Montessori Professional Development Workshops 

Montessori Professional Development Workshops

Who Should Attend

Designed for practicing Montessori teachers, topics covered will also fit needs of teachers in other school settings or parents. You do not need a teaching license to attend these workshops.

What is Included

Topics are approved by the American Montessori Society (AMS). With your registration fee you'll get the workshop content, continuing education units, all handouts and materials, lunch and parking on site. Participants can earn graduate college credits by registering at the workshop and paying regular tuition in addition to the workshop registration fee.

October 2016

Making It Stick - How We Make a Lasting Difference in Kids' Lives

October 21, 2016  Workshop Concluded
8:30 a.m. Networking; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Program
Lower level of the River Falls Public Library, River Falls, WI

Learning is a journey, and we are children's guides. Before we set off, we must choose where we are headed. What do we want them to see, to feel? These journeys are the stuff they will use to build their souls and to wire their minds. An additional topic will be "Boys will be Boys," which will introduce proven strategies and learning environment modifications to engage boys and close the growing achievement gap between boys and girls.

Biff Maier is Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School in Massachusetts. For many years, he served as elementary curriculum coordinator at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY and he now co-directs the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) in Lexington, MA. He also presents and consults for the Center for Montessori School Management. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is a seminar presenter and consultant for the American Montessori Society, and, as former Chair of the AMS Teachers' Section, he served on the AMS National Board of Directors. 

November 2016

Trauma Informed Practices for Educators

November 11, 2016
8:30 a.m. Networking, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Program
Lower level of the River Falls Public Library, River Falls, WI

Children who have endured stressful experiences in their young lives may be overly disruptive or withdrawn in the classroom. Sara will address approaches for working one-on-one with children to build resilience and self-regulation skills, and share promising organizational practices that shape school environments to promote student learning and success.All participants receive 5 hours of AMS approved Professional Development.

The presenter, Sara Langworthy, Ph.D, will share scientific research and practical strategies from her new book Bridging the Relationship Gap and from her experience working with an elementary school that has adopted trauma-sensitive learning practices.

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February 2017

Visual Literacy: Creating Context for Students To Express What They See

February 24, 2017
8:30 Networking, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Program
Lower level of the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street, River Falls, WI

Early Bird Discount until January 24, 2017

Based on the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) approach, learn how to develop visual observation skills in your students and how to encourage respectful expression of what is seen. Discover how to cultivate a willingness to present ideas, ask questions, rephrase, and think critically in your classroom community. Originally developed as an art appreciation tool, these strategies are useful across the curriculum and throughout life. All participants receive five hours of AMS approved professional development credits.

Cindy Goldade, MEd is an International Brain Gym Faculty Member, a regular contributor to the international publication, Brain Gym Global Observer, and a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor. She has a master's degree in Pre-K through Grade 6. As owner and operator of Evergreen Montessori School, Cindy taught 3-6 year-old children for more than a decade. Currently she is an independent educator who teaches courses to teachers and adults throughout the upper Midwest. With more than ten years applying what she teaches personally, professionally and as a mother of three, Cindy combines her experience with over 1,000 hours of mind/body course work to shape her expertise.

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April 2017

There are two workshops offered on April 21 for two different audiences.

Early Childhood Workshop

Are We Super Sizing our Children?
Instilling healthy lessons that include movement and nutrition in a Montessori Classroom.

April 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. Networking; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Program
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street, River Falls, WI  

Early Bird Discount until March 21, 2017

Maria Montessori valued movement, saying "Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth." Movement and healthy eating habits go hand-in-hand. Childhood obesity affects 17% of our country's children and adolescents, triple the rate seen just 30 years ago. As an early childhood teacher, there are real interventions in nutrition and physical activity that can help cultivate life-long health in the children we teach and serve.

Presenters are Susie Shelton Dodge is the academic director at Hope Montessori Educational Institute in St. Louis, MO. and  Dr. Kelsey S. Echols, an emergency medicine physician in the Twin Cities and former Montessori child.

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Elementary Workshop

The Deep Well of Time: Storytelling and the Elementary Child

April 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. Networking; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Program
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street, River Falls, WI  

Early Bird Discount until March 21, 2017.

Bring the fun and energy of storytelling to your classroom or home with this comprehensive guide. Gain insights that will help you become an accomplished storyteller, an essential skill for Montessori practitioners. Encourage what Maria Montessori referred to as the child's "great power of imagination" and the child as a "force for the discovery of truth." Children will be delighted with your stories and will come to lessons with new-found enthusiasm.

Presenter Michael Dorer, a master storyteller, and long time Montessori educator, recently published his book "The Deep Well of Time". Michael will make some of the more than 40 complete stories matched to the Montessori curriculum come alive as you learn not only the stories, but also how to create stories of your own. The book will be available to purchase at the workshop.  

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Withdrawals and Refunds

If you are unable to attend the workshop you may send a substitute or submit a written request for withdrawal by mail, fax or e-mail. Withdrawal requests received 14 days before the workshop date will qualify the participant to receive a refund, less a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for withdrawals received within ten days of the event.

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Linda Jacobson, Outreach Program Manager
715-425-3190 or 800-228-5607

The UW-River Falls Montessori Teacher Education Program is an AMS-affiliated Montessori Teacher Education Program for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II courses through the year 2020. 

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-358-1250
Fax: 212-358-1256



This program is accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE).

Interested in a graduate degree?

Visit the Montessori Teacher Education Graduate Degree web page.