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Webinars

Webinars

Webinars
How can we make distance learning work for our Montessori schools? What are the best practices? CGMS offers free webinars to assist teachers as they prepare for the possibility of returning to distance learning whether on a consistent or intermittent basis. Topics span Infant-Toddler through Elementary.
Price: $0.00
Subscribers receive:
  • Downloadable reading: Montessori Pedagogical Guidelines
  • Best Practices for Teaching and Reaching with Remote Learning with Christine Lowry, M.Ed., and associated, downloadable resource list
  • Infants and Toddlers in the Time of Covid with Kathy Leitch and Terri Sherril
  • Creating Weekly Activity Plans with Natalie Carver, and associated downloadable templates
  • Get Connected with Shelby Hiken and associated downloadable resources
  • Creating Montessori Material Kits for Distance Learning with Alison Plihal, and downloadable questions and answers
  • Using and Developing Your Google Classroom with Kim Delaney, and associated, downloadable resource packet
  • Using Zoom and Creating Collaboration with Alison Pilhal, and downloadable questions and answers
  • Using Zoom and Google Classroom for e-learning and Building Community with Greg Hicks, and downloadable questions and answers
  • Screens and Shelves: The Website as the Prepared Environment with Bill Alsdurf Jr., M. Ed., and downloadable questions and answers
  • Fall Scenarios: Approaches to Distance Learning in Montessori with Jorge Haro, associated, downloadable presentation and questions and answers
Topics include:
  • Using Zoom and Google Classroom
  • The Website as Prepared Environment
  • Building Community in a Virtual Learning Environment
Webinars
You will explore your definition of "Spirit" and how your connection to "the teacher within" prepares you for your work as a teacher. You will personally connect to Spirit more deeply and consistently. Insights, Aha!s, epiphanies, creativity and genius become more frequent as wisdom, truth and guidance flow from the right brain with the help of a stronger superhighway between the left and right brain via the callus callosum. The six-step process of how Aha!s are attained will be integrated into your experience, changing your life not only in the arena of your teaching, but with a holistic process incorporated into every aspect of life. The six-step process will then be integrated into your classroom as you observe your students experiencing Aha!s, changing not only their learning capabilities, but infusing the experience into their being for positive change in their lives.
Price: $30.00
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
  • Two accompanying workbooks
Topics include:
  • Preparing for your work as a teacher
  • Right brain, left brain connection
  • 6-step process of inspiration
Presenters include
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This two-session webinar will examine both the basics of the early childhood Language Arts Curriculum and some twists and tricks to keep your classroom alive and interesting as the year progresses. Although we know that many children need a solid sequential progression of skills, how do we decide when to add in steps, skip steps, and review to meet the particular needs of our learners? This workshop will look at the curriculum and search for ways to entice children with variations and extensions when appropriate, provide group practice, individual challenges as well as striving to create a classroom culture that encourages and supports “big” works for children to aspire to within the three-year cycle. From the pre-reading exercises through writing with the Movable Alphabet and a pencil all the way to Nomenclature Cards and Grammar, this workshop has something for everyone, including lower elementary guides, addressing young first years and emergent readers.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
Topics include:
  • Pre-reading exercises
  • Using the Movable Alphabet
  • Nomenclature cards
  • Grammar
Presenters include
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Too many lessons? Too much work to check? Too many tests to administer? For so many Montessorians, the passion and excitement felt at certification, has waned under the stress and overwhelm of those giant albums, the mandated assessments, remote learning, and children who are stressed and missing the normalcy of the classroom. Deciding where to put your energies, while striving to meet all the different expectations can be a real enthusiasm-killer! But it doesn’t have to be like that! In this 3-hour workshop, Claudia Mann will share strategies she has used to overcome the overwhelm and find the joy you sense is possible but haven’t been able to achieve or maintain. We’ll identify your areas of greatest concern, use a system for teasing out the most important expectations, practice a system for planning and decision-making, and help you create your manageable prepared environment for successful, peaceful, and joy-filled days.
Price: $30.00/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
  • Two full-color workbooks
Topics include:
  • Planning systems
  • Managing the prepared environment
Presenters include
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It was Plato who said, "Geometry is the experience of the eternally existent....The study of the One is among those that lead the mind on and turns it to the vision of reality." This is the basis for the sacred work of geometry. It offers us and the child a spiritual exploration through the physical means of the geometric work. Sacred geometry work can foster wonder, keen observation and a holistic appreciation of the universe and environment we live in. It is through this work of self-discovery that Maria Montessori's vision of peace can begin to manifest as a reality of our world. In this two-part workshop, we will explore the fascinating and awe-inspiring practice of sacred geometry. We will explore the story and history of sacred geometry and learn how to utilize the compass and straight-edge to create inspiring geometric works. We will also discuss how this practice implements and integrates into the elementary Montessori classroom and will have ample opportunity for discussion and questions on this topic. Please join me for this fun and exciting journey into sacred geometry
Price: $30.00
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
Topics include:
  • The history of sacred geometry
  • Using the compass and straight-edge
Presenters include
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One of the few positive side effects of trying to conduct an authentic Montessori program in the midst of a pandemic has been that we had been forced to re-think the nature of the prepared environment, our instructional practices, and our relations and communications with students, fellow staff, and parents. Perhaps it is an ideal time to take a fresh look at some of our long-standing assumptions – about the use of technology, parent engagement, the classroom teaching team, learning different children, and many more. In this webinar created and conducted by Jonathan Wolff, we will discuss Montessori practices we need to reaffirm and retain, those that may need some alteration or updating, and those we may wish to delete from our classroom communities. This will be a highly interactive session, in which you will have an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions about your program and practices.
Price: $30.00
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
  • Full color accompanying workbook
Topics include:
  • Rethinking the Prepared Environment
  • Rethinking our instructional practice
  • Rethinking our communication methods
Presenters include
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In this 2-session webinar facilitated by Christine Lowry, M.Ed., participants explore responsive guidance, compassionate teaching, trauma-informed care and more.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Part 1 and 2, 3 hours of total content
Topics include:
  • The response cycle
  • Self care for guides
  • Roles of guides
Presenters include
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A webinar in two parts, presented by Bill Alsdurf Jr., M. Ed.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 1.2 hour sessions of video content
Topics include:
  • Learning to set up a Google Classroom
  • Creating original activities and assignments
  • Portfolios and teaching tools
  • The SeeSaw platform
Webinars
This 2-part series contains information on creating manipulatives for various areas of the Montessori classroom.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 1.5-hour sessions
Topics include:
  • The Math area
  • Telling time
  • Classification
  • The Sensorial area
  • and more!
Presenters include
Webinars
Presented in two sessions by Holli Andrews
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute presentations facilitated by Holli Andrews
Topics include:
  • At-home activities that support children's sensory and motor needs
Presenters include
Webinars
Presented by Jocelyn Swanson
Price: $15/month
Subscribers receive:
  • One 90-minute session
Topics include:
  • Responding to the developmental needs of the adolescent in the classroom and at home
  • Choices and differentiation
  • The Prepared Environment
  • and more!
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How Montessori communities become more cohesive and resilient through thankfulness. Facilitated by Jon Wolff and Kitty Bravo. This two-part webinar presents a variety of personal and group practices of gratitude that can transform anxiety, despair, and negativity into hope, collaboration, and creativity. In stressful situations the human brain tends to focus first on what is painful and problematic. This is a natural and self-protective response, as safety and survival always come first. But if a Montessori community becomes too problem-oriented, too mindful of “what’s not working,” people begin to lose sight of what is working, what is valued, and who is making key contributions to the lives and learning of children, families, and staff. Practicing an inner daily discipline of gratitude, accompanied by outer expressions of appreciation – especially in times like these – can help create a community-strengthening atmosphere.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute sessions
Topics include:
  • Group practices of gratitude
  • Personal practices of gratitude
  • Collaboration and creativity
  • Neuroscience of stress and negativity
Presenters include
Webinars
Facilitated by Natalie Carver. For Early Childhood and Lower Elementary teachers. There is a lot we cannot control in our world right now, but preparing our environments for our children and leaning heavily on our Montessori roots can be a game changer - providing us with a sense of normality and routine among the challenges we are facing currently. We will look at a number of practical life topics over two evening meeting and focus on processes such as how to incorporate safe practices at home and in school, how and what grace and courtesy activities can provide structure and emotional stamina, and use of Care of Self and Care of Environment to protect and strengthen children during this pandemic. This Webinar will focus on Early Childhood and Lower Elementary aged children.
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute video webinars
Topics include:
  • Grace and Courtesy
  • Activities that provide structure and emotional stamina
  • Care of Self and Care of Environment
Presenters include
Webinars
Facilitated by Angela Minahan. Standardized testing is a requirement most public Montessori students are tasked with during their 3rd through 6th grade years and beyond. As Montessori teachers how do we prepare our students for test questions that may be unfamiliar, testing language and comprehension essay writing? Join me for exploring standardized test formats, key test vocabulary and strategies to build stamina and confidence for state tests.
Price: $15/month
Subscribers receive:
  • One 90-minute webinar
Topics include:
  • Standardized test formats
  • Key test vocabulary and strategies
  • Preparing for unfamiliar test questions
Presenters include
Webinars
Facilitated by Julie Cash. This two session webinar will introduce you to Writer’s Workshop for the elementary multiage Montessori classroom. Including not only theoretical ideas, but many practical suggestions and examples, you will come away with a solid understanding of the whats, whys, and how’s of this approach to developing a community of writers. We will discuss definitions, goals, tools, and look at examples of children’s writing and videos of Writer’s Workshop in action. While implementing Writer’s Workshop in the multi-age classroom is typically not addressed by the experts, it can be adapted, and (as we know) will actually benefit from the interactions between a wide range of writers. Motivated, invested and joyful writers will flourish in your classroom!
Price: $30/month
Subscribers receive:
  • Two 90-minute webinars
Topics include:
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Developing a community of writers
  • Interactions between a wide range of writers
Presenters include

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