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  • Montessori Aligned Administration: Honoring the Lifelong Learner Part 1: Adaptation

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    How do we work with adults in a Montessori way? How do we lead, using the same principles we use in our Montessori classrooms? In this learning video, Tess Igarta, Emerging Leaders Fellow, Former Elementary Program Coordinator at Valencia Montessori School and current Interim Director at Ciudad Jardín Montessori… will lead you through part 1 of a three part series on Montessori Aligned Administration.

    1.5 CPDs

    How do we work with adults in a Montessori way?  How do we lead, using the same principles we use in our Montessori classrooms?  In this learning video, Tess Igarta, Emerging Leaders Fellow, Former Elementary Program Coordinator at Valencia Montessori School and current Interim Director at Ciudad Jardín Montessori… will lead you through part 1 of a three part series on Montessori Aligned Administration.

     

    In Part 1: Adaptation you will familiarize yourself with the process of adapting to your new team as a leader through:

     

    Learning about using observation to better understand your team.

    Understanding how practicing patience is essential to cultivating a community

    Exploring how consistency and dependability help prepare the environment for your team.

     

    Tess Igarta served as the Elementary Program Coordinator at Valencia Montessori School in Valencia, Spain, serving the community for six years. She is currently the Interim Director at Ciudad Jardín Montessori School in Valencia, Spain. Tess holds an undergraduate degree in Modern Dance Performance and later earned her AMS credential for Elementary I in New York

  • Art and the Cosmic Curriculum

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation explores the interconnected relationship between art and the Montessori cosmic curriculum at the middle school and high school levels.

    1.5 CPDs

    Danielle Manzo draws upon experience as an art educator and a Montessori career to lead participants to face their fears of integrating art into their subject area lessons.  You’ll be led to appreciate the way art is necessary to sustaining our human story our improving our understanding of the universe.    

    Danielle Manzo, MA, is a secondary studio support coordinator at Community Montessori Charter Public School in New Albany, IN and is Montessori credentialed Secondary I-II.

  • Sustainability in the Secondary Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    You may not realize it, but if you are following the principles of a Montessori secondary environment, then you are working toward sustainability! This presentation will help you better understand how.

    1.5 CPDs

    What do you think of when you hear the word sustainability?  Dr. Ann Sutton will explore this as it relates to your work with adolescents.  In this presentation you’ll explore the origins and definition of sustainability.  Dr. Sutton will also introduce you to the new field of biomimicry.  Finally, you’ll take a closer look at how Montessori educators are working toward sustainability in their secondary classrooms.   

    Ann Sutton, PhD, is a secondary instructor and field consultant at Houston Montessori Center in Houston, TX and is AMS credentialed Secondary I-II.  

  • Extensions for Geography and Science in the Children's House Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Explore ways to think beyond ordinary extensions of the basic presentation of geography and science.

    1.5 CPDs

    The main aim for this presentation is to motivate you to continue thinking creatively about extending science and geography.  Presenter Shanna Honan uses her years of Montessori experience to help guide you to a greater understanding of the organization of the science and geography curriculum.  This will serve as a foundation for exploring a variety of mediums and methods to extend studies. 

    Shanna Honan is the Head of Chesapeake Montessori School in Virginia and is the program director for Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center.   She is AMS credentialed in Early Childhood and Elementary I-II.

  • Using Cosmic Education to Teach Peace and Social Justice

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    By emphasizing our common origins with other humans, other living species, and with Earth and the universe itself, the Montessori Cosmic Education curriculum calls upon each person to help make the world more peaceful, socially just, and respectful of nature.

    1.5 CPDs

    This workshop will explore practical ways to make our responsibility as humans a part of the classroom at every level, so that teachers and students alike will increase consciousness and awareness of our personal cosmic task.  This presentation includes ways to address current ABAR topics in the classroom.     

    Michael Duffy, MEd, has been involved in Montessori education since his daughter entered her first Montessori class some 40 years ago.  Michael was a cofounder of Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA, where he taught at the Elementary I and II levels and he has also been a teacher educator. Michael is the author of Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain and the co-author of Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom and Love of Learning:

  • Preparing the Adolescent Environment

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through lessons learned from experiences as an intervention and inclusion specialist, Gideon Smith leads a presentation on how honoring our students is an essential part of preparing the secondary environment.

    1.5 CPDs

    Gideon Smith will lead participants on a journey of exploring dignity and how to preserve it.  This is followed by reviewing the importance of agency and its connection to dignity.  The session will close by exploring the way these key ideas lead to a more prepared environment for adolescent learners.  

    Gideon Smith, MEd is an intervention specialist at Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati, OH and is AMS credentialed Secondary I-II.

  • Fostering Student Independence

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, the presenters will discuss classroom practices that encourage—or undermine—independence.

    1.5 CPDs

    Maria Montessori advocated for a paradigm shift she called “auto-education,” stating the role of the teacher was to be a guide to learning rather than a conveyer of direct instruction. Unless you fully accept this role as a teacher, your students will not be the independent learners Montessori envisioned. In this session, the presenters will discuss classroom practices that encourage—or undermine—independence. You will leave ready to examine how your own teaching can maximize your students’ independence and foster lifelong autonomous learners.

  • Navigating Teacher & Administrative Transitions: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Whether change is planned or sudden, we need strategies for saying good-bye to those who are leaving (and hello to those we are welcoming) to the community.

    1.5 CPDs

    Montessori school communities can be fragile ecosystems. The departure of a long-standing and influential teacher, head of school, or highly visible family can cause collective anxiety, doubt, and frustration. Whether the change is planned or sudden, we need strategies for saying good-bye to those who are leaving (and hello to those we are welcoming) to the community. You’ll leave with solid ideas for uniting your school community during periods of transition.

  • Updated Elementary Botany & Zoology

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The most up-to-date information and best practices for teaching botany and zoology.

    1.5 CPDs

    Scientific knowledge of the biosphere is changing every day. Should you teach 4, 5, or 6 Kingdoms, and what about Domains? Should you still teach all of the leaf margins in the botany cabinet? Come hear the most up-to-date information and best practices for teaching botany and zoology, then look beyond the charts and nomenclature cards to discover resources that will give you more scientific confidence as a teacher and help the budding biologists in your classroom stay inspired.