OUR CONFERENCE THEME
The concept of the wheel with spokes is based on the graduated colors of the 3rd color box with 9 spokes.
Each spoke represents 9 major core values of the Montessori Foundation, the IMC and the conference.
1. Celebrating DIVERSITY
2. Connecting the MONTESSORI COMMUNITY
3. Building MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS
4. Growing the GLOBAL MONTESSORI PRESENCE
5. Promoting MONTESSORI LEADERSHIP
6. Advocating for FULLY IMPLEMENTED MONTESSORI
7. Expanding the CIRCLE OF EQUALS
8. Supporting MONTESSORI FAMILIES
9. Modeling PEACE
Five streams have been created to help you choose the conference workshops that will be of the most value to your individual interests, thus making your conference experience more fulfilling. Our overall goal is to help attendees to reconnect with Montessori’s vision so they can help their schools evolve and positively affect the broader communities they serve.
When you look at the conference schedule, you will see the stream within which each workshop falls:
Individual, Classroom, Delegate, Leadership and School. Following that will be a second designation that explains the level of guide or administrator that the workshop best serves.
At the Individual Level, our focus will be to renew and inspire teachers and administrators, so they may find the inner peace and balance they need to be energized and proactive agents for change when they return to their respective schools. We hope to help attendees develop intentional practices that will empower them to sustain and grow as Montessori educators.
At the Classroom Level, our conference is geared to helping teachers refresh their knowledge, learn new skills, and deepen their expertise as teachers, including: Montessori lessons; classroom design; classroom management; team teaching; positive relationships with students; and communication with parents.
At the Delegate Level, our focus will be on educating and training teachers and administrators to be actively engaged in building partnerships with their local legislators and state departments of education. The goal will be to lobby for a better understanding of Montessori and to ensure that Montessori is not adversely affected by regulations passed for general education programs.
At the Leadership Level, our focus will be on empowering Montessorians to gain leadership skills so they can better guide their schools toward success and realize Montessori’s vision. Attendees will receive high-level and professional instruction and coaching on the central facets of leadership, including: personal reflection; understanding personality and work styles; collaboration; and communication.
At the School Level, The Montessori Foundation and IMC support Montessori schools to become the best possible Montessori school that they can be. To accomplish this goal, each aspect of your school, from the educational program to operations and relationships, need to be working in harmony. This can be accomplished by having all members of the school community understand the bigger picture and their specific roles. At the school level, we provide workshops that result in better school operations to fulfill Maria Montessori’s vision.