Keynotes

Some of the most important and timely topics will be the subject of our keynotes this year. We believe you will find their talks inspirational and informative.

Friday, November 6, 2020

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Kathy Minardi

Seeing with New Eyes, Awakening our Hearts, and Acting with Courage and Love

Humanity is clearly in a threshold time. The complexities of the pandemic, societal reckoning with its generations of racism and oppression, and the global climate crisis come together to challenge us as never before. And, simultaneously, there is a growing sense that we are approaching the opportunity for a new world. …

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The title of our conference suggests this in terms of our role as Montessori educators. In the deepest way, our purpose is to guide and aid life itself. We prepare ourselves and prepare the environment for each and every child, family and staff member in our community. And we look beyond our schools to the natural world and to society for our responsibilities to it and in it. In this presentation, Kathy Minardi will ground us in reaffirming the integrity of our Montessori place, purpose and principles while sharing specific methods and mindsets for transforming ourselves and our school communities unique for meeting this time and reflecting Montessori ‘s vision of the future.

 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

 Noon – 1:00 pm

Dr. Cindy Acker &
Dr. Valaida Wise

Dr. Cindy Acker

Dr. Valaida Wise

Interrupting Racism in Montessori Schools | The Real Work is in the Details

“Take a long, hard look down the road you will have to travel once you have made a commitment to work for change. Know that this transformation will not happen right away. Change often takes time. It rarely happens all at once. In the movement, we didn’t know how history would play itself out. We used to say that ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part. And if we believe in the change we seek, then it is easy to commit to doing all we can, because the responsibility is ours alone to build a better society and a more peaceful world.” ― John Lewis

Humanity is clearly in a threshold time. The complexities of the pandemic, societal reckoning with its generations of racism and oppression, and the global climate crisis come together to challenge us as never before. And, simultaneously, there is a growing sense that we are approaching the opportunity for a new world. …

Our world has experienced the understanding of the effects of racism over an age-long period. Montessorians have been among those to examine the effects of racism on individual and systemic levels, and have embarked on a journey to work and walk alongside others to dismantle racism. But are we really done, or is this part of the trajectory of peace education work? Researchers Dr. Val Wise and Dr. Cindy Acker will use psychology to unpack broaching and mental models to uncover the fine details of racism that affect our practice, and what lies ahead for us to become antiracist educators of peace.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. Yogesh Rajkotia

Educating Leaders in an Era of Change | A Call for Resiliency

We are in the midst of one of the greatest periods of change in modern history. The global need for self-led leaders is urgent . The role of educators in growing self-led leaders is paramount. This discussion focuses on the core elements of educating self-led leaders, and the urgent need for education systems need to be as agile and resilient as the leaders it aims to produce.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tim Seldin

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.

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