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It’s the final day of our conference. As a participant, you will want to stick around for the closing ceremony. 

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

All times are given in East Coast Time USA

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Back to Center 

Join us for 30 minutes of mind-quieting, energy-boosting activities  and exercises. Share your favorite mind-body practices: creative movement, songs, affirmations, poems, breath work, visualizations – any activity that brings you peace and positivity.

8:00 am – 8:50 am


9:00 am – 9:45 am

Gratitude Time

9:45 am – 10:15 am


Network & Visit Exhibitors

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Carrie Allen 

(For EC)

6A | Having Fun with Cultural Artifacts: Discovering Cultural Relevancy

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Culture is part of early day life for young children as they grow and thrive. In a Montessori classroom, these cultural aspects include self-care, practical life lessons for skill building, social relationships, and their connection to the classroom community and the great big world. Having fun with cultural artifacts can allow children to discover their connection to other cultures and the ability to share their own culture within the classroom community. By exploring cultures through a culturally relevant lens, guides can provide opportunities for children to discover their connection to the world around them as they help to define what culture means and represents. 

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Jorge Haro

(For Elementary)

6B | Unboxing the Math Materials

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

During this workshop, we will discover out-of-the-box applications of our beloved math materials that will help our students understand concepts such as Money (with the Hundred Board), Metric System Conversion (with Golden Mat), Volume Conversion and Phases of the Moon (with Fraction Box), Graphing and the Coordinate Plane (with Peg Board) and many more. Come and refill your math bag of tricks!

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Cassi Mackey 


(For All)

6C | Creating Harmony through Courageous Conversation

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Courageous Conversations are what expand an organization and build harmonious relationships. These relationships are what inspire our children. We should integrate open communication into our school community to the point where it is always the point where we start. It will ensure that all voices are heard while building relational capital, which will improve the well-being, civility, and prosperity of your school community.


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Learn how to integrate Courageous Conversation into the fabric of your school where people are empowered to make changes on their own to improve relationships and communication and where honest concern is expected, required, and desired by everyone.

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Jon Wolff &

Andrew Kutt 



6D | The transformative power of retreats

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

If you have observed any of these symptoms among your faculty and staff . . .· Stress, fatigue, burnout, anxiety, frustration, rigidity -· Damaged or strained relationships with fellow staff, parents, or administrators – · Outdated or ineffective instructional practices – · Cross-program inconsistencies of curriculum or instructional practices – · Curriculum imbalances or biases – too little of that, too much of this. . . then it’s time to consider gifting your people with a staff retreat. The investment is well worth it. We will walk through a step-by-step process for creating and conducting a learning and community experience your staff will not forget – one that will energize them, reconnect them, and catalyze the changes you wish to bring about.


10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Jocelyn Swanson 

Tim Seldin  


(For Secondary)

6E | Montessori Secondary Curriculum: Time, Space, and Fidelity


Project-based, inquiry-based learning. These two current buzz terms in curriculum development describe the attempts of many to create an environment of deep learning and an incubator for practical application of knowledge and skills. However, Montessori secondary educators put an entirely different spin on both terms, developing developmentally appropriate structures for inquiry and learning activities that enable holistic third-plane development. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to create curricula that are learner-centered, interdisciplinary, and authentic with the end goal in mind: to support a learner’s development of critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, collaboration, and adaptability.

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Stacey MacKinnon  

(For All)

6F | “Shift Happens”: Creating learning and organizational cultures rooted in curiosity and inquiry


“Shift” happens to everyone and learning to be curious and engage with the reality of shift using active learning-focused inquiry is often the key to growth and development. There are no ’10 easy steps’, ‘fast tracks’, or ‘one size fits all’ solutions to dealing with shifts, however there are attitudes and skills which, if practised regularly, can help you and in turn, your learners:

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  • get curious and open up to seeing the world and your place in it in new ways – become more active inquirers focused on figuring out what questions you need to ask.
  • explore new routes and destinations that perhaps you hadn’t considered before.
  • learn to better trust yourself in the face of risky shifts.
  • learn how to anticipate or seek out shifts rather than being in a position of reacting to what life throws at you.
  • mentor and support others when their “shift” happens.

In this workshop, we will put into practice the research behind dealing with shifts using examples from our own experience, those of others, and help you begin the process of examining where you are, where you want to go, and how you can support your students in making their own “shifts” a more positive experience.


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