Schedule

It’s the final day of our conference. As a participant, you will want to stick around for the closing ceremony. 

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (USA)

All times are given in East Coast 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 – 9:45 am

General Session, Closing Remarks

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Break

Network & Visit Exhibitors

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Paul Epstein

(For Casa dei Bambini)

6A | You can’t say you can’t play! 

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

The title of my presentation is the title of a Vivian Paley book. Her purposes included understanding why children, committed to play, also exclude some children from playing. Paley became resolute in setting classroom ground rules for play inclusion. My intent during this presentation is to examine why, when Montessori educators observe children engage in play with the materials, we tell them “You can’t play.” When a child pours water, we observe for the growth of coordination and concentration. But we may intervene if the child talks about serving tea to mom, dad, and baby while pouring. I am resolute in understanding child development and the universal necessity for play, and my conclusion is already announced in the title: “You [Montessori educators] can’t say [to children] you can’t play.” Children pour water: they develop their coordination and our incredible human ability to create meaning.

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Cassi Mackey

(For All)

6B | Collaborative Coaching ​

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Learn how to establish a collaborative coaching program that is collegial, reflective, and inclusive. This workshop will inspire you to foster the unlimited potential that lies within every adult on your campus, including assistants, specialty teachers, extended-day staff and administration. The goal is a path that will lead toward every member of your staff practicing the tenants of Montessori.

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Charlie Biggs 

 

(For All)

6C | Being Your Best as a Montessori Educator or Leader: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Make a Personal Development Plan

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

This session will provide a brief introduction to the principles and techniques of Appreciative Inquiry, a collaborative, strength-based approach to personal and organizational development, and will give participants the opportunity to use Appreciate Inquiry to identify their strengths and passions and to build on these to create personal development plans to “be their best as Montessori educators or leaders.” It will be helpful for Montessorians working in any capacity – teachers, assistants, school leaders, etc.

 

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Barbara Murphy

 

(For All)

6D | Movement as a Foundation of Wellness in Montessori

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

In Montessori, care-of-self activities in the practical life area support the development of many skills, but they also help highlight the value of taking care of oneself. Self-care is important for children and adults alike. It brings us better health, wellbeing and happiness. Healthy habits also help us build the resilience needed to better navigate life during stressful times.

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Today, more than ever, we need to prioritize the physical, mental and social-emotional health of children. Here, Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on the importance of movement for child development and well-being seems more relevant than ever. In this presentation, we will examine physical exercise as a form of self-care and a cornerstone for wellness.

We will also see how the conscious building of physical literacy following Montessori principles constitutes the most authentic and appropriate implementation of the Montessori Movement and Physical Education Curriculum. Finally, we will explore how the further incorporation of wellness-related concepts and activities into the learning experience can better prepare both children and adults for life in uncertain times.

 

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Christine Lowry 

 

(For All / Special Ed)

6E | Behavior Supports for Inclusive Montessori Classrooms: A Responsive Guidance

*In-person onsite & live-streamed*

Montessori and non-Montessori teachers alike have experienced the growing numbers of children with challenging behaviors in their classrooms. The American Psychological
Association has declared a Mental Health Crisis in children 5-17 years old. The National Education Association sees the exodus of teachers from the profession as a policy
crisis. Montessori teachers want to help their students but how? School leaders want to help their teachers but how?

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Today, more than ever, we need to prioritize the physical, mental and social-emotional health of children. Here, Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on the importance of movement for child development and well-being seems more relevant than ever. In this presentation, we will examine physical exercise as a form of self-care and a cornerstone for wellness.

Participants will learn:
1. How to read and respond to the most challenging behaviors we see when children are in a survival state or charged emotional state.
2. How the preparation of our classroom climate and tone can significantly reduce challenging behaviors to create a calmer classroom.
3. How to create a classroom community of belonging and support so that every student feels like a positive contributor.
4. How to use an “Inquiry Observation” tool to assess a student’s needs and plan for proactive interventions of guided support and teaching.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Gratitude Gathering

The Montessori Foundation

19600 State Road 64 E
941-729-9565
Bradenton, FL 34212

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