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Thursday, March 22


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.

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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


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.


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).
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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


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.

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Sharon Damore

Montessori Consultant
As Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, Dr. Damore teaches courses in Educational Leadership. She is the immediate past Executive Director, Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) and consultant to numerous Montessori schools and teacher education programs across the... Read More →
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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 →
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Denise Monnier

Executive Director, AIMS
Denise Monnier is a Montessori parent, advocate, and advocacy coach, striving for public policy that supports universal access to Montessori education. More than 15 years of teaching in and leading Montessori schools made her deeply aware of the need for equity in and access to high... Read More →

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

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