. Empower your communication with strategies that foster independence, encourage problem-solving skills, improve motivation, and develop emotional intelligence.

Presenters
avatar for Marcy Bourdo

Marcy Bourdo

Education Coordinator, Starwood Montessori School
Marcy Bourdo is education coordinator at Starwood Montessori School and an instructor for North Texas Montessori Institute, both in Frisco, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).
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Svetlana King

Svetlana King is a Toddler teacher at Hope Montessori Academy and a teacher educator at Hope Montessori Educational Institute, both in St. Louis, MO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Plaza CF Plaza Concourse Level

5:30pm

Networking: Montessori for Social Justice
Come meet the organizers of Montessori for Social Justice, a grassroots community of educators and parents focused on expanding public and private Montessori access, developing antiracist, antibias curricula, and establishing educational equity within schools. Let’s widen our community by sharing ideas, planning collaborative actions, and finding more ways to work for equity, justice, and solidarity.

Presenters
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Nicole Evans

Nicole E. Evans, EdD, is principal of City Garden Montessori School, in St. Louis, MO.
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Dale D. Mogaji

Principal, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
Dale D. Mogaji, MSEd, is principal of Northglade Montessori Magnet School, in Kalamazoo, MI, a member of the AMS Board of Directors, and a member of the Montessori for Social Justice Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).


Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Windows Tower Building Second Level
  • Target Audience ALL

7:00pm

Springtime Fancy: Lights! Camera! Fashion!
This year, our annual Springtime Fancy takes a turn on the catwalk—and we want you there to join in the fashionable festivities.

You and your Montessori entourage will feel like New York Fashion Week A-Listers when a surprise cadre of models comes sauntering down the runway dressed in … well, that’s a surprise, too!

You’ll enjoy a night of “classroom couture,” dancing to live music; sampling plentiful hors d’oeuvres, sipping Cosmos, and taking in a dazzling fashion show sure to keep you on trend.

All this glitz and glam is for a good cause—you’ll be raising funds to support the AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program, an intensive professional development initiative designed to prepare future Montessori leaders.

Tickets: $225 per person; $200 per person when purchasing 10 or more tickets

For information, contact Kristine Cooper, AMS director of development

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 11:30pm
The Ritz-Carlton Denver 1881 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80202
 
Sunday, March 25
 

7:00am

AMS Central
Stop by to find out about our exciting new initiatives, learn how we can help you meet your Montessori goals, and share your thoughts about what AMS can do for you. A revolving cadre of AMS staff will be on hand, eager to engage with you.

Find out how AMS can help you advance your Montessori career and your school. From professional development, to leadership opportunities, to making the most out of your member benefits. If you run a school or teacher education program, AMS has a variety of programs and services to help take your organization to the next level and position it for success in your local area.

Sunday March 25, 2018 7:00am - 11:00am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

Ask a Local
Looking for a good place to grab a bite to eat? Wondering how to navigate Denver’s public transportation system? Our friendly team of local volunteers is available to answer all your questions about the area, and help you feel comfortable and well-situated.

Sunday March 25, 2018 7:00am - 11:00am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:00am

Badge Pickup
Collect your conference badge at the Badge Pickup counter. Our friendly staff and volunteers can help you.

Exhibitors are asked to check in and collect badges with George in front of the Exhibit Hall.

Sunday March 25, 2018 7:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

7:30am

Exhibit Hall
Whether you’re interested in buying or browsing, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find more than 120 booths featuring a vast array of Montessori materials, services, and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to find and compare—all in one convenient place.

Sunday March 25, 2018 7:30am - 11:00am
Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Keynoter: Dale Dougherty
"We Are All Makers"

Our innate love of learning is fueled by the desire to create, engineer, invent, and make. So believes Dale Dougherty, our closing keynote speaker, and father of the Maker Movement—a growing community of students, teachers, tinkerers, techies, hobbyists, and other DIY enthusiasts, who are passionately at work inventing and bringing their ideas to fruition. With homage to the Montessori belief that we are all naturally curious, lifelong learners, Dale will go one step further and explain how at heart we are also all makers, and reveal how a simple question—“Can I do it?”—can be the genesis for discovery and innovation. He will introduce you to a variety of makers and their unique creations across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft, which are expressive of the diversity of the human mind. He’ll explain how, by marrying STEAM disciplines with audacity, verve, and a radical spirit, makers exert control over their environment through innovation and creation.

By learning how to harvest ideas, materials, and tools from all aspects of your environment, you’ll come away with new ideas for creating and sustaining makerspaces in your schools—collaborative work environments for making, learning, exploring and sharing, which will ignite a passion in your students—and in yourself—for innovation and joyful creation.

Sunday March 25, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom Plaza Concourse Level

9:00am

Bookstore
The AMS Bookstore is where you’ll find books by our keynoters speakers—Rick Steves, Anna Deavere Smith, and Dale Dougherty—as well as limited-edition conference mementos and items specially curated by our Peace Committee.

Sunday March 25, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

9:30am

Book Signing: Dale Dougherty
Following his keynote, Dale will sign copies of his book, Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds, and Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities, available at the AMS Bookstore.

Sunday March 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza Foyer Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Building Confidence and Fluency with Readers Theater
Discover Readers Theatre, a holistic and exciting teaching tool that delivers culturally diverse literature, increased reading comprehension and confidence, vocabulary expansion, vocal expression and oral presentation competency, team building, and so much more. In this interactive workshop, explore a variety of scripts, practice your own mini-performance, and learn how to create and execute your own Readers Theater through resources for scripting, staging, rehearsing, and performing.

Presenters
avatar for Karol Antrim

Karol Antrim

Librarian, The Montessori School of San Antonio
I love my job! It's my sixteenth year in the MSSA library and every day is a new adventure working with 3-14 year olds. I look forward to sharing with you one of my favorite community activities -- readers' theatre!
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Maria Flores

Lower Elementary Teacher, The Montessori School of San Antonio
Maria Flores is a Lower Elementary teacher at the Montessori School of San Antonio, TX. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Circle Time and Community Building
Make the most of your circle time with fun, music-filled, and active exercises that promote a strong community as well as teaching peace, patience, communication skills, and grace and courtesy. This workshop will offer a wealth of flexible ideas and strategies for daily and weekly opportunities, activities, songs, and games.

Presenters
avatar for Monica Curwen

Monica Curwen

Lead Teacher, Early Childhood, Asheville Montessori School
Monica Curwen is a lead Early Childhood teacher at Asheville Montessori School, in Asheville, NC. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

10:15am

Democracy as Social Empowerment in the Montessori Classroom
This workshop will explore the achievement of social justice through democratic classrooms, wherein individual student needs are nested among the needs of others and where the adolescent’s sense of self is forged through multiple perspectives and meaningful relationships. Learn how to provide the sense of connected purpose that liberates students to reach their fullest potential.

Presenters
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Nicholas Kaelin

Nic Kaelin is a seventh-grade humanities teacher at the Berkeley School, in Berkeley, CA.
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Alissa Stolz

Montessori Family School
Alissa Stolz, MEd, is an Adolescent classroom teacher and Middle School program director at Montessori Family School in Berkeley, CA, as well as a teacher educator for the Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Enriching Literacy with Phonemic Awareness & Cursive Writing Instruction
Join this workshop for the results of a 2-year study of varied approaches to language instruction, including teaching longhand cursive and print by association. We’ll interrogate the traditional processes used to teach literacy, and you’ll leave with a deepened understanding of classification, phonemic awareness, and techniques to elicit more effective reading and writing.

Presenters
avatar for Feland Meadows

Feland Meadows

Goizueta Professor of Early Childhood Education, Kennesaw State University
Feland L. Meadows, PhD, is the Roberto C. Goizueta Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of early childhood education at Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, GA, and a founder of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). PAMS-credentialed (Infant... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Vail Tower Majestic Level

10:15am

Getting More Out of Professional Development
Do teachers in your school come away from Montessori conferences and in-services brimming with all kinds of new idea—yet, when you observe their classrooms a month later, you find hardly anything has changed? In this panel discussion led by experienced Montessori instructional leaders, learn about systems and strategies that stimulate and support continuous teacher development. You’ll learn how to go beyond providing inspiration and really get results from adult learning—by identifying essential collaborative elements, establishing learning goals and implementation plans, supporting and supervising teachers, documenting professional growth, and managing accountability.
Joining the facilitator: Jonathan Wolff, Kathleen Trewhella-Grant, Susan Dendinger

Presenters
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Paul Epstein

transformation agent, designs for lifelong learning
Paul Epstein, PhD, is a transformation agent at Designs for Lifelong Learning, in Winona, MN. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Secondary I–II).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Hot-Button Montessori Roundtables
Come discuss pressing issues in Montessori—facilitated by AMS’s inaugural group of Emerging Leaders Fellows. Based on their yearlong projects (March 2017–March 2018), the group will host roundtable discussions on Montessori & math assessments; measuring learner outcomes; working with families of students with learning differences; new Montessori teacher mentorship programs; antibias, antiracist Montessori curricula; enhancing school-wide conversations through documentation; and the importance of Montessori infant/parent communities.
Joining the facilitator: Heather Brown, Maureen Capillo, Thomas Emery, Tiffany Fennig, Jennifer Heeter, Melissa Herman, Katie Kitchens, Saadia Perwaiz, Angelo Piersanti, Michael Silverstone, Abbie Wexler

Presenters
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Jenna Brasch

Director of Admissions, Harbor Montessori School
Jenna Brasch is director of admissions at Harbor Montessori School, in Gig Harbor, WA, and an inaugural member of the AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level
  • Target Audience ALL

10:15am

Inclusion from Birth
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.

Presenters
avatar for Duna Strachan

Duna Strachan

Executive Director, Soaring Wings International Montessori School
Duna Strachan, MEd, is founder and executive director of Soaring Wings International Montessori School, in Park City, UT, founder of the Utah Montessori Council, and Infant & Toddler coordinator at the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, in Salt Lake City... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

10:15am

New Ideas for Teaching with Technology
Join AMS’s manager of online learning to discover what’s new in learning and teaching with technology—and to get a sneak peek at some of the new online member resources being considered by AMS. John will deconstruct common misconceptions and establish the difference between using technology and using technology effectively. This workshop will include interactive polls along with discussions and brainstorming, and you’ll learn about opportunities to participate in post-conference webinar sessions to continue to develop your skills in teaching with technology.

Presenters
avatar for John Vivolo

John Vivolo

Manager of Online Learning, American Montessori Society
John Vivolo, MA, is AMS manager of online learning.


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Parent Education That Will Keep Them Coming Back for More!
What do parents want to know, and what do we want them to know? This presentation will break parent education down into a structured monthly curriculum of topics, including language development, discipline, sex education, math, executive functioning, and more. Discover how one school uses this program to keep parents coming back, with a 90% attendance rate.

Presenters
avatar for Martha Teien

Martha Teien

Director/Owner, Mountain Montessori
Martha Teien, MEd, is director and owner of Mountain Montessori School, in Avon, CO, and president of both Montessori Education Programs International and the Colorado Montessori Association. MEPI-credentialed (Early Childhood).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Plaza AB Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Public Montessori & the Upper Elementary Child
This workshop will invite Upper Elementary guides who work in the public sector to share the challenges of merging the Montessori Method with state and local requirements. Join a roundtable discussion and connect with a community of support as we work together to solve problems with the developmental needs of the second-half-of-the–Second Plane child in mind.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Egherman

Adam Egherman

E2 teacher, Cowles
Adam Egherman, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher with Des Moines (IA) Public Schools. He was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Division of the Izaak Walton League of America. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Elizabeth Maxwell

4,5,6 grade classroom teacher, Cowles School - DMPS
Elizabeth Maxwell, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Cowles Montessori School, in Des Moines, IA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

Strategies for High-Fidelity Public Montessori Programs
Join leaders from an AMS-accredited public Montessori school for students age 3–15 for an inside perspective on strategies and resources to provide high-quality public Montessori education. Learn to establish a shared vision, navigate public requirements without compromising the Montessori Method, and implement key policies that promote long-term sustainability.

Presenters
avatar for Nancye Blair Black

Nancye Blair Black

Educational Consultant, The Block Uncarved
Nancye Blair Black, MA, is founder and lead educational consultant for The Block Uncarved. She has supported thousands of educators, administrators, and district leaders across the US and around the world in their efforts to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Josie Hill

Josie Hill

Founder, Co-Head of School, Lakeland Montessori Public Schools
Josie Hill is founder and co–head of school of Lakeland Montessori Schools. Lakeland Montessori is the first, and only, AMS accredited public Montessori school for ages 3-15. www.lakelandmontessori.com



Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am

The Design-Thinking Innovation Studio
How often do 9–12 environments become a rehash of 6–9, with tougher expectations? How can we use design-thinking principles to reimagine the implementation of the 9–12 curriculum in a way that honors the Upper Elementary child and stays true to Montessori principles? This workshop will explore one school’s experiment with a student-centered innovation studio and give you practical ideas, inspiration, and a re-creatable process to use with your students.

Presenters
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Joshua Shanklin

Joshua Shanklin, MEd, is a clinical faculty member at Xavier Montessori Institute and an Upper Elementary teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, both in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Elementary II).
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Jason Waters

Jason Waters is an assistant Upper Elementary teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, in Cincinnati, OH.


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level
 

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