Professional Development Opportunities

MSM Virtual Spring Speaker Series
Enhancing Montessori School Governance: A 3-Part Series for Trustees

Join MSM for the Virtual Spring Speaker Series!

When

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Tuesday, March 26, 2024


6:30-8pm

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.

Cost

$65 members, $85 nonmembers

Contact

Christina Gasbarro
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts


Each session is anticipated to be approximately 1.5 hours long, over 3 evenings, within a 5 week period and will be conducted virtually to accommodate the busy schedules of trustees.

Session 1: What Every Montessori Board Member needs to know: the role of a non-profit board member, how to engage and retain a great board, and why board service is so important.

Session 2: Effective Governance Practices for Montessori Schools: Board and Head of School partnership, evaluation, and ways to avoid pitfalls.

Session 3: Empowering your School for Long-Term Success: Accreditation, Strategic Planning, and Capital Campaigns.

Meet Susan Kambrich, Ed.D.


Susan Kambrich, Ed.D. is the Executive Director since 2020 at Twin Parks Montessori Schools, a group of three AMS accredited infant-age 6 programs in Manhattan, New York. For 20 years prior to this, she was Head of School at Woodland Hill Montessori, an AMS accredited toddler- middle school program in Rensselaer, NY. While at WHMS, the school expanded programs, had three building expansions and two successful Capital Campaigns. Susan is a Montessori credentialed teacher and administrator. She taught for ten years in Early Childhood and Elementary, teaching in Ohio, Wisconsin and New York.

Susan has served on several boards, including NYSAIS, American Montessori Society, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent presenter at the AMS Montessori national conference, and has led Accreditation Teams for Middle States, NYSAIS and AMS.

Susan has a master’s degree in Early Childhood education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

MSM New Virtual Program
Responsive Parenting in Stressful Times

Join MSM for this Virtual Program!

When

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

6:30pm

Where

This is an online event.

Info

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Cost

$55

MSM Virtual Mathematics Workshop
Primary Mathematics Workshop Series

Join MSM for the Virtual Mathematics Workshop

When

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Saturday, April 27, 2024


10-11:30am

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.

Cost

$65 members, $85 nonmembers

Contact

Christina Gasbarro
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts


While registration has officially closed for this workshop, there is still space to join us. For information please email .

We must diligently attend to what is in front of us, down to the smallest details. As we move along the path, side by side with the child, we strive to prepare both the environment and ourselves to support the spontaneous activity of children in an atmosphere of freedom. Observation is our core and most ardent ally in these fundamental preparations. It protects the integrity of the method and the work of the child. It fuels our understanding of each unique individual child, allowing us to truly serve their needs in an exact and thoughtful manner.

Dr. Montessori reminds us -
As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.
The Child, Society, and the World,
Be as the children, and we will thrive; we will become joyful observers.

In this series, Charles and Gretchen will challenge our notions about the way we contemplate and present the Montessori Mathematics materials. We are given the awe-filled opportunity to introduce children to the wonderful world of mathematics! Keeping this in mind, what ways can we find to show how numbers are truly tools that are a help to life?

They will offer several key points of inquiry including: Is there a fresh way to look at the child, the material, and the adult? Am I centered on the child or on a series of lessons I must "get to" regardless? How do I dig into my observation practice to really see what’s before my own eyes and ears when children use the math materials? How do I build exploration into my presentations? Am I inviting the child to articulate their own observations and their understanding as they grow their mathematical mind?

Session #1 - A New Way to Look at the Child and Materials (February 10, 2024)
Do precision and exploration sound like words that don’t belong in the same sentence? Does this sound like a basic paradoxical situation? In this initial session of our three-part series on Montessori Mathematics, we’ll examine ways that we can be both precise in how we present Montessori Math materials and, at the same time, encourage exploration. Using specific examples from the 1-10 materials, we’ll blend the idea of discovery into the initial presentation and demonstrate an approach that moves the emphasis from the presentation of the material itself to the observation of how the child makes sense of the material and the variety of ways they might approach the task before them.

Session #2 - Discovering and Building Patterns (March 16, 2024)
Using the Bank game as the centerpiece, the second session will explore the patterns in each of the four operations and the ways they are connected to each other. Focusing on discovering and articulating patterns rather than simply manipulating materials, can support a real explosion into mathematical understanding for the late first-plane child. Using real stories as well as shifting into “what if….” scenarios, we’ll talk about ways to stretch the child’s thinking to naturally incorporate knowledge of number patterns and progressions. We’ll build upon this experience to demonstrate ways to support children’s growing ability to talk about what they know in their mind and connect it to what they have done with their hands.

Session #3 - How the Imagination Propels Us Forward (April 27, 2024)
Focusing on everyday problem-solving, we’ll invite Practical Life to join Mathematics in a complimentary duet. In our final session of the series, we'll explore the inquiry - How do we fuel the imagination in Mathematics and not make it pro-forma? Using different kinds of measuring as our foundation, we'll explore myriad examples of “limitless imagination.” If I can measure the classroom with the red rods, how does that relate to measuring my own growth in inches? Can I experience and describe the inverse relationship between measuring in feet vs inches? What else can I measure? If I want to make more muffins, how do I increase the recipe? If one part changes, what happens to the other parts? Why does the glass thousand cube weigh more than the cardboard one? Invite the child's imagination, and the possibilities are endless!

Meet Charles Terranova & Gretchen


Since 1972, Charles Terranova has been active nationally and internationally as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, administrator, and speaker. Charles has worked in both independent and public Montessori schools and has consulted with a number of Boards of Trustees, Heads of Schools and teachers. He presents regularly at local and national Montessori conferences. Charles holds AMI and AMS Early Childhood and AMS Elementary I-II Certification. For the past 25 years, Charles has served as a field consultant, supervising teacher, and course instructor at Seacoast Center Montessori Teacher Education Program and Cambridge Montessori Institute Teacher Education Program. He also serves as consultant for EC at the AMS Instructor Academy.

Gretchen B. Courage holds AMS credentials in Early Childhood and Administration and an MA in Early Childhood Education. In the course of her career spanning more than fifty years, she has served in both public and independent Montessori schools in a variety of roles, including primary Montessori guide, school founder, head of school, director of education, teacher trainer, and school consultant. Gretchen is currently the Montessori coach at Amherst Montessori School and a school consultant. She served as a co-facilitator in the American Montessori Society’s Instructor Academy from 2021-23.

Research on Montessori and Piaget was part of Gretchen’s master’s thesis which she wrote under the guidance of Rosa Packard. This strengthened her fascination with the Montessori Mathematics materials, as did her experience of parenting two Montessori children who love math and clearly absorbed what they learned as young children. After all these years, Gretchen continues to cherish the beauty and clarity of the Montessori Math materials. She is continually revising entries in her Math album based on her observations of how children use the materials in the classroom and what they understand with their minds about what they have done with their hands. As a coach and teacher trainer, Gretchen encourages carefully observing when the child is eager and truly ready, knowing the unique aims of each material, and finding the balance between freedom and structure in their presentations with children.

Since they have known each other for many decades, Gretchen is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Charles once again as they prepare and present this series of workshops for the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. Their collaboration always sparks new ideas, and Gretchen and Charles are eager to share them with you as we all look together at the familiar with fresh eyes.

EVENT REFUND POLICY

  • Substitution Policy: If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with MSM, someone else from the same institute/organization.

  • No Show Policy: Refunds will not be granted for no-shows

  • Refunds in Case of Emergency: If a registrant is unable to attend the Conference based on serious illness or death, a partial refund (amount paid minus a $50 processing charge) may be granted. Requests must be submitted in writing prior to the start of the event.

Refunds will be made to the same credit card that was used to register for the event.