Montessori Professional Development Workshops


April 11, 2014 | October 10, 2014 | December 12, 2014 | February 13, 2015 | April 10, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Best Western Plus Campus Inn, River Falls, WI Map and Directionslink

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 (AMS).

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.

April 2014

Infusing Art Throughout the Cultural Curriculum

April 11, 2014

Early Bird Discount until February 12, 2014

In this day-long workshop, participants will experience enhancing the exploration of cultural subjects (social studies, history, geography, biology, and art history) through the arts. In keeping with the cosmic curriculum, art will be modeled as a tool to deepen understanding of the cultural subjects and to make connections between disciplines. Art activities during this workshop will provide insight into history, geography and biology as well as art history. Multiple media will be used for these explorations. Spend a day with internationally known teacher educators and a professional artist and nurture your creative side while exploring how you can use art activities in your teaching.

Presenters are Jayne Kathman, art teacher at Xavier University Montessori lab School in Cincinnati, Ohio; Richard Reynolds Ward, an internationally known professional artist from River Falls; and Gay Ward, a professor in Teacher Education at the UW-River Falls and nationally known Montessori educator.

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October 2014

From Sensation to Abstraction: The Role of the Sensorial Materials in the EC Elementary Classrooms

October 10, 2014

Early Bird Discount until August 10, 2014

The Montessori learning process recognizes that refinement of the senses is essential to the development of the intellect. To develop the senses of children between the ages of three and six, Montessori students are provided with exquisite sensorial materials. For the child in the second plane, the sensorial objects are the means by which the child acquires both functional knowledge of objects in the environment and representational knowledge or materialized abstractions. The presentation will explore this crucial role, the challenges teachers face in revitalizing the sensorial area, and provide opportunities for discussion and exploration of the materials.

Crystal Dahlmeier is the former Program Director for the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education and, currently, a principal instructor and consultant to the Greater Cincinnati Program. She is an educator experienced in traditional, Montessori, multi-age and special education working in early childhood and primary aged children. She has extensive experience working with parents in conferences, workshops and parent education classes.

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December 2014

Mapping the Learning Journey

December 12, 2014

Early Bird Discount until October 12, 2014

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.

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February 2015

The Pedagogy of Peace

February 13, 2015

Early Bird Discount until December 13, 2014

The pedagogy of peace provides opportunities for us to create peaceful homes, workplaces and classrooms, while helping others grow in their capacity to be peacemakers.  

Using "our native emotional language" we can enhance our 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.

Presenter Rebecca Janke has focused her career on providing and promoting peace education. She is a member of several peace education organizations, the co-developer of the Human Rights and Peace Store with the University of Minnesota, 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. 

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April 2015

Opening the Doors to Chemistry

April 10, 2015

Early Bird Discount until February 10, 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.  

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Registration Details

Days: Fridays

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: Best Western Plus Campus Inn in River Falls, WI

Registration Fee: $85 ($75 for early registration) for April 2014 workshop; $89 ($79 for early registration) for all other workshops

Your registration fee includes the following   

  • Full morning of instruction    
  • All workshop materials
  • 6.0 CEUs approved by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for each wrokshop
  • 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

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022 USA
Campus Information 715-425-3911