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January 9-10, 2015

Cartwright Center, UW- La Crosse

Conference Theme: Celebrating Our Children

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Epstein, Ph.D., an international speaker and author who has worked in Montessori education as an administrator, teacher, researcher, and consultant. Paul is currently Head of School of the Rochester Montessori School, Rochester, Minn.
  • Laura Rasmussen, Upper Elementary Guide and STEM Enthusiast, Rochester Montessori School, Rochester, Minn.
  • Maggie Watson, Lower Elementary Montessori Teacher, River Falls Montessori Academy, River Falls, Wis.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Observation: The Key to Celebrating Children's Learning, Paul Epstein, Ph.D.
  • Why 'Good Job' Breeds 'Bad Job,' Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

Breakout Sessions: (tentative)

Infant/Toddler
- Introducing Montessori to Families

Children's House
- Literacy and Language Extensions
- Inquiry-based Science Experiments
- Sensorial Gardens

Lower Elementary
- Integrating Art Across the Curriculum, Maggie Watson
- Authentic Assessments that Align with Standardized Testing

Upper Elementary
- Engineering and Montessori, Laura Rasmussen

Early Adolescence
- Community Partnerships and "Going Out" Trips

Administration
- Round Table on Administrative Challenges
- Governance Council Responsibilities

General
- C.O.R. E. Observation: Guiding Learning and Development
- Creative Movement for Toddlers through Lower Elementary

Who should attend:

  • Montessori educators and administrators
  • Public school educators and administrators
  • Private school educators and administrators