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

Sunday, November 8, 2020

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

All times are given in East Coast Time USA

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Kitty Bravo, Jonathan Wolff, Kathy Leitch or Andrew Kutt

Back to Center:  Finding Peace and Joy – Together

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.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tim Seldin

Keynote: Montessori for a New World

This has been a year of challenge, change, and opportunity. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary year of Dr. Montessori’s birth, her vision, mission, and work are more important than ever. The years ahead hold the promise of a period in which the global community can be transformed with a new set of social norms and a new sense of our common humanity and shared destiny. This can, and must, become the period in human history when we build new patterns of collaboration, partnership, and trust. As always, it begins with us. And, as has always been true, children are the hope of the future, because they are both the fulcrum and the lever with which we can move the world. Let’s explore how to carry our work as Montessori educators forward as we enter this next chapter of humanity’s story.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Circle Time

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Mary Beth Ricks

5A | Leading through Crisis – a COVID-19 Story

When you were a child, I am sure you never said “when I grow up I want to be a school leader facing a crisis”! No one is prepared for a crisis, but knowing how to lead, having 12 easy steps in your back pocket, and embracing the opportunity to make your school the best it can be are some tips any leader can use! Old models need to be revised and we can no longer afford to think in the prior paradigms. Leadership in a crisis is a timely topic. The presentation will focus on information, small group breakouts, sharing, role-playing, and more.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Kitty Bravo and
Jonathan Wolff

5B | The Gifts of a Grateful Heart:  How Montessori Communities Become More Cohesive and Resilient Through Thankfulness

In stressful situations the human brain tends to focus first on what is painful and problematic. This is a natural and self-protective response, as safety and survival always come first. But if a Montessori community becomes too problem-oriented, too mindful of “what’s not working,” people begin to lose sight of what is working, what is valued, and who is making key contributions to the lives and learning of children, families, and staff. Practicing an inner daily discipline of gratitude, accompanied by outer expressions of appreciation – especially in times like these – can help create a community-strengthening atmosphere. In this workshop, we will present a variety of personal and group practices of gratitude that can transform anxiety, despair, and negativity into hope, collaboration, and creativity.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Kathy Leitch

5C | All Stressed Out and Nowhere to Go!

Are your students ready to learn? Stress has become one of the most prevalent childhood concerns, particularly with our current reality. Do you know children who are struggling, confused, & under- focused? Are you generally overwhelmed trying to teach (whether remote or in person), redirect & help? Are you stuck in the vicious “stress cycle”? In this workshop Kathy Leitch will share information about common childhood stressors, the physical, emotional, & cognitive impact of stress, & valuable research-based strategies for renewing yourself & your students. You will learn how the latest developments in social-emotional learning support Montessori pedagogy and we’ll practice plenty of practical applications for the classroom.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Martha Carver and
Andrew Kutt

5D | Leadership Roundtable

Learn and share strategies and resources with Montessori public and private school leaders who are “in the same boat” – working to stabilize their school communities and plan for a future filled with uncertainties and opportunities. Join us for a lively cross-pollination of innovative ideas on adaptive leadership.

3:50 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing Ceremonies

Every year, we use our closing ceremony to reflect and share with one another words of gratitude, wisdom, and inspiration for our continuing work.

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