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.

 

Baking and Sewing with Children

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Are you ready to bring the next level of baking and sewing into your classroom?

Join AMI primary guide Sally Coulter (the writer behind the Montessori Assistant Facebook page) for an exploration of advanced Practical Life activities applicable for primary and elementary children,  including bread baking, braided loaves (using division with the Stamp Game), and sewing activities including embroidery, pillow sewing, and quilt making.

You’ll learn how to give these presentations, you’ll receive handouts with recipes and details, and you’ll get to explore Sally’s entire range of sewing materials and activities, and how she prepares them for children.

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

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Free Information Session on Montessori Education and Teacher Training

The Montessori Approach to Language Development

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Are you curious about how Montessori Education supports children in the development of language? 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 language. 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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Free Public Lecture Series: The Montessori Approach to Literacy

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

Are you curious about how Montessori Education supports children's development of literacy? Would you like to learn more about how children develop into fluent readers and writers?

Join Primary Trainer Michelle Becka and Elementary Trainer Elise Huneke-Stone for a free public lecture on the Montessori approach to literacy. Explore the techniques and tools utilized with 3-12 year olds to support the development of reading and writing.

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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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INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION

SaturdaY, January 19, 2019, 8:30AM - 4:00PM 

SaturdaY, January 26, 2019, 8:30AM - 4:00PM 

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.

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The courses will be led by AMI 6-12 trainer Chris Trostel and 0-3 Trainer Sharlyn Smith, who both have extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Montessori Borealis, Marie Drake Building, Public Room 317, 1415 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150

1 credit is available through the University of Alaska Southeast for an additional fee. Click here to register through the University of Alaska Southeast.

  • University of Alaska students or those with a UA ID, please click on the blue button that says "Login to UAOnline."

  • For non-UA Students or those who do not have a UA ID, please click on the link on the top toolbar that says "Just Take a Class." 

  • When you have logged in to the UA system, search for one two choices, depending on your teacher certification status:

    • ED S593: professional development courses for certified teachers ($45 for first credit). 

    • ED S193: professional development courses for non-certified participants ($90 for first credit).

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Email Emily with any questions.

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Helping Hands Series:  Positive Interventions to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Helping Hands brings together Montessori teachers and assistants with early childhood special education professionals to support all children in inclusive settings.  

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This 3 part series will emphasize the "Prevent, Teach, and Reinforce" model of supporting children exhibiting challenging behaviors. Each session will build on previous sessions, and is designed to give  participants the opportunity to practice the techniques and strategies in their own classrooms between sessions. Participants will learn observation techniques to do functional behavior assessments, intervention strategies and how to teach appropriate replacement behaviors, and how to effectively track children's progress as goals are met.

Speakers: Tim Andrews, ECSE Positive Behavior Support Specialist, Dave Andrews, Multnomah Early Childhood Program, and Sarah Werner Andrews, AMI Director of Training at Montessori Northwest

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Primary and lower elementary teachers and assistants
Cost: $135

The first 20 registrations will receive a free book - The Tao of Montessori:  Reflections on Compassionate Teaching OR Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful

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Exploring Language Activities and Material Making

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Join AMI Primary Trainer Polli Soholt for a full day of Language immersion, with a focus on spoken language and vocabulary enrichment. Polli will lead participants in the review and of essential language activities, with time to practice and prepare for immediate use with children.

Participants will also have fun making new language materials to bring back to the classroom! Registration fee includes the cost of materials.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  Primary teachers and assistants
Cost: $95, includes materials

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INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION

SATURDAY, February 2, 2019, 9:00AM - 4:00PM 

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SATURDAY, February 9, 2019, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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 teacher Paula Gibson-Smith, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150 for the 12-hour course

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Montessori Job Fair

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

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? The Montessori Job Fair is an opportunity for job seekers to connect with employers at our Portland location.

Schools and Organizations:

By having a table at the Montessori Job Fair, you will be able to meet prospective employees directly and showcase your school! Registration is now open for schools and organizations wishing 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. 

Individuals seeking jobs:

RSVP to let us know if you are coming or to ask any questions related to the job fair. If you cannot attend, but hope to share your resume, contact Emily.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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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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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