A Public Service Program

January 23 and 24, 2015

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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


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Montessori Teacher Education Courses

Barry University Miami, FL BS, MS, Davie, FL

Montessori Academy Training Institute Pembroke Pines, FL

MTTI Montessori Teacher Training Institute Miami, FL

Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute Davie, FL

Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute Orlando, FL

Village Montessori Training Institute Miami, FL

Montessori Schools Dade County

Alexander Montessori School

Atala Montessori

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

Casa Del Bambini

Christian Montessori School of Miami Lakes

Coral Reef Montessori Charter School

Killian Montessori School

La Prima Casa Montessori School

Miami Shores Montessori School

Montessori Children's House

Payan Montessori School

Small World Montessori

St. Christopher's By-the-Sea

Village Montessori School

Von Wedel Montessori School

Winhold Montessori School

Montessori Schools Broward County

Montessori Academy

Rainbow Montessori School

Summit Questa Montessori School

Montessori Schools Palm Beach County

ABC Montessori

Magdalenas Vargas

Montessori Schools The Florida Keys

Dolphin Montessori Childrens Houses


Kim Barreto-Loaiza
Kim Barreto-Loaiza

Session 1
The Montessori Bells: You can do it!

This session will introduce the sensorial Montessori bell lessons and discuss why they are often difficult and nerve-wracking to present. Tips and strategies of how to manage having the bells in the environment will be discussed. Included will also be techniques to feeling more comfortable with the bells and why it is so important to include them in your classroom, rather than remove them or consider them optional.

Session 2
Montessori Music:
An overview of the music curriculum developed by
Maria Montessori and Anna Maria Maccheroni

This session will serve as an introduction to the Montessori Music Curriculum from Birth to Adolescence. Topics will include a brief history, singing, listening, performing, musical notation, composition and many more! Come learn about this often unknown area of the Montessori Method!

Meet Kim

Kim Barreto Loaiza is a mom, musician and Montessorian. Mom to two Montessori daughters, her family recently moved to Flagstaff, Arizona. Kim is the new Assistant Head of Schools and Curriculum Coordinator for the Montessori Schools of Flagstaff.

Kim received her Bachelors degree in Music, and holds her Masters in Montessori Education from Barry University. She holds AMS credentials in Early Childhood and Elementary I & II. She is also certified in all levels of Musikgarten and has researched and completed extensive studies in Montessori Music. She is concurrently completing her Specialist degree in Montessori from Barry University and beginning her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University. During the summer, she resides in Miami and teaches for Village Montessori Training Center and the Montessori program at Barry University.

Carol Walcott
Carol Walcott

New Life for Practical Life Shelves

We as Montessorians, sometimes realize our Practical Life Shelves can use something new and something borrowed. "Borrow" great ideas from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute - MTTI Student Learner's Lessons they have prepared as part of their Practical Life Class. Lessons covered will be from the three areas of Care of Person, Care of Environment, and Food Preparation. A number of "New" lessons for your Practical Life Shelves will be on display, don't forget your camera. You will even make a lesson to take with you!

About Carol

Carol Wolcott has been an Instructor for the Montessori Teacher Training Institute - MTTI for 17 years. The classes she teaches include Practical Life, Language Development, Classroom Management, and Parent Education/Involvement. Since 2001 she has also been Administrator of the Montessori Teacher Training Institute MTTI.

Ms. Wolcott retired from Miami Dade Public Schools having taught for over 20 years as a Montessori Teacher for DCPS. Upon her retirement in 2011, she joined Alexander Montessori School as a School Administrator.

She is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelors of Education Degree. Carol earned her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute MTTI in 1992.

She has two children and is the proud grandmother of two Alexander Montessori School Students.

Ximena Guerrero
Ximena Guerrero

Integrating a Spanish Curriculum in the
Montessori Classroom

This session will introduce a way to integrate a Spanish curriculum in an Early Childhood Montessori classroom. There are currently more than 38 million Spanish speakers in the United States. It is also one of the fastest-growing languages, with the number of speakers up 233% since 1980, when there were only 11 million Spanish speakers. This session will focus on providing Montessori teachers with tools and ideas on how to integrate the Spanish language in their classrooms by using Montessori materials as well as ideas on how to create their own materials and how to implement these on a daily basis.

Ximena Guerrero's Background

Costa Rican native with a background in Psychology and Early Childhood education. Ms. Guerrero holds a Master's Degree in Montessori Education for Early Childhood from Barry University. She has been a teacher for the last 7 years with experience in Miami and Costa Rica.

Leslie Lasseville
Elementary School Director
Leslie Lasseville
Elementary School Director

Tanya Oster
Tanya Oster

Presenting together...

Leslie Lasseville is the Director of the Elementary School at St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal and Montessori School on Key Biscayne. She loves teaching and experiencing how lessons can come to life. She has taught in both the lower elementary and upper elementary grades for 15 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, a Masters of Arts degree in Elementary Education and an Education Specialist degree in Montessori Education with AMS EIementary I & Elementary II credentials. She is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University and has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses throughout the years. Leslie enjoys combining her interest in exploration and her belief in experiential learning to design some unforgettable trips.

Tanya Oster is an experienced elementary educator who has worked in both public and private schools. She has completed training for the International Baccalaureate Program and has a bilingual teaching certificate from the state of California. She is completing her M.S. degree and Montessori certification at Barry University. She holds a B.A. in English from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she has lived in California and Mexico. She is currently an Upper Elementary teacher at St. Christopher's By-The-Sea in Key Biscayne. A lover of literature, history and art, Tanya particularly enjoys teaching the Montessori method. She enjoys creating field trips, which highlight the fascinating history of Florida with the arts and science.

Breaking through the Classroom Walls:
The Benefits of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is an essential part of the Montessori Curriculum. Students are encouraged to explore new environments and learn actively through their senses from an early age. This workshop will validate the importance of field trips and sensorially rich experiences. We will discuss developmentally appropriate activities for each plane of development and share resources for possible outings. Themes include science, history and the arts. The character skills and practical life lessons students will learn are invaluable. The overall experiences will always be remembered and treasured.

Helen Devere
Helen Devere

Math is Simple - Math is Fun

The presentation will offer ideas on how to look at the connections within the math materials and group them according to concept, so that the child gains a deeper understanding of each concept. It will begin by establishing roots in Sensorial, pertaining to observation, order, and patterning. Then it will explore materials and activities across the math curriculum that teach: 0-9, teens, tens, decimal (Golden Beads) place value, composition of numbers, operations, memorization. There will be a power point presentation and a display of materials to illustrate the topics listed above. Turn your students on to MATH! Instill a deep understanding of this area by introducing materials across the curriculum to solidify a concept, instead of offering activities randomly and the children will teach themselves.

The participants will gain an understanding of how to view Sensorial and Math as a continuum. They will see how to set up order and consistency in lessons, so that the child easily transitions from one activity to another, needing to learn only one new detail or concept. We will discuss observing the child's readiness for a new lessons.

Dr. Tulloss
Dr. Tulloss

Please welcome Dr. Tulloss to give us:

"You can Read Everything"

Dr. Ijya C. Tulloss is a trained chemist, a certified Montessori educator, a ballroom dancer, a lover of children and dogs, a trained organizer, a Toastmaster and a believer in the bounty of life. Her educational experience includes teaching, directing a school she owned, organizing a graduate degree program for educating teachers in teaching with the Montessori method, giving workshops on language development and reading, science, classroom management and music.

In this workshop, Dr. Tulloss will demonstrate how reading can be easily and successfully learned through a systematic, comprehensive, stepwise method using a variety of multi-sensory fun activities. She has spent several decades developing and refining this method. Reading is decoding, not word guessing. The non-readers can be greatly helped by this method by devoting 30 minutes of lessons a day. Depending on the learner, one can complete the program in three to six months. When one finds the key to reading through these clearly and beautifully illustrated lessons along with the accompanying video, "One Can Read Everything".

No need to wait for second grade to attempt to read second grade books. The joy of discovering that one can read everything propels one to read more and more and love reading all kinds of books.

Dr. Amanda Fernandez Fumero
Ms. Amanda Fernandez-Fumero

Amanda Fernandez-Fumero has been a Montessori educator for the past 14 years, working in both public and private schools. For the past 10 years she has been working at Summit Questa Montessori School as an Elementary Teacher and more recently in Administration. Since 2008, she has been involved in the training of Montessori teachers through the Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute. In addition, she is the owner of Premier Education Specialists, which provides educational services including specialized tutoring for children and adults, academic support in the classroom for struggling students, and curriculum/materials for implementation by teachers."

Cosmic Education:
The Foundation of the Montessori Elementary Classroom

This presentation will provide an introduction to Maria Montessori's vision of Cosmic Education including its origin, characteristics, and appropriateness for the Elementary child. There will be an overview of the scope and sequence of this curriculum, a discussion of the Great Lessons and key lessons within each unit of study, and the resources available to teachers to successfully teach this curriculum.

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.

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call 305-323-8509.
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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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