Select Page

Sunday, November 11, 2018

7:30 AM Registration opens

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


8:30 – 10:00 AM Session 7

Option 60 Self-Care for the Teacher’s Soul Pt 1
Claire Salkowski
Self-Care is often a neglected area in the life of busy teachers yet it is of paramount importance if we wish to combat the stress and strain of daily work that is joyful and rewarding but often emotionally and physically taxing. As many of us in the helping professions know, we often give to everyone but ourselves. As Thomas Merton says, “Too allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.” This two part experiential and retreat-like workshop will be an extended time and chance for participants to reconnect with their own “inner teacher” and to experience the value of “Sabbath time” and their own “Care of the Soul” in an effort to cultivate a their own inner peace. In the tradition of the peacemaking circle process and “Circles of Trust” participants will experience time to stop and reflect on what gives their life its deepest meaning and purpose and to discover the best ways to refuel so that they can truly be mindful of each moment and bring their best selves to their relationships, work and daily life.

OPTION 61 What Montessorians Can Learn from Google, Preparing a Learning Environment for Grownups  PT 1
Tanya Ryskind and Jonathan Wolff
“You can’t understand Google unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids.” So states Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo, in the recently published book, Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, by Laszlo Bock. In reading this incredible book, and comparing the collaborative learning culture of Google to what we observe in classroom and school communities in the course of our consulting work, we have come to believe that in a many ways Google is more “Montessori-attuned” than many Montessori programs. In this workshop we will take a look at the guiding principles and practices at Google and discuss how these core beliefs and behaviors can be applied to strengthen our Montessori programs and build more collaborative school communities.

OPTION 62 Talking With Babies and Toddlers: Interactions and Materials that Support Language Development in Montessori Environments
Tracey Hall
Together we will explore language development through both the lens of Dr. Montessori’s writings and that of current research on language and attachment. Within that context, we will discuss specific skills that caregivers can use to create a language-rich environment for the children in their care. We will consider both the tools to use throughout the activities of daily life as well as the specifics of creating a language environment that fosters communication. Topics will include: “serve and return”, “motherese”, tailoring the three-period lesson for toddlers, sign language, reading together, moving from concrete to symbolic materials, and supporting the older toddler.

OPTION 63 Movement is Life
Renata Faccioli
A re-examination of this biological need as Dr. Montessori theorized it, as well as current research on movement’s relationship to learning, emotions and stages of life. This workshop will offer ideas and opportunity for experimentation toward best practice application in our classrooms, staff rooms and family rooms. Non-yogis, couch potatoes, admins and those with environmental restrictions especially welcome; we will find movement that works for you and the children you serve!

OPTION 64 Mental Insects PT 1
Michael Dorer
Join Michael in a review of the metal insets, sometimes creatively named by the children. These ten plates and their insets can be magical as well as being a “High Yield” material. What are they for? How and when should they be used? Why are they so important to both the Children’s House and the Lower Elementary? How do they fit in the elementary class? Do they fit in other areas other than language? You will leave this workshop with new ideas and plans for expanding your creative uses for the “Mental Insects!”

OPTION 65 Head of School as Community Leader: Communication and Unwavering Commitment to the Truth and Peace Pt 1 THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE WEATHER PERMITTING
Natalie Baginski
There are fundamental truths in Montessori Education and compromising too far from those truths will ultimately put us in trouble with ourselves and in trouble in the community. It takes courage and belief to stay on point in our message and speak the truth when we feel alone. 1st 90 minutes: How do we stay committed to our fundamental truths, unwaveringly, even if our neighborhoods and boards are asking for something different? What are the messages we will not abandon when communicating about our school? If we are not peaceful and connected with our truth, how can we communicate that when it’s time to speak? I’d like the teachers to go away with a breathing technique that can be used for 2-5 minutes at school before a meeting or writing an important email, or doing a call. 2nd 90 minutes: How do we keep our leads, administrators, and assistants on track when we see and hear things that do not align with the schools core message to the community? I’d like the Heads to go away with some written guiding principles that will support their work in communicating the truth of the matter with teachers who need support.

OPTION 66 Creating Conversations that Count – social & emotional growth through play PT 1
Matt Johnson
Creating conversations that count will explore the use of ClayMates to better understand ourselves and others within a social and emotional context. This hands on workshop will develop a host of tools and strategies to better facilitate complex emotional and social conversations with children and adults. We will introduce creative, imaginative and playful ways to develop social context with emotional response as well as enhance our emotion vocabulary, connection and understanding that results in greater social and emotional mindfulness.THERE IS AN $8 WORKSHOP FEE FOR THIS CLASS THAT INCLUDES A CLAYMATES KIT.

OPTION 67 Care of Self: Stress Management for Anyone Desiring to NOT Burnout!
Paul Epstein
Session has been cancelled. Please select another

10:00 – 10:30 AM Last break with chance to shop with exhibits

10:30 AM – Noon PM Session 8

OPTION 68 Self-Care for the Teacher’s Soul Pt 2
Claire Salkowski
The work continues.

OPTION 69 Round Table
Kathy Leitch and Tim Seldin

OPTION 70 Mental Insects PT -2
Michael Dorer
The work continues

OPTION 71 What Montessorians Can Learn from Google, Preparing a Learning Environment for Grownups  PT 2
Tanya Ryskind and Jonathan Wolff
The work continues

OPTION 72 The Competitive Edge: First place goes to…healthy brain development!
Lisa Thauvette
In this hands-on, interactive and fun workshop we will look at how our brains function when in competitive mode and the benefits and detractions from this functioning. Be ready to play games, share your own experiences, and to bring back concrete strategies and approaches for positively framing competition in your school community. Comparing our level or status to others is a human characteristic which is the foundation to bettering ourselves and to advancing civilizations. However in its most base form, competition is a cause of conflict between individuals, groups and societies–leaving one winner and multiple losers. Join in and gear up to participate in some serious competitive cooperation!

For the past 11 years Lisa has been the Head of School at International Montessori in Brussels, Belgium after several years as lead guide in the elementary program. She holds an AMI 6-12 diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an M. Ed. from Loyola College. Currently she is a consultant and trainer, working with schools and communities in areas of transformational leadership. Her passion and experience in improvisational comedic theatre not only ensure lively and engaging sessions but also lend a unique perspective to applying improv theory for building trust, ideas, and relationships.

OPTION 73 Head of School as Community Leader: Communication and Unwavering Commitment to the Truth and Peace Pt2 THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE WEATHER PERMITTING
Natalie Baginski
The work Continues.

OPTION 74 Creating Conversations that Count – social and emotional growth through play PT 2
Matt Johnson

OPTION 75 Adolescencia. Preparación para la Vida Adulta
Patti DeLeon
La adolescencia es una etapa de ebullición donde cambios físicos, psicológicos y cognitivos se están gestando en todo momento. Conocer más acerca de estos cambios y estar preparado con estrategias específicas para acompañar a nuestro adolescente es lo que el guía Montessori necesita lograr. En este taller se abordarán las características del adolescente del tercer plano de desarrollo y se propondrán actividades sociales y académicas para apoyarlos a vivir esta etapa en armonía con sus compañeros, guías y padres de familia.
Adolescence is a ebullition stage where physical, psychological and cognitive changes are brewing at all times. Knowing more about these changes and being prepared with specific strategies to accompany our teenager is what the Montessori guide needs to achieve. In this workshop the characteristics of the adolescent of the third level of development will be addressed, and social and academic activities will be proposed to support them to live this stage in harmony with their peers, guides and parents.


12:00 (NOON). Pick up your grab and go lunch.
Remember, your name tags are color coded to identify your lunches. Pick up the selection you registered to get. Please do not take anyone elses lunch.

Join us for our closing, it’s quite the peaceful way to appreciate all the hard work you’ve done this weekend.

Thank you for attending our event. See you same place next year.