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Thursday, March 22
 

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
 

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