Workshops – Spring 2014
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR SPRING WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 5 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 6!
Location and Directions:
All workshops are held at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies: 4745 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301
For directions and a map, please visit our PLACE page.
Register by Monday, March 31, 2014 using this on-line form. To register, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Space is limited: once a workshop is full no further registrations will be accepted. No walk-in registrations can be accepted. Your receipt confirms your enrollment in specific workshops selected.
We offer 10% discount for 2 or more teachers from the same school (on one check or credit card)
Participants receive Certificates of Attendance for up to 10 hours of professional development
Workshops: click on the session below to view abstracts of the workshops being offered.
Saturday AM Workshops 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (3 hours Professional Development) $85.
Workshop A: Introduction to Montessori Philosophy – P. Donohue Shortridge ($85)
Donohue will present an overview of Montessori’s approach to education for children in the first plane of development (birth through 6 yrs). This session is especially designed for classroom assistants, school support staff, and parent volunteers. Donohue is a frequent presenter at MECR and at Montessori schools. She holds AMS credentials at both the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood levels.
Workshop C: Positive Discipline: Preventing and Redirecting Children’s Misbehavior – Betsy Hoke ($85)
Betsy will introduce positive strategies that blend with the Montessori approach to support students in gaining self-regulation and cooperative skills. Early Childhood teachers and assistants will gain insight into why children misbehave and how adults might misinterpret actions and instructions. The workshop will focus on dealing with attention getting and power struggle issues as well as ways to interact without having children ignore you or become defensive. Through skits, demonstrations, discussions, questions and lecture, Montessori teachers and assistants will enhance their skills while discovering new insights into the behavior of children and themselves. Betsy is a MECR instructor in Montessori Philosophy and Classroom Leadership, and has many years of experience as a school administrator and consultant.
Saturday PM Workshops 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (2 hours Professional Development) $65
Workshop E: Creating Community Across Cultures – Lee Shainis ($65)
Lee will bring essential insights into cultural differences and cross-cultural interactions that impact our schools. This fun and interactive workshop will enhance your understanding of diverse views of communication styles, time, collectivism, personal space, relationships, formality, and honesty. Learn about the Iceberg Theory and improve your ability to observe and embrace different cultural behaviors rather than interpreting and making assumptions. Lee is co-founder of Intercambio and author of “The Immigrant Guide: What Every Immigrant Needs to Know”, a publication used by over 500 organizations. He has received many awards for his work.
Workshop F : Building Rapport and Communication with Parents – P. Donohue Shortridge ($65)
Donohue will help participants discover the essential elements of a successful relationship with parents and how to sustain it over the years so that parents remain with the school. It includes understanding the perspective of parents who have chosen Montessori, how to talk to parents so they will hear and how to listen to them so we can understand them. The session will address these issues as well as a group discussion about specific concerns. Donohue is a frequent presenter at MECR and at Montessori schools. She holds AMS credentials at both the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood levels.
Sunday AM Workshops 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (3 hours Professional Development) $85
Workshop H: Yoga with Children – Kristen Costello ($85)
Kristin will present activities that provide a strong foundation for both novice and experienced yoga practitioners to integrate yoga into the daily life of the classroom. Children love the control and relaxation that yoga helps them attain, and find it fun and challenging. This workshop will include breathing practices, centering activities, guided imagery, and games to promote balance, core strength and flexibility, as well as musical movement, songs, partner and group challenges. Kristen holds an MS in Exercise Physiology and owns a Yoga studio in Evergreen. She has taught yoga in Montessori classrooms for many years.
Please bring a yoga mat if you own one. Some mats will also be available at the workshop.
Workshop I: Creating a Peaceful Classroom: The PAX Curriculum – Paul Bareis-Golumb ($85)
Paul will provide strategies to help teachers create a peaceful classroom environment, and by extension, a more peaceful community and world. The Pax Curriculum contains over 133 lessons correlated to the school year calendar and will be given freely to all participants. Please bring your laptop or tablet! Paul is currently a member of the Montessori School of Denver faculty and has been teaching both Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori since 1982. He has presented at AMS conferences and has served as a supervising teacher for MECR.
Workshop J: Coaching Children into Language – Dr. Dee Joy Coulter ($85)
Children who fall in love with language will develop some powerful academic skills later. How we speak with them is very important. In this session we will explore unusual aspects of speech, listening and coaching. We will learn about the first sounds a baby hears in utero, the first sounds babies make and why we use higher pitches when we talk to them. As the toddler wrestles with the gap between their receptive and expressive language, we can help them weather the ‘terrible twos’. Using authentic speech to name the universe, monitoring our voice tones, introducing socialization phrases and using “demo language” are some of the other highlights. Dee holds a doctorate in neurological studies and holistic education and was a faculty member for many years at Naropa University. Several of her national presentations are available in a CD set, “Montessori and the Mind” at www.kindlingtouch.com. Her forthcoming book is entitled “Hidden Treasures of the Mind”.
Workshop K: Herding Cats: The Role of Administration in a Montessori School – Char Weaver ($85)
Char will define points of Montessori philosophy which influence administration. Then participants will look at the various ‘cats,’, staff, parents, and students who are unique and independent individuals, and discuss some ways to effectively work with them. Char is currently Principal of Montessori Peaks Academy. Previously she has been a Primary, Upper and Lower EL teacher, Principal, Program director and instructor at IAMS and MECR. Char has nearly 40 years experience in Montessori private and public schools and teacher education programs.
Sunday Afternoon Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (2 hours Professional Development) $65
Workshop L: In Search of the Off Switch: Cultivating Impulse Control – Dr Dee Joy Coulter ($65)
In these highly stressful times, greater numbers of children are coming to preschool with poor impulse control. This makes it much more challenging for teachers to create an optimal learning environment. In this session we will explore the formula for cultivating impulse control and discover why some children find it so hard to regulate their behavior. After exploring some basic strategies for supporting children in taking this crucial social step, the session will open up to discussion of special cases. Dee holds a doctorate in neurological studies and holistic education and was a faculty member for many years at Naropa University. Several of her national presentations are available in a CD set, “Montessori and the Mind” at www.kindlingtouch.com. Her forthcoming book is entitled “Hidden Treasures of the Mind”.
Workshop M: Expression Through Movement for Early Childhood – Natalia Johnson ($65)
Natalia will explain how the incorporation of developmentally appropriate creative movement in the Early Childhood classroom can booster self esteem, enhance social relations, independence and academic aptitude. While promoting freedom within limits, educators can focus on the whole child and mind-body awareness. Participants will discuss how Montessori’s music curriculum relates to movement. Workshop will include a live class demonstration with local Montessori children illustrating new ideas/resources to take back to the classroom. Natalia completed classical Dance Training, competed nationally, and performed in professional productions. She has taught all forms of Dance and has her own business in Boulder, abunDANCE.
Workshop N: Music and Movement for Infants & Toddlers – Nancy Kinney ($65)
Nancy will introduce music and movement for an infant and toddler environment. Music and movement benefits brain development in young children. This leads to benefiting other areas of development of the whole child. Come and learn about incorporating songs and movement into the day. Learn new songs and movement ideas, share songs and laugh a little. (Please bring a song to share. It would be great if you could bring some copies.) Nancy earned her I&T credential from MECR in 1991 and is currently the Lead Directress in the Toddler Program at Jarrow Montessori School in Boulder. She also has been a Field Consultant for MECR since 2000.
Workshop O: Spinning Plates: Setting Administrative Priorities in a Montessori School – Char Weaver ($65)
Char will discuss priorities in a school, and more specifically a Montessori school. Participants will look briefly at the various areas which compete for administrative attention, and why balancing them is so complex. Char is currently Principal of Montessori Peaks Academy. Previously she has been a Primary, Upper and Lower EL teacher, Principal, Program director and instructor at IAMS and MECR. Char has nearly 40 years experience in Montessori private and public schools and teacher education programs.