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Keynote speakers include:

Harvey Hallenberg Wendy LaRue Larry Schaefer Tim Seldin

November 4-7, 2010 The Montessori Foundation The International Montessori Council & The Peace Academy

are pleased to present our 14th Annual International Conference Nurturing & Sustaining Community

Hyatt Resort

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spend the weekend being rejuvenated, revitalized and recommitting yourself to a Montessori way of teaching and living. Attendees coming to the full conference and staying for the three conference nights at the Hyatt Sarasota are automatically entered into our drawing to win a free night’s stay. In addition, receive a $10 off coupon to one of Sarasota’s best restaurants Saturday evening. See details inside.

No matter how hard we try, we just can’t pack all the information into one brochure.

While we can’t match the drama of the last conference in California, where we were all on speakerphone as my first grandchild, Blakey entered the world, we’ve got a lot planned for this conference. New topics. Great presenters. Lots of exhibitors. In fact, we tried to keep this brochure to eight pages and we just couldn’t do it. There’s just too much going on. That’s why you’ll need to watch your email for updates and check our website ( for the most current, up-to-date information. Of course, if you have a questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. See you in Sarasota. Margot Garfield-Anderson Conference Coordinator 800-632-4121

What you need to know before you enroll ... In addition to the many keynote speakers and workshop presenters, this year our Sunday program is even more jam-packed than usual. Sanford Jones will lead participants in a two-part session on his Youth Opera International program. Kath Kvols will bring part of the Redirecting Children’s Behavior program with her. Kitty Bravo of the Center for Guided Montessori Studies concludes a Primary Language refresher series. Tim Seldin’s Leadership series concludes on Sunday and much, much more. Please plan on staying until the conference’s end after lunch. You will not be sorry. Our conference is like no other and we are proud of how we do things. We’ve found ways to keep our registration costs steady while still giving attendees all the same benefits of meals, keynotes, workshops and exhibits. And it all starts with you. We instituted a no-refund policy on paid registrations several years ago because of our financial obligations to make this event so spectacular. Please understand that we are sympathetic to emergencies happening that might prevent you from attending. Please remember that once we have processed your payment, we do not issue refunds. You are allowed to either send someone else in your place or use this as a donation to the Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 charity. Check with your accountant for details. Airport Information We recommend flying directly into Sarasota (SRQ airport code). Last year, many flew into Tampa because of the savings. Once you add on the high


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cost of a shuttle round trip or car rental, gas, time lost and the bridge cost you might not save as much money as you think. The Hyatt has its own shuttle to and from the SRQ airport that is very low cost. You must contact the Hyatt directly to make this reservation. Taxis are right at the airport and cost about $15 per ride from Sarasota. It’s only a 10 minute trip from the airport to the hotel. It is the responsibility of each attendee or group to make their own transportation arrangements. The Montessori Foundation will not coordinate any transportation this year. Hotel Information The Hyatt Resort Hotel has very generously given us two 1-night free standard rooms for a raffle drawing. Two lucky attendees will have one night of their Hyatt hotel stay paid for by the Hyatt, Sarasota. You must be registered at the Hyatt by the time the conference begins and you must be staying for the full conference to be eligible to be entered. I will have a list of attendees and you will automatically be entered if you are on the hotel’s guest list. If you are room sharing make sure you let me know the names of the people in your room as each person is part of the drawing. Think about that opportunity as a gift from the Hyatt! The winner will be announced after the Saturday lunch-time keynote. This year, all attendees will use the Hyatt Regency’s Passkey system to make their hotel reservations. The following directions are from the hotel to aid you in using this system. The Foundation does not make reservations for attendees, and the cost of the room and associated taxes are the sole responsibility of each attendee. If your school is a non profit you might want to contact the Hyatt in advance to fill out the required paperwork so you can save the sales tax. The best phone number to use is: 888-421-1442, and make certain that you let them know you are with the Montessori group coming in November. Here is the link to cut and paste into your web browser: =welcome_einewfeventID=2546817. Follow the prompts. All guests are considered attendees in the dropdown menu called “guest type.”

We have secured a block of rooms at the Hyatt at a most favorable rate. If we fill our block we can continue to keep our registration costs at this year’s pricing. We ask that you please stay at the Hyatt to help us help you! Online and phone reservations will be accepted from 05/13/2010 through 10/18/2010. These are the dates that the discounted rate will be available. After the 18th the discount will only be available if there is room at the hotel and we filled up quickly last year, so don’t delay in getting your rooms.

For those who are coming in a few days earlier or staying later than the actual three days of the conference, the discount rate should apply. Food Information Meals are included in your registration fees. They include (for full registration) dinner on Thursday and Friday evening, and breakfasts and lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening, attendees are on their own. There are dozens of fun places near the hotel. We do not discount registration if you decide to eat any of the provided meals off-site or not with our group. Our meals are buffet style and mostly heart and nutritionally healthy style. We work very carefully with the hotel’s chef on creating a variety of menu selections to cover a wide range of tastes and experiences. The meals are all served near our venue and do not include any meals in the hotel’s restaurant, bar, or room service. We have plenty of nonmeat selections at the meals but do not supply a vegan menu. If you have any severe food allergies we will try and highlight those selections for you to avoid. Please see registration form to mark accordingly. Mealtimes are outlined on your schedule. Our buffet lines are open for 45 minutes during each meal time. Please be on time. It is also important that we know if you are going to be here for the dinner on Thursday and staying for the plated lunch on Sunday. Please mark both of these items on your registration form. Saturday evening we’ve left open for you to explore beautiful Sarasota and famous St. Armand’s Circle. It is also time to mix and mingle with new friends. Many attendees are traveling by themselves. Invite a new friend to join your group. The hotel does have a very small shuttle that will take you over to St. Armand’s circle. The shuttle has a very definite and short run cycle and is a firstcome, first-serve basis. Downtown Sarasota is within walking distance to the hotel but bring comfy shoes, it’s about a 15-minute walk. We’ve made arrangements with one of Sarasota’s most exciting restaurants, The Selva Grill, to offer our attendees a $10 off dinner selection coupon. This coupon is for attendees who will be staying at the Hyatt hotel all three nights of the conference and can only be used Saturday evening. A coupon

A dedicated booking website has been created for our event so our guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. There is no special code this year.


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will be included in your registration bag when you arrive at the conference. We suggest you make a reservation at the Selva ahead of time. Their phone number is 941 362 4427.

room in your suitcases and shop, shop, shop. Our list of exhibitors will be updated on our website once the list is completed. Middle School Students

Handouts We will try to be as paperless as possible with regard to handouts. Attendees will be sent a link to any of the presenter handouts supplied to us in time by the presenters. Should you want handouts with you we will ask that you print them out and bring them along. Recording of the Workshops EGAMI recording company will be with us the entire weekend. Those who have come to know Blake and Connie Stiles know that they do this job as a labor of love for the Foundation. The sessions are audio recorded and available for sale immediately following each of the workshop sessions. The cost is incredibly low and even better than a handout. Buy your workshop selections to reinforce what you’ve heard, use for in-house training and development when you return to school or bring back as a gift to those who weren’t able to attend. All the keynotes are video recorded as well.

Since it’s all about the children, the Montessori Foundation proudly offers a Saturday venue just for middle school students attending the conference. In keeping with our theme of Nurturing and Sustaining Community, middle school (or older) students who plan on attending are asked to bring some found natural objects. The Field School’s Jeff Allen will be working with you throughout the day to create a community piece of artwork using the found natural objects. It might be a sculpture, it might be a mobile. The group will work together while exploring the idea of community and finding ways to assemble their objects. We will proudly feature the piece in a future volume of Tomorrow’s Child magazine when it is displayed at the Field School. As always, students and their chaperones do not pay any registration but must fill out a completed registration form. For further details contact me and I’ll help you understand why bringing students is a vital part of the community-building process of this conference. Silent Auction

Exhibits Our exhibitors are a vital part of our community. They work long hard hours and bring you some of the best of the best products and resources to use in your schools. Our exhibit hours start early, coincide with our break times, meal times and end half an hour after the last workshop of the day. Remember to leave

Each year, we have more than 50 items in our Silent Auction. Many are donations from our exhibitors. Some are from our international attendees. And some are from the Foundation. Bidding is fun and easy. Winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon after Harvey Hallenberg’s keynote address. The Hyatt is throwing in two more free one-night stays to be used for next year’s conference.

Our Team of Presenters ... Jeff Allen, Middle School/Admin,The Field School, Sarasota, FL Richard Bartlett, Staff, Freestate Montessori, Fork, MD Kitty Bravo, CGMS Educational Coodinator, Old Town, FL*# Maria Burke, Exhibitor, Lighthouse Learning, Spring Hill, TN Kristy Cash, Principal, Compass Montessori, Golden, CO Maria Castro, Head of School, Montessori Learning Center, Miami, FL Cate Crombie, Consultant, Non Violent Communication, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Marixiel Desangles, Teacher, Montessori Learning Center, Miami, FL Michael Dorer, St. Catherine College, Minn, MN Ann Epstein, Asst. Professor, U of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Winona, MN Paul Epstein, Head of School, Rochester Montessori, Rochester, MN*



Stephania Felz, Program Director, Girl’s Inc, Sarasota, FL Bridget Fik, Head of School, Flower’s Montessori, Gainesville, FL Timothy Fik, Professor, Flower’s Montessori, Gainesville, FL Margot Garfield-Anderson, Conference Coordinator, Montessori Foundation, Sarasota, FL* Harvey Hallenberg, Head of School and Keynote speaker, Boca Raton, FL Cathleen Haskins, Consultant, Teaching for Peace, Bailey’s Harbor, WI Leslie Hites, Head of School (Renaissance) Oakland, CA* Betsy Hoke, Consultant, Evergreen, CO Rebecca Johnson, Teacher, The Field School, Sarasota, FL Andrew Kutt, Head of School, Oneness Family School, Chevy Chase, MD* Lesley Kern, Principal, Xavier University’s Montessori Lab School, Cinn, OH Sanford Jones, Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School, Savannah, GA

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Program Schedule Thursday, November 4, 2010 3:30 pm 3:30 – 8:00 pm 6:30 – 7:30 pm 7:00 pm

Registration Desk opens Exhibits Open Dinner Opening Announcements, Housekeeping, Social Networking, & Preview of Silent Auction Items

Friday, November 5, 2010 7:00 am 7:30 am 7:30 – 8:15 am 8:00 – 8:15 am

Registration Desk opens Exhibits Open Breakfast Morning Housekeeping & Announcements

Keynote Tim Seldin Nurturing & Sustaining Community Montessori can be seen through many lenses. To some, it is simply a curriculum that a school happens to adopt in its classrooms. To others, it is a way of life and a culture that defines the entire school. We believe that this second perspective is the one that is the core of Montessori’s ideas as they evolved over time. Thus, the development of an authentic Montessori community throughout every aspect of school life is the essential task. It is not enough to create a community of children and adults within the walls of each classroom. The

Montessori way of relating to one another in a school setting must stem from the school’s board of trustees or owners, flow to the Head of School, and be found in the everyday interactions of parents, teachers, and staff. In this talk, l will explore how Montessori schools nurture and sustain their partnership-oriented community through specific sorts of practices and traditions giving children a much more meaningful voice within the school and encourage a true sense of community among the adults within our schools. We will look at how we can improve lines of communication, create a more harmonious approach to problem-solving and decision-making, and gather around us families, faculty, and staff who are true stewards and stakeholders in a close-knit and enduring community. 9:15 – 9:45 am

Exhibits Open & Bidding on Silent Auction Items Begins

9:45 – 11:00 am



Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 1: Introduction to WorldClass Montessori Schools.

8:15 – 9:15 am

[Note: Join Tim Seldin for a full weekend Leadership experience as he recreates the San Jose adventure. There will be 10 units this weekend.]

First Timers & Returning Favorites Daniel Jutras, Director of CMTEI, Ontario, CANADA Julien Jutras, Instructor, CMTEI, Ontario, CANADA Debra Kahn, Amman Imman Organization, Chevy Chase, MD Kathryn Kvols, Head of INCAF, Gainseville, FL

Claire Salkowski, Educational Director, Freestate Montessori, Fork, MD*# Larry Schaefer, Keynote Speaker, Lake Country Institute, Minn, MN

Lillian Kroenke, Elanbe Publishing, Placitas, NM

Larry Schanker, Teacher, Brookview Montessori, Benton Harbor MI

Beth Langely, IGS Coordinator, Camden, SC

Maren Schmidt, Consultant, Welches, OR #

Wendy LaRue, Head of School (Odyssey), Keynote speaker, Fredercksburg, VA

Marc Seldin, Director of CGMS, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Kathy Leitch, Head of School (Renaissance), Ft Myers,FL Cheryl McCabe Allen, Teacher, The Field School, Sarasota, FL Lorna McGrath, The Montessori Foundation, Head of Parent Ed, Sarasota, FL Eva Nislev, President of Montessori Australia Council, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Kristina Ordetx, Head of School, Pinnacle, Bradenton, FL Christine Sacardote, Asst Professor, Center for Contemporary Montessori, Minn, MN

Tim Seldin, President/Keynote speaker, Montessori Foundation, Bradenton, FL*# Patricia Sobelman, Head of School, Pines Montessori, Kingwood, TX Al Spiewak, Advanced Learning Resource Solutions, Perrineville, NJ Sheryl Sweet, Founder IGS, Lugoff, SC*#

Adriana Zeppenfeldt, Teacher, Montessori Learning Center, Miami, FL *IMC Board or Ex-Officio Board members # IMC Accreditation Commissioner


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World-class Montessori schools make an uncompromising commitment to excellence in everything they do. Their programs and policies are based on a clear, coherent, and consistent set of core principles and beliefs about their educational programs, faculty, parent body, financial operations, physical environment, and community life. They tend to prosper. Montessori schools are different. We should be defined in all things by our identity and values. However, some schools lose their way as they attempt to respond to parent pressure. Here is how your school can become clear about your core values, mission, vision and aims. Ultimately this can help you unlock the human potential of your faculty and staff, energize parent support, increase your effectiveness as a school, and build a more unified and supportive school community. Elementary Cathleen Haskins The Inner Guide: Empowering children to explore their inner selves as a source of wisdom, creativity, and power - Pt 1 The mind is stimulated, emotions explored, and the body exercised - but what are we doing for the spirit? These practical activities and ideas provide a tool kit for exploring heart wisdom, authentic creativity and true powerall which are revealed by examining and nurturing the inner self. In this interactive workshop participants will engage in activities which they will then be able to take back to the classroom and use immediately. In an effort to help children investigate their own inner energies, we will explore: Activities to introduce or become aware of the inner self; Activities that foster appreciation of stillness and silence; and Ideas for incorporating mindfulness activities. 2.

Primary/Elementary/Peace Kathy Leitch Creating a Partnership of Peace - Pt 1 Maria Montessori, The Dali Lama, and Neuroscientists…what do they have in common? Utilizing ancient teachings and current research we will explore the development of kindness and compassion. Come learn about the latest developments in social-emotional learning with plenty of practical applications for the classroom. If you are interested in your student’s attention, emotional self-regulation, and learning, this workshop is for you! 3.

High School Kristy Cash Public Montessori High School Best Practices An overview of best practices in a Public Montessori high school environment, including: the prepared environment, curriculum, and peace education will be discussed. Com4.


pass Montessori High School serves 15 - 18 year old students in 10th - 12th grades. With 10 years of experience in the public sector, we continue to realize Dr. Montessori's vision of an education from birth to graduation. An example lesson on humanities work will be presented for audience participation. Toddler Lorna McGrath APC – Anticipate, Participate, Cooperate Working with toddlers can be a heartwarming experience as well as a challenging one at times. In this workshop we will explore ways of communicating and responding to toddlers that will allow them to be independent while avoiding the pitfalls of power struggles and tantrums. Discussions will focus on expressive and receptive language development as well as social/emotional development. Participants will have opportunities for small group discussions in which they will examine classroom scenarios and brainstorm ideas for working with toddlers in those situations. APC is an easy way to remember how adult interactions with toddlers can be successful and productive for both the child and the adult. 5.

All Levels Sheryl Sweet & Beth Langley Community in One – Pt 1 Inside each of us is an “inner landscape” – the place where our ideas, emotions, intentions, creativity, and knowledge come together and create our perceived realities… This inner landscape is also more… it is where we receive insights and inspiration, find contentment and envision new realities. Our workshop will include activities and experiences that will help us recognize the power of our inner landscape to re-create our communities, beginning with one person – you! After exploring this concept, we will expand our attention to our relationships with others. We plan for this workshop to be meaningful, participatory, and empowering. Activities will include an introspective journey, creative expression, and interactive group games. 6.

All Levels Leslie Hites All Kinds of Minds - Pt 1 Join Leslie for an informational workshop on the work of Mel Levine’s organization, All Kinds of Minds. This organization has developed a variety of programs to help parents, educators, clinicians, and kids, understand and manage learning issues. All are based on a neuro-developmental approach to learning and a search for recurring themes in a student’s learning and performance; themes upon which we can build an individualized management plan. 7.

All Betsy Hoke Nurturing the Spirit of Boys - Pt 1 In this dynamic and interactive workshop, discover the brain-based gender differences that often make school a more difficult experience for boys. Understanding why boys learn and act in the ways they 8.

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do, will allow participants to make slight adjustments in their teaching to better meet the needs of boys. Featuring the work of Michael Gurian, author of The Minds of Boys and many other books, this workshop will provide Ideas and strategies to make school a more successful experience for all boys! 11:00 –11:30 am

Break, Exhibits Open, Silent Auction Bidding

11:30 –12:45 pm


Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 2: The School Board Nonprofit Montessori schools are now the norm in many countries. With ownership vested in a board of parent volunteers who may not truly understand and feel an unwavering commitment to Montessori, these schools are no stronger nor more stable than their board. In this session we will explore how highly effective Montessori schools create a Board that functions efficiently and effectively based on Montessori principles.


Primary/Elementary Michael Dorer The Cosmic Café: A New Look at Cosmic Education - Pt 1

In this two part workshop participants will join me as we look at the theory, practice and benefits of the Cosmic curriculum. I will include cosmic education for the 3-6 class as well as at the elementary level while leaving some time for participants to discuss, ask questions, and plan lessons in the cosmic mode.



Primary Kathy Leitch Creating a Partnership of Peace - Pt 2


Elementary Cathleen Haskins The Inner Guide - Pt 2

Primary Rebecca Johnson Development of Self- Regulatory Skills in the Primary Classroom This workshop focuses on assisting children in completing their projects; bringing their work to a conclusion via developing self-regulatory skills. These skills are seen as the tools necessary for children to excel in mathematics and reading throughout their academic life. There is no need to invite new materials in the classroom but instead, assign self-regulatory value to Montessori materials themselves. Participants will assist in assigning self-regulatory values to pre-selected Montessori materials by engaging them. 12.


All Levels Sheryl Sweet & Beth Langley Community in One - Pt 2


General Leslie Hites All Kinds of Minds - Pt 2


All Levels Betsy Hoke Nurturing the Spirit of Boys - Pt 2


12:45 - 1:30 pm

Lunch, Exhibits Open & Silent Auction Bidding

Keynote Wendy LaRue Our 21st Century Students: How do we best prepare them for the workforce? The standards-based, teach-and-test methods that have come to proliferate secondary education since the inception of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) fail to adequately prepare students for higher education and employment. This system lacks opportunities for developing 21st century skills such as higher-level thinking, problem solving, and group dynamics, as well as opportunities for fostering spiritual growth and personal development. Using case study research, Wendy LaRue set out to document what is happening in U.S. Montessori high school programs and to consider how practices in Montessori high schools might be used in school reform efforts. This keynote will detail the research findings and demonstrate how Montessori high schools are preparing students to work better in higher education and the 21st century workplace by doing what Montessorians do best: educating the whole child. 1:30 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Break, Exhibits Open & Silent Auction Bidding

3:00 – 4:15 pm


Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 3: Head of School The Head of every great school is both an educational leader and a visionary who articulates the school’s core values and educational philosophy. A strong and effective Head of School is not simply a caretaker, administrator, or business manager. Such skills are important, but they can be found and hired much more readily than a great educational leader. Montessori schools need Montessori Leadership! To be effective, the Head should ideally be Montessori certified, or, at the very least, be well informed about best practices in Montessori education and deeply committed to building and maintaining an authentic Montessori school. 17.

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Primary Kathy Leitch Creating a Partnership of Peace - Pt 3

Primary Christine Sacerdote Exploration or Misuse of the Materials: How to know the difference Understanding the difference between children using Montessori materials to explore and when the child is misusing the material is difficult. Opinions differ from teacher to teacher as when the invisible “line” from exploration to misuse has been crossed by children. The purpose of this session will be to review different scenarios and have a discussion of exploration and misuse. Materials will be used, interaction of participants will be expected and opinions will be shared. Be prepared to explore and just maybe become excited about what can be done with the Montessori materials. 19.

Middle School Larry Schanker Popular Music & the IPOD Generation Larry will show you how to make your students’ IPODs a real learning device. Let’s face it, technology is the mother of invention. Attendees should plan on bringing their MP3/4 devices.



Elementary Michael Dorer The Cosmic Café: A New Look at Cosmic Education - Pt 2


All Leslie Hites All Kinds of Minds - Pt 3

All Claire Salkowski & Richard Bartlett Creating Community: The culture & climate for every classroom & school - Pt. 1 An exploration of the process of building a real community within each classroom and throughout the entire school across every constituent group. The facets of community will be explored in depth and examined for effectiveness across each component group of the school. 23.

Infant/Toddler Lillian Kroenke Your Baby Can Read™ - Pt 1 Lillian’s purpose in sharing this information is to emphasize how important it is for Montessorians to recognize that the period of the unconscious mind is also the most important time to support learning how to read, at a time when the young child can absorb and master the process of reading as easily and as naturally as they absorb and master the spoken language of any culture.



4:15 - 4:45 pm

Break, Exhibits Open & Silent Auction Bidding

4:45 –6:00 PM


Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 4: The Educational Program This session will consider the process of curriculum development and review, program assessment, and the practical steps involved in coordinating several classrooms and the different levels within your school into a unified team. We will also examine Montessori Best Practices Handbooks, which offers Montessori schools an invaluable tool to maintain the quality, consistency, and growth of their educational program. Basing each practice on what Dr. Montessori actual wrote, said, and did, supported by current research and the practices and policies of highly effective Montessori schools, this method helps schools to create a culture of “Best Practice” using a specific and collaborative approach. We will also suggest some specific “best practices” for Montessori programs from early childhood through adolescence.



Primary Kathy Leitch Creating a Partnership of Peace - Pt 4

All Cathleen Haskins Order, Organization & Beauty In the Classroom: Why we Need It and How to Get It In this workshop we will revisit the role that organization plays in the child’s environment, why it is important, what it looks like, and how to achieve and maintain it. We will also explore how beauty soothes the soul, how beautiful materials call to the child, and in what ways we can bring beauty into the classroom. 27.

Administration Eva Nislev Developing a Communication Plan for Your School Schools and centers alike have many policies and procedures that guide their daily work. A clear Communication Plan is an essential tool and vital to the success of any organization. A communication plan should be included in every school’s business plan and be subject to the same annual review to measure its effectiveness and ensure its relevance. A well-considered and implemented communication plan not only helps build trust and ownership, but puts in place the protocols for building partnerships between staff, families and children. This will be an interactive workshop where together we will identify the communication goals, stakeholders and strategies, activities and timeframes needed to build a living document for your school. 28.


Pre-primary/Primary Lesley Kern

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Making Connections: Integrating the Visual Arts into the Areas of Sensorial, Math & Geometry The visual arts provide a fertile setting for children’s creativity and expression to emerge. Connecting the visual arts to materials and lessons in the Montessori environment cultivates the child’s sense of wonder and fascination while supporting many key academic concepts and ideas. Children experience and unravel mathematical and sensorial concepts through creative processes and apply this knowledge in their own world. Create your own materials and learn how develop visual arts activities that connect and extend knowledge in the Areas of Sensorial, Math, and Geometry.

Primary Julien Jutras Logical Progression Leading to the Complete Snake Game Join this hands-on workshop to explore the wonderful logical progression of activities leading to the complete Snake-Game. Children of varying ages and mathematical abilities benefit from these concrete manipulations. These presentations are sure to benefit your children and empower them to internalize this materialized abstraction. Results assured.

Keynote Larry Schaefer The Nature of Montessori Leadership: Leading From The Center This keynote will dwell on the nature of leadership that complements the Montessori vision and philosophy of the child. It will argue that Montessori leadership is leadership from the center of the community, a non-hierarchical servant-leadership that nourishes and protects the developing child. It is a leadership that inspires and enfolds all parts of the community into the service of the child, and it creates rituals that celebrate this process. 8:15 –9:00 am

9:00 - 9:30 am

Exhibits Open & Bid on Silent Auctions

9:30 – 10:45 AM




General Claire Salkowski & Richard Bartlett Creating Community: The Culture and Climate for Every Classroom and School - Pt 2


Infant/Toddler Lillian Kroenke Your Infant Can Read™ - Pt 2

6:00 - 7:00 pm 6:15 - 8:15 pm

Exhibits Open Dinner, Silent Auction, Singing with Andrew, Bridgit, Tim & Gang

Saturday, November 6, 2010 7:00 am 7:30 am 7:30 - 8:15 am 8:00 - 8:15 am

Registration Desk Opens Exhibits Open Breakfast Morning Housekeeping & Announcements

Special Middle School Option (see box below) Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership Unit 5: Faculty & Staff Teachers come from different training programs and bring widely varying ideas about Montessori curriculum and best practice. Normally it feels as if we are leasing out space in a shopping mall to independent shopkeepers, each of whom operates autonomously. But clarity is the key to success, and every great school provides a coherent program that is highly consistent from class to class, from one level to the next, and from year to year. 33.

Preparation of the Teacher Paul Epstein Observing Children with the Montessori C.O.R.E. (Connect, Observe, Reflect, Enable) - Pt 1 Although the Montessori Method is observation, we lack an observational literacy-how to engage in observation-based inquiry and talk about our discoveries. There is a wide gap between our philosophical framework and our daily classroom practices. The Montessori 34.

*** Special Session *** Community Art Project for Middle School Student Participants – Led by Jeff Allen

Saturday, November 6: 9:30 am - until completion with regular meal break for lunch Jeff has planned a long block of time for our middle school students to participate in a community project using found materials such as driftwood, beach glass, feathers and stones. We are asking that students bring some of these items with them to build this sculpture or mobile that we will display to the group at the end of the day on Saturday. Look for more details on this project on our website (


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C.O.R.E. closes that gap by offering a guided approach to Montessori classroom observation. The C.O.R.E. acronym emphasizes the central role of observation in the Montessori Method. The C.O.R.E. acronym further defines observation as a process of inquiry and discovery. Observation, in other words, involves more than watching and recording. Instead, there are four C.O.R.E. process elements; connect, observe, reflect, enable. Montessori however, did not provide detailed instructions. The Montessori C.O.R.E. fills that void and offers a systematic approach to daily classroom observation. This is an all-day workshop.

Administration Patty Sobleman Moving Up Made Easier - For Parents Have you ever had a child successfully transition from your Toddler Community to your Primary Community or from Primary to Elementary only to discover their parents did not? It is so very important not to leave their parents behind. A new community means not only new friends, new teachers, and new materials for the children but for their parents as well. Ready-to-use handouts and resources help to make this exciting time seamless, really! 37.

Primary/Lower Elementary Ann Epstein Literacy Alive! Research-Based Recommendations for Your Primary & Lower Elementary Language Lessons Despite decades of study, research has not determined “the best way” to teach young children to read. Research has found five essential elements for reading success. Children need opportunities to develop oral language, phonemic awareness, phonic understanding, comprehension, and fluency. How do our Montessori lessons stand up to these five components? Participants will engage in several language-based line time activities that build the foundation for reading comprehension. We will also investigate how appropriate use of sand paper letters and the movable alphabet assist children in developing both phonemic awareness and an understanding of phonics. (Yes, these are different and the difference is critical!) Finally, we will study an alternative alphabet (Confusabet ©) to appreciate the challenge of learning to read. Several activities in this session are appropriate for both staff development and parent education.

38. Primary Kitty Bravo with Lorna McGrath Early Childhood Language Arts Review - Pt 1 The best of Montessori classrooms offer language-rich environments that bring the spoken and written words alive in every area of the classroom. It is more than card material and objects for teaching phonetics. A good Early Childhood Language program provides a foundation that will enable children to develop strong communication skills that will last a lifetime. This EC Language Review will help teachers better understand the natural progression of the language curriculum including, early language concept development, enrichment of the vocabulary work, the sequence for supporting the development of handwriting, moveable alphabet both as a means of expressing ideas and for supporting phonemic awareness, activities for early and advanced readers, as well as the ‘Function of Word’ grammar lessons and a focus on how to enhance language throughout the classroom. 35.

Note: This series of workshops is for certified and experienced Montessori Early Childhood Professionals. Come revisit the basics and explore and share new ideas. This is a series of workshops that build a community over the course of the two days. While we do not require you to attend all sessions please understand that the instructors will not stop to review something for new participants so plan your attendance accordingly. General Cate Crombie How Communication Nurtures Community In studying factors affecting our ability to resolve conflict, Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), was struck by the crucial role that language plays. NVC Certified Trainer, Cate Crombie, guides us to reframe how we hear others. Instead of habitual reactions, our words become conscious chosen responses based firmly in the present moment.

Primary/Lower Elementary Sharon Duncan The Wonderful World of Biomes - Pt 1 This workshop will focus on an introduction to the Biome curriculum by exploring the energy from the sun, the soil, the water, the air, the plants, and the animals. A focus will be on integrating new environmental education lessons with existing Montessori curriculum for primary and elementary. Workshop includes demonstrations of activities to actively engage children. 39.


Elementary Maren Schmidt Creating Great Spellers in Your Elementary Classroom - Pt 1 Maren Schmidt will give you a comprehensive spelling program for ages six to fifteen. Once you begin using this series of 400 dictation words, spelling will have a life of its own in your classroom. You'll walk away from this workshop ready to go with an easy to do spelling lessons on Monday morning. 40.

10:45 - 11:15 am


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Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 6: Recruitment & Admissions/ Building Community & Retention



Preparation of the Teacher Paul Epstein Observing Children with the Montessori C.O.R.E. (Connect, Observe, Reflect, Enable) - Pt 2 Primary Kitty Bravo with Lorna McGrath Early Childhood Language Arts Review - Pt 2

General Cate Crombie The Heart & Soul of Connected Communication - Pt 1 Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a specific approach to communicating that leads us to connect to ourselves, give to others from the heart, connecting us in a way that allows natural compassion and partnerships to flourish. In this workshop, Cate Crombie leads participants in an experiential, visual and kinesthetic process which promises the potential to enable all members of a school community to relate in nurturing ways. 44.

Leadership Andrew Kutt Discover the Leader Within - Pt. 1 This workshop is for teachers, administrators, and parents who want to develop their leadership skills as an educator and their full potential as a person. The Montessori method is based upon the idea of empowering students to blossom into their highest selves; what about the teacher, the parent, the administrator? This workshop will apply Montessori principles as well as the latest ideas in leadership development to help Montessori educators and parents be stronger, more confident and more effective leaders in their classrooms and schools. More empowered leaders lead to more empowered students!


Primary Ann Epstein Assessing Children’s Reading Skills with Running Records Montessori children generally learn to decode phonetic words and recognize sight words in Primary (3 – 6) environments. They strengthen these beginning skills during their first year in Lower Elementary programs. However, not all children are able to read simple books or the extensive card material used in lower elementary classrooms. How do we determine if the level of reading material is appropriate for beginning readers? Running Records provide teachers with a simple, fast procedure for determining if reading material is “easy”, at an “instructional” level, or “too difficult” for beginning readers. This assessment process also reveals whether children use meaning, structure



or visual cues to decode new words. Teachers can also use running records to determine if children are reading “on grade level”, which is often important when referring children for evaluations. 47.

Primary Sharon Duncan The Wonderful World of Biomes - Pt 2


Elementary Maren Schmidt Creating Great Spellers - Pt 2

12:30 - 1:30 pm


Keynote Harvey R. Hallenberg Understanding the Class Trickster A Montessori educator since 1963, Harvey has served as a teacher, teacher educator and consultant across the United States and around the world. He is the founder, board member and director of The Claremont Montessori Center in Boca Raton, FL. As a Montessori teacher/guide at the elementary and secondary levels for the past 40 years, Harvey has experienced his share of class clowns. In a recent article he wrote for the Public School Montessorian, Harvey discussed his belief that “the ‘class clown’ is a manifestation of an archetype that has come to be known as ‘The Trickster’ by those who admire and understand the analytical psychology of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. The Trickster is often unconscious of the consequences of his tricks and may end up the worse for his effort. Does this begin to sound like the class clown? While the class may be laughing at the clown’s antics, he/she may be acquiring a reputation that may be hard or impossible to shed.” Teachers sometimes find the class clown, or ‘trickster’ to be a disruptive influence. We may impose sanctions; we may try to ignore the challenge to our “authority.” When we squelch or attempt to ignore the trickster in our midst, we may be refusing to hear, learn, and grow ourselves. Often the trickster has much to offer.

1:30 - 2:15 pm

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Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership Unit 7: Building School Community


Preparation of the Teacher Paul Epstein Observing Children with the

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Primary Kitty Bravo & Lorna McGrath Early Childhood Language Arts Review - Pt 3


General Cate Crombie The Heart and Soul of Connected Communication - Pt 2


Leadership Andrew Kutt Discover the Leader Within - Pt. 2

Community Service Debbie Kahn & Suzanne Stork Social Studies/Social Action At its very essence, education leads students to discover and develop their abilities so that each student can find his or her place in the world and live a rich and meaningful life. An approach to social studies that emphasizes the contributions of all peoples through the world and throughout history, the shared fundamental needs of all human beings and the interconnectedness of life today and historically, leads our students to contribute to society. This presentation will describe key components that can be applied to any area of social studies and introduce you to Amman ImmanWater is Life as a rich, service learning project. Participants will take home teaching materials that support the concepts outlined in the presentation.

lessons to present to groups of children and including Multicultural information. Our goal is to present a new aspect in the Montessori Class that will meet some of the requirements of the Florida VPK Standards: cooking and multiculturalism. 4:30 - 5:00 pm

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5:00- 6:15 PM



Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 8: Finances


Preparation of the Teacher Paul Epstein Observing Children with the Montessori C.O.R.E. (Connect, Observe, Reflect, Enable) - Pt 4


Primary Kitty Bravo & Lorna McGrath Early Childhood Language Arts Review - PT 4


Elementary Cheryl McCabe Allen Art in the Montessori Classroom Children love to hear the stories about individual artist’s lives. It helps them understand how a style of expression gets formed while helping the student learn to recognize the artist’s works. Enrich the student’s lives and appreciation of art and art history with some of the ways we’ll discuss together in this workshop. Some of the resources are also available at the Montessori Foundation sales table so stock up and enjoy. 60.

Administrators Al Spiewak Issues to Consider When Selling Your School: How to Transition Out The years put into a school can be fulfilling and rewarding, yet it doesn’t hurt to consider the future. One of the options could be selling your school, which brings up a number of issues. The decision to sell is not hard, and the ramifications can be anticipated, but having been through the process, I was surprised by the emotional content of the situation. This workshop will examine reasons to sell a school, some idea of what a school may be worth, how to find a buyer, what to do to prepare for the sale, and what to do after. These will necessarily be “soft” answers, because every situation is different. As to what I am doing after the sale, I am giving workshops on behalf of a non-profit company, Advanced Learning Resource Solutions, which promotes best practices in education. 61.

Primary Math Daniel Jutras Another Pleasure in Math for Small children: Commutativity, Associativity and Dissociativity with the Colored Beads Another amazing hidden treasure from Maria Montessori herself; this is a hands-on workshop to successfully explore 3 main mathematical concepts: Associativity, Dissociativity and Commutativity by arranging simple colored beads in a so logical manner. Import these activities for the pleasure of your children. 55.

Primary Maria E. Castro, Marixiel Desangles & Adriana Zeppenfeldt Multicultural Cooking Experience in a Montessori Classroom (ages 3 to 6) We will present how cooking experiences can be introduced in the Montessori Environment for children ages 3 to 6, including sample of 56.



Primary Bridget Kelly-Fik & Dr. Timothy Joseph Fik

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Implementing a Peace Curriculum into the Primary Classroom Join Bridget and Tim as they bring their special peace curriculum alive with the use of musical entertainment. They started their peace curriculum back in 1996 and are now known in Gainesville as the Peaceful School. The Fiks accredit the IMC for helping bring this component into their school. Primary/Elementary Music Larry Schanker Individualized Music Instruction: A Plan for Montessori Schools The idea of taking private lessons on a musical instrument is a time-honored tradition for many families. However, conventional pedagogies utilized by private music teachers are often at odds with Montessori values. Larry offers a plan for providing music instruction that embraces Montessori philosophy, encourages creativity, is truly individualized, and encourages children to become lifelong musical learners.


Distance Learning Marc Seldin Center for Guided Montessori Studies: Where We Are Today Come see what’s developed over the years with the first MACTE accredited distance learning teacher training available today. Bring your questions to Marc and learn more about this 21st century way to learn.


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Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 9: Facilities World-class Montessori schools should enjoy buildings and grounds that are specifically designed to communicate a sense of timeless beauty and support authentic Montessori education at each age level offered. Topics will include design elements for Montessori classrooms • prepared outdoor environments • desirable common use facilities • planning for new construction • modular buildings • building and grounds master-plans. 65.



Primary Kitty Bravo Early Childhood Language Arts Review - Pt 5

Primary 5’s & Lower Elem. Sanford Jones Music; Language Extensions into the Cultural Areas - Pt-1 Youth Opera International leads elementary-age children on a practical, artistic adventure down what might otherwise be a rather intimidating road that leads to the world of Opera! At road’s end, children discover not only the magic of performing, but also a new found appreciation for the theatre arts: props, set, costumes, make-up. We ask that if you sign up for this workshop you plan on attending both halves. Since the work done in session 1 and 2 are very interconnected you will miss out on some very important aspects if you are not present at both. 67.

Special Needs Kirstina Ordetx Contemporary Issues in Language and Social-Communication Disorders in Young Children - Pt 1 In this workshop participants will discuss the interdependency of communication, language, and socio-emotional development in young children. Strategies will be provided to enhance social interactions and skill development. Implications for conducting assessment and making appropriate referrals will be reviewed. Dr. Ordetx has over twenty years of experience in providing developmental and therapeutic intervention to children with varying exceptionalities. After completing certification coursework in applied behavior analysis in 1992, she began to specialize in the application of “blended therapies,” a term she has given to the eclectic combination of proven best practice approaches to treating autism spectrum disorders.


All Maria Burke The Dollar Board®: A New Way to Learn to Count Money Learning to count money is a difficult concept to master. Discover an inventive material for the math area, the lessons to teach, and the additional material available for the students to acquire this skill. Based on the Hundreds Board, The Dollar Board® is designed to help children learn to count money concretely and independently. This hands-on workshop introduces The Dollar Board® curriculum. 69.

All Levels Stephania Feltz The Jill Project; The Ultimate Community Experience This is a student-driven initiative which engaged young girls ages 5-14 in a mini United Way campaign. Girls attending Girls Inc. of Sarasota County participated in a Micro Society program where they earned Micro Paychecks for their jobs. The students donated a portion of their pay to build wells in African villages after they learned about the plight of young African girls who served as their family’s water bearers. 70.

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Leadership Tim Seldin Essential Principles of Montessori Leadership - Unit 10: Fund-Raising and Seeking Capital Successful fund raising in a Montessori school is often handled quite differently from most nonprofit organizations. Topics will include: Why people give • Annual funds • Special Events • Capital funds • Endowments • sources of financing such as private bonds • standard commercial bank loans • SBA loans • Industrial Revenue Bonds.

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Primary Kitty Bravo Early Childhood Language Arts Review - Pt 6 5’s & Lower ElemenSanford Music: Language Extensions into the Cultural Areas - Pt 2 Remember, we respectfully ask that you attend both parts of this workshop if signing up to attend.


Special Needs Kirstina Ordetx Contemporary Issues in Language and Social-Communication Disorders in Young Children - Pt 2

Each attendee must complete a registration form. Your name must appear on both sides of the registration form. This is how you want your name tag to read. It is essential for each attendee to choose the workshops for the days they are attending the conference. We ask that you put down your first and second choices for each workshop you are attending. This way, should there be a cancellation or a workshop fills up your second workshop selection is already there. Thanking you in advance. Please also remember, once we have processed your payment we cannot refund money should you not attend. Our financial obligations are high and our registration costs have not increased in three years to help each attendee during these difficult times. If you are unable to attend please either send someone else in your place or consider your registration cost a donation to the Montessori Foundation. Your paid receipt will act as your confirmation of the cost. Please mark your school calendars. Our conference dates for next year are: Thursday, October 20 Sunday, October 23, 2011

75. IMC Accreditation Options Margot Garfield-Anderson Is your school considering accreditation this year? It could be the ultimate community building experience. Come learn why accreditation could be the right thing for your school. 11:45 - 1:00 pm 12:00 – 1:00 pm 1:00 -2:30 pm


Exhibits/Final Shopping Lunch Closing Ceremonies & Good Byes

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Registration for the 2010 International Montessori Conference Attendee’s Name (please print):_______________________________________________ School/Organization Name:___________________________________________________ Email address (only method we use to confirm your registration)_______________________________ Mailing address:_____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ THIS FOLLOWIING IS MY SCHOOL/HOME (PLEASE CIRCLE ONE) Daytime phone number (just incase): __________________________________________ ❑ I am an IMC member/Membership #_______________ ❑ I’m not a member, please make me an ind member & add $45 to my registration fee renew my individual membership if necessary ❑ Please add $250 for IMC School membership to the fee and give us the discount for the group. Each IMC member pays the discounted price for registration: ❑ Full conference $375 ❑ 2-day $275 ❑ 1 day $175 ❑ I do not wish to become a member and agree to pay ❑ Full conference $475 ❑ 2-day $375 ❑ 1 day $275 Groups of 6 or more from an IMC school pay $350 per person. Should your IMC membership not be current we will automatically charge the appropriate level of membership to your registration. Days of attendance (please mark which one applies): ❑ Full conference ❑ Fri./Sat. ❑ Sat/Sun ❑ Fri. ❑ Sat. ❑ Sun. IMPORTANT: PLEASE TELL US ❑ I will attend the dinner on Thurs evening ❑ I will not be attending dinner on Thurs ❑ I am staying for the plated lunch on Sun ❑ I am not staying for lunch on Sun Please specify if you have any severe food allergies that we need to know about_____________________ EMAIL (we only confirm via email and most of our news comes out in email. We cannot email to info@email addresses): Credit Card information. A receipt is generated to the email on record from This is the only receipt we generate. We accept MC/VISA/AMX. We do not accept debit cards or gift cards. Phone number in case we can’t reach you by email: ____________________________________ Credit card #:______________________________ Expiration date:_______________________ Signature:________________________________________________________________________ If paying by check, please make payable to The Montessori Foundation 935 N. Beneva Rd. Ste 609 #56, Sarasota, Fl 34232. All checks must be drawn on US funds. Below: Please indicate first and second choices for each session by placing a checkmark (✓) in the column next to the course title. 1st Choice

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Leadership Unit 1/Seldin Inner Guide PT 1/Haskins Creating Partnership Peace PT 1/Leitch High School Best Practices/Cash APC/McGrath Community in One PT 1/Sweet & Langley All Kinds of Minds PT 1/Hites Nurturing Boy - Pt 1/Hoke


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Leadership Unit 2/Seldin Creating Partnership Peace PT 2/Leitch Inner Guide PT 2/Haskins Self-Regulation/Johnson Community in One PT 2/Sweet & Langley All Kinds of Minds PT 2/Hites Nurturing Boy - Pt 2/Hoke Cosmic Café PT 1/Dorer

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Leadership Unit 3/Seldin Creating Partnership Peace PT 3/Leitch Explore Primary Materials/ Sacerdote Popular Music/Schanker Cosmic Café PT 2/Dorer All Kinds of Minds PT 3/Hites Creating Community PT 1/Salkowski & Bartlett Your Baby Can Read™ PT 1/Kroenke

Leadership Unit 7/Seldin CORE PT 3/P. Epstein Lang Refresher PT 3/Bravo w/ McGrath Connected Comm PT 2/Crombie Discover Leader PT 2/Kutt Social Action/Kahn Colored Beads/ D. Jutras Multi-Cultural Cooking/Castro & Desangles & Zeppenfeldt


Leadership Unit 4/Seldin Creating Partnership Peace PT 4/Leitch Beauty in the Classroom/Haskins Communication Plan/Nislev Integrating Visual Arts/Kern Snake Game/J. Jutras reating Community PT 2/Salkowski & Bartlett Your Baby Can Read™ PT 2 /Kroenke

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Leadership Unit 8/Seldin CORE PT 4/P. Epstein Lang Refresher PT 4/Bravo w/McGrath Art in Class/McCabe-Allen Selling Your School/Spiewak Peace Ed/ B. Fik & T. Fik Music Instruction/Schanker Distance Learning/M. Seldin


Leadership Unit 5/Seldin CORE PT 1/P. Epstein Lang Arts PT 1/Bravo Communication & Community/Crombie Moving Up/Sobelman Literacy/A. Epstein Biomes PT 1/Duncan Spelling PT 1/Schmidt

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Leadership Unit 6/Seldin CORE PT 2/P. Epstein Lang Refresher Pt 3/Bravo w/McGrath Connected Communication PT 1/Crombie Discover the Leader PT 1/Kutt Assessing Reading Skills/A. Epstein Biomes PT 2/Duncan Spelling PT 2/Schmidt

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Leadership Unit 9/Seldin Lang Refresher PT 5/Bravo Opera PT 1/Jones Pinnacle PT 1/Ordetx The Dollar Board/Burke The Jill Project/Felz

Leadership Unit 10/Seldin Lang Refresher PT 6/Bravo Opera PT 2/Jones Pinnacle PT 2 IMC Accreditation/Garfield-Anderson

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Montessori Foundation/International Montessori Council Annual Conference  

This is the brochure for this year's Montessori Foundation/International Montessori Council Conference November 4-7, 2010 Sarasota Florida...

Montessori Foundation/International Montessori Council Annual Conference  

This is the brochure for this year's Montessori Foundation/International Montessori Council Conference November 4-7, 2010 Sarasota Florida...