Programme

Thursday, October 6, 2016

*** The International Montessori School, Conference Co-Organizer will be organizing tours to observe it’s different programs. If you are interested please click here 

Friday, October 7, 2016

8:30 am – 9:30 am Opening Ceremony

9:30 am – 10:30 am Keynote, The global citizen 

Dr. Montessori’s vision for education was to build a more peaceful international community of young people who grow up with a global understanding, the capacity to feel empathy and concern for all who share the earth with us, and the tools to vote, innovate, and create great enterprises, but also to do so in ways that value humankind’s differences that make us endlessly interesting. This, she wrote in The Absorbent Mind, was the bright new hope for mankind… More

11:00 am – 12:30 pm 1st workshop session 

Please select one of the following options in this session. You will make a selection in every session for each day you attend the conference. You can only choose one option per session.

F1/1. Math extensions for the Casa environment. Part 1 (ages: 3-6)/ Karmazin

Lori Karmazin guides participants to connect unenthusiastic children with the beautiful mathematics apparatus. This workshop will explore the many ways to enrich the Montessori math curriculum through variations and extensions…  More Info

F1/2. Science inquiry the practical way, for ages 3-6/ A Epstein

Why can’t I drink this milk with spots in it? Where does water go after it rains (or after I flush)? Teachers can harness preschoolers’ natural curiosity with simple “Kitchen Science” activities and build critical thinking skills at the same time… More Info

F1/3. The infant & toddler centre (ages 0-3)/ McGrath

The first three years of life are a critical foundation for development and can also be a time of great anxiety for new parents. An effective Infant and Toddler Centre not only supports parents on their journey into parenthood, but also creates a sense of belonging to the community… More Info

F1/4. Essential qualities of the prepared environment: What we know and what we often forget/ Bravo

In this interactive workshop, Kitty Bravo puts the teacher’s emphasis back on the preparation of the environment, which Dr. Montessori identified as the adult guide’s main task… More Info

F1/5. English writing skills for the 6-12 child/ Feleo

Maria Feleo presents in an exciting refresher on the Montessori 6-12 writing presentations. With their strengths in critical thinking and contextualizing, global citizens are often talented writers… More Info

F1/6. Celebrating international diversity through United Nations Day/ Kutt

Join Andrew Kutt as he outlines the ways international diversity can be celebrated at your school. When children learn about the unique gifts of other cultures their appreciation for the vast diversity of our world will last a lifetime… More Info

F1/7. What happened? What’s happening? What needs to happen next ?…Guiding teachers to be more reflective and proactive about Montessori practice improvement/ Wolff

Jonathan Wolff presents how schools can better provide a platform for effective review so that teachers are not merely repeating the same patterns and habits. As educators, working within a culture of continuous improvement… More Info

F1/8. Art in the Montessori classroom/ Lang

In this hands-on, interactive, and potentially messy session, Kit Lang unveils new ways to integrate art into the classroom. From experimenting with new mediums to learning how to provide meaningful art activities as daily work choices… More info

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch, exhibits will remain open

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 2nd workshop session

Please select one of the following options in this session. You will make a selection in every session for each day you attend the conference. You can only choose one option per session.

F2/1. Literacy & language for young children / A Epstein

In this workshop, Ann Epstein investigates how young children develop language and early literacy skills while evaluating the support of this development through the Montessori language curriculum…  More Info

F2/2. Math extensions, Part 2 / Karmazin 

Lori Karmazin guides participants to connect unenthusiastic children with the beautiful mathematics apparatus. This workshop will explore the many ways to enrich the Montessori math curriculum through variations and extensions…  More Info

F2/3.  Anticipate, participate, cooperate: A model for communicating with toddlers, Part 1 / McGrath

Working with toddlers can be a heartwarming experience as well as a challenging one at times. In this workshop, Lorna McGrath will explore effective ways of communicating and responding to toddlers... More Info

F2/4. The story and teaching of time, Part 1 / Seldin

This two-part workshop focuses on the specific exercises that form the child’s understanding of the concept of time in history, referred to in Tim Seldin’s The World in the Palm of Her Hand: The Montessori Approach to Introducing History and Geography to the Young Child… More Info

F2/5. Common sense Montessori, Part 1: How do we best explain the Why Montessori? / P Epstein

Teachers often find themselves overwhelmed by parents who are completely results driven or only concerned about their child’s ability to get to the top as fast as possible… More Info

F2/6. Classroom best practices ethical, empathetic, and euphoric: Helping children learn to live in our complex world with integrity, compassion, and a healthy sense of humour, Part 1 / Wolff

In this two-part workshop, Jonathan Wolff delves into the three streams of character development at the heart of molding a global citizen: ethical decision making; compassion that stimulates social advocacy and action; and viewing the world with joyful detachment…. More Info

F2/7. The environment: Parameters of freedom / Bravo

Freedom is an essential element for the development of healthy and competent human beings. This session will explore the important balance of freedom and responsibility within a well prepared environment.  More Info 

 F2/8. All stressed out and nowhere to go, Part 1 / Leitch

Kathy Leitch presents common childhood stressors while examining the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stress on children in today’s fast-paced world… More Info

4:00 – 4:30 pm Networking & Shopping at Exhibits

4:30-6:00 pm 3rd Workshop Session

 F3/1. Special needs for the 3-6 children / A Epstein

Ann Epstein outlines the challenge of applying Dr. Montessori’s theories in educating children who struggle to learn and behave. Here she presents hands-on strategies and invites us to recognize human potentialities in all children… More Info

F3/2. Leading music into the classrooms / Kutt 

Andrew Kutt shares his original songs, as well as some classic traditional songs that illustrate key concepts of Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum – including the web of life, the solar system, caring for the planet, friendship, and building peace… More Info

F3/3. Anticipate, participate, cooperate: A model for communicating with toddlers, Part 2 / Lorna McGrath

Working with toddlers can be a heartwarming experience as well as a challenging one at times. In this workshop, Lorna McGrath will explore effective ways of communicating and responding to toddlers… More Info

F3/4. Common sense Montessori, Part 2: How do we best explain the Why Montessori?  / P Epstein 

Dr. Paul Epstein outlines how teachers and administrators can effectively explain how Montessori best prepares children for global living by guiding the development of critical thinking and emotional soft skills such as persistence and empathy… More Info

F3/5. The story and teaching of time, Part 2 / Seldin

This two-part workshop focuses on the specific exercises that form the child’s understanding of the concept of time in history, referred to in Tim Seldin’s The World in the Palm of Her Hand: The Montessori Approach to Introducing History and Geography to the Young Child…  More Info

F3/6. Classroom best practices on Cosmic Education / Tsai

This presentation examines the integration of the various subjects within the scope of the second plane child’s Cosmic Education, the theme of the Montessori 6-12 curriculum and what Dr. Montessori defined as an “unifying global and universal view[s] of the past, present and future.”More Info

F3/7. Classroom best practices ethical, empathetic, and euphoric: Helping children learn to live in our complex world with integrity, compassion, and a healthy sense of humour, Part 2 / Wolff

In this two-part workshop, Jonathan Wolff delves into the three streams of character development at the heart of molding a global citizen: ethical decision making; compassion that stimulates social advocacy and action; and viewing the world with joyful detachmentMore Info

F3/8. All stressed out and nowhere to go, Part 2 / Leitch 

Kathy Leitch presents common childhood stressors while examining the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stress on children in today’s fast-paced world… More Info

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

7:15 am – 8:00 am Registration and exhibits

8:00 am – 9:15 am Keynote, Guiding noble children: celebrations!

Do you think of yourself as a global citizen? I do, but perhaps I am not, according to current media which depicts global citizens who are responsible for the impact of their actions on the world. They say global citizens study the cultures and histories of others, reduce their carbon footprints, and engage in cooperative, transnational efforts to stop poverty, disease, extinction, starvation, violence, war, climate change, wealth inequality, and gender inequality. These are necessary, urgent activities, and there are others too. Yet I believe we are truly global citizens because we guide noble Montessori children who are respectful, caring, and cheerful…  More Info

9:15 am -10:00 am Break: Book Signing, Shopping and Networking

10:00 am – 11:30 pm 1st workshop session 

Please select one of the following options in this session. You will make a selection in every session for each day you attend the conference. You can only choose one option per session.

S1/1. 3-6 Refresher: cultural extensions an integrated approach to science, cultural and the arts, Part 1. / Bravo & Karmazin

Join Kitty Bravo and Lori Karmazin (Full day workshop requires full day attendance) in this dynamic exchange of lessons and extensions to support global awareness and understanding. This session is a holistic and cosmic approach to the study of geography, history, science, and the arts… More Info

S1/2. Teachers perception of family priorities and stressors / A Epstein

The discussion will look at assumptions made by teachers about the issues that families deal with and how a deeper understanding of the family’s struggles could foster better practices… More Info

S1/3. Cultivating a cooperative classroom in the 3-6 children’s environment, Part 1 / McGrath 

In this fun, active, and informative workshop, Lorna McGrath invites participants to solve real-life classroom situations together and identifies hands-on strategies for fulfilling students’ needs before misbehaviours begin – preventive medicine…  More Info

S1/4. Contemplative practices: mindfulness, meditation, and the Montessori classroom, Part 1 / Salkowski

In this two-part workshop, Claire Salkowski helps teachers to guide children in the art of self-reflection, moving from stillness into silence and deeper reflections, in order to know themselves deeply…  More Info

S1/5. Discover the leader within, Part 1 / Kutt

More empowered leaders give rise to more empowered students. The goal of global citizenship is to empower children to lead their own action and to arm them with the skills and confidence to be proactive in finding global solutions to global problems…  More Info

S1/6. 食物在蒙特梭利教育中的角色 (The importance of cooking in Montessori), Part 1 / Su

1~6歲30組優美食物製備教具完整呈現。 餐桌是最佳的教育場所。 照顧者的預備。 備餐和用餐活動。 食物製備活動與五大教學領域。 食物製備活動~具體操作…  More Info

S1/7. Effective partnerships with families / Seldin

This workshop will look at the best ways to inspire parents on Montessori’s essential goals and principles, how to encourage parents to support learning by doing, and how to create a positive atmosphere at home. Seldin will discuss the building blocks of nurturing this culture of partnership, which ultimately benefits the child’s development….  More Info

S1/8. 蒙特梭利小學 – 宇宙教育 (Introduction to Cosmic Education) / Tsai

蒙特梭利的教學法從20世紀至今已經超過一百年了,同時也遍布全世界。她從研究兒童開始產生的教學法,提供了遵循兒童發展的原則,從出生一直到青春期, 在她倡導下產生了許多適合不同階段兒童發展的學習環境,但是在亞洲區,人們對蒙特梭利的認識還是只限於針對學齡前的兒童所創設的兒童之家。本次介紹重點在於,6-12歲兒童的心理特質以及蒙特梭利小學的課程如何幫助他們發展。

11:30 am -1:15 pm Lunch, exhibits will remain open

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm 2nd workshop session

S2/1. Implementing the vision; leading a Montessori School, Part 1 / Seldin 

This workshop looks at how leaders, both Montessori trained and those new to the philosophy, face different demands when running a school. Participants will also discuss what it means to lead a Montessori team effectively…..  More Info

S2/2. Cultivating a cooperative classroom in the 3-6 children’s environment, Part 2/ McGrath

In this fun, active, and informative workshop, Lorna McGrath invites participants to solve real-life classroom situations together and identifies hands-on strategies for fulfilling students’ needs before misbehaviours begin – preventive medicine…  More Info

S2/3. Contemplative practices: mindfulness, meditation, and the Montessori classroom, Part 2/ Salkowski

In this two-part workshop, Claire Salkowski helps teachers to guide children in the art of self-reflection, moving from stillness into silence and deeper reflections, in order to know themselves deeply…  More Info

S2/4. 33 strategies for children who don’t concentrate, Part 1 / P Epstein

Based on findings from ethnographic research and studies of brain development, we will explore a type of attention called shared focus and re-examine the central role concentration has played in our Montessori philosophy. Then we will identify 33 classroom strategies for guiding children to concentration….  More Info

S2/5. Discover the leader within, Part 2 / Kutt

More empowered leaders give rise to more empowered students. The goal of global citizenship is to empower children to lead their own action and to arm them with the skills and confidence to be proactive in finding global solutions to global problems…  More Info

S2/6. 食物在蒙特梭利教育中的角色 (The importance of cooking in Montessori), Part 2 / Sherry

1~6歲30組優美食物製備教具完整呈現。 餐桌是最佳的教育場所。 照顧者的預備。 備餐和用餐活動。 食物製備活動與五大教學領域。 食物製備活動~具體操作…  More Info

S2/7. 3-6 Refresher: cultural extensions an integrated approach to science, cultural and the arts, Part 2 / Bravo, Karmazin

Join Kitty Bravo and Lori Karmazin in this dynamic exchange of lessons and extensions to support global awareness and understanding. This session is a holistic and cosmic approach to the study of geography, history, science, and the arts… More Info

S2/8. The shift; moving from teaching curriculum to teaching children / Leitch

Kathy presents the practical ways in which Montessori educators go through what Dr. Montessori referred to as a “spiritual transformation,” and the implications for the classroom and whole school, including the role of the teacher in the life of the child… More Info

2:45 pm-3:15 pm Networking and Shopping with Exhibitors 

3:15 pm -4:45 pm 3rd Workshop Session

S3/1. 33 strategies for children who don’t concentrate, Part 2 / P Epstein

Based on findings from ethnographic research and studies of brain development, we will explore a type of attention called shared focus and re-examine the central role concentration has played in our Montessori philosophy. Then we will identify 33 classroom strategies for guiding children to concentration…  More Info

S3/2. The 3 Rs-Rest, Renewal and Reflection: mindfulness and contemplative practices for Montessorians / Salkowski

Claire helps teachers and staff recognize the value and need for cultivating rest, renewal, and reflection in their personal lives so that they can bring the best of themselves to their work daily… More Info

S3/3. Implementing the vision; leading a Montessori school, Part 2 / Seldin 

This workshop looks at how leaders, both Montessori trained and those new to the philosophy, face different demands when running a school. Participants will also discuss what it means to lead a Montessori team effectively… More Info

S3/4. The shift moving from teaching curriculum to teaching children, Part 2 / Leitch

Kathy presents the practical ways in which Montessori educators go through what Dr. Montessori referred to as a “spiritual transformation,” and the implications for the classroom and whole school, including the role of the teacher in the life of the child… More Info

S3/5. 3-6 Refresher: Cultural extensions an integrated approach to science, cultural and the arts, Part 3 / Bravo, Karmazin

Join Kitty Bravo and Lori Karmazin in this dynamic exchange of lessons and extensions to support global awareness and understanding. This session is a holistic and cosmic approach to the study of geography, history, science, and the arts... More Info

S3/6. The art of circle time/ Kutt

The time can also be used to sow the seeds for new lessons and concepts. In this workshop, Andrew Kutt demonstrates the wide array of possibilities for circle time and also shows how a schedule or rubric of activities can help teachers plan gathering times more effectively… More Info

S3/7. Adaptation: A journey in Montessori discoveries / Sneyd

Matthew Sneyd will walk you through the obstacles and decisions encountered while building a Montessori program in challenging and uncharted territories, and reveal both the practical and pedagogical lessons learned along the way… More Info

S3/8. Montessori-friendly character education: Off the shelf exercises for helping students develop moral and Social Intelligence /  Wolff

Jonathan Wolff explores a fresh way to create student-centered character education experiences for the prepared environment, classroom, and family communities… More Info

5:05 pm -6:05 pm Closing Ceremony

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