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Thursday, March 22
 

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

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
 
Friday, March 23
 

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
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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).
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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

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

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.
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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

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
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).


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

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

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
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 →
avatar for Jennifer Morgan

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

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

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
avatar for Julie Bragdon

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

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
JW

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

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

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

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
JC

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

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
AM

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.
MR

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
avatar for Mary Ellen Kordas

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

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

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

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

Presenters
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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
MC

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
avatar for Pauline Novak

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

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
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).
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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

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

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

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, ClassrooMechanics
Tammy Oesting spent the last 26 years delivering professional development workshops, consulting schools, and educating new Montessori teachers. Her passions include issues of social justice, educating support staff, life sciences, neuroscience, and exploring the magnificence of the... Read More →



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

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.

Presenters
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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

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

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.

Presenters
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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

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

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 →


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

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

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

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

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

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
 
Sunday, March 25
 

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

Co-Founder PenMet Women's Wellness Expo



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

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
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Martha Teien

President, Colorado Montessori Association, MEPI
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
 

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