Schedule

We have an exceptional schedule of keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and networking opportunities. Start planning which sessions you want to attend.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

 

All times are given in Eastern Standard 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

Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am

General Session Opening Ceremony

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Elaine Glier 

(For Toddler)

1A | Building Back Better: Re-envisioning our Toddler Environments

*Live Streamed*

Pandemic restrictions required us to make serious compromises to the layout and function of our classrooms. Dearly loved and essential materials were packed away to adhere to strict sanitation protocols. In this workshop we will reflect on how these compromises have affected our programs. The Toddler Community is the child’s home away from home, a place of comfort and inspiration. The Montessori materials and activities are the tools we use to support and guide each child’s development. We will spend our time together reimagining our spaces and honing our tools to enhance and refresh our Montessori environments.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Dorothy Harmann

(For EC & LE)

1B | Intentional Connections: A Practical Guide to Parent Engagement in Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Classrooms 

*Live Streamed*

Parent/Teacher partnerships aren’t automatic in the busy lives of working families. Parent involvement requires deliberate action on the part of the teacher to develop a relationship between child, teacher, and home. There is a need to prepare the environment of that relationship with the same attention as preparing the classroom environment. The presenter will present research-based information reported by the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education regarding the importance of the conscience development of parent teacher relationships.

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Practical strategies for engagement will include methods for sharing observations and work records, tools for parent teacher conferences, effective newsletter writing including rationales and personal philosophies of education and letters of introduction of directress and staff, parent education opportunities, at-home volunteerism, and easy to implement parent/child activities for the home.
Options for parent child activities will be shared including re-creation of classroom activities such as the publication of recipes prepared in school, themes for “show and tell” experiences and journal writing between home and school with a “home visit ambassador”.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Claudia Mann

(For Elementary)

1C | Do LESS! Elementary Curriculum Management for Engagement, Deep Learning and Skill Development

*Live Streamed*

Elementary teachers face constant challenges to deliver the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum while developing the skills on which students are tested. This is not only undermining Dr. Montessori’s Cosmic vision, but is also threatening a missed opportunity to address the developmental needs of the child in the second plane. Learners will finish with a process for planning and organizing their cultural curriculum, a system for assessing and tracking student competence in math, reading, and writing skills, and a method for connecting the two for wholistic and meaningful engagement of their students.

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I will share a new way of thinking about the entire elementary curriculum using a process of backward design that relies heavily on inspiration, observation, and teacher response to the students’ interests to drive skill acquisition.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Jocelyn Swanson

Tim Seldin

(For Secondary)

1D | Montessori Secondary Curriculum: Time, Space, and Fidelity

*Live Streamed*

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.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Michael Dorer

Jonathan Wolff

(For All)

1E | Classroom Leadership vs. Classroom Management. What’s the Difference? Why do we need both? PART 1

Peter Drucker, the organizational guru, once said, “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Could this wisdom apply to directing a Montessori classroom? Is there a difference between managing a Montessori classroom and leading children toward independence, self-regulation, and higher-order thinking? Daniel Duke, classroom management expert wrote, “Classroom Management constitutes the procedures necessary to establish and maintain an environment in which instruction and learning can occur.” We think both management and leadership are essential. In this workshop, we will address the following inquiries: What is the meaning of classroom management? What is meant by classroom leadership?

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What is essential in a well-managed and well-led classroom community? Is there a difference between technical proficiency with the materials and applied learning and relational skills? How can we guide students to honor and respect classroom community agreements, not because they are the “rules,” but because they make sense and enhance wellbeing, learning, and community? What are the observable indicators of a truly independent and interdependent Montessori learning community? Join Michael and Jon for a deep dive into the realms of classroom leadership and management.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Patty Sobelman

Lon Swartzentruber 

 

(For Leadership)

1F | It’s What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts Part 1

If nothing else, this past year has taught us that there is so much more to learn! Our Montessori pedagogy is built to be nimble and flexible. We are trained observers. So what did we learn this past year? What did this past year teach us about ourselves, our colleagues, and the children and families that we serve? How did we apply our Montessori training to “life”? Our time together will be spent celebrating and building on what worked and discovering just how much more there is to learn. Our direct aim is equal parts deep thinking with even deeper laughter!

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Paul Epstein  

(For EC)

1G | The “4th period” Lesson: Thinking Routines

We live now in an ever-changing future. Dr. Montessori understood that children must develop their abilities to think and adapt. When children, drawn to the amazing Montessori materials, work with repetition, they develop several routines of thinking. But we need to go further. In this presentation, we will build upon our legacy by defining and experiencing additional thinking routines that can be included in our “4th period” lessons. 

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We will

  • Define thinking
  • Identify the 5 thinking routines already imbedded in the Montessori materials
  • Define 6 new thinking routines
  • Understand how thinking routines can occur as “4th period” lessons
  • Demonstrate and practice during the workshop how to incorporate these thinking routines in your lessons with children

 

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Stephanie Pullman 

 

(For Elementary)

1H | Exploring Identity, Social Comprehension and Peace Education Lessons from the Book, Being the Change, by Sara Ahmed

This workshop is based on the Book Being the Change by Sara Ahmed. The session will consist of the lessons in the book that explore topics such as: affirming our identities, stories of our names, family histories, seeing our own bias, and becoming compassionate citizens.We will write, draw and discuss these topics using the lessons from the book that you can take right back to your classrooms.

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The lessons will be geared towards the Elementary child, but can be tailored to meet the needs of any age group.

Purchase of the book is not required for the workshop.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Lindsay Pollock  

 

(For Leadership)

1I | Spiritual Preparation of the Montessori Leader

Spiritual preparation of the Montessori leader is essential to establishing a peaceful school culture for students, families and faculty. During this session we will explore strategies to embrace Dr. Montessori’s guiding principles as daily practices as they are applied to our work and personal spaces. We will engage with one another in case studies and problem-solving to stimulate deep thought and dialogue around challenges that face today’s Montessori leaders with a lens on social justice and equity.

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Raj Chawla

Keynote:
Leading and Learning in the 21st Century

*Live Streamed*

A post-pandemic world calls for a new set of leadership skills and requires holding a learning perspective while working collaboratively with others. What is needed to co-create a shared future in your classroom, your school, and your community? Leaders will have to create a culture that supports working in aligned action, promotes learning, fosters resilient relationships and creates shared accountability – all in service of that co-created future. Keynote speaker Raj Chawla will share tools, methods and practices that teachers and leaders can apply to help their school communities thrive in a post pandemic world.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tracey Hall 

(For Infant/Toddler)

2A | Spiritual Preparation: Caring for Ourselves in Order to Care for Infants and Toddlers

*Live Streamed*

Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Are you reveling in your bathroom breaks? Join us to discuss the emotional labor involved in caring for babies and toddlers. We will consider mindful self-regulation, self-care practices and reflective practices that help us build strong relationships with ourselves, our co-workers, the babies and toddlers in our care, and their families. 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Helen Devere

(For EC/LE)

2B | Connect to our World through Science

Explore facts and activities that involve children and families in learning about our world. See ways to encourage curiosity and understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things, in order to help them become responsible stewards of their planet. Learn ideas for teaching botany and zoology from a powerpoint presentation and handout, as well as actual physical materials.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Kitty Bravo

Marilyn Pearlman 

(For Secondary)

2C | Anxious and Afraid: Acknowledging Adolescent Anxiety

*Live Streamed*

With one in three adolescents experiencing a high degree of debilitating anxiety, we can be sure these troubled teens are in our schools whether we recognize them or not. Fear of failure, fear of fitting in, fear of embarrassment, fear of messing up, fear of not getting into college… the list goes on and on. This anxiety wreaks havoc on attention, learning, and social relationships. This session will look at the common types of adolescent anxiety, how to recognize when our teens need help, how to adapt our programs to meet their needs, and how to help these struggling young people help themselves move towards adulthood with less stress and more success.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Elizabeth Slade

(For Leadership)

2D | Building Resilient Schools

*Live Streamed*

The Building Resilient Montessori Schools Workshop offers an overview of the three components that comprise the whole school Montessori method. Participants will leave the workshop with a new approach for how to strengthen their school, ideas of systems to implement, and tools to support their on-going work.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Michael Dorer

Jonathan Wolff

(For All)

2E | Classroom Leadership vs. Classroom Management. What’s the Difference? Why do we need both? PART 2

*Live Streamed*

Peter Drucker, the organizational guru, once said, “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Could this wisdom apply to directing a Montessori classroom? Is there a difference between managing a Montessori classroom and leading children toward independence, self-regulation, and higher-order thinking? Daniel Duke, classroom management expert wrote, “Classroom Management constitutes the procedures necessary to establish and maintain an environment in which instruction and learning can occur.” We think both management and leadership are essential. In this workshop, we will address the following inquiries: What is the meaning of classroom management? What is meant by classroom leadership? What is essential in a well-managed and well-led classroom community? Is there a difference between technical proficiency with the materials and applied learning and relational skills? How can we guide students to honor and respect classroom community agreements, not because they are the “rules,” but because they make sense and enhance wellbeing, learning, and community? What are the observable indicators of a truly independent and interdependent Montessori learning community? Join Michael and Jon for a deep dive into the realms of classroom leadership and management.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Dane Peters

(For Leadership)

2F | Governance/Board/Head of School Harmony Embracing Emotional Intelligence

So often, we see our schools operating with a strong head of school OR a strong board. The strongest schools operate with the head of school and board working in harmony using emotional intelligence to lead the way. This use of emotional intelligence then permeates the school community so administration, faculty, and parents can model a thoughtful team spirit so children can be confident in their work and play.

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This session will look at emotional intelligence, governance, and related resources in a way that will inspire and promote discussion, enabling participants to walk away excited to support their schools to be as strong as they can be.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Gaura Tester

(For EC)

2G | Montessori Earth Stewards

Gather as our elders did and remember the honorable ways of- people care, earth care and fair share, what we call permaculture ethics in our modern times. These ethics are akin to our Montessori ethos and provide us modern day Montessorians with a framework to make impactful steps towards equipping our young ones with a different set of practical life skills to live in more harmony with the earth and fellow beings.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Karen Simon 

(For All)

2H | Social Justice Through Bilingual Education

This workshop aims to deepen the capacity and expertise of Montessori teachers serving Spanish-speaking children in bilingual classrooms. With a focus on language development, dual literacy, culturally relevant and globally competent teaching, and strong family connections, we will present ideas on how to develop strong and healthy pride in their heritage for Spanish-speaking children and how to involve parents and family members in this endeavor. This workshop is based on a course presented by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Patty Sobelman

Lon Swartzentruber 

 

(For All)

2I | It’s What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts Part 2

*Live Streamed*

If nothing else, this past year has taught us that there is so much more to learn! Our Montessori pedagogy is built to be nimble and flexible. We are trained observers. So what did we learn this past year? What did this past year teach us about ourselves, our colleagues, and the children and families that we serve? How did we apply our Montessori training to “life”? Our time together will be spent celebrating and building on what worked and discovering just how much more there is to learn. Our direct aim is equal parts deep thinking with even deeper laughter!

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sheila Linville

Mary Beth Ricks

R1A | Roundtable: IMC Accreditation 

(For Leadership)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Kitty Bravo

R1B | Roundtable: Teacher Educators

(For Teacher Educators)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Christine Lowry 

R1C | Roundtable: Challenging Behaviors

(For All)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cindy Acker 

R1D | Roundtable: Social Justice 

(For All)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tracey Hall

R1E | Roundtable: Starting a Secondary Program

(For Secondary/Leadership)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tim Seldin 

R1F | Roundtable: Leadership

(For Leadership)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fred Luskin 

Jonathan Wolff

R1G | Roundtable: Forgiveness

(For All)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Open Space Topics

Jana Morgan Hermann, Montessori For Dementia

(For All)

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Montessori’s philosophy centers, at its core, upon creating safe spaces for humans to flourish. Not only are Montessori environments the ideal way for children to grow, but Montessori environments may also provide outstanding experiences for those who need dementia care. By being focused on individual needs in a prepared environment, an educated and interested adult can create opportunities for people with dementia so they can maintain their independence and dignity during their sunset years. Join me to learn what Montessori looks like for our elders with dementia and how you can learn to implement Montessori praxis and experiences for your loved ones or those living in your community.

Terry Zuidema, Hooray For Honey Bees

(For All)

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Bees have an important cosmic task on our planet. Honey bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers to feed and sustain their colony while at the same time, their pollination, allows plants to reproduce and provide food for many organisms on our planet. Our team is excited to share first hand experience and learning, as new caretakers of honeybees. Learn important considerations related to finances, hive selection, plant considerations, and more. Brainstorm how a bee program can be maintained by older students but used by all ages and check out several hands on educational materials, ideas for community outreach, and potential grant opportunities.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebration Banquet

25th Anniversary, Acknowledgements, & Social Justice Update

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