Workshops & Events

MNW offers professional development programs to invigorate teachers' classroom practice and strengthen school communities. Our programs include events and workshops for assistants, parents, and community members, as well as introductory short courses for anyone who wants to learn more about Montessori education and the AMI diploma courses offered at Montessori Northwest.

Oregon workshop attendees can receive ORO Set 1 hours. If you are unable to attend an event after registration - please give us 48 hours notification prior to the event to secure a refund. After that - refunds are not possible, but please consider sending a friend in your place!

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Workshop & Events Schedule 2018-19

This year, Montessori Northwest will offer a variety of workshop series, including separate series geared toward teachers and assistants at the Assistants to Infancy, Primary, Elementary and Adolescent levels. We will also offer introductory courses, designed to support assistants, at our Portland location and in the California Bay Area, Spokane, Bend-Redmond, and Juneau.  

Click here to view full workshop and events schedule.

Are you a past graduate of an AMI Diploma Course? For customized professional development, consider auditing at the level of your diploma. Click here for more information.

 

Montessori Job Fair & Community Gathering

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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  • Are you a school or organization currently looking to fill an open position or promote your school?

  • Are you looking for a Montessori job in Portland or elsewhere?

  • Are you a member of the Montessori community wishing to network and connect with schools and organizations?

The Montessori Job Fair has historically been an opportunity for job seekers to connect with potential employers at the training center in Portland. While the job fair is still the main focus, this year’s event will also serve as a community gathering, reunion, open house, and more! Individuals in any career stage can network, socialize and discover new ways to become involved in the Montessori community. Prospective students are also welcome to attend to see our facility, learn about Montessori teacher training and explore available job opportunities.

Schools and Organizations:

By reserving a table at the Montessori Job Fair, you will be able to meet prospective employees directly and showcase your school! Register below to promote employment opportunities on March 2, 2019. If you can attend in person, the fee is $100 per table. Schools or organizations who cannot attend the event but would still like to promote employment opportunities, can do so for a $25 administrative fee. Job postings and organizational information will be prominently displayed at the event. Due date for job postings is Feb. 15th.

ONLY A FEW TABLES REMAIN! IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Meet representatives from the following schools: Big Leaf Montessori (WA), Cascadia School (WA), Childpeace Montessori School (OR), Community Roots School (OR), Desert Sky Montessori (OR), Eugene Montessori School (OR), Franciscan Montessori Earth School (OR), Grand Lake Montessori (CA), Guidepost Montessori, LePort Montessori, Lighthouse Montessori (WA), Montessori Children’s House of Longview (WA), Manos Unidas Montessori (OR), Montessori Family School (CA), Montessori School of Beaverton (OR), Montessori Unlimited, Peace Tree School (OR), Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School (OR), Roots and Wings Montessori School (OR), Skinner Montessori Elementary (WA), Southlake Montessori (TX), SunGarden Montessori (OR), The Ivy School (OR), The Portland Montessori School (OR), Three Tree Montessori School (WA) and West Hills Montessori (OR).

View available jobs from the following schools: Casa dei Bambini (CA), Cleveland Montessori School (OH), Khalsa Montessori School (AZ), Montessori in the Pines (OR), Santa Cruz Montessori (CA), St. Vrain Community Montessori School, and Urban Montessori Charter School (CA).

Montessori organizations will also be present promoting their work in the community. They include Oregon Montessori Association, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education, Montessori for Social Justice and the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association.

Individuals:

RSVP to let us know if you are coming to the Job Fair! If have any questions or cannot attend, but hope to share your resume, contact Emily.

Date:  Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR,  97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free to job seekers and community members

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Free Information Session on Montessori Education and Teacher Training

Montessori Geometry from Primary to Elementary

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Join AMI 6-12 Trainer Ellen Lebitz for a free public lecture about the Montessori approach to geometry. This approach is based on the understanding that children are natural explorers, discovering relationships between ideas in order to classify their knowledge. Children in Montessori environments have scaffolded, dynamic experiences observing and interacting with geometric concepts and materials. The adult in a Montessori environment collaborates with the children, facilitating the discoveries of geometric relationships and concepts through activity.

“What was true then is true today: experience and activity are necessary, in order to make intelligence expand and acquire greater understanding.” - Maria Montessori, The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education

This lecture is designed for anybody who is curious about Montessori, including parents, nannies, and those who are thinking about Montessori teacher training.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free!

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SUPPORTING 2.5 - 3 YEAR OLDS IN THE TODDLER COMMUNITY

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00AM - 3:00PM 

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Are you a toddler guide or assistant struggling to satisfy the needs of your 2.5 and 3 year olds?

It is more and more common for the transition to the Children’s House to happen at age 3, leaving many children in Toddler Communities who are ready for new challenges. Join experienced toddler guide Lynn Gulick to explore activities and materials that suit the needs of older children in toddler environments. Lynn will review each area of the classroom, discussing how the materials continue to support development. Come ready to make new materials so you can return to your classroom ready for success.

Lynn Gulick is an AMI Consultant and  A to I guide at Marin Montessori School. Lynn has served children and families for more than 25 years, and loves sharing her wealth of experience with other guides. She is a certified doula and supports new families through parent infant and walker classes, and in-home consultations.

STARS credit available for Washington education professionals. Please contact Emily with your STARS ID.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Toddler teachers and assistants
Cost: $95

THIS WORKSHOP WILL SELL OUT. SIGN UP TODAY!

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If you are unable to register, join the waiting list and we will contact you if space opens up.


introduction to Montessori education

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:00PM - 8:00PM 

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:00PM - 8:00PM 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:00PM - 8:00PM 

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The course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

The courses will be led by AMI 3-6 trainer Michelle Becka, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

STARS credit available for Washington education professionals. Please contact Emily with your STARS ID.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR,  97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150 for the 12-hour course

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Free Information Session on Montessori Education and Teacher Training

The Development of Mathematical Skills

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Are you curious about how Montessori Education supports children in the development of mathematical skills? Would you like to learn more about the role of the teacher and if Montessori training is right for you?

Join Primary Trainer Polli Soholt for a free info session on the Montessori approach to mathematics. Tour the beautiful training center in Milpitas and learn about what an AMI Montessori teaching program entails.

This session is designed for anybody curious about Montessori, including parents, nannies, and those who want to learn more about Montessori Education.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free!

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Expanding Cultural Awareness in the Classroom Through the Native Experience

SATURDAY, March 16, 2019, 9:00AM - 12:30PM 

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Culture is something everybody has. With a willingness to be curious, participants will gain cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding to become co-responsible for building healthy communities.

This workshop is for teachers across multiple content areas, including social studies, science and arts. It will provide guiding principles in teaching Tribal history as Oregon history and take-home activities for educators to engage students on a journey of inclusivity that includes fostering social learning, teaching multiple perspectives, understanding implicit bias, sovereignty, and the intersection of history, culture and place for a multicultural framework.

Presented by Robin Butterfield (Anishinabe, Ho-chunk) and the Confluence Project. Robin Butterfield is a lifelong Native educator, respected leader, and National Indian Education Association member and former president. Throughout her career, she has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, training professional, writer, and administrator. Robin has served in a number of leadership roles, as the President of the Oregon Indian Education Association, the Oregon Multicultural Education Association and on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education through appointment by the Bush and Obama Administrations.

Download a flyer about these free workshops.

Location:  Metro Montessori, 1418 NW Savier, Portland, OR  97209 (map)
Audience:  Teachers and assistants
Cost: FREE


INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION

SATURDAY, April 6, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:30PM 

SATURDAY, April 13, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:30PM

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The course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

The courses will be led by AMI trainer Polli Soholt, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150 for the 12-hour course

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Free Information Session on Montessori Education and Teacher Training

The Power of Individualized Instruction

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Are you curious about how individualized instruction works in Montessori Education? Would you like to learn more about the role of the teacher and if Montessori training is right for you?

Join Primary Trainer Polli Soholt for a free info session on the power of individualized instruction. Tour the beautiful training center in Milpitas and learn about what an AMI Montessori teaching program entails.

This session is designed for anybody curious about Montessori, including parents, nannies, and those who want to learn more about Montessori Education.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free!

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