Workshops & Events

MNW creates professional development programs to invigorate teachers' classroom practice and strengthen school communities. We also offer events and workshops in which parents, potential teachers, children, and those simply interested in Montessori education can participate, as well as information sessions for prospective students to learn more about the AMI diploma courses offered at Montessori Northwest. 
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. 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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MONTESSORI 101: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION
Week 1: july 17-21, 2017, 8:30am-3:30PM
Week 2: July 24-28, 8:30am-3:30PM

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During the first week (July 17-21), participants will learn about the history of Montessori education, and begin to examine the core principles in Montessori as they apply to the developmental stages of children.  Participants will explore how we prepare learning environments to meet the needs of children, and how the role of the adult changes in response to the children's stage of development.

The second week (July 24-28), we will take a closer look at the prepared environment for children ages 3-6, and how we support independence, social development, and the balance of freedom and self-discipline.  The goal of this course is to set the stage for a sea change in the adult's perspective on child development and what it truly means to "educate a child". 

Topics covered during the two weeks:

  • Perspectives on Montessori education 
  • The adult/child relationship 
  • The development of independence 
  • Montessori’s concepts of freedom, self-discipline, and the path towards responsibility 
  • Learning environments that support development  
  • Establishing rapport with children 
  • Implementing effective positive communication 
  • Understanding principles of preparing environments for children 
  • Supporting adult collaboration

This workshop consists of 30-60 hours of lecture, practical activities, and discussion groups. Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance based upon attendance and full participation in the course.

Instructor: Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training, MNW (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This course is designed for any adult who works with children. This includes but is not limited to: teachers, after-school instructors, program administrators, nannies, and grandparents. This course is also ideal for those interested in learning more about the formal trainings offered at Montessori Northwest.
Cost: $500 (Week 1 only); $975 (Weeks 1 & 2)
Registration: Closes July 12

Questions? Interested in group discounts? Contact Braden at braden@montessori-nw.org or 503-963-8992.


PORTLAND COURSES OPEN HOUSE
SATURday, august 5, 2017
10:00AM-12:00PM

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Join us for an Open House at Montessori Northwest's beautiful training center. Enjoy light refreshments as you meet our Montessori trainers, get your questions answered, and learn more about the AMI diploma courses we offer for Primary (ages 3-6), Elementary (ages 6-12), and Assistants to Infancy (birth-3).

An AMI Montessori diploma is a globally-recognized teaching credential and AMI-trained Montessori teachers are in high demand. Learn how a Montessori career might be just the path you are looking for!

Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about the Montessori method of education and the teacher training courses offered at MNW.
Cost: Free!


PORTLAND COURSES OPEN HOUSE
SATURday, august 19, 2017
10:00AM-12:00PM

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Join us for an Open House at Montessori Northwest's beautiful training center. Enjoy light refreshments as you meet our Montessori trainers, get your questions answered, and learn more about the AMI diploma courses we offer for Primary (ages 3-6), Elementary (ages 6-12), and Assistants to Infancy (birth-3).

An AMI Montessori diploma is a globally-recognized teaching credential and AMI-trained Montessori teachers are in high demand. Learn how a Montessori career might be just the path you are looking for!

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Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about the Montessori method of education and the teacher training courses offered at MNW.
Cost: Free!


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Sharing the Gift: Montessori Information for Parents

SATURDAY, September 30, 2017
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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Parents of young children are often confused by conflicting information and techniques that are meant to support them in their parenting practices. This is because there is usually no underlying framework of theory and philosophy for these techniques and practices which could assist them in dealing with situations that arise on a daily basis with their children.

 

Montessori education provides an underlying framework for living with children both at home and in a Prepared Environment. This presentation will examine a variety of ways that Montessori practitioners can pass on the important elements of this theory and philosophy that will assist the parents in their daily endeavors.

 

We all know that each person’s learning style is unique. Using that knowledge, we will explore numerous informational approaches that will support parents. Using a variety of avenues of communication, we are more apt to discover the best ways to introduce these concepts to each individual parent. When lines of true communication are open, it benefits the children, their parents, the Montessori guide and the program.

Instructor: Polli Soholt, AMI Direcotr of Training (bio)
Location: Le Port School, 50 Fell St. San Francisco
Audience: This course is designed for any adult who works with children, in and out of the classroom.
Cost: $40
Registration: Closes September 22

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Easing Toddler Transitions

SATURDAY, September 30, 2017

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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In this full day workshop for educators of infants and toddlers we will cover the many transitions that occur in these short years of rapid growth and development.  We will take a look at the big picture of physical, emotional, and psychological factors of change as well as the practical application of creating your classroom schedule and routines for smooth operation each day.  Toddlers can easily be misunderstood and tantrums ensue.  Learning how to ease the transitions in a toddlers life can make everyone feel better at the end of the day.  Workshop participants are invited to bring challenges they face to the table for discussion and strategizing. 

Instructor: Elise Arevalo, M.Ed
Location: Le Port School, 50 Fell St. San Francisco
Audience: Montessori Educators of Infants and Toddlers.
Cost: $40
Registration: Closes September 22 - Registration is strictly limited to 20 participants

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