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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Professional Development

Fostering a Culture of Writing in the Montessori Classroom

January 25, 2020 | 12:30-2:30pm | $25*| Butterworth Hall | Presented by Laurie Campiformio and Kay Urquhart 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.

Meeting the Needs of All Children

March 7, 2020 | 12:30-2:30pm | $25* | Butterworth Hall | Presented by Laurie Campiformio and Lisbeth Harrison

Montessori children come as individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses.  We will address what to do to when a child is “not choosing work”, “not learning their letter sounds” and more!

In this workshop we will share:

  • Best practices for supporting all children in your classroom
  • A collaborative team approach to ensuring success for all children

Optional Social Hour to follow the workshop.

Continuing education credit available upon request for those in attendance.

*This activity is complimentary to all teachers who have hosted MTCNE practice teachers and/or observers within the past year.  Registration, however, is still required.

Information Sessions

Upcoming Information Sessions

Montessori Studies Online Information Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020

Free Online Webinars

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.

Registration link forthcoming, please check back

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