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 4, 2022

 

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

7:30 am – 8:00 am

*In-person Onsite*

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

Sarah Moudry 

(For Toddler)

1A | Concept to Casserole

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Food preparation is Practical Life, and teachers sometimes shy away from it because it can be messy, expensive, or overwhelming. Join a discussion about the many benefits of preparing and sharing food with children as well as preparation and planning techniques to ease your stress and increase your excitement about incorporating food and cooking into the daily life of your classroom. You’ll return to your classroom with simple recipes, a new confidence about food preparation, and an understanding of how food preparation builds community and independence, and connects us through shared experience and culture.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Ann Epstein 

(Special Ed, Casa dei Bambini)

1B | What the New Child Development Milestones Mean for Montessorians

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

After nearly two decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control collaborated in updating child development milestones in February of 2022. Key changes include making it easier to identify children who might be eligible for early intervention, particularly in the area of language development. Before this update, milestones stated when 50% of children develop skills and concepts. Now milestone are set at when 75% of children would be expected to, for example, crawl, or draw a person with 3 body body parts. We will dive into what the updates mean for teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, and families.

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Claire Salkowski 

 

(Elementary)

1C | Mindfulness, Montessori & Contemplative Practices PART 1

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Rarely do we teach children to be truly mindful or how to be self-reflective and to know themselves deeply. This workshop is designed to help teachers assist children in the art of mindfulness and self-reflection moving from stillness into silence and deeper reflections. Using a specific sequence of experiences, activities, preparation of the environment and the art of guided mediation from the master Thich Nhat Hahn and others, teachers will learn how to help their children cultivate a true “peace within.”

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This two-session workshop is designed to help teachers and staff recognize the value, need and approaches for teaching children how to be truly “mindful” in all that they do. Teaching children about stress reduction, relaxation and the connections between body, mind, and spirit; and emotion, thought and behavior and how to achieve a balance between them, gives children the opportunity to truly “be peace.”

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Hillary Drinkell 

 

(For Casa, Elementary & Secondary)

1D | Developing Emotional Strength in Students: a Nervous System Approach Using Practical Activities

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Developing emotional strength in students (and teacher-guides): a nervous system approach using practical activities. In this workshop you will understand the nervous system’s role in helping regulate behavior, both in your students and yourself. You will come away with a basic understanding of how the nervous system works (I’ve used this as a lesson with elementary students when discussing the human body) and some practical activities that can be used by all ages to help bring about self-regulation using the all-important Vagus Nerve. We will end the workshop by having some fun while developing resilience and calm in the body-mind.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Christopher Gallagher 

(For All)

1E | Bonny Montessori: How to Design a Beautiful Montessori Environment

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

If you are building a new school, renovating a classroom, or just want to improve the look and feel of the school, do not miss this presentation. Find out why Maria Montessori was so passionate about preparing beautiful, inspiring environment for children. And find out what a beautiful school can do for Montessori teachers, and parents.

 

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In this presentation we will share a broad array of beautiful images, from the simple to the awe-inspiring. Building, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, landscaping, and driveways – each plays its part, because as Montessori said, “It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of the surroundings and the activity of the child.”

Presenter Chris Gallagher is a practicing architect, Headmaster Emeritus of the NewGate Montessori School, and designer of countless homes, shops, restaurants, and schools.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Cathy Tobin 

(For Leadership)

1F | Preserving an Authentic Montessori Experience in Public Schools

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

In this session Patrice Cherico and Cathy Tobin, Executive Director and Principal of Innovation Montessori Ocoee and Innovation Montessori High School, public charter schools serving close to 1000 students in Central Florida, will discuss how to hold true to an authentic Montessori experience in the public domain.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Jon Wolff

(For All)

1G | MEETING NEEDS – 10 Keys to Designing and Delivering Engaging, Collaborative and Results-Oriented Meetings – with staff, parents, administrators, and board

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Montessori school meetings with staff, parents, and administrators can be engaging collaborative learning and planning experience. Or they can be dull, dreary, unnecessarily demanding. Learn 10 tools and techniques for keeping adults engaged, involved, and invested in your schools meetings.

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Tim Seldin 

Renee du Chainey Farkes

(For Leadership)

1H | Engage your Board of Trustees to Lead your school with you in a truly Montessori Way

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Presenters will share findings from their new book “A Trustee Handbook forMontessori Schools” (working title) soon to be published.
Workshop will outline a new model for Board of Trustee governance specifically designed for Montessori Schools. This model is a philosophically different governance model – one that still has the board overseeing, defining mission, establishing policy, hiring and evaluating the Head of School – yet one that carries out these duties and responsibilities in a manner more true to the Montessori values and principles in “The Montessori Way.”

An overarching question will be: Does your school leadership hierarchy truly reflect your school and community values consistent with Montessori principles?

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Alanea Williams 

Lorna McGrath

(For Toddler)

2A | Helping the Parents of Infants and Toddlers with Parenting

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

In our role as teachers of infants and toddlers, classroom parents often ask for tips and suggestions to bring the Montessori philosophy and way of life into their homes and family routines. We will study the new book by Tim Seldin and Lorna McGrath “Montessori For Every Family”. Let’s explore activities and ideas to share with our parents that promote healthy development and nurture family community at home. “Montessori For Every Family” covers it all – from inside to outdoors!

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Susan Zoll

Laura Saylor 

Natasha Feinberg

(For Casa)

2B | Montessori and the Science of Reading

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

What is the Science of Reading? In what ways is Montessori education already aligned with reading research? This presentation makes visible the connections between the Montessori philosophy and pedagogical practices that align with the Science of Reading research, approach, and associated strategies. Additionally, the presentation demonstrates the importance of an integrated curriculum, such as use of the rich Montessori Cosmic curriculum and sequenced cultural materials to support language and literacy development. Further, findings will highlight what lessons Montessorians might learn from reading scientists.

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Claire Salkowski 

 

(For Elementary)

2C | Mindfulness, Montessori & Contemplative Practices PART 2

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Rarely do we teach children to be truly mindful or how to be self-reflective and to know themselves deeply. This workshop is designed to help teachers assist children in the art of mindfulness and self-reflection moving from stillness into silence and deeper reflections. Using a specific sequence of experiences, activities, preparation of the environment and the art of guided mediation from the master Thich Nhat Hahn and others, teachers will learn how to help their children cultivate a true “peace within.”

Read more ...

This two-session workshop is designed to help teachers and staff recognize the value, need and approaches for teaching children how to be truly “mindful” in all that they do. Teaching children about stress reduction, relaxation and the connections between body, mind, and spirit; and emotion, thought and behavior and how to achieve a balance between them, gives children the opportunity to truly “be peace.”

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Luz Casquejo-Jonhson

 

 

(For Elementary)

2D | Reclaiming the Cosmic Tales

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

The Cosmic Tales or Great Lessons are the way in which to thrill the Second Plane child to their inmost core as Dr. Montessori said. It is the way to engage children in the essential questions “Who am I?”, “Where did I come from?”, “Why am I here?”. It is of the utmost importance, then that the tales be told in a way that all learners can access. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how to apply justice, equity, diversity and inclusion concepts in order for students to feel connection to these stories. 

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Jocelyn Bell Swanson 

(For Secondary)

2E | Erdkinder – Beyond the Farm to the Spirit and Soul of Education

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Do we really need a farm to prepare an Erdkinder environment? And just what is Erdkinder anyway? Does “Land Children” tie us to agriculture and animals, or can it also broaden the horizon to include learning that is guided and grounded by place, sustainability, and stewardship? Why is this so important to the education of our adolescents?

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In this workshop, we’ll explore three aspects of Erdkinder that Dr. Montessori highlighted in her seminal writings on adolescence and consider ways of embedding each in the prepared environments we offer our young adult learners. The “farm” as a connection to land, community roles, and the important systems of a place The museum as a center for acknowledging student ingenuity and insight on man’s influence and presence, the analysis and dissection of ideas, purpose in learning The business as the learning lab for self-sufficiency, financial independence, and collaborative innovation based on sustainable resources

How do we structure the incredible potential of an Erdkinder practice – whether in an urban or rural setting – and truly unpack Montessori’s vision of secondary-level learning? How do we support our “land children” in their discovery, exploration, and innovation?

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Jamie Selhorn

(For All)

2F | Montessori Classrooms Build Executive Functions

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Executive functions are mental skills that help us to accomplish our goals and be successful in life. In a recent Duke University study, the ability to utilize executive functions was more predictive of adult outcomes than either IQ scores or socioeconomic status (Lehrer, 2011). For over a century, Montessori classrooms have been helping children develop these important executive function skills. This workshop will investigate the three areas of executive functions and look at how each is supported in the Montessori classroom. We will also look at how executive function deficits impact children and how we can support children who struggle with executive functions.

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Mary Beth Ricks 

Megan Ricks

(For Leadership)

2G | Improving School Improvement: Using the Montessori Method to Develop a Strategic Plan

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

In this workshop, participants will learn how to approach strategic planning using the Montessori method. Topics will include: how to engage a wide range of stakeholders (parents, Board members, students, teachers, and alumni), the process of identifying desired results using the backward design model, tips on developing evidence-based initiatives, and putting the plan into action by developing steps that are highly measurable while keeping the student at the center of all decision-making.

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Tim Seldin 

(For Leadership)

1H | Engage your Community, (Parents and Faculty/Staff) to Lead your school with you in a truly Montessori Way

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

(For All)

Play: Words that Made the Difference: BROWN vs the BOARD OF EDUCATION

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

On Saturday night at the conference, a major event will take place: a live presentation of the complete original play “Words that Made the Difference.” This important production, produced and staged by Dr. Cindy Acker, portrays the landmark case that stripped away constitutional sanctions for segregation by race, and made equal opportunity in education the law of the land.

We are also accepting Patrons who wish to support the production. Patrons donating $250 will receive acknowledgment in the playbill and signage. If you wish to donate please click here 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception

Meet & Greet the Actors

Join us for some pass around canapés and a great opportunity to meet the author and the actors of the play 

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