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. For California and Washington professional development hours - please email our office. 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!

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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2018-19 Workshops

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 download the full calendar of events for 2018-19. (Revised August 16, 2018)

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.

 

toddler assistants workshop

August 18, 2018

9:00AM - 12:00PM

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Join AMI Trainer Nancy Lechner for a morning workshop designed to support assistants working with toddlers.  Nancy will discuss the unique role of the assistant, and how to determine when to offer children help or redirection. She will also describe the overall purposes of the materials and activities so that classroom assistants have a better understanding of what children are working on during this important stage of development.

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

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Workshop: Toddler Assistant Workshop 08/2018
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Montessori 101:  A Comprehensive Introduction to Montessori Education

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Monday-Friday, August 20-24

8:30 AM - 3:30 Pm

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.  Participants 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.

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Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR,  97214 (map)
Audience:  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education

A copy of "Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work" by E.M. Standing or "The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori is included with registration.

Participants will earn a certificate of attendance for 30 hours in the following Core Knowledge Categories:
- Human Growth & Development

- Learning Environments & Curriculum

- Observation & Assessment

- Understanding & Guiding Behavior

A 20% group discount can be applied if registering 2 or more participants. Click here to request the discount code or call our office at (503) 963-8992.

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Bay Area Montessori Assistants Workshop

tuesday, august 21, 2018

9:30AM - 3:30PM

Join AMI Trainer Polli Soholt for a all-day workshop for classroom assistants and support staff at all training levels.

Polli will lead participants through the core principles of Montessori theory and practice, as well as the unique role of the classroom assistant in the community.

Location: LePort Montessori School, 50 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)
Audience: Open to all, especially assistant teachers

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montessori classroom essentials: Primary Workshop series

Wednesdays, September 26, October 17, November 7, 2018

6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Primary guides and assistants are invited to join AMI Director of Training Sarah Werner Andrews for these three workshops designed to help Montessori adults build the foundation for a happy and successful year with the children.

Session 1: the power of spoken language

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

From building a positive relationship with children, to helping children express their needs and emotions, to laying essential foundations for literacy, spoken language is the most powerful we have to support children.

 

Session 2: making observation work

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Change "I don't have time to observe!" to "I don't have time NOT to observe!"  This session will explore different observation structures for guides and assistants to help find the most effective ways to observe to meet the needs of your children.
 

Session 3: working With Challenging Behaviors

Wednesday, november 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

It is a fact of teaching that some children need more support than others. This session will offer guides and assistants practical tools as well as the personal confidence to keep this support positive and affirming.

 

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR,  97214 (map)
Audience:  Primary teachers and assistants
Cost: $120 for all 3 sessions, $45 each

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montessori classroom essentials: Elementary Workshop series

Fridays, September 28 & October 19, 2018

5:00pm - 7:00pm, followed by social gathering at RonToms

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Helping the children manage their work and social relationships is a challenging, yet essential aspect of the role of the adults in Montessori classrooms.  Elementary guides and their assistants are invited to join Elise Huneke-Stone, Director of Elementary Training, for a practical 2 part workshop on implementing the three "Tools of Responsibility" —the children’s journals, regular meetings with the teacher, and the school standards—so that they are a collaboration between the child and the prepared adult.  

  • Transform “What are you working on?” to “How can I help you with your work?”
  • Support the development of a lively expressive journal practice in your community.
  • Make the school standards a trusted part of the prepared environment and another guide for the children

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Elementary teachers and assistants
Cost: $80 for the two-part series

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INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION

Friday, October 12, 6:00PM - 9:00pm

Saturday, October 13, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Sunday, October 14, 10:00AM - 1:00PM 

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 course will be led by Ellen Lebitz, AMI 6-12 Trainer who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  High Desert Montessori School, 536 SW 12th St, Redmond, OR 97756 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150 for the 12-hour course

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NCMPS Child Study Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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This full-day workshop, offered by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, explores the growing array of early intervention models aimed toward addressing diverse learning and developmental needs. The Child Study Process revolves around meeting the needs of all children, resolving difficulties early, and using a wide range of data to support student development.

This workshop reviews Montessori’s natural and historic links with special education and presents an approach to Response to Intervention (RTI) that is intentionally designed to make the most of these unique properties of the prepared environment. Participants will learn 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.

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Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Administrators, coaches, school leaders, and staff
Instructor: Elizabeth Slade
Cost: $150
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introduction to Montessori education

Saturday, NOVEMBER 10, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM 

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM

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:  Montessori de Terra Linda, 610 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $150 for the 12-hour course

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introduction to Montessori education

Thursday, NOVEMBER 15, 2018, 5:00PM - 8:00PM 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:00PM

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 trainers with 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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Primary to Elementary Transitions: Passage to Abstraction with Bead Frames, Racks & Tubes, and Fractions

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

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These three important materials span both primary and elementary, and function as both a "passage to abstraction" and an essential transition material.  This free workshop for Montessori Northwest host teachers will provide discussion and presentations to help primary and elementary teachers maximize the children's experiences with these amazing materials.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Host teachers of Montessori Northwest students
Questions? Click here

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Free Public Lecture Series: Montessori Education and Growth Mindset

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

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Do you believe that intelligence is a fixed trait, or do you think you can always learn new things? 

This question gets at the heart of Mindset, a topic that is drawing national and international attention. The Mindset that you hold influences many things, including attitudes about learning, views on effort and failure, and recovery from setbacks. 

Join AMI Primary Trainer Michelle Becka to explore the variety of ways that Montessori adults can foster a supportive Growth Mindset inside and outside the classroom. 

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

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 

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 trainers with 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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