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Friday, March 23
 

8:00am

Learning-Oriented Leadership for Transformational Learning
Learning-oriented leaders assist adult learners in managing the complexities of teaching and leadership. Come explore how adults process experiences in developmentally different ways and explore 4 pillar practices—teaming, collegial inquiry, mentoring, and providing leadership roles—that create vibrant, nurturing communities of lifelong learners and leaders.

Presenters
avatar for Susanne Gregory

Susanne Gregory

Susanne Phelan Gregory, MPH, is principal consultant for Gregory Consulting, LLC, in Richmond, VA, specializing in school leadership, training, development, and long-range planning. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).
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Katie Keller Wood

Director, Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education
Katie Keller Wood, MEd, is executive director of the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program (CMStep) and an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, both in Cincinnati, OH. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I... Read More →



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

8:00am

Starting an AMS Teacher Education Program
AMS affiliation is a mark of quality and excellence in teacher education programs. Join a panel of AMS staff and new program directors for this workshop that will provide essential information for developing a teacher education program and familiarize you with AMS requirements, its application, and the self-study process.

Joining the facilitators: Anita Hanks, Jesmine Lok, Harpreet Grewal

Presenters
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Gina Lofquist

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


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

8:00am

The Emotional Intelligence of Teachers
The effective Montessori teacher nurtures the emotional intelligence (E.I.) of her students, but shouldn’t we also nurture our own? Come learn more about E.I. and one Montessori school’s collaboration with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to engage its faculty with the RULER approach—Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions—for transformative results. You’ll be inspired to nurture the E.I. of the adults in your community.

Presenters
avatar for Yan Yan Imamura

Yan Yan Imamura

Assistant Director of ECE and Montessori Programs, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Yan Yan Imamura, MEd, MAT, is assistant director of Early Childhood and Montessori programs and Lab School Liaison at the Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Elizabeth Park

Assistant Professor & Director, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Elizabeth Park, PhD, is assistant professor of education at Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, and a member of the Montessori Life Editorial Advisory Board. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).



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

2:00pm

Professional Development for Teacher Assistants
This workshop will provide a structure for starting your own program of professional development for teacher assistants—an endeavor that can benefit everyone in your school community. Discover how to define roles, help assistants develop stronger relationships with lead teachers and students, and empower assistants to take on meaningful responsibilities that lead to greater satisfaction and career investment.

Presenters
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Angela Boley

Angela Boley, MA, is dean of students at California Montessori Project in Carmichael, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).
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Melanie Driskill

Melanie Driskill, MEd, is a teacher for the California Montessori Project in Sacramento, CA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II).
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California Montessori Project

California Montessori Project
Gary S. Bowman, MSEd, is executive director of the California Montessori Project, in Carmichael, CA, and a member of the AMS Board of Directors.
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Mickey Slamkowski

California Montessori Project
Mickey Slamkowski is program director at the California Montessori Project in Carmichael, CA, and a member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission. NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).


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

2:00pm

Teaching the Spiraled Math Curriculum to Adult Learners
A complete understanding and appreciation of the spiraled complexity of the Montessori Math materials is necessary for your own ability to fully convey the curriculum’s layered beauty when you’re teaching adults. This workshop will revisit the foundational concepts of Montessori Math, from the Pink Tower through cube root, preparing teacher educators for more effective and inspirational instruction.

Presenters
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Rosemary Quaranta

Head of School and Clinical Faculty, Xavier University
Rosemary Quaranta, M.Ed is Clinical Faculty and Head of the Lab School at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Edgecliff College (which merged with Xavier University in 1980), The Washington Montessori Institute, and Cleveland State University where she received... Read More →


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

4:00pm

Enhancing the Observation Skills of Adult Learners
As effective Montessori teachers, adult learners, and researchers, we experience, we observe, and we reflect! A long word for this is phenomenology, the study of experience and consciousness. Phenomenology integrates with Montessori philosophy to improve our ability to reflect on classroom experiences, strengthening all our educational practices. This workshop will engage you in exploring phenomenological inquiry through multisensory participation, including games, timelines, comparisons, and dialogues. And don’t worry: You don’t have to be able to spell or pronounce it!

Presenters
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John Branch

John Branch, EdD, is a Secondary Math and science teacher at School of the Woods, in Houston, TX. AMS-credentialed (Secondary I–II).
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Olivia Christensen

Olivia Christensen, MEd, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota and an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).



Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Governor's Square 11 Plaza Concourse Level
 
Saturday, March 24
 

8:00am

Designing a New Teacher Education Program
What does it take to develop a strong Montessori credential course? How will you capture the essence and detail of Montessori education while providing a learning experience that holistically prepares adults for Montessori careers? Come learn the basics of developing an inspirational and rigorous curriculum, from your mission, your syllabus, and stated learning outcomes to writing your program’s handbook for adult learners.

Presenters
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Gina Lofquist

Gina Lofquist, MEd, is AMS senior director of teacher education. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).


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

Spirituality & Adult Transformation
Learn how your teacher education program can reveal to your adult learners a path for personal spiritual growth that can become the journey of a lifetime. This workshop will examine our work as Montessorians to connect children to their cosmic task and remind us that we have the same responsibilities as teacher educators—to study ourselves and find our own authentic vocation in order to be available to help 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 →


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Vail Tower Majestic 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

4:00pm

Developing a Montessori Inclusion Endorsement Program for Your TEP
Explore the rationale for and process of making AMS’s new Montessori Inclusion Endorsement a part of your existing teacher education program. You’ll examine course components, field experiences, and practicum requirements as well as learn how to develop co-teaching teams and other strategies for success and support.

Presenters
avatar for West Side Montessori School

West Side Montessori School

Program Director, West Side Montessori School - Teacher Education Program
Lisanne M. Pinciotti, MEd, is program director of the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program, in New York, NY. She is secretary of the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission and co-chair of the Montessori Inclusion Endorsement Task Force. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood... Read More →


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

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

10:15am

New Ideas for Teaching with Technology
Join AMS’s manager of online learning to discover what’s new in learning and teaching with technology—and to get a sneak peek at some of the new online member resources being considered by AMS. John will deconstruct common misconceptions and establish the difference between using technology and using technology effectively. This workshop will include interactive polls along with discussions and brainstorming, and you’ll learn about opportunities to participate in post-conference webinar sessions to continue to develop your skills in teaching with technology.

Presenters
avatar for John Vivolo

John Vivolo

Manager of Online Learning, American Montessori Society
John Vivolo, MA, is AMS manager of online learning.


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

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