Workshops & Events

Everyone Welcome!  All of Montessori Northwest workshops and events are open to anyone seeking to learn more about Montessori education.  MNW offers professional development to invigorate classroom practice, strengthen school communities, and share more information about our AMI teacher education programs. 

Oregon workshop attendees can receive ORO Set 1 hours. STARS credit is only offered for select workshops. Please email us if you are hoping to receive credit in Washington. 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

Every year, Montessori Northwest offers a variety of workshop series, including separate series geared toward teachers and assistants at the Assistants to Infancy, Primary, Elementary and Adolescent levels. We also offer introductory courses, designed to support assistants, at our Portland location and in the California Bay Area, Spokane, Bend-Redmond, and Juneau. Sign up for our email list to stay up to date with our upcoming workshop and events.

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.

 

FREE ONLINE LECTURE

Growth Mindset in Montessori Education

Available Now!

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We are excited to make this free webinar exploring the topic of Growth Mindset available any time!

What is Mindset? How does it affect a child’s creativity, resiliency, motivation and happiness? How does Montessori education support the development of a Growth Mindset in children?

Explore these questions with AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka. The mindset that you hold influences many things, including attitudes about learning, views on effort and failure, and recovery from setbacks. 

Contact us if you have any questions about viewing this webinar.

Location:  Online Webinar
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free!

Join Montessori Northwest’s monthly giving program and help support our free lectures and webinars!


Free Information Session on Montessori Education and Teacher Training

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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Would you like to learn more about the role of the Montessori teacher and if Montessori training is right for you?

Join Primary Trainer Polli Soholt for a free info session on Montessori education and teacher training. 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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Introduction to Montessori Education

Saturday, JuLY 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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This one-day 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 an AMI 6-12 Teacher Paula Gibson, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Whitworth University, 300 W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99251 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $110

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON

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30-Hour Assistant Training

Monday - Friday, August 5 - 9, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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This course is designed to support adults working as Assistants in the Montessori Children’s House. Participants will gain an understanding of  the child’s mind from 0-6 years of age, the importance of order, movement and language for this stage of development, and the child’s vital need for independence.

Presented by Montessori Northwest AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

Additionally, time will be spent on gaining practical skills, such as:

  • How to use Positive Communication

  • Responding to challenging  behaviors

  • Small group management

  • Tips for transition times

  • Movement games

  • Spoken Language activities, such as singing, reciting poetry, telling stories, and more!

Participants will receive a Professional Development Certificate from Montessori Northwest.

Registration capped at 40 people

Location:  Grand Lake Montessori, 466 Chetwood St, Oakland, CA 94610 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: $495

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Birth to 3 Community Workshop

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Presented by AMI 0-3 Trainer Nancy Lechner, the workshop will focus on how to develop an effective guide and assistant partnership. The day will end with a sharing session. Bring your favorite songs, poems and fingerplays to share and leave the workshop with inspiration to share with the children.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  0-3 teachers and assistants
Cost: $90

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Montessori 101

Monday - Friday, August 26 - 30, 2019, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Led by AMI Trainers Elise Huneke-Stone and Michelle Becka, this 30-hour course will introduce the core principles of Montessori education as they relate to the child from birth through adolescence.  This course will explore the Montessori framework for human development, prepared environments for learning, positive communication and the importance of the adult/child relationship, and how adults support independence at different stages in development.

Participants will earn a Montessori Northwest certificate of attendance for 30 hours.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Assistants and anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education
Cost: $495

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON

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NCMPS CHILD study FollOw Up Workshop

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Whether or not you attended the Child Study workshop offered in October 2018, this full-day workshop, offered by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, will be relevant for whole school communities committed to using the tools of Child Study and those looking to explore its benefits for the first time.

Participants will review and expand upon the Child Study Process, a system for building a child-centered professional culture that revolves around meeting the needs of all children, resolving difficulties early, and using a wide range of data to support student development.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Administrators, coaches, school leaders, and staff

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON

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30-Hour Assistant Training

Saturdays, August 24, September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Led by AMI 3-6 Auxiliary Trainer Ieda Torres.

DETAILS & REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Assistants and anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education
Cost: $495

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Montessori Classroom Essentials: Primary Series for Teachers & Assistants

Thursdays, September 26, October 17 & November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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

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Primary guides and assistants are invited to join AMI 3-6 Trainers Sarah Werner Andrews and Michelle Becka for these three workshops designed to help Montessori adults build the foundation for a happy and successful year with the children.

SESSION 1: Bringing Your Best Self to the Classroom

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Sarah Werner Andrews.

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SESSION 2: Compassionate Communication

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

SESSION 3: Mindfulness in Action for Children

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

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  3-6 Assistants and Teachers
Cost: $45 per session, $120 for all 3

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Introduction to Montessori Education

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This one-day 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 an AMI 3-6 Trainer Polli Soholt, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Sacramento, CA
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $110

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON


EXPANDING CULTURAL AWARENESS THROUGH THE NATIVE EXPERIENCE

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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Culture is something everybody has. Participants in this professional development workshop will gain cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding to become co-responsible for building healthy communities in the classroom. That journey begins with openness and curiosity.

This workshop is for teachers across multiple content areas, including social studies, language, science and the arts. It will provide guiding principles for teaching Tribal history as integral to understanding Oregon history. Take-home activities will be provided 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.

Activities and guidelines were adapted from REACH (Respecting Ethnic And Cultural Heritage) and the Since Time Immemorial curriculum from the State of Washington. This workshop will prepare educators to better implement the lessons being developed for Oregon statewide and with local tribes.

The workshop will be 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. 

Montessori Northwest and Childpeace hosted the half-day version of this workshop in March 2019. This workshop will expand upon the topics presented there. Attendance at the March 2019 event not a pre-requisite.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  All educators, especially those working with elementary and middle school students
Cost: $120

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Host Teacher Workshop: Evaluating the Children’s Responsibility and Independence

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

MORE DETAILS TO COME

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Host teachers of Montessori Northwest students
Cost: FREE (invitation only)