Western Teaching and Learning: Montessori Methods of Education


Thursday, January 19–Friday, January 27, 2017

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States of America

Sharing strategies across the globe for the improvement of all learners

Students with teacher   Students on tourProgram objective:

An overview of Western teaching and learning with a focus on the Montessori Methods of Education providing you with the knowledge and tools to apply the methodologies in your own classrooms and community.

Designed for administrators, teachers, parents, and involved officials.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the philosophy, key principles, and instructional and curricular methods of Montessori Methods of education
  2. Define the essential components of successful Montessori schools and professional learning cultures
  3. Discover ways to implement a Montessori school or Montessori Methods in your current teaching and learning culture


  1. Attend a regional Montessori Conference with regional teachers, administrators, and parents
  2. Visit local Montessori schools to observe and interact with teachers and administrators
  3. Participate in discussions and workshops with University of Wisconsin La Crosse faculty and local experts

Students in classroom   Teacher with students

Montessori logoCelebrating our Montessori Children Conference


 A Montessori orientation:

  1. Format: Discussions, videos, exploration of Montessori Materials
  2. Specific Topics:
    • An authentic Montessori school – identification of essential elements
      • Certified Montessori teachers
      • Teachers are guides and observers
      • Teachers prepare and use the Montessori classroom environment
      • Multiple age groups of children
      • Children are active learners, and they learn with the Montessori materials
      • The classroom is a Montessori prepared environment
      • The Montessori classroom daily schedule
    • The Montessori philosophy – understanding how children learn
      • The planes of development
      • The sensitive periods
      • The absorbent mind
    • Montessori classroom management – understanding how children become self-disciplined and why this is important
      • Independence and choice in the Montessori environment
      • How children develop coordination and concentration
      • How children develop self-control
    • Overview of the Montessori prepared environment – identification of essential components
      • Order
      • Beauty and nature
      • The Montessori materials
    • Introduction to the Montessori curriculum – exploring the materials
      • Practical Life
      • Sensorial
      • Language
      • Mathematics
      • Cultural Subjects
    • How Montessori teachers use the materials to instruct
      • The fundamental lesson
      • The 3-period lesson
      • Small and large group presentations
    • Preparation for classroom observations
      • How Montessori classrooms are set up
      • What to look for when observing in a Montessori classroom

How to establish an authentic Montessori School

Montessori School Design and Implementation process

  • Curriculum: The required Montessori materials
  • Facilities: Types of spaces and required furniture
  • Faculty: Complete Montessori teacher education
  • Parent education: What parents should know and understand about a Montessori education

Register online!

  • $4,200 per person, double occupancy lodging
  • Single Occupancy Supplement: $400
  • $500 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration
  • Full payment due no later than December 20, 2016
  • Includes: Lodging, instruction, materials, transportation, translation, and meals during the length of the program (see itinerary for specific meals)
  • Does not include: Air travel, excursions, travel insurance*, expenses relating to obtaining a visa

*Travel Insurance is highly recommended

No special Visa required. You can use a visitor Visa!


Homestays may be available upon request. If you would like to stay in the home of a local resident, please email Katie Nauth at knauth@uwlax.edu. If we are able to accommodate your request, you will receive a $350 discount off the registration fee.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Lodging included with the program registration fee


  • A coach shuttle will be provided from the Minneapolis Airport departing at 3 p.m.
  • The shuttle will bring you to the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA for hotel check in. Shuttle transportation will be provided to each itinerary activity throughout the length of the program.
  • A coach shuttle will return you to the Country Inn and Suites Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, schedule to arrive at 1:30pm on Thursday, January 26.  
  • The Country Inn and Suites Mall of America hotel shuttle will be available for transportation to the Mall of America and to the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota as needed by each individual.

Airfare: Airfare is not included in the cost of the program. All air travel arrangements are the responsibility of the individual. We will provide a shuttle from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota departing for La Crosse, Wisconsin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017. A return shuttle will be provided to the Country Inn and Suites Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota at the end of the program.

  • You may choose to fly into the La Crosse Municipal Airport (LSE). The airport is located approximately 6 miles from the hotel and taxi fare is approximately $10 one way.
  • Should you fly into a different location, it will be the responsibility of the individual to arrange transportation and accommodations outside of the planned program agenda.

Visa: It is the individual’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate travel visa for the program. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will provide the necessary documents electronically to you.

VISA Invitation Letter Request

If you need an invitation letter, email Katie Nauth at knauth@uwlax.edu with your request. Because of the number of requests received for visa support letters, please submit your request as soon as possible.

You will need a visa to enter the U.S. Because of world events, visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. The greater scrutiny means a longer waiting period, the State Department recommends that you begin your visa application process well in advance of your travel dates. 

Visa requirements vary from country to country. Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where you live to determine if you will need a visa and/or a visa support letter to visit the U.S. (You may apply for a visa at any U.S. consular office, but it may be more difficult to qualify if you apply from outside your country of permanent residence.) Locate a consular office http://www.usembassy.gov/

The decision to grant visas belongs solely to the embassy/consulate. The University of Wisconsin La Crosse cannot promise that you will receive a visa. Likewise, the University of Wisconsin La Crosse cannot change the decision of the governmental agency should your application be denied. 

Paul EpsteinPaul Epstein, Ph.D.

Paul has worked in Montessori education since 1976 as an administrator, teacher, researcher, consultant, speaker, and author. His administrative experiences include working as a head of schools, executive director of a school consulting agency, director of teacher education programs, and coordinator of a public school magnet program. As a teacher educator, Paul has worked as a director of Montessori teacher education programs for both the early childhood and secondary programs. He has been a Montessori classroom teacher in Montessori early childhood, middle and high school programs. He earned his doctorate in Cultural Anthropology and Montessori teacher certifications in early childhood and secondary levels one and two from the American Montessori Society. He was an associate professor of education at Transylvania University and an adjunct professor of education at Northwestern University.

Paul co-authored the book The Montessori Way – a definitive work on the Montessori experience. He is also the author of An Observer’s Notebook: Learning from Children with the Observation C.O.R.E.