A Public Service Program

January 23 and 24, 2015

Save The Date

Exciting news! This year's ADMMF Montessori Parent & Teacher Education Day will be hosted by
Barry University.

Friday Evening, January 23, 2015 and
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beverley A. McGhee
ADMMF Event Chair


Dr. Ney

Dr. Javier Gonzalez will be the Saturday Keynote Speaker

Dr. Javier Gonzalez is a Barry University faculty member in the Adrian Dominican School of Education with over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood and elementary education. He earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate specialty in Early Childhood Education from Barry University in 2011. Dr. Gonzalez taught for the Dade County Public Schools as well as for the private sector. He also taught at Florida International University, Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical College. His teaching interests include child development, positive classroom engagement, and social studies and the humanities. His current research interests include pro-social classrooms and bullying in schools. Dr. Gonzalez has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences. He is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

The Dance of Children in an Era of Violence and Bullying

The current wave of violence (media, family, and internet) in the lives of children has resulted in the increase of acts of aggression and bullying in and outside the classroom. Anchored in the current literature, the opening session examines different forms of bullying (verbal, non-verbal, physical, cyber), their causes, and their prevention. In particular, the session addresses awareness, empathy, and human interaction as a vehicle for creating classroom community and pro-social behaviors to combat acts of bullying. A plan of prevention and intervention to reduce bullying by creating a pro-social classroom climate that fosters positive social skills and solving problems non-aggressively will also be presented.

Dr. Ney

Dr. Ney will be speaking Friday evening, January 23rd.

Dr. Emilie Ney earned her doctor of philosophy in School Psychology from Texas A&M University, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Barry University and is the Clinical Supervisor of School Psychology Services in the Barry University Family CARE Center. The CARE Center provides low cost Psychoeducational Assessments, Counseling, Professional Development, and Educational Tutoring as a component of the graduate training programs in Barry University's Adrian Dominican School of Education. Dr. Ney's clinical and research interests include bilingual psychoeducational assessment and investigating ways to best serve English Language Learners in the schools.

Where Psychology Meets Education

Understanding the unique abilities of each individual student is imperative for nurturing the growth and development of an integrated self, both psychologically and academically. This presentation will discuss the complex psychological variables that both impede and promote learning. Participants will learn how cognitive, academic, social, behavioral, and emotional functioning interrelate and how identifying strengths and weaknesses in these areas can lead to effective instruction and intervention. Specific techniques for maximizing student strengths and ameliorating weaknesses will be reviewed.

DCF Department of Children & Families

In-Service Hours, There will be no charge for DCF in-service hours. Please be sure to attend this event for your benefit.

AMS American Montessori Society

There is no charge for AMS Continuing Professional Development Hours. Save 120 hours and earn your AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development.

For more information or to become a sponsor,
call 305-323-8509.
If there are any changes to your contact information or would like to add people to our contact list please let us know.

The Andrew and Dora McGhee Montessori Foundation, not-for-profit, in cooperation with the
American Montessori Society, non-profit, are making possible this opportunity for a public service program.


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