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.

 

Montessori Classroom Essentials: Primary Series for Teachers & Assistants

Thursdays, September 26, October 17 & 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

How do we continue to grow and develop as Montessori educators? How can we keep true to the Montessori Method, and keep alive our faith in the child? How can we work for the true liberation of the child's spirit, as well as our own?

These are questions we all grapple with at various stages in our work with children, and it is the search for our own meaningful answers that keeps us revitalized year after year. Join AMI 3-6 Trainer Sarah Werner Andrews for a though-provoking evening designed to inspire and challenge you to bring your best self to the classroom.

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SESSION 2: Compassionate Communication

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

Compassionate communication is an approach to speaking and listening that helps us respond to others more effectively and empathetically. It promotes deeper and more harmonious relationships, and a greater sense of inner peace.

In this workshop, AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka will explore how to use the technique of compassionate communication to get more of our own needs met from the other adults in our community, as well as developing an understanding of how to better meet other people’s needs. We will also discover how to support children in developing this way of communicating with each other in order to more fully express themselves and appreciate others.

SESSION 3: Mindfulness in Action for Children

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

What is Mindfulness? How does it manifest in our work with children? How does Montessori philosophy naturally align with the practice of Mindfulness?

In this workshop, AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka will explore Mindfulness as the capacity to concentrate and be in the present moment. We will discuss its importance to the child’s self- construction, as well as its impact on the social life of the classroom community. We will also discuss how to include it in the daily work and self-preparation of the adult. 

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  3-6 assistants and teachers
Cost: $45 per session

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SEEDS: SOME ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS DISCUSSING SCHOOL

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SEEDS is a gathering of Montessori Elementary teachers. It's a place to refill our buckets, learn from each other, and better serve the children entrusted in our care. SEEDS has taken many forms throughout the years, and Montessori Northwest is honored to be able to once again host this event.

This gathering’s theme is Social and Environmental Justice. We’ll explore how to approach these topics and engage students ages 6-12. Bring resources if you have them, such as songs, books, poems, experts, both for children and adults. Bring food and/or beverages to share.

Join the SEEDS: Portland Group on Facebook today for more opportunities to connect with fellow educators.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  6-12 assistants and teachers & current MNW teachers-in-training
Cost: FREE

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MNW Assistant’s Training w/ AMI assistants course certificate

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

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This course, led by AMI 3-6 Trainer Ieda Torres, includes 30 hours of on-site training, with the option for an additional 30 hours of independent activities and assignments to obtain the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate. Participants can elect to complete either the 30 hour training, or the 60 hour blended training for the AMI 3-6 Assistants Certificate.  

The course will meet in person for five Saturdays, for a total of 30 hours and will cover an introduction to the theoretical foundations of Montessori education, as well as the practical skills of material-making, observation, positive communication, classroom management basics, and more!

Those seeking to obtain the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate, will have an additional 6 hours weekly of required activities and assignments related to the topics introduced in class. These activities and assignments will deepen and extend participants’ engagement with the content, and further develop particular skills related to the work of the assistant, such as observation and material making.

Distance learning activities for those enrolled in the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course will consist of reading discussions and assignments, writing personal reflections, video assignments, material making, and submission of three essays on topics to be determined by the Trainer. All these activities and assignments will be completed independently during the weeks between on-site class meetings.

Coursework for the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate may be submitted in Spanish or English.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Assistants and anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education
Cost: $495 (Saturdays only); $695 (Saturdays and online component for AMI Assistants Course Certificate)

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Introduction to Montessori Education

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

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This one-day workshop 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:  Bergamo Montessori School, 8144 Pocket Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $110

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Primary Sewing Workshop

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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Join AMI 3-6 Trainer Polli Soholt for a workshop exploring how to introduce sewing to 3-6 year olds. Polli will dive into the rationale for sewing with young children and provide a framework for developing activities to support sewing in the Children’s House.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in two hands-on sewing exercises, preliminary sewing with an embroidery hoop and Running Stitch work. Polli will provide detailed handouts with more information about how to bring these activities into practice with children. Participants will also receive materials for 2 take-home activities for further exploration beyond the workshop.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  3-6 teachers and assistants
Cost: $85, includes materials


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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Elevating the Children’s Responsibility and Independence

Host Teacher Workshop

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

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We know that children are naturally driven to be independent; to be capable of satisfying their own needs, physically as well as socially. How can we elevate the level of independence in our classrooms? How can we design our environment so that the children are responsible for its maintenance and care? How can we cultivate leadership in our older children, so that they can take an active role in being responsible for the needs of the environment?

Please join Michelle Becka, AMI Primary Trainer, to explore practical techniques that will help children move to increasingly higher levels of independence and self-reliance.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Host teachers of Montessori Northwest students
Cost: FREE to MNW Host Teachers; $45 all others

Host Teachers, please email Amy to RSVP. All others, please register below.


“A Merry Heart” Dancing and Rhythm Activities with Children

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Join AMI 3-6 Trainers Michelle Becka and Sarah Werner Andrews for a fun exploration of dancing and rhythm activities for children. This workshop is geared toward primary and elementary teachers and assistants who want to expand their repertoire of movement and music activities.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  3-6 and 6-9 assistants and teachers
Cost: $120

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DO THE MATH!

FREE INFORMATION SESSION ON MONTESSORI EDUCATION AND TEACHER TRAINING

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

If you step into a Montessori classroom, you are likely to see many children working with precisely designed, colorful math materials. Learn why children in these settings love to “do the math” at this Information Session!

AMI 3-6 Trainer Sarah Werner Andrews will discuss the math area in Montessori environments and answer questions related to the Montessori teacher training programs for children birth through age 12 at Montessori Northwest. This session is designed for anybody curious about Montessori, including parents, nannies, and those who want to learn more about Montessori Education.

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

 

Inside Montessori Movie Night

Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Inside Montessori is a feature length documentary film that brings viewers inside Montessori classrooms in five cities throughout the United States.

Audiences learn about Montessori education and how it differs from traditional education. This inspiring and engaging film showcases how Montessori is successfully giving children from birth through high school the chance to achieve their full potential. This movie is perfect for families of children in Montessori education, teachers, assistants and anyone looking to learn more.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: $10 per ticket

 

Transformative Tools for Challenging Behaviors

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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Drawing from classroom and psychiatric experience, Dr. Nora McNamara and Amy Eshelby will explain how Collaborative Problem Solving techniques really work. When we stop looking at Challenging Behaviors and instead Identify Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems that are keeping a child from being their best selves, we build trust and a working relationship that focuses on a partnership with a child. Come ready to learn specific language and techniques to take back to your community!

Dr. Nora McNamara, MD, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, with special interest in child development and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. McNamara is a leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder research and clinical care, and she is also a Montessori AMI Elementary Diploma Holder. She will speak on the effects of trauma on the developing brain as well as 'Plan B' with Amy.

Amy is part of the Elementary Faculty at MNW, holds an AMI Elementary Diploma from 2001 at WMI, as well as an M.Ed from Loyola University, Maryland. She taught the last 18 years in elementary classrooms in the Portland area and is a parent to a teen.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: $125


Assistants Training for the Infant and Toddler Community

SaturdayS, February 29 and March 7, 2020, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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Taking place over 2 Saturdays, this 12-hour Assistants Training is designed to support adults working with infants and toddlers in a Montessori setting. Led by AMI 0-3 Trainer Nancy Lechner, participants will explore the role of the assistant and guidance on how to support the 0-3 year old through various developmental milestones, from toileting to the emergence of different levels of independence.

Other topics include:

  • How to observe

  • Gaining children’s trust

  • Learning when and how to intervene (and when not to)

  • Establishing consistency and routines

  • The importance of food and food preparation

  • Supporting young children's language development

Be prepared for lots of music, singing, movement activities and more!

Guides and assistants are welcome.

Location:  Grand Lake Montessori, 466 Chetwood St, Oakland, CA 94610 (map)
Audience:  0-3 Assistants and Guides
Cost: $225


Community Job Fair

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

The Montessori Job Fair is an opportunity for job seekers to connect with potential employers at the training center in Portland. The event also serves 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! Registration and fee information will be available closer to the event. Click here for more details.

Individuals:

Closer to the event, we will collect RSVPs for individuals interested in attending the job fair. Attendance is free for individuals seeking jobs and community.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free for individuals, fees apply for organizations (to be announced)

 

Introduction to Montessori Education

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2020, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

The 12-hour 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.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Cost: $150


FREE Assistants to Infancy Information Session

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

In this free Information Session, Montessori Northwest staff and alumni will discuss the Montessori approach to support infant's and toddler 's development. There will be time for questions and to tour the training facility. This talk is designed for anybody curious about Montessori, including parents, nannies, and those who want to learn more about Montessori Education.

Montessori Northwest is enrolling for the 2020-2021 AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma Course, which offers a comprehensive study of Montessori theory and practice to work with children aged birth to three in home environments and toddler classroom environments. Learn more about our program and launch your career as a Montessori educator.

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

 

Introduction to Montessori Education

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 7, 9, 14 & 16, 2020, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

The 12-hour 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 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 Cost: $150