The 2023-2024 theme for the AMI/USA teacher-focused webinar series is “Supporting the Whole Teacher”.
These virtual professional development sessions are designed for classroom guides, assistants, and others that support teachers in their work. These are real discussions about real issues in Montessori teaching work spaces that may hinder teachers from experiencing the true joy of their chosen profession.
How many times have you heard a teacher say, “I teach because I love the children” and “Teaching is rewarding”? Yet, nearly half of teachers serving children in a classroom daily leave the profession before their fifth year. There are lots of reasons why we have a national teacher shortage. Besides pay, a major teacher experience that fuels the shortage is being in “a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion”. Caring for ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically may seem like another task on the endless list, however it will serve us well to make this effort a personal priority. Gaining and strengthening skills in this area is no less important than didactic skills if we are to effectively cope with the many career stressors, model social and emotional skills for students, create academically supportive prepared environments, and guide students to engage more deeply in their learning. Be a part of these impactful discussions that can positively influence your daily teaching practice.
All sessions are held on Mondays from 7:00–8:30 pm EST.
Click on the Teacher Webinar Series session title for more information:
March 18, 2024
Building a Culture of Belonging for Adults with Tamara Sheesley Balis
April 29, 2024
Affirming the Humanity of All Teachers with Patrick Harris II
May 20, 2024
Navigating the Complex Emotional Territory of Education with Dr. Lisa Sanden