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Elementary

All of the Elementary webinars on this page are available on-demand. Rentals are for 30 days. We also offer live webinars; you can view them here.

Anti-Bias Education for Students & Educators Alike

We will embark on the process of understanding ourselves and our students through the lens of Anti-Bias Education: an active approach to maintaining a culturally responsive environment for all learners. This webinar will introduce you to the 4 goals of Anti-Bias Education for children and the 5 goals for adults.

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    Anti-Bias Education for Students & Educators Alike, Part 2

    Some of us may ask how or even why discussions of race, gender, and other topics are relevant or appropriate. This webinar continues the discussion began in our previous webinar with a discussion on the importance of anti-biased, anti-racist practice at individual, class-wide and school-wide levels; and offers concrete tools to support you in the essential task of continuing your own spiritual preparation.

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      Breaking the Cycle - Uncovering the Roots of Misbehavior

      Join us as we understand and learn to respond to children with chronic behavioral challenges in a manner that is both proactive and consistent with the Montessori approach for respect in the classroom.

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        Building the Self: A Toolkit for Self-Regulation

        Our presenter will outline methods for preparing an environment for self-regulation, including tools for planning, goal setting, time management and behavior management. He will also describe community norms in which children co-create and collaboratively maintain the rules.

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          Building the Self: Self-Regulation, the Successor to Normalization

          Biff Maier presents recent research in self-regulation and its compatibility with Montessori’s vision of the normalized child.

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            Classroom Assistants & You: Cultivating Healthy Relationships

            Recognizing the assistant as a crucial aspect of classroom success, our presenter will walk you through concrete steps to take for building a checklist for your assistant to follow, when and how to allow your assistant to take on greater responsibilities in the classroom, and defining and respectfully enforcing boundaries.

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              Conducting Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

              Learn how to prepare for and conduct regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Ideas will be shared for creating opportunities for productive, open communication for all involved, and to avoid common pitfalls in communicating with parents.

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                Connections Matter: Skills for Creating, Strengthening, & Maintaining Meaningful Interpersonal Connections

                Learn techniques to help you and your students initiate, maintain, and strengthen connections in all areas of your lives.

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                  Cosmic Extensions for the Early Elementary Years

                  This webinar will help you take a new look at your existing Elementary I Cosmic curriculum and provide you with helpful and creative ideas for adding depth and breadth to it through the use of well-planned, well-designed, and well-executed extensions.

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                    Developing Social Imagination through Nature, Art, & Play

                    This webinar on social imagination will integrate current research on the brain, place-based learning, and creativity; examine the benefits of nature, art, and play in Montessori education; and provide intentional ways to respect the past and envision a better world.

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                      Divide & Conquer! A Math Refresher for Teachers of Elementary Students

                      This workshop will refresh your understanding of the links between concrete and abstract division of wholes, fractions, and decimals, offering precise language that more deeply connects children (and parents) with materials.

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                        Educating for “Ecoliteracy” in the Montessori Classroom

                        Our presenters will explore the numerous connections between the Montessori and Children & Nature movements and offer practical ways to promote “ecological literacy” in our prepared environments.

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                          Elementary Practical Life - Beyond Grace and Courtesy

                          Feel confident incorporating examples and projects within your classrooms, as our presenters discuss activities of Elementary Practical Life within the framework of the planes of development and Montessori’s understanding of the human tendencies.

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                            Fundamental Practices of Motivation

                            Are the children you know motivated by rewards, or praise, or their own hard work? In this webinar, you will learn why rewards hinder a student’s natural desire to learn, how praise can be a type of reward, and how this impacts a student’s development and sense of self.

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                              Healthy Classrooms

                              This webinar will introduce participants to the Healthy Classroom Checklist− addressing social interactions, work choices, independence, and classroom management techniques.

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                                Helping Children Experience the Joy and Wonder of Summer

                                Learn enticing activities for your children, from backyard and urban adventures, photography explorations, natural crafts, writing investigations, and more to keep everyone happy all summer long!

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                                  Inclusion in the Montessori Environment (7 Webinars)

                                  This webinar bundle provides access to 7 workshops that address inclusion within the Montessori environment—all for 1 low price. You will come away understanding the history, vocabulary, and best practices around inclusive classrooms, along with tools and techniques for student assessment and observation, curriculum design, and for offering support to vulnerable children.

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                                    Internalizing the Hierarchy of Numbers

                                    This webinar will not only reacquaint attendees with important introductory lessons on the hierarchy, but will also explore new ways to use traditional Montessori materials that are already in the classroom, as well as new materials that focus on hierarchy in engaging and unique ways.

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                                      Leveraging Current Research to Support Montessori

                                      Demand for data and research to support the proliferation of Montessori principles and practices is growing quickly, as is research from mainstream education supporting Montessori practices. We’ll talk about how to make this data work for you in your efforts to champion Montessori—whether to parents, future Montessori educators, or public policy wonks.

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                                        Lighting a Child's Inborn Sense of Wonder: Mobilizing Your School to Bring Nature Back to Children

                                        You’ll experience activities and curriculum ideas that engage students with the natural world through art, creative writing, science observation, and alternatives to traditional play concepts, all using available natural space.

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                                          Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Practical Applications of a Developmental Continuum

                                          Dr. Phinney and Dr. Ward will provide an extensive and practical literacy continuum framework that will enable you to meet the needs of the wide range of development found within any group of literacy learners, regardless of age/grade level.

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                                            Math, the Spiral Curriculum, and the Layering of Learning

                                            The Pink Tower is just the beginning of the mathematical curriculum that spirals out from this majestic material. Come, see, and understand the depth of the Pink Tower and how layering of learning happens organically in the classroom.

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                                              Mindfulness & Education for Peace

                                              This presentation will address the need for intentionality in keeping the spirit of peace alive in the Montessori classroom and school, and explain how mindfulness activities can play a vital part in this.

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                                                Montessori & ADD/ADHD

                                                This webinar will present an examination of the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of attention deficit disorder in children from early childhood to adolescence, with a focus on children in the learning and social environments. 

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                                                  A Montessori Guide to Teaching Conflict-Resolution Skills to Young Children

                                                  In this webinar you’ll learn strategies for teaching conflict resolution skills to children. The presentation will address the needs of socially diverse classrooms, and how best to craft your peace lessons for children who have not yet developed strong concepts of tolerance, respect, and acceptance.

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                                                    Montessori Teacher Development: Nurturing the Seeds of Transformation

                                                    When we nurture and nourish the seeds of transformation, we can truly blossom. During this webinar, we will use the imagery of a seed to identify what is needed to break through the protective coat of our current Montessori practices.

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                                                      No More Mean Girls: Creating Positive Girl Behavior

                                                      Certified parent educator Yvonne Nass will address these so-called “mean girls” and explore causes, typical behaviors, and impact on a group, and she will provide helpful strategies for balancing out these behaviors in a positive manner.

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                                                        Perspectives in the New Literacy: Coding, Programming, and Problem-Solving

                                                        Our students are part of the continually evolving digital world and have an opportunity to engage critically and purposefully with technology. The presentation will share different ways to introduce programming, and coding concepts to complement and support the Montessori curriculum.

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                                                          Positive Discipline

                                                          Chip DeLorenzo will present strategies for taking your skills to new, Montessori-friendly depths through the use of Positive Discipline, which teaches that for discipline to be effective, it must—among other things—be kind, firm, and respectful; and invite children to discover how capable they are.

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                                                            Preparing the Environment for Children with Sensory-Processing Needs

                                                            In this webinar, we will investigate the identifying features of children with sensory challenges, including children who are on the autism spectrum and those with sensory-processing disorders. We will explore simple strategies and adaptations that can be utilized to support the learning and behavioral needs of these children who don’t fit the typical developmental patterns.

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                                                              “Sex & Pizza”: Human Development & Sex-Ed for Montessori Upper Elementary

                                                              We'll share ways to guide parents and children in navigating the journey toward adult bodies and adult behaviors, including teaching the vocabulary for naming reproductive body parts; guiding children to formulate questions about human development, identity, and sexuality; and answering their questions in a respectful, open, and honest manner.

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                                                                Starting Off the School Year for Reading Success

                                                                Drawing from her work on classroom-based assessment in Montessori schools, Linda will provide an overview of developmental benchmarks in reading and specific ways that Montessori teachers can learn about children in relation to those benchmarks in the first 6 weeks of school.

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                                                                  Supporting Parents with Grace and Courtesy

                                                                  To truly help the child reach his potential, a positive collaboration based on mutual respect and support is needed between educators and parents. In this workshop, we will discuss how, as Montessori teachers, we can mindfully provide parents with both moral support and concrete information about the planes of development.

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                                                                    Teaching Written Language to Children with Learning Differences

                                                                    This webinar will offer a learning model that has proven effective at helping children who have learning differences or are at-risk for learning differences achieve success in reading, writing, and spelling, by integrating the Montessori written language curriculum with several other multi-sensory learning approaches.

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                                                                      Technology for the Digital Immigrant

                                                                      This webinar will focus on cross-platform computer programs that can be used to improve school administration and classroom management.

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                                                                        Trauma & Stress, Session 1: Understanding the Effects on Children

                                                                        Gain an understanding of how exposure to traumatic events and/or adverse childhood experiences can influence a student’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional abilities.

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                                                                          Trauma & Stress, Session 2: Trauma, Triggers, & Interventions for the Classroom

                                                                          Learn why difficult behaviors may be occurring in your classroom and positive strategies to utilize when working with students who have been exposed to traumatic events.

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                                                                            Trauma & Stress, Session 3: Burnout Is Real: Managing the Stress of the Classroom

                                                                            Secondary traumatic stress is common among teachers. Teachers not only have academic standards to uphold but many become the social-emotional coach in their students’ life. Learn techniques that will support your emotional health, allow you to find work life balance while continuing to meet the needs of your classroom.

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                                                                              Using Cosmic Education to Teach Peace & Social Justice

                                                                              By emphasizing our common origins with other humans, other living species, and with Earth and the universe itself, the Montessori Cosmic Education curriculum calls upon each person to help make the world more peaceful, socially just, and respectful of nature. This workshop will explore practical ways to make this understanding a part of the classroom.

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                                                                                Using Gardening and Art to Preserve Wonder and Weave Learning Across Montessori Curricula

                                                                                This webinar will teach how gardening preserves the delicate childhood sense of wonder, and it will also explore how to keep gardening journals, while integrating art and poetry into gardening to enhance class focus, promote nature connection, and assess learning across curricula.

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                                                                                  Whole-School Communities: Why They Matter, How to Build Them

                                                                                  Our presenters will discus what we need to create community beyond the classroom; ways to assist children across ages in assuming contributing roles; and opportunities for how you can be an active member of your school community beyond the walls of your classroom.

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