Workshops & Events

MNW creates professional development programs to invigorate teachers' classroom practice and strengthen school communities. Our programs include events and workshops for parents, and community members, as well as information sessions for prospective students who want 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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PORTLAND COURSES Information session
SATURday, august 19, 2017
10:00AM-12:00PM

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Join us for an Information Session 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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montessori classroom essentials: Positive Communication

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

5:00PM - 7:00PM

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This series offers support to both Primary and Elementary guides and assistants in Montessori environments. Learn and explore tools to develop self-reliance, responsibility, and respect in each child.

We know that all children thrive in environments that support collaboration and cooperation. Practicing Positive Communication builds a relationship of trust and cooperation between adults and children, and this relationship forms the foundation of a peaceful, well-functioning community. This workshop explores the theoretical as well as practical applications of how to use clear and respectful communication to engage cooperation and authentic respect.

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Instructor: Michelle Becka, AMI Primary Trainer (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This workshop series is open guides, assistants, parents, and support staff.
Cost: $45 each or $120 for the series

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THE MECHANICS OF FOSTERING THE BETTER SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM

During this workshop, Amy Eshelby and Dr. Nora McNamara will be sharing the work of Dr. Ross Greene as they help teachers implement strategies to improve relationships with children, strengthen communication skills, and  solve problems collaboratively with the children we serve.  

Amy brings a wealth of experience and compassion from her 17 years of elementary Montessori teaching, and Dr. Nora, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with an AMI Elementary diploma, brings a unique voice to understanding and supporting developing children.

A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will go towards the MNW Scholarship Fund, helping to make the dream of Montessori teacher training possible for more outstanding individuals.  Special thanks to Dr. Nora and Amy for donating their time and energy.

Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This workshop is open to all, and of particular interest to assistants and teachers at primary, elementary, and adolescence levels, as well as parents.
Cost: $120

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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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montessori classroom essentials: Managing Daily Transitions

thursday, october 19

5:00pm - 7:00pm

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This series offers support to both Primary and Elementary guides and assistants in Montessori environments. Learn and explore tools to develop self-reliance, responsibility, and respect in each child.

Even with uninterrupted work cycles, our days still include many transitions – morning arrivals, lunch and recess, afternoon departures, and more. We all want these transitional times of day to go smoothly and easily, but so often they feel chaotic and abrupt. This workshop will offer practical techniques for how to support children during these times of the day, helping adults to develop consistent and respectful routines and group management skills that honor each child's natural development.

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Instructor: Michelle Becka, AMI Primary Trainer (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This workshop series is open guides, assistants, parents, and support staff.
Cost: $45 each or $120 for the series

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montessori classroom essentials: Supporting Independence

thursday, November 9

5:00pm - 7:00pm

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This series offers support to both Primary and Elementary guides and assistants in Montessori environments. Learn and explore tools to develop self-reliance, responsibility, and respect in each child.

Whether functional independence or intellectual independence, Montessori adults working with first and second plane children understand that children want to do and think for themselves. This workshop will offer practical ideas that help adults to fine tune the physical environment in ways that support each child's quest for independence, as well as tips for how to create a psychological atmosphere that supports self-reliance and responsibility.

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Instructor: Michelle Becka, AMI Primary Trainer (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This workshop series is open guides, assistants, parents, and support staff.
Cost: $45 each or $120 for the series

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Introduction to Montessori education

Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28,

6:00pm - 9:00pm

This 12 hour course will be offered at various flexible times and formats throughout the year. The course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence, responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

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Instructors: Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training, (bio); Michelle Becka, Primary Trainer, (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This series is designed for any adult who works with children. This course is also ideal for those interested in learning more about the formal courses offered at Montessori Northwest.
Cost: $150


Introduction to Montessori education

Saturday, January 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Monday, January 29, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, January 31, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

This 12 hour course will be offered at various flexible times and formats throughout the year. The course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence, responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

Click here to learn more.

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Instructors: Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training, (bio); Michelle Becka, Primary Trainer, (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This series is designed for any adult who works with children. This course is also ideal for those interested in learning more about the formal courses offered at Montessori Northwest.
Cost: $150


Introduction to Montessori education

Saturday, April 14 & 21

9:00am - 4:00pm

This 12 hour course will be offered at various flexible times and formats throughout the year. The course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence, responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

Click here to learn more.

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Instructors: Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training, (bio); Michelle Becka, Primary Trainer, (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR (map)
Audience: This series is designed for any adult who works with children. This course is also ideal for those interested in learning more about the formal courses offered at Montessori Northwest.
Cost: $150