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. 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!


Workshop & Events Schedule 2018-19

This year, Montessori Northwest offered 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 offered introductory courses, designed to support assistants, at our Portland location and in the California Bay Area, Spokane, Bend-Redmond, and Juneau. The 2019-20 calendar is in the works now, so stay tuned for our upcoming events! Sign up for our email list. 

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.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:00PM- 6:00pm PST

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00AM – 7:00am PST

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5:00PM – 6:00pm PST

Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00AM – 7:00AM

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Would you like to learn more about how Montessori Northwest teacher training programs work? Are you considering applying to Montessori Northwest or currently working on your application?

Join trainer Michelle Becka for one of our ONLINE Information Sessions! Choose a time that works for you and access the session from your phone or computer.

The Online Information Session on Montessori Teacher Training will cover:

  • How the courses are structured, including the daily life of students at MNW.

  • How the courses provide opportunity for reflection and deep discussion of Montessori theory and practice.

  • The strong community of friendship and collaboration at MNW, and how peer learning and discussion are vital aspects of our courses.

  • How observation and practice teaching sessions prepare you to work in your own future classroom.

  • Montessori Northwest’s commitment to continuous support for adult learners to assure success.

Location:  ONLINE (connect via computer or phone)
Audience:  Open to anyone interested in learning more about Montessori teacher training
Cost: FREE

RSVP here. We will then email you instructions on how to connect online!


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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Growth Mindset in Montessori Education

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00AM - 11:00 AM PST

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RSVP now for a free webinar exploring the topic of Growth Mindset.

What is Mindset? How does it affect a child’s creativity, resiliency, motivation and happiness? How does Montessori education support the development of a Growth Mindset in children?

Explore these questions with AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka. The mindset that you hold influences many things, including attitudes about learning, views on effort and failure, and recovery from setbacks. 

 Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the AMI diploma programs offered at Montessori Northwest. Find out more about the training center, and get any questions answered.

Location:  Online Webinar (link will be provided upon RSVP)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free!

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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