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Community Gatherings [clear filter]
Thursday, March 22
 

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

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

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
KB

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.
TS

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

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

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

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
SB

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
 

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