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Thursday, March 22
 

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
 
Friday, March 23
 

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

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
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Wendy Freed

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

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

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
avatar for Frank Leto

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

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 →
avatar for Elizabeth Norman

Elizabeth Norman

Young Children's Community Coordinator, Seton Montessori Institute and Lab 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

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

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
avatar for Elizabeth Hamel

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

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

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

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
avatar for Beth Tracy-Kaliski

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
avatar for Mercedes Dugan

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

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
avatar for Allison Jones

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

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
avatar for Amneris Almodovar

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

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
avatar for Patricia West

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

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
avatar for Anya Bartlett

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

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
avatar for Elizabeth Norman

Elizabeth Norman

Young Children's Community Coordinator, Seton Montessori Institute and Lab 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 →
avatar for Eva Parrucci

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

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
avatar for Teresa Noble

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

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

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
 
Sunday, March 25
 

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

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
 

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