Optimal Montessori Outcomes - February 13th & 14th, 2019

Maria Montessori Education Centre & CCMA Invite You to Our Joint PD Event
Optimal Montessori Outcomes
& Learning Environments
This Eventis for Teachers, Staff and Administrators
Wed, Feb 13, 2019 - Parent Presentation 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Feb 14, 2019 - Professional Development Day 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Maria Montessori Education Centre
2634 12 Avenue NW, in Calgary's St. Andrews Heights

For more information and to attend, download the Optimal Montessori Outcomes PDF to fill out and return to MMEC.

To purchase tickets online, first click your desired presentation day(s):

Only Wednesday (13th) , or Both Days , or only Thursday (14th) .


Julie's passion and experience as a Montessori educator, teacher trainer, school leader, conference and workshop presenter and coach have culminated in her current role as Coach and Consultant.

With more than thirty years in the field, she has had first hand experience in supporting schools during periods of growth and stability and of uncertainty and challenge. Her work focuses on individual coaching, onsite visits, consultation, improvement plans and implementation, and speaking at conferences.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Julie holds an A.M.I. Elementary Diploma, a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, and Executive Coaching Certification from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University.

After a number of years teaching in both urban and suburban settings, Julie became an Elementary teacher-trainer at Toronto Montessori Institute. Subsequently, she assumed a Headship at Hudson Montessori School in Ohio, where she was Head of School for sixteen years. During that time, the school underwent major facility expansion and renovation, as well as property and land acquisition doubling the campus size. In addition, under her leadership the school received its initial Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) full accreditation.

Following her tenure at Hudson, Julie was an active participant in the development of Stonebrook Montessori, an inner-city public charter school in Cleveland. In her position as Director of Institutional Advancement, she assisted the school's founder in raising more than $8 million dollars for the campaign to purchase, renovate and furnish the school building.

While at Stonebrook, Julie also assumed the role of Associate Director of Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP) working alongside David Kahn where she created the MDP Professional Learning Center for Montessori Educators. Its purpose was to enhance local and regional professional development opportunities and to build collaborative professional support for the Montessori community. A regular presenter at the annual NAMTA Whole School Management Workshop, Julie has also served on numerous advisory boards and school accreditation teams.

Today, Julie's primary focus is on designing and delivering programs and workshops designed to meet the needs of schools, and to support leadership and staff to enhance organizational and individual performance.

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Parent Evening Presentation - JULIE BROWN
Optimal Outcomes:What Every ParentWants and Every Child Needs

In Montessori education, the goal is to allow the child's optimal development (intellectual, physical, emotional and social) to unfold. This differs from many education systems where the goal is focused solely on attainment of high grades in academic subjects. Which approach is more optimal for development? Over a century of research has shown that the Montessori approach aligns with principles and practices that are more optimal for development than the principles and practices that undergird conventional schooling (Lillard, 2017).

In this presentation, we will explore these Montessori principles and practices, looking at ways the Montessori classroom supports the child`s whole development - from infant/toddler through adolescence. We will discuss how the Montessori method provides opportunities for children to develop a strong sense of well-being, become confident and involved learners, have a strong sense of identity, and help them to lead a successful and happy life in a rapidly changing world.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019. 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Workshop: Why I don't have Time to Observe
Obersarvation as a Cornerstone of the Montessori Method

As Montessori educators,we understand the importance of observing children in our classrooms. But,we often struggle to find the time to observe on a regular and frequent basis. In this workshop, we will explore some strategies and techniques to make "finding time to observe" easier.

We will begin by taking a deep-dive into the fundamental concepts of Observation as defined by Dr. Montessori. Topics such as: making time for observations; different types of observations from "jotting" to "mapping" to "time-on-task"; meaningful follow-through including lesson-planning and goal-setting; and building on the strengths as well as weaknesses observed will be some of the related topics discussed.

The workshop will include a blend of presentation style, small and large group discussions, "Observation" practice from videos, reading materials and handouts. You will leave the session with the tools you need to take your observations and follow-through to the next level to positively impact your classroom.

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