Community Events & Professional Development Opportunities
Community Events & Workshops
Urban Living in the Age of Climate Change: Sustainable Local Development in Hartford and Connecticut A Center for Montessori Studies Event
March 26 & 27 2020 | FREE to Students | Select Locations in Greater Hartford | Sponsored by the Center for Montessori Studies @UHartford; Trinity and UConn, Hartford
Climate change is now being felt widely around the world, from the global to local scales. Economies and societies are being challenged to respond to disruptive changes including rising sea levels, increasing extreme and unpredictable weather patterns, and events that will affect human health and well-being through air pollution, heatwaves, and risks to food security. These events raise issues of equity and social justice as the effects of climate change spread unevenly around the world.
A multi-generational event offering experiential site-visits, this symposium will focus on the implications of climate change for urban living in greater Hartford and urban areas across the state. Learning together, developing policies to confront sea level rise, possible tidal surges during major storms, changing patterns of precipitation and temperature, and health consequences of climate driven environmental change and the local actions of community gardens, outdoor learning, local food sources will all be part of the symposium. Have an idea for a site or presentation- let us know!
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Fostering a Culture of Writing in the Montessori Classroom
January 25, 2020 | 12:30-2:30pm | $25*| Butterworth Hall | Presented by Gretchen Hall and Gerard Leonard
Primary:Classifying the World through Language This workshop will focus on the pedagogical foundations of offering language in classifications, both orally and through reading. We will cover Enrichment of Vocabulary and Reading Classification in detail, providing a framework for enriching your primary environment with language card materials.
Elementary: Writing Across the Curriculum
We will look at writing across the entire curriculum. Strategies and tips for encouraging reluctant writers will be shared.
Optional Social Hour to follow workshops.
Continuing education credit available upon request for those in attendance.
Helping Children Feel at Home in the Natural World – the Montessori Approach presented by Gerard Leonard February 12, 2019
5-6 pm ET
We will discuss why Maria Montessori promoted children not only understanding how the natural world works, that is the laws of nature, but why she also promoted what she called “living in nature”. We will take a look at recent writing regarding “nature deficit disorder”. And we will discuss practical ways to connect children to the natural world both in school and at home.