11th Annual Treasure Valley Montessori Conference
We strive to provide outstanding Montessori workshops that are informative, innovative and up to date with the most current research. We also strive to make the workshops applicable in the daily Montessori classroom.
The Treasure Valley Montessori Conference is sponsored by four local schools that want to reach out to the community. These schools share the following goals:
- To provide opportunities for the community to learn more about Montessori education
- To offer professional resources to Montessori and early childhood educators
- To expose parents to Montessori philosophy
- To help unify Montessori schools in the Northwest and learn from each other
In addition to this conference providing excellent information for your work in the classroom, your attendance will count towards most city licensing requirements. The conference offers Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) Professional credits and/or could be used towards Idaho STARS hours.
Eagle Montessori, Montessori Academy, Parkcenter Montessori and Rosehill Montessori are proud to sponsor the 11th Annual Treasure Valley Montessori Conference. Thank you for your interest and ongoing support.
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While this conference is for teachers, we welcome parents who are eager to learn more about Montessori education. In addition to the two day workshop, this year we are pleased to be able to offer a Parent Workshop with information presented from Betsy Hoke, see her bio below, this workshop is open to all parents. We hope that you will join us and bring friends and family.
The Annual Treasure Valley Montessori Conference will be held October 3 & 4 2013.
The 2013 Treasure Valley Montessori Conference will once again be an exciting one. Each year we are excited about the great information that will be presented and this year is no different!
For any questions please email, Amanda Neill at Montessori Academy (208) 939-6333
October 3rd & 4th 2013 - Teacher Workshops
Michael and D'Neil Duffy
D’Neil has been teaching for over 50 years. She taught 10 years in traditional education and then fell in love with Montessori after her first child was born. D’Neil has 2½-7+ certification from AMI in Atlanta and 6-12 certification from AMS at CMTE/NY. D’Neil has an MEd. in Guidance and Counseling and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision. She ran her own Montessori school for 21 years in Georgia and is a former member of the AMS board. She has been doing teacher training for 25 years working at CMTE/NY and INE in Puerto Rico. D’Neil travels around the country with her husband, Michael, to give talks to parents, professional development workshops to teachers and to do school consultations. She also co-authored two books with Michael: Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom andLove of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students.
Michael has been involved in Montessori education since his daughter entered her first Montessori class some 40 years ago. After 21 years as a journalist, he became a teacher, earning AMS 6-12 credentials through CMTE/NY. He was a cofounder of Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA, and has experience teaching 6-9 and 9-12, as well as running the school media center. In addition to his Montessori credentials, he holds a B.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in theology, and an M.Ed. in media education. Michael has presented at local, national and international conferences, has consulted at numerous schools around the country, and has been a teacher trainer for CMTE/NY and other Montessori teacher training programs in Puerto Rico and Vancouver. He is the author of Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain and is the co-author of Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students. He and his wife, D’Neil, live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, within a day’s drive of their four grandchildren.
Marie Conti is head of school at The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, PA. From 2007-2012 Marie served as Senior Director of School Accreditation and Member Programs of the American Montessori Society (AMS) in New York City. AMS is the largest Montessori membership organization in the world with over 12,000 individual teacher, school and teacher education program members. Marie has been working with children and adults in the education field in a variety of capacities for the past 33 years since earning her Pennsylvania state teaching certification and AMS Early Childhood Montessori teaching credential from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA in 1980. Marie taught in early childhood classrooms in several Montessori schools in the Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA region until 2005 when she took the position of Director of Early Childhood Education at Wilmington Montessori School in Delaware. Throughout her teaching years Marie served as a school consultant and was an active volunteer in the regional Montessori Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, serving as newsletter editor, conference chair, workshop coordinator and president. She was honored with the organization’s Award of Excellence in 2009. Marie also served as treasurer of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) from 1987-1991. From 1990 - 2006 Marie was a member of the faculty at the Chestnut Hill College Teacher Education Program in Philadelphia and held the positions of program director and intern coordinator. In 2012 she rejoined the Chestnut Hill faculty currently teaching Montessori philosophy and theory. Marie is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences. She and her husband of 32 years reside in suburban Philadelphia, PA and have one grown son who attended Montessori school for 7 years.
Hotel InformationThe best place to find and reserve a hotel is near the airport or Micron. For more information on hotels please contact Amanda Neill, (208) 939-6333.
New this year! Group rates will be available. Please inquire, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information!
$175 for both Thursday and Friday
$125 for one day, either Thursday or Friday
Each day our lunch break will be from 12pm-1pm. We are pleased and excited to be offering a delicious healthy lunch from Open Table, www.opentableboise.com. Please let us know if you have dietary concerns, we will try our best to accomdate.
While we can not offer online registration we have a downloadable registration available shortly.
Please send your completed registration form to Eagle Montessori ATTN: Amanda Neill 1400 Park Lane Eagle, ID 83616
Please contact Amanda Neill with any questions.
Each year we are pleased to welcome local and national vendors to our conference. If you are a vendor interested in having a table at our conference please contact Amanda Neill, (208) 939-6333.
Requests for refunds must be made by Sept. 25, 2013. A $25 cancellation fee will be taken out of your refund check. Please direct all questions and refund requests to Amanda Neill, (208) 939-6333 or email@example.com.
SponsorWe are pleased to have Treasure Valley Family Magazine sponsor the Annual Treasure Valley Montessori Conference. We look to Treasure Valley Family Magazine as a great local parent and education resource. Check out their website, www.treasurevalleyfamily.com.
A resource for Preparing the Child’s Environment!
A great store for fun educational games, toys and more!
A great independent local bookstore, with new ideas arriving daily!
Music Together of Treasure Valley will have available a wide variety of musical instruments perfect for use in the classroom. They will also provide information and a sneak peek of the materials used in the Montessori compatible core curriculum music program.
Making learning fun & easy for kids and help families connect through the power of play!
Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you at this years Treasure Valley Montessori Conference.
Our conference is held annually, in addition to our Annual Montessori Conference we are pleased to inform you that the Utah Montessori Council hosts workshops and conferences throughout the year that you may be interested in attending.
Utah Montessori Council Annual Montessori Conferences and Workshops
January 25th and 26th 2013
Featuring Dr. Michael Dorer
For more information about the Utah Montessori Council or these workshops please contact Duna Strachan at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website, www.utahmontessori.org.