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Thursday, March 22
 

4:00pm

Toddlers, Practical Life, & the Development of a Sense of Self
Explore how opportunities for meaningful work aid toddlers’ individual development and self-regulation, while supporting the emergence of a peaceful Toddler community. You will be offered a connection between Maria Montessori’s writings and criteria for creating environments and materials that support a toddler’s desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. We will contrast developmentally appropriate Toddler environments with Early Childhood environments and discuss how to avoid the much discussed but often poorly defined “watered-down Early Childhood environment.” You will come away with tools for creating a safe and appealing environment that sparks each child’s interest and aids in the child’s ability to be a contributing member of the toddler community.

Presenters
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Tracey J. Hall

Rock Praire Montessori School
Tracey J. Hall is a Toddler guide at Rock Prairie Montessori School, in Janesville, WI, and an instructor at Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX, and at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Thursday March 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 10 Plaza Concourse Level
 
Friday, March 23
 

8:00am

Navigating Toddler Power Struggles
During toddlerhood, children go through an oppositional phase of development that begins when they start saying “no” and ends when they begin to use the personal pronoun “I.” This workshop will deepen your understanding of the developmental needs of toddlerhood and empower you with tools for navigating power struggles using language that offers freedom and sets appropriate limits.

Presenters
avatar for Nichole Holtvluwer

Nichole Holtvluwer

Owner, Radicle Beginnings
Nichole Holtvluwer is a Montessori consultant and owner of Radicle Beginnings. She also works part-time as the Toddler Guide at the Montessori School of Evergreen. She lives with her husband and doodle-mutt, Kona in Evergreen, Colorado. AMI-credentialed (Assistants to Infancy).Passionate... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

8:00am

Parent–Infant Programs: How to Start One—and Why
If you would like to make a life-changing difference for families in just a few hours per week, this workshop is for you! You will learn what a parent-infant program is and how it can provide parents with essential child-rearing skills as they, along with a teacher, observe their children actively exploring and discovering. You will come away with concrete ideas for setting up a parent-infant program, along with copious ideas for topics for discussion with parents.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Houghtaling

Elizabeth Houghtaling is a parent/infant child guide at Montessori Country School in Bainbridge Island, WA. A member of the first cohort group of AMS’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program, she recently developed and implemented a Montessori parent/infant program in Washington.
avatar for Susan Tracy McDaniel

Susan Tracy McDaniel

Parenting Coach, Learning Together Education
Susan Tracy McDaniel, MEd, is director of Learning Together Education, a Montessori parent-coaching and education organization, in Barrington, IL. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). AMI-credentialed (Assistants to Infancy).
avatar for Melody Patton

Melody Patton

Head of School, School in the Woods Montessori
Melody Patton, MBA, is head of School in the Woods Montessori in Denver, CO and a member of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).



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

2:00pm

Making Practical Life Practical
Like loading a dishwasher, many of today’s most practical Practical Life activities may not have been envisioned by Maria Montessori. This workshop will review the need for Practical Life experiences and offer indoor and outdoor lessons that stem not only from traditional Montessori training but which respond to the practical demands of modern life and technology.

Presenters
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Stacey Wilker

Toddler teacher, Ruffing Montessori School
Stacey Wilker, MEd, is Toddler directress at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, OH. AMI-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Windows Tower Building Second 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

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

Talking with Babies & Toddlers
This workshop will explore the work of both Maria Montessori and current scientists to present skills, tools, and beautiful materials that create language- and conversation-rich environments. We will discuss “serve and return,” “motherese,” sign language, reading together, moving from concrete to symbolic materials, and supporting the older toddler.

Presenters
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Lynne Aiken

Infant and Toddler Level Coordinator, Houston Montessori Center
Lynne Aiken is an instructor, field consultant, and level coordinator at the Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX. She also guides an Infant environment in her home. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
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Tracey J. Hall

Rock Praire Montessori School
Tracey J. Hall is a Toddler guide at Rock Prairie Montessori School, in Janesville, WI, and an instructor at Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX, and at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).


Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 15 Plaza Concourse Level
 
Saturday, March 24
 

8:00am

El Aprendizaje de Idiómas Múltiples en los Ambientes de Infantes y Ambulantes
Este taller descifrará el misterio de cómo los infantes y ambulantes pueden aprender a expresarse no únicamente en su idioma primario sino en un segundo y hasta un tercer idioma. Vengan a aprender cómo el Lenguaje de Signos (American Sign Language), el inglés, y el español se pueden entretejer ricamente en un ambiente Montessori para apoyar la fluidez del intercambio de la comunicación expresiva y responsiva.

Presenters
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Susana Ivanovich

Susana Ivanovich is a lead teacher at Montessori Country Day School in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
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Gabriella Romero

Montessori Country Day School
Gabriella Romero is a lead teacher at Montessori Country Day School in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

Exploration before Expectation: Freedom as Toddlerhood’s First Period
Do you understand the philosophical and developmental rationale for exploration as the initial means of didactic experience in the Montessori Toddler environment? Come learn pedagogical methods for supporting freedom and discovery, procedures for moving the child beyond exploratory behaviors, and strategies to model, guide, and assist while enabling the child to make connections across domains.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Thompson-Stewart

Rebecca Thompson-Stewart

Rebecca L. Thompson-Stewart, MSEd, is a teacher at Versailles Montessori School, in Versailles, KY. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

8:00am

Math for Toddlers
Math begins long before children start counting. This workshop will review basic mathematical concepts for young children, including number sense, measurement, and representation. You’ll discover how to encourage conceptual thinking that lays a foundation for future learning through numerous activities for all curricular areas of the Toddler classroom, and even on the playground.

Presenters
avatar for Erin Conway

Erin Conway

Head of School, Montessori Cottage
Erin Conway, MEd, is head of school at Montessori Cottage, in Fallshington, PA, an Adjunct Professor at Chestnut Hill College, in Philadelphia, PA, and a Teacher Educator at Princeton Center Teacher Education, in Princeton, NJ. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Sensorial Development through Practical Life & Nature
Taking a close look at the environments we provide for the youngest children, this workshop will discuss how best to foster the natural development of their senses. Using the natural world and Practical Life as focal points, learn how to meet children’s needs as they move from the unconscious to the conscious mind, and again as they approach the transitional time between the Toddler and Early Childhood classrooms.

Presenters
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Sara Aronson

Sara Aronson is Infant & Toddler director for Montessori Academy in Brentwood, TN. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).
avatar for Emily Breaux

Emily Breaux

Montessori Training Center of Brentwood
Emily Breaux, MEd, is an instructor and level coordinator at Montessori Training Center of Brentwood, in Brentwood, TN. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler). Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood).


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

Designing Infant & Toddler Environments
This workshop will look at Infant and Toddler environmental design through a new lens: Dr. Montessori’s sensitive periods of movement, language, and order. Learn to create an observation-based, developmentally appropriate environment in which children can most naturally form a true sense of trust and achieve normalization.

Presenters
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Michelle Battistone

Michelle Battistone is assistant head of Hawthorne Montessori School, in Austin, TX, an instructor at Cambridge Montessori Institute, in Cambridge, MA, and a field consultant for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).



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

Inclusion from Birth
The earliest years are when we must be most alert to signs and symptoms of students’ special needs, so that we can address them as swiftly as possible. This workshop will cover all the aspects of building an inclusive classroom, from what to look for and how to gather data in Infant and Toddler classrooms to effective and supportive communication and coordination with families, pediatricians, and therapists.

Presenters
avatar for Duna Strachan

Duna Strachan

Executive Director, Soaring Wings International Montessori School
Duna Strachan, MEd, is founder and executive director of Soaring Wings International Montessori School, in Park City, UT, founder of the Utah Montessori Council, and Infant & Toddler coordinator at the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, in Salt Lake City... Read More →


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbine Tower Terrace Level
 

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