If there were ever a year that our Montessori community deserves a little more time to renew old friendships, make new connections, be enlightened
and inspired, take a well-deserved break, and celebrate … this is the year.
And we have just the place!
The theme is ‘Montessori Mindfully’ … really, what more is there to say?
Please join us for this year’s annual international conference at the historic Vinoy Hotel in beautiful
St. Petersburg, Florida.
The food is fantastic, the ambiance is elegant, and the accommodations are both luxurious and affordable.
This promises to be a very special event.
Days until the conference opens
The Montessori Foundation, in partnership with The International Montessori Council, presents …
Live in St Petersburg, Florida … and virtual
for those who cannot
attend in person.
A unique 3-day in-person and broadcast experience.
Dynamic keynote speakers addressing crucial topics
Timely, interactive workshops and roundtables
Interactive sessions on all curricula and class levels...stress and trauma ... social justice ... leadership .. music and art ... and many more!
Sessions will be recorded for ongoing participant access - Many will be broadcast live
Certificate of Professional Development for participants
CEUs will be offered through Loyola University
Live Q & A opportunities
This is a conference like no other. For more than 25 years, we have created a prepared Montessori learning
environment for school leaders, Montessori educators, and parents. Come rediscover the sense of community,
connection, and celebration that make our conferences unique. Enjoy this short video from 2018, when the
conference was hosted at the Sarasota Hyatt that nicely captures our culture and spirit.
Paula Lillard Preschlack
Paula is a writer and a speaker. She has spent 25 years as a teacher and the head of school at Forest Bluff School. She is currently working on a book about Montessori education. Paula Preschlack has given over 100 talks at Forest Buff School and at other Montessori schools, teacher training courses, and conferences. Her work focuses on the principles and successes of the Montessori approach learned from over 25 years of teaching and observing children from birth to adulthood.
Paula is a graduate of Hampshire College and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. She is AMI certified for all Montessori age levels: Assistants to Infancy, Primary, and Elementary, and she audited the NAMTA/AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2018. Paula is married to Jim Preschlack and lives in Lake Forest with their son, Stanley (age 19), and daughter, Lillard (age 17).
It all began as a golfing bet …
A member of Historic Hotels of America since 1991, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club first came into existence in the early 1920s following a bet made during a friendly game of golf.
Originally known as Vinoy Park Hotel, it was built in 1925 and named after Aymer Vinoy Laughner, a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman. It was built in just 10 months and opened on New Years Eve 1925. After sitting unoccupied for 18 years, it was re-birthed in May of 1990, and in 2008, it received a $3.5 million renovation.
Today The Vinoy Renaissance is a popular vacation destination and event venue, as well as being the hotel of choice for most of the professional baseball teams who play the Tampa Bay Rays at nearby Tropicana Field.