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Thursday, March 22
 

4:00pm

Integrating MakerSpaces into Montessori Classrooms
MakerSpaces give students an opportunity to learn science and engineering through hands-on, collaborative exploration—in many ways an embodiment of the Montessori approach. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up a MakerSpace in your classroom as well as how to integrate its use into your regular daily routine by presenting your students with specific weekly challenges. You’ll leave informed about how to create your own fully accessible center for discovery, collaboration, and creation and inspired to get started.

Presenters
avatar for Melanie Thiesse

Melanie Thiesse

Curriculum Coordinator, The Westmont Montessori School
Melanie Thiesse, M.Ed. is the Curriculum Coordinator at The Westmont Montessori School, a teacher educator, and a consultant. She has seventeen years of Montessori teaching experience and holds Montessori Elementary I & II certifications from AMS and NCME.



Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level
 
Friday, March 23
 

8:00am

An Observation Refresher
The basic principle of Montessori observational practice can fall away as teachers get caught up in other demands. Come be reminded of the importance of observing the child both in and out of the classroom environment and review Montessori learner outcomes, observation recording strategies, and ideas for applying observed information for student success.

Presenters
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Amy Callahan

Upper Elementary Teacher, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
Amy Callahan, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Northglade Montessori School, in Kalamazoo, MI. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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ReQwal L. Duckworth

Upper Elementary Teacher, Northglade Montessori Magnet School
ReQwal L. Duckworth, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Northglade Montessori Magnet School, in Kalamazoo, MI. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Get Out & Rock: Geology & Earth Science in Your Town
Using a model of the Rocky Mountain region as an example, learn how to access and read geologic maps to make connections between your own local environment and the first 2 Montessori Great Lessons: the God with No Hands and the Timeline of Life. You will also have the opportunity to create materials to bring back to your own classrooms, inspired by a host of resources that will be shared, including scientific models, experiments, and language and math activities, as well as ideas for outdoor adventures.

Presenters
avatar for Claudia Mann

Claudia Mann

Co-owner, Fossilicious
Claudia Mann, MEd, is the founder of Claudia Mann & Associates, a consultation service for Montessori schools, teachers, leaders and parents; co-founder/owner of Fossilicious, an online geology shop; co-author of numerous earth science curricula, on-line courses, materials, and books... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Govenor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Integrating Curriculum in the 3-Year Cycle
Overwhelmed trying to juggle cultural lessons, literature circles, and all the other pieces that make Montessori programs so rich? A truly integrated curriculum is the answer! This workshop will explore a model 3-year plan that incorporates Montessori lessons, connects state standards, and engages students; corresponding literature and activity ideas will be included.

Presenters
avatar for Kieran McHugh

Kieran McHugh

Head of School, Renaissance Academy
Kieran McHugh, MEd, is co-founder and Head of School of Renaissance Academy, a private turned Charter Montessori School, in LaPorte, IN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Plaza E Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Antropólogos Naturales en la Comunidad Elemental
Aprendan a preparar ambientes interiores y exteriores que responden a las necesidades del alumno Elemental como antropólogo natural. Los temas de esta amplia presentación incluirán la importancia de interactuar con personas representativas y confiables de varios grupos sociales, culturales, o científicos así como el papel de la antropología en la Educación Cósmica.

Presenters
avatar for Rocio Hernandez Babick

Rocio Hernandez Babick

Upper Elementary teacher, Montessori del Mundo
Rocío Hernández Babick is a lead Upper Elementary teacher at Montessori del Mundo, in Aurora, CO. Montessori-credentialed (Elementary I–II).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Cultivating Ecological Literacy
Cultivate ecological literacy and sustainable habits of mind, hand, and heart through mini-lessons, games, and songs that encourage systems thinking. Learn how to reduce your school’s ecological footprint through student-led “green teams” and how to foster a love of nature through goings-out, pedagogy of place, Earth Day celebrations, and cutting-edge ideas such as biomimicry and deep ecology.

Presenters
avatar for Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson

Upper Elementary Teacher, Lexington Montessori School
Seth Johnson, MS, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School and serves on the faculty of Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) , both in Lexington, MA.. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Encouraging Spontaneity in the Elementary Environment
What does productive spontaneity look like, and how can it light a child’s spark of inspiration in Elementary environments? We’ll discuss the essential nature of the prepared environment in nurturing creativity and examine examples of student work and concrete tools that provide a structural base for imaginative exploration.

Presenters
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Adam Diamond

Upper Elementary Director, Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy
Adam Diamond, MEd, is Upper Elementary Director at Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy, in Crescent Springs, KY. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). He grew up a Montessori student through age 12 and has been teaching in Montessori upper elementary environments for 10 years. He... Read More →
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Laura Opfer

Laura Opfer, MEd, is a teaching professor at Xavier Montessori Institute and a head Lower Elementary teacher at Xavier University Montessori Lab School, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is the recipient of an AMS Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award (2004). AMS-credentialed (Elementary... Read More →



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza D Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

The Magic of Performing Shakespeare
When children perform Shakespeare, they discover inner strengths, transform themselves, and emerge as more powerful beings. In this participatory workshop, you’ll explore how to guide Elementary students to understand Shakespearean verse and its essential truths. This Montessori-aligned methodology introduces public speaking, brings the children into nature through outdoor performances, and fosters creativity, collaboration, patience, and generosity.

Presenters
avatar for Larry Schanker

Larry Schanker

Executive Director/Music Specialist, Brookview Montessori School
Larry Schanker is Executive Director at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he has served as Music Specialist for the past 20 years. He teachers the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Music Training for the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Stockton-Moreno

Laurie Stockton-Moreno

Education Director/Lead Lower Elementary Teacher, Brookview Montessori School
Laurie Stockton-Moreno is Education Director and Lower Elementary Lead Teacher at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She is AMS credentialed at both the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary levels. Laurie is a Teacher Trainer at the Institute for Montessori Innovation... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tower Court C Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm

Creating Inner Motivation for Grammar Work
Learn how to listen to what children say and how you can use those very words in developing their grammar work. Come discover how this approach, identified by Dr. Montessori herself, can ignite inner motivation, build community, and help integrate your curriculum. You’ll receive tools for identifying phrasing patterns in children’s speech and for understanding a simple system for creating individualized Grammar Box exercises.

Presenters
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Jean Rashkin

E-1 Language Instructor, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Jean Rashkin is a Lower Elementary language curriculum instructor for the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Differentiated Montessori Instruction for Students with Learning Differences
Children with learning differences benefit most from teachers who understand what their differences are and who can analyze and modify lessons and presentations based upon keen observation. Come review these essentials for serving all your students, and learn simple modifications to presentations of Montessori lessons to best serve children with learning differences.

Presenters
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Casey Barnett

Casey Barnett is a teacher at the Shelton School & Evaluation Center, in Dallas, TX, and is co-author of the Montessori Applied to Children At Risk manuals. She has been teaching students with special needs for nearly 3 decades. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace 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.

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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

Connecting through Personal Stories
“When I was a kid…” Start with these words, and watch any child’s eyes light up! Personal narratives offer a means to impart values, model social skills, and foster empathy and self-acceptance—and students love them. Come listen to a master storyteller share some of the countless stories of his own that he uses to help students interact with their world and reassure them that they are never alone. You will leave with an uderstanding of how to do the same in your own classrooms, including advice on how to get started, respect boundaries, and access the most effective story for a given teaching moment.

Presenters
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Stephen Rich

Stephen Rich, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Williamsburg Montessori School, in Williamsburg, VA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary II).


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

8:00am

Different Angles: Geometry Games & Songs for Kinesthetic & Auditory Learners
Get ready to move and play through original games and songs that illustrate and enliven the Montessori Lower Elementary geometry curriculum. These hands-on, kinesthetic activities will address a range of concepts, including triangle equivalencies, parallel lines, the area of a circle, the volume of geometric solids, types of angles, calculations of perimeter and area, and the Love Story of 2 Straight Lines. All participants will receive a link to free downloads of every song and game.

Presenters
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Sylvia Loveless

California Montessori Project
Sylvia Loveless, MST, is director of the Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs, CA. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).
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Ally Webb

California Montessori Project
Ally Webb is a lead teacher for the California Montessori Project in Orangevale, CA, and a teacher educator at the Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level

8:00am

Do They Have Something We Don’t? Analyzing Supplemental Math Programs
What draws Montessori parents to supplemental math and tutoring organizations? This workshop will examine the approaches of these programs and offer Montessori ways to elicit Russian-style problem solving, Singapore-like deep conceptual learning, and Kumon’s focus on automaticity. You’ll also discover strategies to describe and document Montessori Math to instill confidence so that parents don’t feel tempted by supplementary programs.

Presenters
avatar for Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson

Upper Elementary Teacher, Lexington Montessori School
Seth Johnson, MS, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School and serves on the faculty of Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) , both in Lexington, MA.. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
avatar for Biff Maier

Biff Maier

Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development, Lexington Montessori School
Biff Maier, MEd, is director of faculty and curriculum development at Lexington Montessori School and co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, both in Lexington, MA. He is former chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 17 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

Mind the Gap!
Have you observed a gap between children’s use of materials and true conceptual abstraction? Do some of your students struggle to transfer knowledge between materials or show “here today, gone tomorrow” mastery? Learn how to apply principles of neuroscience to traditional Montessori lessons to mindfully close the gap, resulting in deeper, more resilient comprehension. You will see specific examples in Math, Language, and Cultural studies and learn how to keep children at the leading edge of their learning curve.

Presenters
avatar for Betsy Lockhart

Betsy Lockhart

Elementary Coordinator Emeritus and Instructor, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Betsy Lockhart is Elementary coordinator emeritus and an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
avatar for Diana Visser

Diana Visser

Lead Teacher, Montessori Peaks Academy
Diana Visser, MEd, is an Upper Elementary lead teacher at Montessori Peaks Academy Charter School, in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza E Plaza Concourse 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

4:00pm

Character Development in the Modern World
This presentation of character-building ideas and lessons will address common issues such as peer pressure, bullying, feeling left out, and fitting in. Come explore group activities that promote intra- and interpersonal skills, and learn how to define and teach good character traits, design service and leadership activities that promote action, and encourage meaningful dialogue about concerns like social media use.

Presenters
avatar for Gwen Shangle

Gwen Shangle

Director, Princeton Center Teacher Education
Gwen Shangle, MEd, is director of educational programs at Princeton Montessori School and director of Princeton Center Teacher Education, both in Princeton, NJ. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Storytelling & Mathematics: A Perfect Match
Enhance your presentation of Math—and build excitement, motivation, and understanding—by making storytelling a part of it! In this workshop, learn why, when, and how to use stories in Math work, and listen to engaging arithmetic and geometry stories that exemplify the power of this approach. Discover how to tell stories using the “LIBRA” method (listen, illustrate, block, rehearse, take action), and come away ready to tell these stories to your students right away.

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 →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 16 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Student-Led Service Learning
This workshop will give a framework for service learning and its 3 distinct and equally important components—education, direct service, and reflection—which are all necessary to help individuals move from volunteers to active citizens. You’ll learn how to create and sustain a thriving program that supports social justice and character development while giving students ownership of meaningful and impactful projects.

Presenters
avatar for Aimee Allen

Aimee Allen

Head of School, Harbor Montessori School
I love to read, write and run. I'm a huge lover of people, animals and desserts. While I live in Washington state, I'm a Boston girl and love all Boston sports. I love hiking with my family and I find any excuse to be silly.Aimee Allen, MEd, is head of Harbor Montessori School, in... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Vail Tower Majestic Level
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:15am

Building Confidence and Fluency with Readers Theater
Discover Readers Theatre, a holistic and exciting teaching tool that delivers culturally diverse literature, increased reading comprehension and confidence, vocabulary expansion, vocal expression and oral presentation competency, team building, and so much more. In this interactive workshop, explore a variety of scripts, practice your own mini-performance, and learn how to create and execute your own Readers Theater through resources for scripting, staging, rehearsing, and performing.

Presenters
avatar for Karol Antrim

Karol Antrim

Librarian, The Montessori School of San Antonio
I love my job! It's my sixteenth year in the MSSA library and every day is a new adventure working with 3-14 year olds. I look forward to sharing with you one of my favorite community activities -- readers' theatre!
avatar for Maria Flores

Maria Flores

Lower Elementary Teacher, The Montessori School of San Antonio
Maria Flores is a Lower Elementary teacher at the Montessori School of San Antonio, TX. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).



Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level
 

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