With over 250 delegates expected to attend our upcoming conference from around Canada, the Pacific Northwest and Yukon, we anticipate our best attendance yet!

Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard. Dr. Stoll Lillard is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia who has been studying Montessori’s methods for more than two decades. In her best-selling book Montessori: The Science behind the Genius, articles, educational DVDs, and speaking engagements, Dr. Lillard presents Montessori’s theoretical principles, the science research that has followed them, and how they are implemented in a Montessori classroom.

The conference will include 4 workshops and lectures with over 27 presenters to provide professional development for Montessori teachers from early childhood (3-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), middle school (12-15 years) and administration.  Enjoy a wine and cheese social following Friday’s workshops! 

VIMA and Selkirk Montessori School are proud to co-sponsor a public lecture by Dr. Lillard to be held at the Selkirk campus on the evening of Thursday, May 9th from 7-9pm. 

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The Science Behind the Genius – Dr. Angeline Lillard Parent Lecture

The Vancouver Island Montessori Association (VIMA) is a group of Montessori educators, getting together for the purpose of sharing information, promoting the Montessori philosophy, and coordinating professional development on Vancouver Island.

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Conference Schedule:

Friday May 10th

8:15am Registration – Coffee and Tea available

9:00am Welcome

9:30-11:30 KeyNote Address

11:30-12:30 Lunch and Vendor Shopping

12:30–2:15pm Workshop #1 ( (please select your choice when purchasing your ticket)

2:15-2:45pm Break

2:45-4:30pm Workshop #2 (please select your choice when purchasing your ticket)

4:30-6:30pm Wine and Cheese Meet & Greet (Cash Bar)

Saturday May 11, 2019

8:30-10:15am Workshop #3 (please select your choice when purchasing your ticket)

10:15-10:45am Break

10:45-12:30pm Group forums and classroom tours for every level (3-6 years,

Elementary, Middle and High School and Administration)

12:30-2:00pm Lunch and Vendor Shopping

2:00-3:45pm Workshop #4 (please select your choice when purchasing your ticket)

4:00-4:30pm Closing Session

Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard – Montessori for the 21st Century: Outcomes and Implementation

Dr. Angeline Lillard is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and she is an elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (Division 7) and the Association for Psychological Science. She obtained her BA in English Literature from Smith College and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. Her primary research interests include pretend play and Montessori education.  She has been studying Montessori’s methods for more than two decades. In her best-selling book Montessori: The Science behind the Genius, Dr. Lillard presents Montessori’s theoretical principles, the science research that has followed them, and how they are implemented in a Montessori classroom.  Dr. Lillard is also interested in the development of theory of mind, children’s executive function, children and media, neuroplasticity, contemplative practices, and culture and development. 

 

Workshop #1 

Helene Ellis – Learning about the Brain: Mindfulness; Lesson Plans for PK/K (Early Childhood).  

Helane has been a Montessori Teacher for 3-6-year old children for 20+ years.  She has her B.Ed. from University of British Columbia, Canada and her Early Childhood Educator credentials from University of Victoria. She worked as a PK- Kindergarten teacher for St. Christopher’s Montessori School from 1997 to 2017 and continues to work in the schools on call and to privately tutor early readers.   

The Montessori PK/K classroom has always taught mindfulness; the practice of paying careful attention to what you are doing right now. The result of choice with responsibility is that the children in our classrooms have the opportunity to concentrate deeply and self-regulate their behavior. However, coping with strong emotions can and do create challenges to learning and living in harmony. By studying the body/mind connection we can expand our understanding of how three particular brain areas function to aid or distract our attention and our ability to self-regulate. This knowledge empowers children and the adults that are guiding them so that we can be more skillful at managing strong emotions when they arise in us and others.

Nicola Constantine-Macdonald – How teachers can help parents understand Montessori(Early Childhood/Elementary).  

Nicky started her career in Britain as a Montessori Directress for 9 years and Head Teacher for 4 years.  After moving to Canada, she took on the role of trainer for West-Mont Montessori’s Teacher Training Program in Mechosin, BC and as the Head teacher, Manager at Shawnigan Lake Montessori, both for more than 10 years.  Mont Dip (St. Nicholas Montessori Centre, London), ECE Dip.

Imagine Montessori parent evenings that are fun and which everyone looks forward to. Learn how to create a powerful collaboration between home and school.  Discover how to invite parents to authentically share in their child’s experience in tangible, meaningful ways. Leave with real tools that will positively impact you, the parents and most of all the children in your classroom.

Danielle Hourigan AMI (Casa), AMS (Elementary) M.Ed. Hands on Learning in a Digital Age (EC).  

Danielle has taught in Casa, Elementary , Montessori Teacher programs and has an M.Ed. in Administration/Academic Leadership. She is an accreditation consultant for CCMA and CAIS, Principal of Montessori at Hillfield Strathallan College and the CCMA Director of Accreditation. 

In this session we will examine the benefits of concrete hands-on experience for the young child in our digital world. We will explore the importance of multi-sensory education and the link between Casa curriculum and future technology skills and reinforce why hands need to be on the materials and not the computer at this age.

 

Michael Dorer, Ed.D., – Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom, Part 1 of 2 Please choose both parts of this presentation on the Eventbritepage! (Elem.)  

Michael is a Senior Consultant in the Montessori Foundation with specialization in Montessori curriculum. His pedagogical interests include imagination, holism, classroom leadership, and storytelling in Montessori programs. He has authored seven Montessori textbooks, including The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom.

Learn how to enliven your lessons by harnessing the ancient power of storytelling with original stories that are made for Montessori. You’ll learn storytelling techniques and tips and listen to creative stories that make lessons come to life. You will also learn the background, techniques, and rationale for this imaginative approach. Come to hear engaging and useful stories, take home samples to try, and discover Montessori presentations your students will remember, love, and ask for again and again.

 

Claudia Mann  The Cosmic Curriculum: Assuring Critical Thinking and Deep Learning.  While Managing it All (Elementary/Middle).  

Claudia has worked in Montessori since 1985 as a guide, teacher-trainer, school founder, head of school, and school consultant. With her husband, Doug, she has created materials for the study of Cosmic Education and sells them online at fossilicious.com.

Montessorians tout achievement of critical thinking through engagement, curiosity, and individualization, often, while challenged to manage the scope of our curriculum and assure rigorous achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. Can we be sure that children leave our classrooms with all this? Using Cosmic Education and hands-on activities, you’ll learn an approach that assures strong skills and deep thinking.

Marta Donahoe, M.ED  Essential Montessori Secondary (Sec).  

Marta is one of the founders of Clark Montessori in Cincinnati Ohio.  She has been a Montessorian working in public and private schools for 37 years.  During that time, she has been a guide to people ages six through eighteen.  She currently consults with Montessori schools and works mostly with adults in Montessori middle and high schools.  Marta has written a number of articles on Montessori at the secondary level.  She has a particular interest in bringing mindfulness practises to the classroom and schools. She lives with her husband in Asheville, NC.

The Third Plane of Development is a pivotal time for launching our children along the pathway of what Montessori called The New Human. What are the foundational elements that thread through the planes of development? And what are the critical components of the secondary program that support the growth of consciousness that Montessori believed would lead to peace in the world?  

David Ayers  Classroom Assessment using the Developmental Environmental Rating Scale (DERS) (All).  

David has been working in Montessori for 25 years at the Primary and Adolescent levels, and has been a teacher, administrator, presenter, writer, and advocate for Montessori education. He currently works as Communications Director for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, in the U.S.

An overview presentation of the Developmental Environment Rating Scale (DERS), a classroom assessment tool developed by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.  The tool aligns Montessori practices with child, adult, and classroom behaviors and characteristics backed by research showing their association with developmental outcomes across five domains of executive function and social-linguistic development.

The presentation will not be a complete training and certification (which is a longer, more comprehensive process), but should be sufficient to orient potential users to the tool and help them see if it would be useful in their programs.

Jeremy Lightsmith and Elizabeth Strong – Transparent Classroom (All)

Jeremy was a Montessori child and is now a Montessori parent. He is the founder of Transparent Classroom and Lighthouse Montessori , a primary school in Seattle. Liz is AMI primary and Adolescent trained and has worked at both levels and in administration. Join us to discuss the work Transparent Classroom is doing in connection with the Montessori community. In this workshop we will look at some of the data that you can collect using Transparent Classroom and the connection the data has to our everyday practice with children. Participants will be invited to engage in a design thinking activity around the goals that they have for their and schools.

Workshop #2

Mary Flewelling-Pinchen Inspiration from the Children’s House: Elevating our Practice to Enhance the Child’s Journey  (EC). 

Mary is a long-time primary guide, Montessori consultant and the author of “At Home in the Montessori Children’s House”.   She received her A.M.I. primary certificate in Toronto under the direction of Renilde Montessori and Audrey Sillick.   Mary served as the programme director for CAMT from 2006-2013 and subsequently travelled to China to establish a new Montessori primary classroom in Chengdu.  Mary regularly presents workshops and consults with Montessori educators.   

This workshop will challenge participants to reflect on their own practice considering what Dr. Montessori really said.  Practical suggestions regarding the prepared environment, lesson execution and the guide’s manner in response to the needs and tendencies of young children will be outlined.  Specific strategies that relate to each area of the 3-6 year old curriculum will be reviewed with an eye to examining how these techniques enhance the child’s transformative Montessori journey and support his quest for independence.  Participants will be encouraged to offer insights and comments about their own experience and a question and answer period will be offered. 

Colleen Keeler – Practical Life around the World (EC). 

Colleen Keeler has enjoyed 20+ years of working with children birth-12yrs developing programs to increase their growth and learning as Montessori directress, Orton Gillingham Therapeutic and in her current role as Child Care/Quality Assurance Manager for the YMCA of Okanagan.

Help children gain insight into various cultures around the world through practical life activities. During this session you will view 300+ slides featuring creative activities around food preparation, development of fine motor and care of self and the environment. You will leave feeling inspired and ready to make simple changes to the way you set up these every day activities.

 

Lisa Helmer Preston  Get Outdoors (EC/Elem). 

Lisa is a Fish & Wildlife biologist (RPBio) who has been teaching and leading community-based stewardship and education for the past 20 years.  She has taught environmental professionals, children, youth, teachers, educators, public figures, politicians, non-profit organizations, and has worked collaboratively with First Nations in BC in the delivery of outdoor education and stewardship.  She is a firm believer in local people being stewards of local resources.  From this, stems a desire to equip everyone, young and old, with the tools and knowledge they need to understand and protect the natural world around them.

The Outdoor Education Course will focus on introducing, modeling and sharing hands- on instructional strategies and resources to support environmental learning in and about nature.  Educators will learn simple yet highly effective and applicable tools that will allow them to focus on providing and supporting environmental learning and experiences outdoors.  Educators will be supported in their individual goals towards growing wild connections with nature through projects, experiences and community partnerships.

 

Michael J. Dorer, Ed.D., – Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom Part 2 (Elem).  

Michael is a Senior Consultant in the Montessori Foundation with specialization in Montessori curriculum. His pedagogical interests include imagination, holism, classroom leadership, and storytelling in Montessori programs. He has authored seven Montessori textbooks, including The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom.

Learn how to enliven your lessons by harnessing the ancient power of storytelling with original stories that are made for Montessori. You’ll learn storytelling techniques and tips and listen to creative stories that make lessons come to life. You will also learn the background, techniques, and rationale for this imaginative approach. Come to hear engaging and useful stories, take home samples to try, and discover Montessori presentations your students will remember, love, and ask for again and again.

Linda O’Reilly – Indigenous Voices in the Redesigned Curriculum (Elem, Middle). 

I am a teacher at heart. I thrive on confirming and challenging my colleagues’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. I have a rich background as a classroom teacher, university instructor, workshop presenter, author, and educational coach. 

“All that we are is story.” In this session, we will explore Indigenous ways of knowing and learning through story telling. Participants will be introduced to Indigenous picture books, which have been selected for their authenticity and appreciation for the land, tradition and family. Participants will leave with two new resources to begin their planning.

Jesse Miller – Social Media, Gaming & Mobile Technologies (Mid, SEC, ADM).  

Jesse Miller (MA. PgDip) is a recognized authority in British Columbia on the topics of Internet safety, social media education, and digital literacy trends. Jesse is the co-host of The Kids Are Alright Podcast and regularly on both CBC Radio and television addressing emerging concerns for parents involving internet and childhood development. Jesse is an international speaker who has addressed thousands of participants in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education featured at a number of universities and colleges across North America. Jesse is in high demand as a keynote speaker and consultant within education and public safety delivering presentations to schools and non-profit groups who seek to facilitate change for youth online, and because of this specific audience, his presentations are continually developing as social media and communication trends evolve with youth. 

Youth today are connected to one another more than any previous generation via technology. For children in middle and secondary school, social media is an essential part of their lives, and the use of mobile technology to tether a child to real-time information and content sharing is a concern for many parents and community leaders. 

While youth may seem to be more digitally savvy than their parents, an emerging reality for primary aged children is that their documented lives have been shared online primarily by family who utilize aspects of social media and mobile technology to connect family and friends. Although, it is imperative to fully understand how children of all ages understand and use social media, opening dialogues with families that promote safe and consented social media communications will engage dialogues of how technologies and social sharing impact an emerging generation of learners who expect digital communications and associated internet use as a part of their everyday. This session will focus on how networked citizenship needs to better support learners who are accustomed to everyday technology use.

Andrea Lulka – Observation and the Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher (ALL).  Andy Lulka, MEd, AMS, is a third generation Montessorian, alumna and mother. She has played many roles in the Montessori community, working with toddlers through adolescence, parents, and organizations. Andy’s passion is supporting the spiritual preparation of the Montessori adult.

Learning to simultaneously observe self and other can help us better understand our role in the classroom, the needs of the child in the moment, and the dynamics between the two. This interactive experience will give participants the tools to shift their observation practice from a thing we do to an active process in which we participate.

Anna Perry – Montessori for the Grownups: The Montessori School Community as A Prepared Environment for Adults (Admin).

Anna Perry, M.Ed. Is the Executive Director of Seton Montessori Institute and Schools, based in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. She holds a B.A in Psychology from Tufts University and a Masters in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University. Additionally she holds AMS Early Childhood and Administration credentials.

Participants will explore the top ten ways where we as a community often miss this essential match between relating with adults in way that models the expected relationship that they should carry on with children in their care. We will then discuss ways to cultivate experiences in normalization, respectful interaction and true experiences of community and collaboration that are necessary for the full concept of Montessori to take place in our schools and programs. Montessori can work for every child – let us explore how to use this beautiful philosophy to make it work better for adults.

 

Workshop #3

Kerri Isham – Creating a Culture of Child protection (EC).  

Kerri is a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate educator, coach and facilitator dedicated to excellence and committed to the empowerment of people of all ages. Her primary goal is to make exploring sexual health fun and meaningful, and to alleviate the shame and embarrassment sometimes associated with this topic. In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Why we need to teach sexual health education early
  • Common myths of sexual abuse
  • Types of sexual abuse
  • Statistics of sexual abuse
  • Who commits sexual abuse
  • Incidences of reporting
  • The differences between a pedophile and a molester
  • The profile of a predator
  • Stages of grooming a child
  • What transfer of responsibility looks like
  • Patterns of disclosure and why children don’t disclose
  • Normal sexual behaviour for preschool and primary aged children

 

Danielle Hourigan AMI (Casa), AMS (Elementary) M.Ed  – Ahead by a Century – How Montessori Pedagogy supports the 21st Century Learner (EC). 

Danielle has taught in Casa, Elementary, Montessori Teacher programs and has an M.Ed. in Administration/Academic Leadership. She is an accreditation consultant for CCMA and CAIS, Principal of Montessori at Hillfield Strathallan College and the CCMA Director of Accreditation. 

In the session the competencies required in our fast paced world will be discussed with reference to the specific Montessori theory that supports their development. Basic Montessori tenets such as ongoing assessment, self-correcting materials, hands on learning, student choice, collaboration and the multidisciplinary curriculum will be connected to life-long learning and underscore the timeless relevancy of Montessori philosophy.

 

Vanessa Lee (Braun) – An intro to yoga and mindfulness for children (EC, Elem). 

Vanessa is the Founder of Storyoga and the Director of Storyoga Preschool, a progressive nature and yoga-based program located in Sidney and North Saanich, BC. Vanessa is an Early Childhood Educator, Certified Yoga Instructor and has been a speaker and guest presenter at a number of conferences and early childhood events in Victoria, Vancouver, and the Interior BC. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn ways to introduce yoga, mindfulness, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to children in a number of effective ways.

Participants will also learn ways to create a calm classroom environment and how to set the stage for peaceful play. Participants will leave with a workshop handout inclusive of a booklist, workshop certificate, and a set of breathing beads. 

 

Betsy A. Lockhart – Direction and Redirection (Elem, Mid).  

Betsy is the Elementary Coordinator Emeritus and an instructor for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, teaching Classroom Leadership, Math, Geometry, Science, and Design (not all at once!).  She creates materials for Lockhart Learning.  BS Geophysical Engineering. AMS E I-II.

This workshop will sharpen your skills in creating and maintaining a productive, joyful working environment!   Examine a process that enables children to be intrinsically motivated to make appropriate choices.  Consider ways that the physical environment and the classroom culture can either reinforce or inhibit appropriate choices.   Explore knowing when and how to intervene so that redirections “stick”.

Susanne Ledingham  Bringing Indigenous Content to the Art Room (Elem, Mid, Sec). 

After receiving a Fine Arts degree from UBC, I worked as a painter for 12 years before taking my studio experience into the classroom.  I worked at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for 10 years, developing and implementing their educational programming, as well as working in Sir James Douglas Elementary School and Campus View Elementary School implementing year-long art intensives.  I am currently in my seventh year of teaching art at the Maria Montessori Academy.  During my time here at MMA, I have worked with Kindergarten through to Grade 12 and have developed the Visual Arts program for our growing high school. 

Susanne, a non-Indigenous art teacher, will share her experiences of bringing Indigenous content to her students. Frustrated by the lack of proper training in Indigenous content, Susanne will talk about her journey of self-education in the legacy of residential schools, the SENTOCEN language, the relationship between the WSANEC people and the land and sea, Indigenous law, and other experiences she has gained through her relationship with the LAU, WELNEW Tribal School. She will talk about the importance of authenticity and honesty andencourage us all to be transparent and share in this journey together.

Gigi Vincentine – The Tao of Montessori (All)

Taiwan is where I began teaching 3-5 yr olds. Ironically, I was teaching in the Montessori way without knowing it from 1999-2002. The children influenced my path towards Chinese Medicine. I moved to Victoria and relieved my Doctor of Chinese Medicine Diploma at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have practiced Chinese medicine in Victoria for the last 15 years.

This workshop will focus on understanding ourselves in the natural world according to the Chinese 5 Element System.

Workshop #4

Andrea Lulka  Montessori Comes Alive; exploring the connections between teacher, child and environment (EC).   

Andy Lulka, MEd, AMS, is a third generation Montessorian, alumna and mother. She has played many roles in the Montessori community, working with toddlers through adolescence, parents, and organizations. Andy’s passion is supporting the spiritual preparation of the Montessori adult.

Children learn through interactions with their environments, so what exactly is the role of the teacher, and where does the curriculum come into play? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore Dr. Montessori’s Teacher/Child/Environment triangle. Montessori comes alive when we learn to see that the connections between these three elements go well beyond presentations and materials.

Patricia Patrick – Drama in a Montessori Classroom (EC/Elem).  Patricia has been teaching for the past 34 years in both independent and public schools as an administrator and Montessori teacher. Patricia has three teaching certificates, a Master of Education and ECE credentials. She is currently the President of the BCMTPSA (British Columbia Montessori Teachers’ Provincial Specialist Association). Patricia has taught preschool, elementary and middle school students and marvels at what each level can achieve and accomplish. Patricia has always enjoyed dance and drama and has incorporated both in all her classrooms. She is always looking for new ways to keep the joy of teaching alive and states, “I have found that drama and dance always energizes me and seems to do the same for the students! “ 

Come and explore how drama can be incorporated in your classroom on a regular basis. We will cover Reader’s Theatre, skits, fairy tales and stories. Drama provides the perfect opportunity for collaboration and positive social interactions. Students learn to express themselves through various mediums and have fun at the same time!

Marilyn Triste and Lesley Duthie  Learn how The Great Lessons and other culture lessons can come alive in your classrooms! (Elem).  

Marilyn has an MA in Communication and has been involved in multimedia materials development and production. She has worked in the Montessori Education System for the past 18 years and has also been involved in the training of Montessori teachers. 

Lesley has an MA in Art Education and has been painting with children for over 30 years. She has many years of experience in introducing art projects to classroom teachers. She has been teaching in a Montessori 6-9 classroom for 12 years. 

Marilyn and Lesley enjoy working with their students to create large scale art projects in support of the Montessori cultural curriculum. They guide children through research and exploration activities, culminating in a team-based approach to creatively interpret new understanding. Marilyn’s bulletin boards are justifiably famous. They are done by the children and depict their learning of the culture lessons. They mainly use construction and tissue paper. Lesley’s large-scale painted murals always wow classroom visitors and parents alike. This workshop will lead you through two very clear methods for including art materials and processes as a regular aspect of your classroom. 

Lee Patterson  Socratic Dialogue in the Middle school classroom (Elem, Mid, Sec)

As part of a robust Montessori Middle School program, Socratic Dialogues support the students in being critical of the media that surrounds them.  It also gives them a venue to dissect big ideas and analyze a response from both a group and individual perspective.  

In this workshop participants will be able to learn about the process of integrating Socratic dialogues into their classroom culture.  It will be a “learn by doing” presentation where we will engage in several examples of Socratic dialogue, break down the components and debrief afterwards. 

Lindsay Monier Williams and Brittany Rolston  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Supporting Positive Change (All)

Lindsay Monier-Williams, MA Counselling Psychology (UVic), Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC), Mental Health Program Manager (Pivot Point) specializes inBehavioural Intervention and Autism support services. Using empirical practices, her therapy integrates mind, body and spirit in creating a healthy whole.

Brittany Rolston, MA SpEd, has a Masters in Special Education with a sub-focus on developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. As a Behaviour Consultant at Pivot Point, Brittany’s wheelhouse includes complex behaviours, aggression, speech, language, communication, and early intervention.

Explore an interdisciplinary approach to supporting positive change when working with challenging behaviours in children with autism. Participants will learn about autism and how to manage difficulties related to it, including tips for self-care. This workshop highlights how collaboration can be an effective tool in creating a safe and open learning process for all.

Marta Donahoe, M.Ed  Neuroscience and Trauma Informed Supports for the Classroom (Sec). 

Marta is one of the founders of Clark Montessori in Cincinnati Ohio.  She has been a Montessorian working in public and private schools for 37 years.  During that time, she has been a guide to people ages six through eighteen.  She currently consults with Montessori schools and works mostly with adults in Montessori middle and high schools.  Marta has written a number of articles on Montessori at the secondary level.  She has a particular interest in bringing mindfulness practises to the classroom and schools. She lives with her husband in Asheville, NC.

We have often asked our students to focus. But do we teach them how to do that? Participants will learn exercises that offer repair to the nervous system and help students develop a greater capacity to concentrate and support the executive functioning of the brain.

Anna Perry – Education for Peace: Curriculum or Outcome? (All)

Anna Perry, M.Ed. Is the Executive Director of Seton Montessori Institute and Schools, based in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. She holds a B.A in Psychology from Tufts University and a Masters in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University. Additionally she holds AMS Early Childhood and Administration credentials.

Dr. Maria Montessori’s term “Education for Peace” is a source of inspiration for many, and confusion for others. Together we will sort through some of Dr. Montessori’s own history and words on the topic, explore the Montessori movement in the United States and its influence on this topic and discuss how we have landed at the misnomer of “teaching peace” as opposed to Montessori’s original vision of peace as the ultimate outcome of her humanitarian educational approach.

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