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Friday November 9, 2018

7:00 AM Registration opens

7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast buffet & exhibits open

8:15 – 8:30 AM Housekeeping & announcement

8:30 – 9:30 AM opening ceremony

9:30 – 10:00 AM shopping with exhibitors and bidding on silent auction items

10:00 – 11:30 AM Session 1

OPTION 1   Sharing Music with the Youngest Child
Mercedes Castle
Gain insight into how you can support tonal and rhythmic competence in the youngest child, and a better understanding of the importance of music and singing in the classroom. Come to see all children as music makers. Learn 10+ new songs to share with your community, plus transition rhymes, finger plays, and activities.

OPTION 2  Science Curriculum, Activities, and Experiments for Early Childhood
Helen Devere
This session will give a review of the Montessori Science curriculum and look at creative ways to get children involved in hands-on learning, research, and experiments. Dr. Montessori wanted to invite the children to experience the world around them. You will see examples of ways to do this through a power point presentation, a display and a handout.

OPTION 3   Teaching Across Disciplines Weaving the Life of an artist through the Montessori Curriculum
Stephanie Pullman
This presentation will begin with preparing your elementary students to create, look and think critically about art through a variety of participatory activities. These activities can easily be used for exploring many different topics. We will then discover the life and art of Wasily Kandinsky, including a hands-on art experience. We will then look at ideas for independent follow-on work to immerse the children in the study of the artist through reading, writing, research, geography, history and geometry. You will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of how to weave any topic through the curriculum. Come ready to create!

Ann Winkler and Tanya Ryskind
This elementary focused workshop will help you find your inner author to guide children in finding theirs. Connecting and integrating writing into the cultural curriculum at the elementary
one and two levels will be the focus. Make your own writing organizer from a simple manilla folder and library pockets and take home samples of writing activities and techniques to revitalize the manner in which you teach writing in the classroom.

Kira Donnelly
Teaching mathematics at the adolescent level can be a challenge. Students lose interest in math and conventional styles of teaching creep into even the best Montessori programs. Math Seminars allow us to use the characteristics of the adolescent to teach problem solving in a world that desperately needs problem solvers and peace. In this workshop we will explore the components of successful Math Seminars including tips and tricks for engaging students, picking problems, and follow up. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a seminar first hand. Come prepared to do some math and have some fun!

OPTION 6   MPPI and the Policy Landscape: A Year of Great Growth and a Look Forward
Denise Monnier & Sharon Damore
The presenters will share the year of work that MPPI has engaged in since receiving their full implementation grant last December. We have been supporting our state organizations and representatives with educational opportunities, information, coaching and technical support. If you have been affected by state or federal policy in your work as a Montessorian, this session is for you. We will provide background information on our work, and share challenges and progress in our states. Participants will engage in advocacy issue problem solving and will have the chance to practice “making their ask” and identifying potential pitfalls of policy language. If you are already involved in policy work or are interested and would like to learn how to get involved, join us!

OPTION 7   Be Our Guest-:The Art of Hospitality in a Montessori School
Patty Sobelman and Hyatt Regency Representative Jeff Janssan
What can a Montessori school learn from the hotel and hospitality industry? We are very much alike. We greet customers every day. We provide delicious meals, clean bathrooms and sometimes a peaceful place to sleep. Our customers are both children and their parents. Understanding good customer service and amazing hospitality skills will keep families longer and will spread the word about your school. Patty Sobelman, Head of Pines Montessori School, Kingwood, Texas will be joined by the Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s Jeff Janssan- Director of Human Resources. Jeff   share hid HR tips for training caring staff in the hospitality industry and Patty will take them into your Montessori school.

OPTION 8   How to Harness Operational Efficiency and Generate Greater Parent Engagement.
Jono Landon
This workshop covers the 8 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are required to drive a school to increased financial-efficiency and allow the entire school staff to complete all of the “busy-work” that exists around the actual educational programming, more efficiently. The framework I will be covering is a path towards incrementally improving each of the KPI’s in a school, year over year, which can lead to a 100% increase of school profits within three years.

Kitty Bravo
Need a break? Take some time to step into our reflection room and sit quietly and relax. Start off your time with some yoga laughing.

Andrew Kutt

11:30 – Noon shopping in Exhibit hall and biding on silent auction items

 noon – 12:45 PM buffet line open

 12:45 – 1:00 PM Announcements

 1:00 – 2:15 PM keynote-Tim Seldin

 2:15 – 2:45 PM break

2:45 – 4:15 PM Session 2

OPTION 11   Nurturing Executive Function in Infants & Toddlers
Alanea Williams
It’s just beginning for infants and toddlers: the early development of executive functioning skills in the brain. Executive function enables us to live, work, and be successful in society. We will learn what these early skills might look like for our youngest children and how to support their healthy development in our daily practice.

OPTION 12   Supporting Students with Behavior and Learning Challenges in the Montessori Classroom Pt 1
Christine Lowry
This two session workshop will share the foundations for understanding challenges in behavior & learning and how we can use the Montessori Triad as a basis for support. Using the Model: Prepare- Manage- Guide, we will discuss the components of the model to address the needs of individual students while optimizing the benefits of Montessori for all of our students. Participants will learn how to create specific plans for the child with challenges based on Inquiry Observation & with workable tools and techniques that are consistent with best Montessori practice. Building a “Network of Adults” & a “Community of Students” model will lead to the creation of an inclusive classroom for all. Participants will receive a packet of resources including Inquiry Observation forms, Record Keeping & Progress Monitoring forms, and a List of Supports to use in the classroom.

OPTION 13   Walking Our Talk through Shakespeare Pt 1
Larry Schanker & Laurie Moreno
There is magic in the air when children perform Shakespeare. Through deep and authentic study, children discover inner strengths, transform themselves and emerge as more powerful beings. Part I of this theatrical workshop will take you on a “four-month” journey into the world of Shakespeare. You will learn to guide elementary children to a deep understanding of the meaning of Shakespearean language and to discover the truths inherent in Shakespearean literature, and the beauty of bringing nature into the equation by performing outside. You’ll learn the value of such an experience first-hand and simple ways to inexpensively integrate a major play into your own curriculum, while seamlessly balancing it with your everyday lessons. The methodology is completely child-centered and process-oriented. Your elementary students can learn the plot, study the vocabulary, discuss meaning, participate in casting, gain comfort with Shakespearean language and memorize lines, create scenery, write songs using Shakespeare’s words, design costumes, assume leadership roles and coach each other, and prepare the environment for theatrical magic. Most importantly, the ownership and delivery of a magnificent performance enhances self-confidence and encourages higher order thinking skills, and can be a rite of passage as students enter Elementary. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is needed.

OPTION 14 “Talk the Talk” So They Can “Walk the Walk”
Kay Saragusa & Jennifer Higgins
Have you ever had a student you just couldn’t seem to reach? No matter how much we give love to a student, if we are not speaking their “language” we may not be reaching them. This workshop will help us to examine how to speak with words and actions in our student’s love language, so that they may reach their full potential. We will discuss the different ways students need and receive love and affirmation, how to break through their barriers, and ultimately guide them onto their own path of spreading peace and love.

OPTION 15 Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Pt 1
Tammy Oesting
Celebrating and recognizing holidays in the classroom can be fun and simultaneously a source of distress for students and teachers alike! Learn eight guiding principles for best holiday practices and how to implement an equitable approach to holidays. This workshop promises to pique your curiosity about your school culture and provides clear guidance for honoring your student’s developing self- and group-identity.

OPTION 16   Developing a Collaborative, Accountable Montessori Culture
Michelle Morrison
One school’s successful experience developing a culture of accountability and a growth mind-set among faculty and staff. Through a reorganization of our organizational structure, developing leaders at every level, formal leadership training, and establishing goal setting, reinstating observations and feedback, and allowing faculty and staff to determine their own annual professional development, we are delivering a higher quality implementation of the Montessori Method, engaging in positive confrontation to harmonize our teams, and engaging in the art of possibilities as we work to strengthen our school in a competitive independent school market. We are ready to share through telling our story and providing models and processes used in our journey!

OPTION 17   May the Farce Be With You! The Blasphemous Idea of Employing Humor and Playfulness in the Prepared Environment
Jonathan Wolff
Hey! We’re talking about the importance of the “work of child.” There’s no place for levity in a Montessori classroom. Really! “Following the child” is serious business. Seriously? Take a look at the “Habits of Mind,” sixteen thinking, communication, and collaborative learning skills required for success, according to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. One of the Habits is “Finding Humor.” You’re kidding! Explore how a little wit and wackiness are essential to the development self-directed learning – not to mention the preservation of sanity!

OPTION 18   Roundtable-Topic to be announced
Kathy Leitch and Tim Seldin



4:15 – 4:45 PM break for shopping and bidding on silent auction items

 4:45 – 6:15 PM Session 3

OPTION 21 Alternative Paths: Using our Infant/Toddler Training Beyond the Montessori Classroom
Elaine Glier
In this workshop we will explore how our infant/toddler training uniquely prepares us for a wide variety of fulfilling careers outside of the classroom. Whether it is partnering with midwives or consulting with new parents, we have a wealth of information to share. Our knowledge of child development and appreciation of beautiful handcrafted materials can be the foundation of a creative and lucrative home business. Those with many years of classroom experience may want to mentor new teachers as a school consultant. Let’s dream big and then brainstorm how to make it happen!

OPTION 22   Supporting Students with Behavior and Learning Challenges in the Montessori Classroom  Pt 2
Christine Lowry
The work continues

OPTION 23   Walking Our Talk: Shakespeare Pt 2

OPTION 24   Student Work Journals: Developing a System to Promote Individual Autonomy, Freedom, and Responsibility
Molly Moorhead
The work journal is named as one of the three essential tools of an effective Montessori environment. This framework, which fosters the development of autonomy in work journal use, is designed in response to student needs and is ever changing. Through meetings with guides, lesson lists, curriculum lists, personal record-keeper, and self – reflection, students gain the independence and the freedom to design their own plans and navigate their own learning.

OPTION 25   Building an Equitable Holiday Approach PT 2
Tammy Oesting
The work continues

OPTION 26   Once Upon a Time….Storytelling in the Montessori Classroom
Karen Pillsworth
Storytelling is universal. It has existed around the world in every culture and it is an important part of the Montessori classroom. Whether you are emphasizing reality and sensorial experience in the Children’s House classroom, or emphasizing imagination at the elementary level and beyond, stories add an important dimension to your teaching. Thirty years of teaching and working as a professional storyteller have given me the opportunity to see this magic work in classrooms. Come learn techniques for learning and telling stories in your own classroom and let the magic begin with you! I will help you integrate this art into your already busy day. Come with me…I will show you how.

OPTION 27 Peace Begins… Where?
Lorna McGrath
Peace begins in different areas of life for different people. In this workshop participants will explore where peace begins for them whether it be at home, in a nature connection, in civil rights, in caring for the elderly, in community projects, or in some other place. After establishing where peace begins, small groups will help each other to prioritize their passions, create action plans, and gather resources to accomplish their goals in creating a more peaceful world. Spend this session with Marc finding out how social media and Google have changed the way we find and retain families and how to use this information at your school.

OPTION 28   Private meeting for SRQ University

OPTION 29 Reflection room


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Banquet

Our masters of ceremony are Jonathan Wolff and Andrew Kutt. There will be awards, recognitions, the Shakespeare workshop demonstration and some surprises. Be prepared to have some real fun!

Get a good night’s sleep, we start bright and early tomorrow morning.