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. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

We are always 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!


ELEMENTARY MATERIAL MAKING WITH GLORIA

November 8, 2014

If you have ever admired a teacher-made material in the Elementary environment, then you’ve probably been admiring Gloria’s work. Gloria Singh, having been a guide at both the Elementary and Toddler levels, has had lots of experience making beautiful materials for her classrooms. By providing time & space to focus on material making, we want to help you make your classroom even more beautiful.

In our second workshop, Gloria will be offering her expertise with the Verb Packet materials. Gloria will have all the materials prepared & printed; all you have to do is show up! When our time is done, you’ll walk away with a brand new material, ready to be laminated! 

Connect with other guides, share tips you’ve learned, and have fun while working to elevate your classroom community. All skill levels are welcome from pros to first-year teachers. Let’s make something together!

When:  Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where:  Montessori Northwest 622 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR  97214
Time:  9:00-11:00 am
Who:  Elementary Teachers & Assistants
Cost:  $50

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014.

Our final Elementary Material Making workshop will be in January (Date & Time TBD) and focus on fraction charts. 


PINTS OF INTEREST

November 12, 2014 

Pints of Interest is your chance to informally come together and connect with others in the Portland Montessori community; discussing some of the most relevant topics of our craft.

You are invited to catch up with friends and make new connections. Pints of Interest is a great venue to talk with others and share what's working in your classrooms, ask/give input, and think about “big picture” ideas. The topics for the evening will be pre-announced and appropriate for all Montessorians working at all levels. Your host for the evening will loosely facilitate the conversation.

Come out, order a pint, and plug in--We'll see you there!

When:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Where:  The Aalto Lounge 3356 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR, 97214
Time:  Socializing begins @ 5:00pm, discussion from 5:30-6:30pm.
Who:  All trained Montessorians
Cost:  FREE to attend

Our final Pints of Interest will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Venue TBD.


HELPING HANDS INCLUSION FORUM

December 4, 2014 

"A child is mysterious and powerful and contains within himself the secret of human life.”    -Maria Montessori

Montessori schools now have an unprecedented opportunity to serve an even wider swath of children with an ever-expanding range of abilities. We are revisiting the Montessori materials and practices with these special children in mind.

“Helping Hands” is designed to bring together Montessori educators and special education professionals to discuss strategies and ideas for supporting children with special needs.  These informal discussions will help participants create a network with each another, and use our combined expertise to strategize effective modifications that work within a Montessori structure, in order to set reasonable goals and evaluate interventions.

The December Helping Hands discussion will focus on Autism. Once again, we will invite guests from the local special education community to join Montessori professionals as we work together to learn more about Autism and how to support children with Autism in Montessori communities.

When:  Thursday, December 4, 2014
Where:  Montessori Northwest 622 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR  97214
Time:  4:30-6:00pm – Light refreshments provided
Who:  Open to All
Cost:  FREE to attend

Please RSVP to MNW Community Outreach Director, Braden Pemberton, at 503.963.8992 or braden@montessori-nw.org.

**WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MNW WILL BE OFFERING SET 1 CERTIFICATES FOR THIS AND ALL FUTURE HELPING HANDS DISCUSSION FORUMS. PLEASE RSVP TO GUARANTEE WE HAVE A CERTIFICATE FOR YOU.

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Did you miss one of our amazing workshops? Consider our Montessori-to-Go! program for customized events, delivered by our A trainers, at your school. To learn more about Montessori-to-Go!, click here.


STORIES AND SELF-CONSTRUCTION

Elementary Workshop

In this weekend workshop, we will examine the Great Stories (including the Great River, from the Bergamo tradition) in terms of how they contribute to children’s intellectual and emotional well-being. Participants will also explore practical ways to start and sustain the children’s journals and individual conferences, and to help the children develop these Tools of Responsibility in accordance with their growing independence and self-awareness. The workshop will conclude with a focus on how to implement a developmentally appropriate class meeting that meets the children’s social needs and empowers them as citizens in the “practice society” of the Montessori elementary community.

View flyer here

 

SELF-DISCIPLINE AND JOYFUL LEARNING: NORMALIZATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE

Primary Workshop

In this weekend workshop, we will explore Montessori’s theory of normalization in relation to the materials and activities found in a Montessori 3-6 classroom: how to first offer motives for concentrated activity leading to normalization and then turn this point of arrival into a point of departure through the materials for development in Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. Observation, friendliness with error, and indirect preparation will give further focus to this exploration across all of the areas and all of the ages in the Children’s House environment.

View flyer here

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI

AMI Assistants Course

This course 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 helps interested adults understand the importance of their role as well as the developments that take place in young children. 

Click here to view the most recent Assistants Course flyer.

 

THE ELEMENTARY JOURNAL

Elementary Workshop

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. This workshop will introduce to participants how to turn this Montessori tradition into a lively, integrated part of every child's elementary experience.  

Click here to read more about this subject.     Click here to view the workshop flyer. 

 

SUPPORTING THE EMERGENT READER: FROM LEARNING TO READ, TO READING TO LEARN

Open Workshop

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. This workshop explores playful and rich supports to Total Reading that will give every child the foundation for a lifetime of literacy.