Thursday Pre-Conference Intensives

We have an exceptional schedule of keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and networking opportunities. Start planning which sessions you want to attend.
conference workshop attendees from front good reduced


Thursday, November 4, 2021

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fred Luskin & Jonathan Wolff

1A | Forgive for Good . . . It’s Time to Let Go of the Hurt, Improve Communication, and Create Better Boundaries

(For All)

It’s virtually impossible to work as intensely and as intimately as we do with children and adults without suffering the slings and arrows of misunderstandings and miscommunication. Because we’re passionate about what we do, we tend to take judgment and criticism by others personally. We’re unsettled by conflict. We feel wounded. How then do we unburden ourselves of the baggage of resentment and antipathy? How do we mend broken relationships?
Read more ...
We invite you to join Dr. Fred Luskin, founder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, and Jonathan Wolff, for a full-day workshop on the art of letting go . . . and of speaking more assertively and effectively. . . . We will work with the difficult art of caring for ourselves while also working to care for others.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Raj Chawla

1B | Co-Creating a Thriving School Community

(For Leadership)

What makes a Montessori learning community resilient? Why do some schools weather changes in faculty or administration, the economy, market competition, parent demographics – even societal upheavals like a pandemic – with a growth mindset that can embrace and respond to prevailing anxieties and ambiguities? In this full-day engagement experience, Raj Chawla will support fellow learners in co-creating the indicators of a thriving school community and leadership practices required to adapt to shifting conditions and unexpected circumstances.
Read more ...
Learn how to capitalize on emerging opportunities, identify common pitfalls, and stay connected with others in times of change and uncertainty. By balancing self-compassion with peer accountability, bring out the best in yourself and others.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cindy Acker

1C | Creating the Prepared Social Justice Classroom: Who Are We and What Goes on the Shelves? Identifying Opportunities While Navigating the Perils

(For School Leaders, Teacher Educators, Classroom Teachers)

“So the first thing [one’s] education demands,” said Dr. Montessori, “is the provision of an environment in which [the child] can develop the powers given… it does mean that we have to adjust our minds to doing a work of collaboration with nature, to being obedient to one of her laws, the law which decrees that development comes from environmental experience.”
Read more ...
Worldwide, the environmental experience has changed for the child and their family – requiring greater responsive attention to social justice in the classroom. In a concrete, Montessori environment, what does this look like, sound like, and feel like? This one-day social-justice-oriented intensive will center on the internal and concrete tools to transform the experience within the Montessori environment into one of deeper understanding, compassion, and empowerment for the world in which we find ourselves. This is a workshop for the courageous – willing to consider the new tasks at hand in the classroom, and how we best prepare students for the life-changing work as peacemakers.

The Montessori Foundation

19600 State Road 64 E
Bradenton, FL 34212

Learn More and Join

The International
Montessori Council


Questions About The Conference?