Program of the conference

November 13-14, 4:00 - 10:00 PM CET
(Check your time-zone here.)

All the workshops are in English. Selected ones have a language sign to mark those that are also interpreted into other languages.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

3:30 PM CET / 9:30 AM EST

Technical check-in

4:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM EST

Welcome

4:25 PM CET / 10:25 AM EST

Keynote speech

Adult Development

(Interpreted into: Spanish, Czech, Russian, Hebrew, Bulgarian)

Maria Montessori brilliantly mapped out 4 planes of child development. At the age of 24, according to the Montessori method, an adult is complete in all respects. Does that mean we've been the same ever since?

The work of developmental psychologist Robert Kegan takes this view further and comes up with a theory of adult development. He describes the gradual development of independent self-consciousness and the acquisition of qualities associated with wisdom and social maturity. Have you ever wondered what it means to be an adult?

At the conference, Jenifer G. Berger will answer questions about what the different stages of adult development are and how to understand them. This can be very helpful for better orientation as well as a more congenial response in relationships at work and in your personal life.

This keynote conversation will be led by Sue Pritzker and there will also be space for your questions. You will leave with a whole new perspective on yourself and others. You will be able to apply the knowledge you gain to your work with teachers and parents.

5:35 PM CET / 11:35 AM EST

Break

5:50 PM CET / 11:50 AM EST

Community activity

6:35 PM CET / 12:35 PM EST

Break

7:05 PM CET / 1:05 PM EST

Workshops - series of 5 parallel workshops

Letty Rising

EN: Is it request for Help or Bid for Connection?

Kathy Minardi

EN/CZ: Guiding a Growth School Culture

Mirka Vlckova

EN: Receiving Feedback: “Is there a pony in there somewhere?” 

Jennifer Davidson

EN: How to Include and Work with Parents

Valaida Wise

EN: Strategic Planning: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

8:15 PM CET / 2:15 PM EST

Break

8:30 PM CET / 2:30 PM EST

Panel discussion with Montessori leaders

One of the main themes of this year's conference is "Building Healthy Teams" and challenges we face while doing so. What can we actually imagine behind these words?

  • What strengthens relationships?
  • What does it look like when a team is working well together?
  • And what to do when things are not going so well?
  • In what circumstances does a team grow?
  • As a leader, what can I do?

Our panelists from around the world will answer these questions and more. They will share with each other and with the entire audience situations from their schools, they will talk about their solutions of problems and share other insights into the functioning of Montessori school teams.

9:20 PM CET / 3:20 PM EST

Break

9:25 PM CET / 3:25 PM EST

Community activity

9:45 PM CET / 3:45 PM EST

Conclusion

Sunday, November 14, 2021

3:30 PM CET / 9:30 AM EST

Technical check-in

4:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM EST

Welcome

4:20 PM CET / 10:20 AM EST

Introductory presentation

Formative Assessment is an important building block of all Montessori environments. Because Maria Montessori relied upon the principles of human development to inform her work, we describe it as formative. As an introduction to Dylan Wiliam's keynote, we will review ways in which we already embrace formative assessment as Montessori professionals. This short overview will discuss observation, the three-period lesson, friendliness with error and other Montessori tools as a warm-up to the exploration of formative assessment in the broader educational context. 

5:00 PM CET / 11:00 AM EST

Break

5:10 PM CET / 11:10 AM EST

Keynote speech

Formative Assessment in Montessori Education

Over fifty years ago, David Ausubel suggested that the most important principle in effective education was to start from where the learner is, rather than where we would like them to be. While this sounds easy, every teacher knows that the sense that learners make of their educational experiences is often unpredictable.

What this means is that to create effective learning environments, educators need to find ways of eliciting evidence about what is going on in learners’ minds, and use this evidence to adjust or adapt the learning environment to better meet learners’ needs—in other words, formative assesment.

In this presentation, Dylan Wiliam will outline how teachers can elicit evidence of learners’ thinking, provide feedback to learners that is aimed at improving, rather than evaluating learning, and activate learners both as owners of their own learning, and as learning resources for their peers. The presentation will conclude by showing how school leaders can support teachers in developing their formative assessment practice by setting up, and supporting, school-based, teacher learning communities, focused on the simple idea that the best way to improve children’s development is to support the development of their teachers.

6:50 PM CET / 12:50 PM EST

Break

7:20 PM CET / 1:20 PM EST

Community activity

8:05 PM CET / 2:05 PM EST

Break

8:15 PM CET / 2:15 PM EST

Workshops - series of 5 parallel workshops (to be updated soon)

Elizabeth Slade

EN/CZ: Building Resilient Montessori Schools

Sue Pritzker

EN/CZ: Growing through Conflict Resolution: Community Approach

Amy Williams

EN: Difficult Behaviour in the Classroom

Teng-Chien Yu

EN: Transformation of the Montessori Adult

9:25 PM CET / 3:25 PM EST

Break

9:30 PM CET / 3:30 PM EST

Community activity

9:45 PM CET / 3:45 PM EST

Conclusion & Toast

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