Professional Development Opportunities

MSM Virtual Spring Speaker Series
Follow the Child: A Developmental Look at Gender and Sexuality Diversity from Children's House to Middle School

Join MSM for the Virtual Spring Speaker Series!

When

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 (6:30-8 PM), Focus on Children’s House

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (6:30-8 PM). Focus on Lower & Upper Elementary

Wednesday, April 6 (6:30-8 PM), Focus on Middle School

Can't make these dates? This series will be recorded and shared with registrants the day after the live event.

Where

This is an online event.

Contact

Christina Gasbarro
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts


Registration for this event will open in December

MSM is excited to welcome Jennifer Bryan as presenter for the Spring Speaker Series. Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D is the founder and director of Team Finch Consultants - now Re-Set School. Jennifers’s vast knowledge, experience, and engaging speaking style makes her a top choice when hosting, How to Best Address Issues of Gender and Sexuality with Students, a three (3) part series. Jennifer is a highly regarded speaker and trainer who will bring dynamism, practicality and humor to each workshop session. Jennifer will provide a lively, relevant perspectives on the compelling topic of gender and sexuality diversity. She will help us contextualize the learning about gender and sexuality diversity in ways that feel relevant, both philosophically and practically.

For Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School educators, how to best address issues of gender and sexuality with students is an ongoing and ever-evolving challenge. Administrators, teachers and parents alike have all manner of questions about what our children need to learn and when they are ready to learn it. What can get lost in debates about “age appropriateness” is the way kids’ natural curiosity about themselves and others frequently brings gender and sexuality right into the heart of their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. The more we understand gender and sexuality as being central to children’s lives, the better we will be able to ensure that all students feel seen and included in the school community, regardless of their identity or expression. Bring your questions, observations (and dinner!) to these interactive sessions.

Meet Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.


Dr. Bryan earned her BA in Creative Writing at Princeton, her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career teaching English and coaching at The Hotchkiss School, taught briefly at Northfield Mount Hermon School and was a graduate level instructor in Group Theory, Dynamics and Practice in the Counseling Psychology department at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.

Jennifer did her graduate clinical internship in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She worked in the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, MA in 1994. In addition to providing therapy for adults, adolescents, couples, and groups, she offered clinical and organizational consultation to individual schools, local school districts and social service agencies.

She founded Team Finch Consultants and began offering specialized gender and sexuality consultation to PreK-12 schools in 2001.* As these issues have become increasingly relevant in social, political, religious and educational contexts, Jennifer continues to expand and refine her programs for schools and other organizations. Her conceptual and pedagogical models related to gender and sexuality continue to evolve, as she tries to keep pace with the profound and rapid change in this field.

Jennifer also conducts workshops focused on leadership development, effective communication skills, and working with groups. As a coach, she contributes to the professional development of individuals and groups who want to grow their leadership capacities, improve performance and deepen satisfaction in work well done.

MSM Virtual Fall Speaker Series
Connections: The Power of Observation of Social Emotional Learning to Montessori Educators

Join MSM for the Virtual Fall Speaker Series!

When

October 20 (7-8:15 PM)
November 3 (7-8:15 PM)
November 17 (7-8:15 PM)

Can't make these dates? This series will be recorded and shared with registrants the day after the live event.

Where

This is an online event.

Contact

Christina Gasbarro
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts


MSM is enthusiastic and honored to have Lynne Griffin, RN, MEd and Executive Director of Proactive Parenting. Lynne’s vast knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm as a speaker makes her a top choice when hosting, Connections: The Power of Observation of Social Emotional Learning to Montessori Educators, a three (3) part series. Lynne is a lecturer, writer, and consultant to parents, teachers, and health care professionals regarding child development, behavior management, and issues affecting today’s families.

All behavior tells a story and Montessori educators are trained to observe, document, and analyze children’s behavior in an effort to understand what they are trying to tell us. MSM has scheduled sessions with educator Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd, to be offered online, in order to highlight children’s social emotional learning patterns, specifically those that suggest vulnerabilities in learning.

In this three part series, we’ll discuss how to embed direct instruction of social emotional learning core competencies into Montessori lessons, create classroom cultures that amplify SEL core competencies, and hone observation techniques aimed at understanding children with social emotional learning challenges.

With a blend of information-sharing, discussion, and ample opportunity to ask questions, professionals leave Lynne’s programs with practical strategies to implement right away, as well as discussion points to engage children, families, and colleagues in healthy conversations about social emotional learning.

Meet Lyn Reeves Griffin


Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd is a registered nurse with a masters degree in education, human development, and counseling. As an education consultant, and undergraduate and graduate school faculty member, she has channeled her passion for practical application of research into helping families and schools throughout the US, and from China to Singapore, to build leadership capacity, adopt social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula, strengthen parent-professional partnerships, and execute curriculum integration/differentiated instruction plans to benefit students, teachers, and families.

Lynne has recently guided large scale qualitative & quantitative surveys of students, parents, and faculty at a number of schools in New England around strengthening curriculum integration. With results in hand, she has coached leadership and faculty to make meaning of the findings and then develop school improvement plans aimed at using the data to embed social emotional learning opportunities within teaching practices throughout organizations.

Since 2001, Lynne has held an adjunct faculty teaching position at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Wheelock College in Boston. She’s acted as Visiting Scholar of Education at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, and consulted with schools throughout Hunan Province in China—as well as throughout the United States—to adopt SEL curriculum integration practices.

Lynne is a regular media guest expert on family life and education. She is the author of Negotiation Generation, Let’s Talk About Adolescent Mental Health, and a number of family-focused novels, essays, and articles. To learn more about Lynne’s work, visit LynneGriffin.com.