Montessori Professional Development Workshops
Montessori Professional Development Workshops

December 12, 2014 | February 13, 2015 | April 10, 2015 | February 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 four Friday workshops.

What is Included

Topics are approved by the American Montessori Society (AMSlink).

With your registration fee you'll get the workshop content, 6.0 continuing education units, all handouts and materials, lunch and parking on site. Participants can earn one or two graduate credits by registering for a TED 695 course at the seminar. Regular graduate tuition rates apply.

December 2014

Mapping the Learning Journey

December 12, 2014
Best Western Plus Campus Inn, River Falls, WI Map and Directionslink

Experienced Montessori instructors (3-6; 6-9;9-12) will facilitate the sharing of experiences and tools used with students to promote metacognition as teachers and students collaboratively identify destinations (learning goals) and map individual learning journeys daily, weekly, annually and for the three-year cycle.  The workshop will also focus on how we differentiate instruction to meet diverse learning goals in the learning journey and support student choice and responsibility.

Presenters will include a panel of experienced, Montessori instructors.

Register online or download PDF registration formdocument (need Acrobat Reader)


February 2015

Pedagogy of Peace

February 13, 2015
Best Western Plus Campus Inn, River Falls, WI Map and Directionslink

Early Bird Discount until December 13, 2014

A new field, the pedagogy of peace, is growing at a stunning pace due to the new discoveries in neuroscience, diplomacy, conflict resolution and emotional, ethical and social intelligence. The pedagogy of peace poses new opportunities for all of us to create peaceful homes, workplaces and classrooms, and hence help others grow in their capacity to be peacemakers.

By understanding "our native emotional language," we significantly increase our own conflict resolution skills in co-creating a culture of peace with staff and students.  Identifying and understanding the passions and interests of children enables us to establish an emergent curriculum on peace education. Sound pedagogy requires the voice of the children and their ideas for creating a more peaceful world.

Participants will learn how to explore what is on children's minds and how to provide an environment for innovation and creativity to address the children's ideas. Learn how to make peace a self-directed learning experience. 

Rebecca Janke has focused her career on providing and promoting peace education.  She is a member of several peace education related organizations, is the co-developer of the Human Rights and Peace Store with the University of MN and author of Peacemaker A,B,C's for Young Children.  She has been a frequent columnist for the Public School Montessorian.  Rebecca has her EC and E I Montessori training from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. 

Register online or download PDF registration formdocument (need Acrobat Reader).


April 2015

Movement and the Mind!   *NEW TOPIC*

April 10, 2015
UWRF Hudson Center, Hudson, WI Map and Directions

Early Bird Discount until February 10, 2015

How can you help a child develop their vision and/or hearing? What do you do with the wiggle worm? How about the klutzy one? During this workshop, we will explore intentional movements that build the physical skills for learning. These 26 Brain Gym activities, variations and extensions are appropriate before, during or after presentations and they assist with transitions. Presenter Cindy Goldade will share individual, small, and whole group activities that work in a prepared classroom environment.

Back by popular demand!!  Cindy presented for us in December 2013.  Comments from participants:  "Excellent!!"  "Engaging, funny, applicable and enjoyable!" "I want more!"

Register online or download PDF registration formdocument (need Acrobat Reader).


February 2016

Introducing Children to Atoms and Molecules

February 12, 2016
Best Western Plus Campus Inn, River Falls, WI Map and Directionslink

Early Bird Discount until December12, 2015

From sensory explorations of the objects in our world to the testing of materials and observing interactions of different kinds of matter, participants will experience pre-chemistry activities and experiments to use in early childhood or elementary classrooms.  We will learn about choosing and caring for objects we use every day, recycling and atoms and molecules, for those children ready for more abstraction. These activities provide an important foundation both for chemistry and for understanding the nature of the objects in our everyday lives.

The presenter, Priscilla Spears, Ph.D., is the owner of Big Picture Science and has experience as a research scientist in microbiology and immunology. She has been a Montessori parent for many years and taught science lessons at lower and upper elementary levels, as well as assisting with elementary teacher training.  

Registration will be available in 2015.

Registration Details

Days: Fridays

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: Best Western Plus Campus Inn in River Falls, WI or UWRF Hudson Center. See specific session for location information.

Registration Fee: $89 ($79 for early registration)

Your registration fee includes the following   

  • Six hours of instruction    
  • All workshop materials
  • 6.0 CEUs approved by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for each workshop
  • Lunch   
  • Free parking close to building

Participants who wish to earn graduate credit for these workshops will need to be admitted as a UWRF student, register for Special Topics in Montessori Education (MONT 789) and pay graduate tuition. See Taking Classes for Credit for admissions instructions.

Register online and pay with a credit card. 


You may also register by completing the registration forms included in the workshop descriptions above and mailing it with your check to the Outreach Office.

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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For More Information

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

Dr. Gay Ward, College of Education and Professional Studies


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
E-mail: ams@amshq.orgmail
Web: amshq.orglink



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

Interested in a graduate degree?

Visit the Montessori Teacher Education Graduate Degree web page.