Baltimore/Columbia Workshop
Montessori: Learning for All 

October 11-12, 2019

Join us in Columbia, Maryland, for our first of two regional workshops in 2019-2020. We look forward to partnering with NAMTA for what will be their final regional workshop as well as with EAA, our continuing partner for major professional development events.

Book your group rate at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel.

Registration is now open! Register online for this exciting weekend of enrichment.

Take a sneak peak at the presentations we will be offering! (Full brochure coming soon)


October 11th:
Keynote Molly O’Shaughnessy

“Back to the Future: Why Montessori Still Matters

 Now more than ever, our work needs to be revitalized around the social question of the child. We must be duly attentive to the relationship of the past to the present and to the future. Our work requires action – concrete action, action of the mind, and action of the heart, all embodied in hope. The “radiant future” Montessori talked about is possible if we work collectively with our eyes wide open.
Keynote Max Stossel

“Education in the Age of Distraction”

Max Stossel, Head of Content and Storytelling, Center for Humane Technology knows the specific and deliberate ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting. He will discuss how this impacts minds, especially the developing mind of childhood. Max will discuss how students are using social media and will offer recommendations to improve student focus and diminish distraction at home and at school.
Breakout Grae Baker & Sveta Pais

“Technology Strategies for Home and School”

Over the past decade, the pervasive use of new media and technology has drastically affected the lives of families and is impacting the development of children. We recognize that to partner with parents in support of their children effectively, we need to take a proactive versus a reactive approach to working with families. Pursuant to its partnership with families, Austin Montessori School recently reviewed studies on screen media and its impact on child development. The school used the results of its research to update existing guidelines for parents and shared its findings – including research and background information – with families.
Breakout Hannah Ewert-Krocker & Rowan Webster

“Navigating Social Media Across the Planes of Development”

Social media is becoming an ever more pervasive part of children’s lives at an increasingly young age. In this presentation and facilitated conversation, Hannah Ewert-Krocker, adolescent guide, and Rowan Webster, elementary guide, will facilitate a discussion of the potential implications of social media use for children across both the second (6-12) and third (12-18) planes of development. Hannah and Rowan will share experiences and describe a practical approach towards social media, navigating the ways in which social media use potentially serves — or obstructs — the developmental needs and characteristics of the elementary child and the adolescent.
Breakout Jacquie Maughn & Deborah Bricker

“Building a Foundation for a Complex World in the First Plane”

What is the preparation for life in the primary that is the antidote for the ever-changing and impatient world we live in?  Do we take advantage of the depth of opportunity for the young child to create the foundation for social life including communication, personal interest, consideration and kindness, self-worth balanced with the appreciation of others:  appreciation of the gifts of the first plane and application of the art of teaching?  Jacquie and Deborah have both been primary teacher and heads of schools for forty years.  The years of observation, assisting, and guiding children and adults inform their perspective on what is important to the children in our care and is the antidote to the fast paced complex world children are growing up in.
October 12th:
Keynote Jennifer Shields

“Navigating our Complex Society with the Child in Mind”

Montessori observed that the two main tasks of the child are to form their personality and to adapt to their culture. How can we support each child and each family in this process? How are we creating miniature societies in our schools and classrooms? What elements of our culture can we lift up? It is our responsibility to be culturally relevant and responsive to the diverse needs and backgrounds of the children in our community. We have to work actively to be anti-racist, anti-sexist, and to adopt practices that will minimize negative impact on our climate.
Keynote Jacquie Miller

“Embracing Scientific Pedagogy to Create Thriving School Ecosystems”


Charo Alarcón

“Serving the True Needs of Children in All Settings”

Jacqui Miller will share a perspective on scientific pedagogy as a means to creating Montessori school environments uniquely adapted to their time, place and culture. Her experience comes through Stonebrook Montessori, an ambitious and intentional school community striving to provide an authentic Montessori experience for children in an urban setting as a public school. They are now in the 5thyear of their journey, systematically (and somewhat scientifically) questioning assumptions and abstractions, leaning into the Montessori pedagogy to better understand and fully embrace the complexity of human development, and responding with appropriately aligned practices that prepare an environment to meet the real needs of our children, families and neighborhood.

Educators around the country are noticing a shift in the way children are processing (or not) information. What is the cause of this shift? Excessive access to technology? The fast pace of modern life in the age of technology? Busy parents? Whatever it is, as Montessori educators, we have the tools and training to modify our method to meet the needs of the child in the age of technology. What are these new needs that we must meet? Let’s get back to the observation chair and figure it out!

Breakout Jennifer Shields

“The Union of the Inner and Outer Needs of the First Plane Child Expressed through the Work of the Hands”

Dr. Montessori asked the guide to watch and wait for the child to show signs of interest. “Interest is a superior part of a child’s personality…We must hope and wait for this mastery of the child over himself, so that he may dominate himself. It is the tendency of childhood to become strongly interested in some action.” (Creative Development in the Child, Volume 2, p. 299)

Jennifer will explore ways in which we can maintain our faith in the child, to observe for the spark of interest, and to design practical life activities that can activate these interests. We will brainstorm and share ideas for helping the children engage in work that is purposeful, expressive, and constructive to their personalities.

Breakout Virginia Viscovic

“The Transition of First Plane to Second Plane”

Transitions can be a time of joyous change or a time of stress and worry. For parents and practitioners alike, the move from the first plane to the second plane can come with many concerns: how do you know a child is ready? How do we support the child? Parents? How can administration support everyone? When is the right time to transition? How should the child transition? Come discuss this and more! Let’s share practical and pedagogical points that surround this transition to help make it smoother. (Participants are welcome to do handwork during the session in order to aid focus.)
Breakout Rachel Kimboko

“Keeping Assessment and Observation Rooted in the Child”

Observation is the cornerstone of the Montessori method; it’s both a robust, scientific approach and an art that she called each Guide to work at mastering. Our aim is to support each child in reaching their full potential by preparing our environment and removing obstacles to success. Understandably, parents may want reassurance that their children are progressing. Schools, in particular publicly-funded ones, can feel pressure to show evidence to justify the investment being made in our work. In this era where conventional education is focused on data-informed instruction, data cycles, and high-stakes testing, how can Montessorians stay rooted in the tools that she gave us?