Workshops & Events

Everyone Welcome!  All of Montessori Northwest workshops and events are open to anyone seeking to learn more about Montessori education.  MNW offers professional development to invigorate classroom practice, strengthen school communities, and share more information about our AMI teacher education programs. 

Oregon workshop attendees can receive ORO Set 1 hours. STARS credit is only offered for select workshops. Please email us if you are hoping to receive credit in Washington. If you are unable to attend an event after registration - please give us 48 hours notification prior to the event to secure a refund. After that - refunds are not possible, but please consider sending a friend in your place!

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Workshop & Events

Every year, Montessori Northwest offers a variety of workshop series, including separate series geared toward teachers and assistants at the Assistants to Infancy, Primary, Elementary and Adolescent levels. We also offer introductory courses, designed to support assistants, at our Portland location and in the California Bay Area, Spokane, Bend-Redmond, and Juneau. Sign up for our email list to stay up to date with our upcoming workshop and events.

Are you a past graduate of an AMI Diploma Course? For customized professional development, consider auditing at the level of your diploma. Click here for more information.

 

MNW Assistant’S Training

Monday - Friday, August 5 - 9, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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This 30-hour course is designed to support adults working as Assistants in the Montessori Children’s House. Participants will gain an understanding of the child’s mind from 0-6 years of age, the importance of order, movement and language for this stage of development, and the child’s vital need for independence.

Presented by Montessori Northwest AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

Additionally, time will be spent on gaining practical skills, such as:

  • How to use Positive Communication

  • Responding to challenging  behaviors

  • Small group management

  • Tips for transition times

  • Movement games

  • Spoken Language activities, such as singing, reciting poetry, telling stories, and more!

Participants will receive a Professional Development Certificate from Montessori Northwest.

Registration capped at 40 people

Location:  Grand Lake Montessori, 466 Chetwood St, Oakland, CA 94610 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: $495

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Birth to 3 Community Workshop

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Presented by AMI 0-3 Trainer Nancy Lechner, the workshop will focus on how to develop an effective guide and assistant partnership. The day will end with a sharing session. Bring your favorite songs, poems and fingerplays to share and leave the workshop with inspiration to share with the children.

NOTE: The workshop will now be held on Sunday, August 18th, not Saturday August 17th, as previously listed.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  0-3 teachers and assistants
Cost: $90

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MNW Assistant’s Training w/ AMI assistants course certificate

Saturdays, August 24, September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This course, led by AMI 3-6 Trainer Ieda Torres, includes 30 hours of on-site training, with the option for an additional 30 hours of independent activities and assignments to obtain the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate. Participants can elect to complete either the 30 hour training, or the 60 hour blended training for the AMI 3-6 Assistants Certificate.  

The course will meet in person for five Saturdays, for a total of 30 hours and will cover an introduction to the theoretical foundations of Montessori education, as well as the practical skills of material-making, observation, positive communication, classroom management basics, and more!

Those seeking to obtain the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate, will have an additional 6 hours weekly of required activities and assignments related to the topics introduced in class. These activities and assignments will deepen and extend participants’ engagement with the content, and further develop particular skills related to the work of the assistant, such as observation and material making.

Distance learning activities for those enrolled in the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course will consist of reading discussions and assignments, writing personal reflections, video assignments, material making, and submission of three essays on topics to be determined by the Trainer. All these activities and assignments will be completed independently during the weeks between on-site class meetings.

Coursework for the AMI 3-6 Assistants Course Certificate may be submitted in Spanish or English.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Assistants and anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education
Cost: $495 (Saturdays only); $695 (Saturdays and online component for AMI Assistants Course Certificate)

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Montessori 101

Monday - Friday, August 26 - 30, 2019, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This 30-hour course is designed to give an overview of how Montessori education supports child development. The course will introduce fundamental principles as they relate to the learning environment, the role of the adult, the importance of observation, and the characteristics of children at the various stages of development. This course is a great introduction for classroom assistants, parents or anyone interested in exploring Montessori education.

Participants will earn a Montessori Northwest certificate of attendance for 30 hours.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Assistants, parents and anyone interested in learning more about Montessori education
Cost: $495

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NCMPS ADVANCED CHILD study Training

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Advanced Child Study Training is a full-day professional development event that extends the learning from the Child Study Training 1, focusing on implementation of Child Study at schools in four key strands:

  • Documentation: to review the use of Child Study Tools and discuss best uses. Please bring your questions and adaptation suggestions

  • Writing a strong Action Plan: we will dive into developing an effective action plan for a child who is struggling. Extra focus on writing a SMART goal with a clear method of evaluation, as well as targeted interventions to support the child in reaching the goal

  • Data Collection Tools for Action Plans: Collecting data on children’s action plans can be the trickiest element of the process. Join us in discussing a range of methods for collecting and tracking data aligned with current action plans.

  • Progress Monitoring: Every 4-6 weeks, Action Plans must be reviewed. The more children added to the process, the more complicated this becomes. This strand will focus on strategies for tracking progress on Child Study Action Plans.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Administrators, coaches, school leaders, and staff
Cost: $165

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Montessori Classroom Essentials: Primary Series for Teachers & Assistants

Thursdays, September 26, October 17 & November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Primary guides and assistants are invited to join AMI 3-6 Trainers Sarah Werner Andrews and Michelle Becka for these three workshops designed to help Montessori adults build the foundation for a happy and successful year with the children.

SESSION 1: Bringing Your Best Self to the Classroom

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Sarah Werner Andrews.

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SESSION 2: Compassionate Communication

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

SESSION 3: Mindfulness in Action for Children

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Presented by AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka.

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Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  3-6 assistants and teachers
Cost: $45 per session, $120 for all 3

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Introduction to Montessori Education

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This one-day workshop will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

The courses will be led by an AMI 3-6 Trainer Polli Soholt, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Bergamo Montessori School, 8144 Pocket Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Rate: $110

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EXPANDING CULTURAL AWARENESS THROUGH THE NATIVE EXPERIENCE

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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Culture is something everybody has. Participants in this professional development workshop will gain cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding to become co-responsible for building healthy communities in the classroom. That journey begins with openness and curiosity.

This workshop is for teachers across multiple content areas, including social studies, language, science and the arts. It will provide guiding principles for teaching Tribal history as integral to understanding Oregon history. Take-home activities will be provided for educators to engage students on a journey of inclusivity that includes fostering social learning, teaching multiple perspectives, understanding implicit bias, sovereignty, and the intersection of history, culture and place.

Activities and guidelines were adapted from REACH (Respecting Ethnic And Cultural Heritage) and the Since Time Immemorial curriculum from the State of Washington. This workshop will prepare educators to better implement the lessons being developed for Oregon statewide and with local tribes.

The workshop will be presented by Robin Butterfield (Anishinabe, Ho-chunk) and the Confluence Project. Robin Butterfield is a lifelong Native educator, respected leader, and National Indian Education Association member and former president. Throughout her career, she has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, training professional, writer, and administrator. Robin has served in a number of leadership roles, as the President of the Oregon Indian Education Association, the Oregon Multicultural Education Association and on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education through appointment by the Bush and Obama Administrations. 

Montessori Northwest and Childpeace hosted the half-day version of this workshop in March 2019. This workshop will expand upon the topics presented there. Attendance at the March 2019 event not a pre-requisite.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  All educators, especially those working with elementary and middle school students
Cost: $120

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Host Teacher Workshop: Elevating the Children’s Responsibility and Independence

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

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Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Host teachers of Montessori Northwest students
Cost: FREE to MNW Host Teachers; $45 all others

 

“A Merry Heart” Dancing and Rhythm Activities with Children

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Join AMI 3-6 Trainers Michelle Becka and Sarah Werner Andrews for a fun exploration of dancing and rhythm activities for children. This workshop is geared toward primary and elementary teachers and assistants who want to expand their repertoire of movement and music activities.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  3-6 and 6-9 assistants and teachers
Cost: $120

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Inside Montessori Movie Night

Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Inside Montessori is a feature length documentary film that brings viewers inside Montessori classrooms in five cities throughout the United States.

Audiences learn about Montessori education and how it differs from traditional education. This inspiring and engaging film showcases how Montessori is successfully giving children from birth through high school the chance to achieve their full potential. This movie is perfect for families of children in Montessori education, teachers, assistants and anyone looking to learn more.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: $8 per ticket

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Community Job Fair

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

The Montessori Job Fair is an opportunity for job seekers to connect with potential employers at the training center in Portland. The event also serves as a community gathering, reunion, open house, and more! Individuals in any career stage can network, socialize and discover new ways to become involved in the Montessori community. Prospective students are also welcome to attend to see our facility, learn about Montessori teacher training and explore available job opportunities.

Schools and Organizations:

By reserving a table at the Montessori Job Fair, you will be able to meet prospective employees directly and showcase your school! Registration and fee information will be available closer to the event. Click here for more details.

Individuals:

Closer to the event, we will collect RSVPs for individuals interested in attending the job fair. Attendance is free for individuals seeking jobs and community.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Cost: Free for individuals, fees apply for organizations (to be announced)

 

Introduction to Montessori Education

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2020, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

The 12-hour course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

The courses will be led by AMI 3-6 Trainer Michelle Becka, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Cost: $150

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Introduction to Montessori Education

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 7, 9, 14 & 16, 2020, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

The 12-hour course will introduce the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development from early childhood through young adulthood, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages.

The courses will be led by AMI 3-6 Trainer Polli Soholt, who has extensive classroom experience working with children and adults.

Location:  Day Star Montessori, 215 Dempsey Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (map)
Audience:  Open to all
Special Introductory Cost: $150

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