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Friday, March 23

8:00am MDT

Cosmic Education in Public Montessori Schools
This panel of experienced public and charter Montessori educators will describe how they integrated a Cosmic curriculum vibrantly and effectively into every aspect of their classrooms. In the face of district support that isn’t always dependable, don’t lose hope—we’re here to inspire and empower you to deliver authentic Montessori in your public setting!

Panelists: Ginny Riga, Michelle Hammons, Vernon Weathers


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).

Teri Canaday Freeman

Faculty, MEINA
Teri Canaday Freeman, MAT, is director of the Montessori Center of Jackson, TN, and an instructor for the Montessori Educational Institute of North America (MEINA). AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I). Teri has worked in the area of Montessori education for 44 years and... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am MDT
Govenor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm MDT

Hear Ye, Principals! What Teachers in Montessori Public Schools Are Saying
This workshop will present the top challenges to program authenticity identified in a 5-year research study of teachers in Montessori public schools. Come hear what teachers say about how they can be better supported and learn how small changes in leadership have helped administrators address these pressing issues.


Ginny Riga

CEO, Montessori Public School Consulting
Ginny Riga, EdD, is a Montessori consultant for the South Carolina Department of Education, in Columbia, SC, a member of the research team at Furman University, in Greenville, SC, and a former member of the AMS Board of Directors.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm MDT

Authenticity through Autonomy: Montessori in the Charter Sector
Join veteran public Montessori educators to explore their success in maintaining Montessori authenticity while meeting Common Core State Standards and other public-sector requirements. You’ll learn tried-and-true strategies that support student transitions, lesson plan development, standards alignment, and community building among staff, parents, and the school district—as well as the crucial questions to ask yourself to keep Montessori at the center of every decision.

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Michelle Hammons

Principal, Eagle Peak Montessori School
Michelle Hammons, MEd, is principal of Eagle Peak Montessori School, in Walnut Creek, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm MDT
Director's Row I Plaza Lobby Level
Saturday, March 24

2:00pm MDT

Maximizing Public Money: Funding for Montessori Programs
Montessori grant-writers know the challenges of fitting our programs into conventional application boxes, but some public Montessori schools have cracked the code! Come hear about one Montessori charter school that has accessed over $2 million in public grants to support its mission. You’ll learn about approaches, including public policy and advocacy, that have been used to access, maintain, flexibly utilize, and expand public funding for classrooms, facilities, teacher development, and more.


Robert Nardo

Bob Nardo, MA, is the head and founder of Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori charter school in Tennessee. He has more than 13 years of experience in urban school reform, including as chief operating officer of a KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) region and founding chief operating... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm MDT

Trusting the Process in Public & Charter Montessori Middle Schools
Teachers in Montessori public schools work tirelessly to cover all the standards and prepare for state exams while maintaining the authenticity of a Montessori classroom. This presentation will offer pointers and encouragement to trust the Montessori process, with specific examples of lesson planning, student accountability, time management, coaching, and group work that have proved successful in established public and charter Montessori middle school programs.


Debra Loewenstein

Debra Coe Loewenstein, MEd, is a middle school teacher at Wilson Montessori School, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).

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Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level

4:00pm MDT

Public Montessori Panel Discussion
This panel of dedicated educators and advocates, who hold district, charter, and national perspectives, will tackle several of the biggest current issues in public Montessori education in the U.S. How is public Montessori growing and changing? What opportunities does Montessori have in the current reform landscape? What obstacles do public Montessori schools face, and how are schools rising to meet those challenges? Bring your own questions, too!
Joining the facilitator: Sara Cotner, Dale D. Mogaji, Keith Whitescarver


David Ayer

David Ayer, MEd, is communications director for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, in Washington, DC. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood). AMI-certificate (NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies).

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm MDT
Director's Row H Plaza Lobby Level
Sunday, March 25

10:15am MDT

Public Montessori & the Upper Elementary Child
This workshop will invite Upper Elementary guides who work in the public sector to share the challenges of merging the Montessori Method with state and local requirements. Join a roundtable discussion and connect with a community of support as we work together to solve problems with the developmental needs of the second-half-of-the–Second Plane child in mind.

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Adam Egherman

E2 teacher, Cowles
Adam Egherman, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher with Des Moines (IA) Public Schools. He was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Division of the Izaak Walton League of America. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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Elizabeth Maxwell

Teacher, Cowles Montessori School
Elizabeth Maxwell, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher at Cowles Montessori School, in Des Moines, IA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

10:15am MDT

Strategies for High-Fidelity Public Montessori Programs
Join leaders from an AMS-accredited public Montessori school for students age 3–15 for an inside perspective on strategies and resources to provide high-quality public Montessori education. Learn to establish a shared vision, navigate public requirements without compromising the Montessori Method, and implement key policies that promote long-term sustainability.

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Nancye Blair Black

Educational Consultant, The Block Uncarved
Nancye Blair Black, MA, is founder and lead educational consultant for The Block Uncarved. She has supported thousands of educators, administrators, and district leaders across the US and around the world in their efforts to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning... Read More →
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Josie Hill

Founder, Co-Head of School, Lakeland Montessori Public Schools
Josie Hill is founder and co–head of school of Lakeland Montessori Schools. Lakeland Montessori is the first, and only, AMS accredited public Montessori school for ages 3-15. www.lakelandmontessori.com

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

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