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 Boise State University (BSU) Professional credits and/or could be used towards Idaho STARS hours.
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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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!
The Annual Treasure Valley Montessori Conference will be held October 3 & 4 2013.
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 and love 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 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.
Jody holds her MAEd in Montessori education from St. Catherine University and her AMS credentials for children 3-12 years. Her 22 years experience as an administrator and a teacher have given her vast perspective of creative classroom planning and projects. Raising her two daughters in an authentic Montessori environment has been a central focus in her life. Her favorite classes for teachers are ones that are practical and easy to implement. She loves to have fun with teachers, hoping to inspire fresh ideas to implement and to help teachers connect with each other.
Dena ScottDena has been working in the public school system for many years, she has been a teacher, a special education case manager and this year she has been the Director of Special Services while working towards her docorate from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) where she is also an adjunct professori in the Special Edcation Department. In addition she grew up in a shelter home facility which her parents ran, raised 6 children, fostered 8 and is the grandparent to four children with special needs.
Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Helping Children and Parents Cope with Separation (90 minutes)
This workshop will help participants understand separation through an overview of two psychologists' theories of attachment and how our ability to form a bond impacts our feelings when separating from others. We will analyze the various stages of separation and how to help children and families in each stage. We will explore what affects our feelings of separation and discuss coping mechanisms, as well as tried and true methods to ease the pain of separation. Various children's literature resources will also be shared.
Spark Your Classrooms Sensorial Area! (Morning and Afternoon session) Marie Conti (There is an additional $5 required material fee for this presentation)
Are the wooden cubes, prisms, shapes and boxes of sensorial materials not calling to the children in your class as much as you would like? Do you need some new ideas to draw the children back to this rich area of the classroom or to enhance their sensorial experience? Come learn about extensions and variations of the old classics and discover new activities to enhance the various senses, especially the visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile and stereognostic. Hands-on activities will enhance the learning.
Intrinsic Motivation Michael and D'Neil Duffy
Young children are generally naturally curious and motivated, but we can train them out of that motivation and make them dependent on rewards. Once children reach the elementary level, we can encourage their their intrinsic motivation or reinforce their dependence on extrinsic motivators. What strategies does scientific research offer us to ensure that we are supporting our students intrinsic motivation
Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Spark Your Classroom Sensorial Area continued...
Michael and D'Neil Duffy
Maria Montessori left us a pathway to integrate our curriculum in the most efficient way possible with her approach of Cosmic Education. Elementary teachers can focus on History, Biology, Geography and the Natural Sciences in a way that unites all of these subjects into a single comprehensive origin story of everything from the universe itself to modern societies.
Friday October 4th, 2013
Michael and D'Neil Duffy
Education as a tool for peace is a major component of Maria Montessori’s mission toward the end of her life. How do we translate this in the classroom and help turn our children into peaceful young people and peace-makers in the world of the future?
October 4th, 2013
Book Making (Elementary I & II Focused)
This is a hands on, make it and take it class. Not only will we make several types of books for student projects, but we will also spend time connecting the book ideas to curricular subjects. Projects will include books for all subjects. This is geared more for the elementary I and II classroom, however, everyone is welcome. Book projects will range from easy to a few that will need more teacher guidance. Many of the projects offer a great blend of practical life skills such as sewing and cutting. You will walk away with many fresh ideas! If you have done some bookmaking projects with students, please bring them along to share. A camera might be helpful as well.
Michael and D'Neil Duffy
Parents deserve to know why we teach math the way we do in Montessori. But we teachers are not always articulate enough about the benefits of the Montessori math program. In addition to the well documented benefits of the hands-on, collaborative, self-correcting learning that the materials provide, the Montessori math materials are designed to help build better and strong brains in our students.
This presentation will offer a brief overview of Autis, what causes it and the different types. Then launch into how we as classroom teachers can identify markers and concerns for further evaulation. Tips will also be given on how to meet environmental, communication and socialization needs as well as any possible alterations to curriculum/materials and classroom set up.
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
If you sign up for the "Sensorial Workshop" there is a $5 required materials fee.
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 accomodate.
While we can not offer online registration we do have a downloadable registration available here.
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.
A resource for Preparing the Child’s Environment!
A fun toy shop next to the best ice cream shop in town!
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.
Science materials for elementary and middle school classrooms by Priscilla Spears, Ph.D.
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
UMC Fall Workshop
September 28, 2013
featuring Dr. JoAnn Deak, author of "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain"
The Conference will be held at Soaring Wings Montessori School, Park City, UT
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.