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.

April 2017

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

Early Childhood Workshop -- Reduced fee

Nutrition, Movement and Practical Life in Early Childhood: Developing Life Long Healthy Habits 
(formerly titled "Are We Supersizing our Children?") 

Kelsey EcholsApril 21, 2017

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

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. As an early childhood teacher, child care provider or parent, there are things Susie Shelton Dodgeyou can do to help the children in your care develop life-long healthy habits.

Twin Cities Physician Kelsey Echols and her mother, Susie Shelton Dodge, early childhood educator and director of the Hope Montessori Educational Institute in St. Louis, MO will share their combined expertise in this participatory workshop. 

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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  

Bring the fun and energy of storytelling to your classroom or home with this comprehensive workshop. 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 longtime 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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For More Information

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.