Call for proposal

Conference theme: Engaging and Serving Every Learner

Conference date: January 13, 2018
Post-conference strategic planning sessions: January 14, 2018

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Student Union

“The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind.

Montessori guides have unique opportunities to address the varied strengths and needs of learners. We encourage problem-solving, creativity, persistence, critical thinking, and altruism every day.  Our fourth regional Montessori conference is the perfect time to share your ideas and learn from your colleagues. Saturday will offer a full day of inspiring keynote and breakout sessions, featuring several sessions that will support learners with special needs and an extended session designed for parents and family members.

This year, we are offering a unique strategic planning opportunity on Sunday. Guided by an expert coach, school faculty will first envision and plan their short and long range goals. Schools will then build on their goals by networking with area Montessori schools with similar aspirations. School boards may find this session particularly helpful. Conference participants may register for both Saturday and Sunday, Saturday only, or Sunday only.

In response to participant feedback, longer breakout sessions will be offered on Saturday. We anticipate two morning and possibly two afternoon 75 minute sessions. We welcome topics in any of the following areas:

  • designing inclusive learning environments for learners with special needs
  • differentiated learning opportunities for learners who struggle
  • response to intervention (RtI) in public Montessori schools
  • collaborating with families of children with exceptionalities
  • trauma informed care
  • dual language learners
  • innovative lessons and activities in traditional Montessori curricular areas, as well as new ways to integrate learning across curricular areas
  • peaceful interactions among learners and adults
  • social justice
  • the arts: storytelling, drama, visual arts, music, dance, creative movement
  • outdoor learning/nature
  • "friend raising": community relationships, including fund raising
  • family support: parenting tips the "Montessori way", family engagement
  • administrative collaboration
  • do's and don'ts for starting a charter or independent Montessori school
  • global learning
  • other topics that you think would be of interest to area Montessorians and families

We anticipate offering sessions that would address the following strands: Inclusion, Families, Infants/Toddlers, Children's House, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Early Adolescence, General, and Administration/Leadership. We welcome topics that could address the interests of several audiences.

 Please submit your form by September 1, 2017.

We will notify presenters by September 18, 2017.

Thank you for supporting Montessori in our region, and have a wonderful start to your school year!