Professional Development

MNW creates professional development programs to invigorate teachers' classroom practice and strengthen school communities. We offer workshops for teachers at all levels, as well as customized on-site programs tailored to your school's needs. 

We are in the process of creating some new and exciting workshops for our community. If you have any comments about previous workshops or if you would like to make a suggestion please let us know!


The Elementary Journal

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Presented by Elise Huneke-Stone, Director of Elementary Training

The elementary learning journal (or diary, or record book) is one of the three "Tools of Responsibility" introduced on AMI elementary teacher trainings.  Each elementary child is expected to keep a record of his or her work.  But the learning journal, thoughtfully implemented, is much more than a branch of record keeping.  Join Elise Huneke-Stone to find out more about how to turn this Montessori tradition into a lively, integrated part of every child's elementary experience.  This workshop is designed for elementary trained teachers, and draws on both academic research and Elise's classroom experience. 

This workshop is intended for Elementary teachers. (Interested in Elementary Training? Click here.)

An Oregon Registry workshop. Participants will receive a 2 hour certificate.

Elise has written a blog post about this subject--Read it here!

Print and download a flyer here.


Register Here


AMI Assistants Course:
An Introduction to Montessori Education 

The AMI Assistants Course: An Introduction to Montessori Education is an ideal foundation for assistants at every level, administrators, parents, educators, and anyone interested in a general overview of Montessori Education. This training course will emphasize Montessori theory and principles, rather than specific classroom practices.

The course will help interested adults understand the importance of their role as well as the developments that take place in young children. 

Subjects Covered

  • Freedom & Discipline
  • The Importance of Observation
  • Stages of Development Order, Independence & Movement
  • The Prepared Environment Social Development
  • Role of the Directress/Guide
  • History of Montessori Education
  • Role of the Assistant
  • Music, Art & the Outdoors
  • Development of Language Practical Applications
  • Cognitive Development from 0-6 


June 16-27, 2014 Monday - Friday 8:30AM-3:45PM

Course Requirements*

-60 hours of instruction at MNW
-9 hours of observation in an AMI environment -Submission of 3 papers (500 words each) -90% class attendance

*Participants who meet these requirements are eligible for the AMI Children’s House (3-6) Assistants Course Certificate 

For more information, including registration, download the Assistants Course Flyer HERE.



Supporting the Emergent Reader: From Learning to Read, to Reading to Learn

Free of charge to Host Teachers. Invitation only; not open to the public. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
(Social time begins at 5:30pm; workshop is from 6pm to 7:30pm)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop is offered free of charge as a token of our thanks to those AMI Guides and Administrators who offered their classrooms for use by our students in Observation and Practice Teaching this year. It is not open to the public, and participation is by invitation only. RSVP required. 

It is well documented that children typically develop their reading skills between the ages of 4 and 8. Reading bridges both Primary and Elementary, and Montessori educators meet children where they are. The goal of “Total Reading” – reading comprehension, appreciation of style, and understanding of emotional content is both an achievement and a launching point for children in the first and second planes. Join us as we explore playful and rich supports to Total Reading that will give every child the foundation for a lifetime of literacy.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 10 by contacting Janet Lewis at (503) 963-8992. You can also email Janet by clicking here.