Welcome to the 24th International Conference Website

This event is brought to you by The Montessori Foundation and is in partnership with The International Montessori Council

Registration is now open. Take this time to read through the full schedule, hotel reservations page (our discounted rate only good when using the link provided and securing reservation prior to October 9th!!!), and the list of our great exhibits.

Each tab along the top contains a wealth of information and most of your questions will be answered in these pages. Otherwise, please email Conference Chair and Coordinator, margot@montessori.org

Our best suggestion is to make certain you are a current IMC member before registering. We have 3 levels of membership from which to choose. Click on any of these links to join at the level best for you or your group.




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We’ve included a PDF of the workshop descriptions to help you when you register. Click here to view.  2019-workshops at a glance.PDF

(We will be updating the program should any changes happen. The PDF will be updated each time.)












This event is brought to you by

The Montessori Foundation

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Hyatt Regency on Sarasota Bay

Use this link to make your hotel reservations at the lovely Hyatt Regency hotel, Sarasota Bay. All conference events take place at the hotel. You have until Oct 8th at midnight EST to secure a room at our discounted price.


Thursday Leadership Day

Last year’s Thursday, all day workshops were such a success we’ve designed three new ones for this day. You may register for this day as part of the whole conference package or just attend this day.

Thursday, November 7

Leadership Day Series Option 1

Inclusion: Supporting Diverse Learners

Presented by Christine Lowry

This day-long workshop, geared toward school administrators and classroom teachers, will explore and discuss the components of a tiered system of support from universal “best practice” to individualized interventions for behavior and learning. With the specifics in a classroom setting as the basis for our understanding, we will move to the development process for implementing a school wide system. Topics will include: Understanding today’s students and their families- who they are, their strengths, and their wide range of challenges. Current research, understandings, and trends in neuro-psychology, special education, and the broader educational landscape as it relates to Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. An explanation of a Multi-tiered System of Support and how it can serve our work with all students in ways consistent with Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. Discussions of “best practices” at each tier of support and how to implement them to meet the needs of each student. (Social-emotional support, classroom management, teaching and learning). The importance of a Team Collaboration in successfully implementing a tiered system. The importance of School Leadership in the development and implementation of a school-wide system. Our day together will be a format using brief teaching segments, small group discussions and explorations, and larger group sharing of ideas, curiosities, and questions. We will end the day with a time for individual and small group goal setting and designing of action plans that you can take back to your school.

Thursday, November 7

Leadership Day Series Option 2

The Applied Mind: Adult Learners

Presented by Jonathan Wolff and Dana Kaminstein

Understanding and Educating the Adult Learner As It Applies to Montessori Teacher Education, Professional Development, & Parent Education –Creating an environment which is conducive for adult learning is very different than creating a learning environment for children. Although adults can, and sometimes do, experience the joy of learning, most adult learning environments rob adults of this opportunity. Adult learners seek to learn things that will help them in their work and lives, and they want to be treated in a way that respects their knowledge and experience. One similarity between adult and child learners is that both want to be engaged and enlivened by the learning experience. This workshop will focus on ways to foster engagement and joy in the adult learning experience. The workshop is aimed at those who are responsible for teaching adults in a Montessori setting. It is appropriate for those supervising teachers-in-training; for people working with Montessori guides who need improvement in classroom management; for those who are communicating with parents about Montessori education; or for someone working with a newly hired assistant teacher who requires job orientation. This full-day workshop intensive will be led by Dana Kaminstein, Ph.D. and Jonathan Wolff. Dana Kaminstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and has been working and teaching graduate students and other adults for over thirty years. Dr. Kaminstein’s wife is a long-time Montessori teacher, and their two sons attended Montessori schools, where he served as a board member. Jonathan Wolff, Montessori school consultant and leadership educator, has consulted to Montessori school leaders and classroom teachers in Montessori schools across the USA and around the world. He will share current research and best practices in adult learning, as it applies to the work of the Montessori teacher trainer, school instructional leader, lead teacher, and parent educator. The workshop is designed to be highly experiential, interactive and applied. Participants will have the opportunity for self-reflection, and will learn about the major principles of adult learning and the main approaches to learning. They will participate in group discussions, a short simulation, and engage in coaching colleagues. The workshop is designed to ensure that all aspects of it can be applied, and participants will engage in action planning, i.e., how to take back what they learned as they enhance their adult learning practices.

Thursday, November 7

Leadership Day Series Option 3

Supporting Parents as Partners…to boost enrollment and retention

Presented by Renee DuChainey-Farkes

Is your enrollment and retention of students as strong as you want it to be? We have the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between home and school (parent and child experience) in each of our schools to increase retention of current students as well as attract new enrollment. . Does your school deliver the Parent Experience in the true Montessori Way? Maria Montessori believed the school and family partnership was essential to help each child reach their greatest potential. She believed that the sharing of first hand observations from home and school brings the school to the home and the home to the school. We have seen how this works in schools to strengthen retention and support admissions for new enrollment This workshop will share the latest research on the “parent experience” in schools. We will open your mind to the potential benefits of embracing the parent partnership by introducing strategies and the process to implement school-wide. What is it that the parents want from the school? Research shows that the parent has two relationships with the school: the first is their relationship with the school about their child/student and how the school meets the needs of the student both academically and social/emotionally (My Child). The parent is the customer, and the child/student is the consumer. The second relationship is the parents’ own experience with the school (Me as a Parent/Self) and how this relationship supports the needs of the parent who is also growing and learning as a parent. We will share ways that every school can take a new look at the unique relationship, the Parent Experience, in “the Montessori way” and show ways to adjust the way they present their programs to better meet the needs of parents. We will look at programs through the domains of learning: Feel, Know, Do. We will look at some basic school programs with a new lens and ask: What do you want the parent to FEEL, What do we want parents to KNOW, and What do we want parents to DO, and how will we execute on this? We will review what research says about parents’ “ideal” expectations from schools and compare it to their actual experience in their child’s school. What can we do better, different to meet these expectations. This afternoon will continue to share research to better understand the parent’s stages of development as a prelude or preparation to deepen and better define and understand the parent needs at your particular school. The afternoon workshop will continue with looking at further research about types of parents – collaborators, participators, or delegators. How do we work with different parent types in our school. We will look closely how one school imbedded “Parents as Partners” theme into all operations of the school – Admissions Development, Education (Preschool and Elementary), Marketing, and the Business Office to address the needs of the Parents as customer. Participants will have an opportunity to work on specific programs at their school to apply this new thinking. Participants will be able to review the design of several school programs and determine if they are delivering on these expectations. The afternoon will hone in looking at 4 school programs: Admissions, New Parent Orientation, Back to School Night, and Parent Teacher Conferences. Participants will pick two of these workshops and hear about all four. Participants in this workshop should bring their school calendar and any information they want to share and review about these particular school programs. Come join us to discuss and see how partnerships with parents can enhance retention and enrollment, student success, build strong school communities and strengthen parent commitment to your school. Learn ways to make this shift in how you present your programs to support parents in their own personal growth and development thereby helping them feel more confident and less worried about parenting becoming more satisfied customers at your school! In her early work, Maria Montessori always invited the parent to be part of the student’s learning experience.


Keynote Speakers

Friday, November 8

Dr Valaise (Val) Wise-is an educational consultant and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. An educator for more than 20 years, Val received a Bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Syracuse University, an M. A. T. in early childhood education with a Montessori emphasis from Trinity College, Washington, D. C., and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.
A recent Brava award winner, Val has lectured nationally and internationally, most recently on the topics of early childhood education, Montessori education, leadership and diversity.



Saturday, November 9

Dr Frederic (Fred) Luskin-founded and currently serves as Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects. He is also Senior Consultant in Health Promotion/Wellness at Stanford University & Dept Chair in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University.
At Stanford, Dr Luskin teaches classes on Positive Psychology, The Art and Science of Meditation, Forgiveness, Wellness, Flourishing, and The Psychology of Storytelling to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

Once you have paid for registration we have a no refund policy. HOWEVER, if for some reason you are unable to participate you may transfer your registration to someone else or we can give you a receipt from the Montessori Foundation as a donation.

Can I choose the days I wish to participate?

We have several options of registration to choose from.

Thursday only. Friday only. Saturday only. Sunday only. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. OR, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There is no price difference for attending Friday and Saturday or Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Do You offer student discounts?

CGMS are already IMC members and may take the member discounted pricing.

How do I register?

We require that you use our online registration and pay upon checking out.

Only schools requiring an invoice or working from a PO can choose that option. Payment is required by the start of the event so please make arrangements to bring a check or credit card. We still require for each participant to fill out the registration form. They may notate that they are on (name of school) invoice.


Do you offer group discounts?

We offer a small additional discount to groups of 10 or more attending the event. Contact Margot@montessori.org for coupon to use.

Pricing & Registration

There’s a plan that’s right for all. Prices for IMC memberships reflects discount. Not yet a member? Please join first so when you check out you know your IMC membership number. Just click on this link to get to the information about each level and then join the level right for you or your school.   montessori.org/the-international-montessori-council-imc/

Your order number is your IMC number if you are new to the organization.

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