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Friday, March 23
 

8:00am

Film Seminar: A New Socratic Discourse
Film is a legitimate if nontraditional kind of text, worth “reading” closely to probe ideas, issues, and values that strengthen comprehension and interpretive capabilities. Learn how to establish meaningful and critical viewing, structure Socratic discourse around films as text, and discover how the seminar format fulfills Montessori’s vision of valorization, social independence, and group cooperation.

Presenters
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Erika Eicholz

middle school teacher, Montessori School of Westfield
Erika Eicholz, MEd, is a middle school teacher at Montessori School of Westfield, IN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I–II).
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Barb Scholtz

Practicum Director, CMStep
Barb Scholtz, MEd, is practicum director for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



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

8:00am

Place-Based Science Education
Learn how to bring the “real world” into your Secondary science program using place-based, experiential learning. View student projects and examine standards-based curricula developed around the watersheds and prairies at one Texas school. You’ll leave with tools to uncover the unique features of your community and environment that can be used to support scientific inquiry.

Presenters
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Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole, MEd, is a teacher leader at Audubon Charter School, in New Orleans, LA. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
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Amanda Stone Norton

Amanda Stone Norton, PhD, is a former middle school teacher at Montessori School of Fort Worth, TX, and an award-winning author of children’s books emphasizing the child’s connection to nature. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I – II).


Friday March 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Director's Row E Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

Talk to Me: Mindful Communication for Adults & Adolescents
Have you ever been so focused on what you wanted to say next that you weren't really listening? Ever said something you regretted? If you can answer “yes” to either question (as most of us can!), come learn about reception, expression, and an overlooked element of communication—presence—as well as the small, sophisticated shifts we can make, and teach to adolescents, that can fine-tune our interactions with others.

Presenters
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Marta Donahoe

Marta Donahoe, MEd, is director of professional development for Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in Cincinnati, OH. The founder of Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School, in Cincinnati, she is a certified Mindful Schools instructor. AMS-credentialed... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Majestic Tower Majestic Level

2:00pm

The Kitchen of Life: Ethical, Values-Based Micro-Economies
Examine one school’s micro-economy that has contributed to a school-wide food and nutrition program, and see how adolescent efforts can go beyond economic goals to include among their purposes wellness and environmental sustainability. Also, learn how to use food as a vehicle for impressionistic lessons that you can use in cultural, science, art, history, and language that will support and reflect Montessori values at all levels.

Presenters
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Maria Nieves Gonzalez-Montejano

Nieves Gonzalez-Montejano, MEd, MA, is head Early Childhood–Upper Elementary Spanish teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Cora Heiser

MS Director, WHMS
Cora Heiser, MEd, is middle school director at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 14 Plaza Concourse Level

4:00pm

Canceled - Empowering the Adolescent Brain for Valorization - Canceled
This workshop has canceled and will not be presented at this year's conference. 

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Canceled

4:00pm

The Valorization of Green Leaders
Montessori “care of the environment” in the early years lays the foundation for adolescents to address big environmental issues. Come review this unfolding process and explore concrete ideas for meaningful adolescent ecological stewardship. You’ll learn how students can make real changes both locally and globally to create a more sustainable world and propel themselves toward valorization as they do.

Presenters
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Megan Knight

Megan Knight is a science teacher at Green School, in Bali, Indonesia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II). Before her stint abroad, Megan taught math and science in the adolescent program at Richmond Montessori School for five years.


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

8:00am

Navigating Media: Helping Students Stay Informed
Join a New York Times journalist and a Montessori educator in conversation about how to help students navigate the media landscape, including the Internet and social media, where even adults struggle to discern between credible sources, ”fake news,“ and opinion. You’ll receive lesson plans and other empowering resources for teaching current events and arming students for responsible participation in this critical aspect of global citizenry.

Presenters
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Susan Kambrich

Head of School, Woodland Hill Montessori School
Susan Kambrich, MEd, is the interim chair of the Heads of School section of the AMS Board of Directors, where she also serves as board treasurer. Susan is the head of Woodland Hill Montessori School, in Rensselaer, NY, and a board member of the New York State Association of Independent... Read More →
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Sandra Stevenson

The New York Times
Sandra M. Stevenson is visual editor at the New York Times and the Family Representative on the AMS Board of Directors.



Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Vail Tower Majestic Level

8:00am

Student Math Presentations
Enhance Mathematics through dynamic student presentations that deepen reasoning and logic skills. Such demonstrations of learning, like those common in the humanities, ignite students’ inspiration, creativity, and confident internalization of understanding. Come discover how to help students ask the right questions to undertake independent work, and examine practical resources like rubrics and sample projects.

Presenters
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Leah Johnson

Middle School Math, Science, Mindfulness, Woodland Hill Montessori School
Leah Johnson, MEd, MS, is middle school head Math and science teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in North Greenbush, NY. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



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

8:00am

To Climb, to Dig, to Collect, to Categorize: The Montessori Field Experience
This presentation will explore Montessori’s vision of dynamic, real-world field experiences for adolescents. Come explore the whys, whats, and hows of successful, powerful intersessions, or even just day trips. You’ll leave with information and materials that will help you enjoy the experience as much as your students—including experience checklists, student self-evaluation sheets, and reflection sheets.

Presenters
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Jack Jose

Principal, Gamble Montessori High School, a Cincinnati Public School
Jack M. Jose, MS, is principal of Gamble Montessori, a public high school in Cincinnati, OH, and co-author of the book Angels and Superheroes: Compassionate Educators in an Era of School Accountability and the cult favorite blog at www.angelsandsuperheroes.com . AMS-credentialed (Secondary... Read More →
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Krista Taylor

teacher, James N. Gamble Montessori High School
Krista Taylor, MSEd, is an intervention specialist and co-teacher at James N. Gamble Montessori High School, in Cincinnati, OH, and an instructor and field consultant at the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).



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

2:00pm

Action Socialization Experiences: Community Building through Problem Solving
Action socialization experiences are group activities that encourage collaboration, cooperation, innovation, and creativity: critical skills for today’s learners and essential elements for any community, whether students, teachers, or staff. Join in this fun, participatory session and experience ways to build community through games and problem-solving initiatives.

Presenters
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Joel Wilkinson

Teacher Educator, METTC
Joel Wilkinson, MA, is an Upper Elementary teacher at the Homestead School, in Glen Spey, NY, and a faculty and board member of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, in Lexington, MA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governor's Square 17 Plaza Concourse Level

2:00pm

Role-Playing in the Secondary Classroom
This workshop will explore how role-play—acting out another person’s identity or situation—deepens learning while offering opportunities to increase self-awareness, explore multiple viewpoints, and practice social skills, all with immediate and natural peer feedback. Learn how to use simulations like Model UN, the World Peace Game, and mock trials to support the Cosmic curriculum; foster research, critical thinking, and argumentation; and even to use as an assessment tool.

Presenters
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Kelly De La Cruz

Kelly De La Cruz, MEd, is an Early Childhood lead teacher at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse, in Lakeland, FL. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I). AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Director's Row J Plaza Lobby Level

2:00pm

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.

Presenters
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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
Tower Court D Tower Building Second 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
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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

Inclusion for Secondary Students with Learning Exceptionalities
Learn how you can best support a Montessori Secondary environment that is inclusive of diverse learners, including those with exceptionalities. This workshop will offer strategies for utilizing assessments, preparing your classroom for all learners, and differentiating lesson plans and instruction. You’ll also explore ideas for professional teaming and learn to be a better observer and record keeper in your classroom.

Presenters
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Gideon Smith

Intervention Specialist, Clark Montessori
Gideon M. Smith, MEd, is an intervention specialist at Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School, in Cincinnati, OH. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Columbine Tower Terrace Level

4:00pm

Strengthening Classroom Communities with Group Initiatives
You’ll be on your feet in this active workshop, experiencing and learning about group initiatives as a means to deepen the relationships within your classroom community. Learn how to guide team-building exercises for groups of all sizes as well as how to elicit robust processing so your students can apply what they learn to other experiences.

Presenters
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Maribeth Brown

Maribeth Brown, MEd, MA, is a Secondary teacher at Maria Montessori School in San Diego, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II, Secondary I–II).
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Brandt Smith

Brandt Smith, MEd, is an instructor at the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program and is the student academy director at Leadership Scholars, also in Cincinnati, OH, a nonprofit that empowers students and parents with mindfulness and college readiness. AMS-credentialed... Read More →



Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 17 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
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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

4:00pm

The Student-Run Science Lab
This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of creating an investigative science classroom—one in which the students are the scientists and the lab belongs to them. Learn how to cultivate their deep understanding of the scientific process and nurture a profound sense of capacity to contribute to the world around them.

Presenters
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Megan Knight

Megan Knight is a science teacher at Green School, in Bali, Indonesia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II). Before her stint abroad, Megan taught math and science in the adolescent program at Richmond Montessori School for five years.


Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tower Court D Tower Building Second Level
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:15am

Democracy as Social Empowerment in the Montessori Classroom
This workshop will explore the achievement of social justice through democratic classrooms, wherein individual student needs are nested among the needs of others and where the adolescent’s sense of self is forged through multiple perspectives and meaningful relationships. Learn how to provide the sense of connected purpose that liberates students to reach their fullest potential.

Presenters
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Nicholas Kaelin

Nic Kaelin is a seventh-grade humanities teacher at the Berkeley School, in Berkeley, CA.
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Alissa Stolz

Montessori Family School
Alissa Stolz, MEd, is an Adolescent classroom teacher and Middle School program director at Montessori Family School in Berkeley, CA, as well as a teacher educator for the Houston Montessori Center, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).


Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Governor's Square 12 Plaza Concourse Level
 

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