A Public Service Program

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October 11th and 12th, 2013

Miami Airport Hilton Hotel
5101 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, Florida 33126


FRIDAY, 10/11/13

7:00-8:30pm - WHAT IS VISIBLE THINKING? A workshop exploring the ideas and practices behind the Visible Thinking Program developed at Project Zero of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Jeff Turner, Executive Director of Tree Top Academy.


SATURDAY, 10/12/13

7:30am to 8:45am, - REGISTRATION: Foyer Hall, First Floor. Arrive by 8:30 AM to enter the Early Bird Drawing at 9:00 AM. You may win the $100 Early Bird Prize!

9:00-10:15am - GENERAL SESSION, Keynote Address: Safety, Security, and Supervision: Learn how to Avoid Injuries, Indignities, and Liabilities, Suzanne K. Bogdan, Partner & Education Practice Group Chair, Fisher & Phillips. International Ballroom, Salon I and Salon II, 1st Floor.

10:30-4:30pm - SPECIAL WORKSHOP (ALL DAY), How to Become an Informed, Efficient, and Prepared Assistant (You Are the Montessori Lead Teacher’s Right Hand), Monica Gargiulo‐Benitez, AMS, Director of Montessori Academy Training Institute (MATI), Certificate of Attendance awarded at completion (All ages).

10:30-11:30am - Top 5 Legal Issues Confronting Administrators Today, Suzanne Bogdan, (for Administrators, Business Managers, and interested public).

10:30-11:30am - Function of Words: Amazing Grammar Experiences, Sylvia Laurent, AMS/TEC, Barry University.

10:30-11:30am - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Dr. William Lukes & Robbie Lukes, Shepherd Education Associates, Miami, FL.

10:30-11:30am - Motivation and Creativity in the Lower Elementary, Rachel Pulido, AMS/TEC.

11:30-1:00pm - LUNCH Box lunch (Elliott Key Room, 2nd Floor) or seated luncheon (check one below). Reservation required.
LUNCHEON SPEAKER Stephen Falk, "The Art of Musical Performance," Ballroom.

1:10-2:10pm - An Overview of Executive Functioning for Teachers, Dr. Mary Ann Perry, Psychologist.

1:10-2:10pm - The Montessori Educator as a Seed Person, James Estrellas, AMS/TEC, Barry University.

1:10-2:10pm - Simplifying Math Activities, Deepening Math Understanding, Helen DeVere, AMS/TEC, Director, Orlando Montessori Teacher Ed. Institute.

1:10-2:10pm - How to "Strike the Imagination" of Lower Elementary Students, Rosemary Fleck, AMI 3‐6, 6‐12, Bergamo, Italy.

2:20-3:20pm - Music in the Montessori Infant and Toddler Communities, Kim Barreto Loaiza, AMS/TEC, Village Montessori Training Center.

2:20-3:20pm - Executive Skills: How Do I Incorporate Study Strategies so My Students Will Be Prepared for Middle School, Dr. Carole Repensek.

2:20-3:20pm - Cosmic Connections: Geography, Science, Art, and Food, Helen DeVere, AMS/TEC, Director, Orlando Montessori Teacher Ed. Institute.

2:20-3:20pm - The Benefits of School Accreditation with the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), Judy Dempsey, AMS/TEC, Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, VP of AISF, and Dr. Charaline Luna, President of AISF.

3:30-4:30pm - Yoga in the Magical World of Children, Cybele Chamas, Director, Corpo Yoga Studio, Miami, FL (Option: Observe or come dressed to participate).

3:30-4:30pm - Helping the At Risk or Learning Different Child: Classroom Strategies & Expectations in Elementary Grades, Dr. Carole Repensek.

3:30-4:30pm - Geometric Solids: Sensorial Presentations for Every Child, Heidy B. Lilchin, AMS/TEC, Barry University, and Dr. Luis Conde, St. Thomas University.

3:30-4:30pm - How Administrators Can Help Obtain Financial Assistance for Montessori Student Interns from the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program, Ammir Vayani, Head, Small World Montessori School.


Early Online Registration Discount Early Mail in Registration After Oct. 1, 2013
Teacher Assistants, Interns, & Secretaries $10 $30 $40
Parents, Educators, General Public $25 $30 $40
Teacher Assistants, Interns, & Secretaries $10 $15 $20
Parents, Educators, General Public $30 $40 $50
Teacher Assistants, Interns, & Secretaries $20 $55 $60
Parents, Educators, General Public $50 $55 $60
Box Lunch $20 $20 $20
Seated Luncheon $40 $40 $40
(Includes coffee or tea and dessert) Choice of Chicken or Vegetarian
No charge for the following, but it is absolutely necessary that attendees pick up signed documents at 5:00 PM at the Registration Desk:
Department of Children and Families (DCF) In‐Service Hours
American Montessori Society (AMS) Continuing Professional Development Hours

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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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