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					                                    Utah Montessori Council
                                                  utahmontessori.org

November 2010

Dear Montessorians;

We are pleased to present your registration materials for our 8th Annual Conference, ―Creating the Future‖ to be
held at Walden School in Provo January 28thand 29th, 2011. This year‘s conference features keynote speaker, Dr.
Paul Epstein, co-author of The Montessori Way and Executive Director at Rochester Montessori School in
Minnesota. He has worked in Montessori education as an administrator, teacher, researcher,
consultant, and nationally recognized speaker. We hope you and your faculty will plan to attend.

The volunteer efforts of our members and friends help us to keep costs low while offering a professional
conference experience with something to interest everyone from parents to administrators. In response to your
requests we‘ve added a third ―Die Hard‖ workshop session on Saturday afternoon. Early Bird registration for UMC
members for the full conference is $60 per person until December 15 th, and $75 thereafter. Registration includes
appetizers, school tour and round table discussions on Friday evening as well as workshops and lunch on Saturday.
There is also a $25 UMC membership fee per school, or $5 per individual for the 2010-2011 school year. Membership
entitles your school to be listed on the UMC website, to a vote at UMC meetings, to be eligible for UMC school
certification and notification of relevant information and events throughout the year.

We welcome school exhibits featuring student work from your classrooms or photo displays of your school. Come
prepared to shop since our vendors often offer special conference discounts. Vendors who have confirmed so far
include Educational Sounds and Images, Sura Hart, Alison‘s Montessori and Take ‗n‘ Make Pattern Factory.

Following is information on some Provo hotels. Please book your rooms early and inquire about group rates for
your school.

       Marriott Courtyard 1600 N 200 W – 801-373-2222, $89 1 or 2 beds, pool, 2.7 mi to Walden School
       La Quinta -1460 S University Ave– 801-374-9750, $62/2 beds, cont. breakfast, 5 mi to site
       Super 8 -1555 N Canyon Rd, 801-374-6020, $93/2 queen beds, cont breakfast, pool, 2.6 mi to site
       Cottontree Inn – 2230 N University Pkwy, Provo – 801-373-7044, $104/1 or 2 queen beds, breakfast, pool, 2 mi. to site
       Days Inn – 1675 N 200 W 801-375-8600, $65/ 2 queen beds, cont. breakfast, pool, 2.7 mi to Walden School

Complete the enclosed registration forms and return with registration fees (checks payable to UMC) no later than
January 15th. Please pass this on to other Montessorians. See you in January!

Sincerely,

Duna Strachan, UMC Conference Coordinator

duna@soaringwings.org



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                               “Creating the Future”

                          Utah Montessori Council
                                  8th Annual Conference
                          Friday and Saturday, January 28 – 29, 2011
                               Walden School of Liberal Arts
                                    4230 North University
                                           Provo

                                            Friday
4:00 pm Registration, Tour of School, Shopping Opportunity, Munch & Mingle

                            5:00 pm Round Table Discussions
                               Toddler Level: Laura Bergeson
            Early Childhood Level: Theresa Sabodski, Montessori Community School
              Elementary & Middle School Level: Shelly Gramejo, Walden School
                                 General: Paul Epstein, PhD

                                          Saturday
                                    8:00 am Registration

                            8:30 – 10:00 am Keynote Address
                   What is Montessori in an Ever Changing Future?
                                         Paul Epstein, PhD
    Dr. Paul Epstein, Executive Director of the Rochester Montessori School in Minnesota, has
  worked in Montessori education as an administrator, teacher, researcher, consultant, speaker
     and author. His administrative experiences include working as head of schools, executive
 director of a school consulting agency, director of teacher education programs and coordinator of
a public school magnet program. He has been a Montessori classroom teacher in early childhood,
  middle and high school programs. Paul was an associate professor at Transylvania University
and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. Paul received his MA and PhD in cultural
                                  anthropology at SUNY, Buffalo.
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                          10:30 – 11:45 am Morning Workshop Session

                  A. Young with Art: Art Appreciation for the Very Young
                                                Dawn Wiebold, MA
    Do you think your Toddler and Early Childhood students are just too young to explore art history? Think again!
      Little hands can imitate the works of the great masters. Little minds can begin storing famous art images
          within. This workshop will present an outlook for teaching beginning art history as well as ideas for
        accompanying activities…because you are never too young to appreciate great art! Dawn Wiebold holds
    Bachelors of Arts degrees in History, German and Secondary Education as well as a Masters degree in German
       Literature. Currently completing her Montessori paraprofessional training, Dawn has experience as an
       assistant teacher at the Toddler level and currently assists in an Early Childhood class at Montessori at
                                       Riverton. (Toddler and Early Childhood)


                   B. Language Development in the Early Childhood Class
                                                   Kelly Crabtree
        Kelly holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Environmental Education, an Association Montessori
       International diploma, and an Educateurs sans Frontieres certificate. She has been teaching Montessori
     for fourteen years and has recently mentored new teachers at the Elizabeth Academy in Murray, Utah. She
    additionally travels as a field supervisor for Montessori interns. Kelly currently teaches kindergarten at Maria
                                     Montessori Academy in Ogden. (Early Childhood)


           C. Nuts and Bolts of the Elementary Classroom: Upper Elementary
                                                 Valerie Whitehead
   Join veteran teacher Valerie Whitehead as she shares her passion for teaching in the Elementary Program for 9-
    to 12-year-olds. Come learn the "nuts and bolts" of a program that provides a full expression of the Montessori
      principle of self direction and individualized learning with an integrated curriculum. Plan to gain classroom
   management and curriculum ideas to further enhance your teaching experience. Valerie is founder, director and
                         Upper Elementary teacher at Montessori at Riverton . (Upper Elementary)


                     D. Special Education and the Montessori Classroom
                                                Lizzie Dalton, MEd
Maria Montessori began her influential work within special education. She lovingly supported children with special
 needs as they rose to unthinkable plains. She found a way to teach ALL children by believing in their abilities.
   Come learn how to include ALL children in your classroom and continue the vision Montessori began. Lizzie
 received her Undergraduate and Master‘s degrees at the University of Utah in Special Education. She has also
   completed her Early Childhood training and is now completing her Elementary I training from MEPI. (All)


                  E. Learning from Children with the Montessori C.O.R.E.
                                                 Paul Epstein, PhD
This session presents to teachers and their schools an original observational process I call the Montessori C.O.R.E. –
    Connect, Observe, Reflect, and Enact. With this approach, teachers and their schools can evolve cultures of
   observational practice as they formulate connecting topics and questions of interest, observe with one or more
specific method, reflect and work together to understand what was observed, and enable children‘s or school growth
based on the new understandings. Workshop topics will include: (1) Introducing the Montessori C.O.R.E. process; (2)
  Sharing findings from this using this process which suggest, for example, that learning to concentrate may also
    require learning to collaborate socially; (3) Understanding a classroom as a sequence of social situations; (4)
 Developing a culture of observational literacy for the classroom and school. Dr. Paul Epstein, Executive Director of
 the Rochester Montessori School in Minnesota, has worked in Montessori education as an administrator, teacher,
                                  researcher, consultant, speaker and author. (All)
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 F.    Music for Children: Using the Orff Approach in Early Childhood Classes
                                              Susan Swidnicki, MM
  The Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education is a child-friendly, joyful way of making music using singing,
movement, rhythmic speech, percussion instruments, listening experiences and improvisation. This workshop will
 be oriented to the 3- to 6-year-old class with hands-on music and movement examples you can take back to your
 classrooms. Susan Swidnicki holds a M.M. from St. Louis Conservatory of Music. She received Orff certification
 from Utah State University, Trinity University and University of Kentucky. She is currently Music Specialist at
Rowland Hall Beginning School, Zion Lutheran Church, Let Me Shine Preschool, Canyon Rim Academy (5th /6th
                     grades) and Principal Oboist of Ballet West Orchestra. (Early Childhood)


                                                G. Pieces of Peace
                                                    Lois Bobo, PhD
    This is a workshop session designed to reconnect with our ability to support to potential of each moment by
 recognizing that peace is inherent in the very fabric of life—but it is up to us to allow the natural unfolding of its
  potential. Bring your stories, your struggles, and a sense of humor. Dr. Lois Bobo has been a Montessorian for
 almost thirty years. She has Montessori certification at the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She is currently the elementary
      principal of the Walden School of Liberal Arts, a K-12 charter Montessori school in Provo, Utah. (All)


                      11:45 am – 1:00 pm Luncheon and Door Prize Drawing

                            1:00 – 2:15 pm Afternoon Workshop Session

                                                    H. Good Job?
                                                     Jeff Whitehead
      It is so tempting to say, ―Good job!‖ when a child has completed a task well. After each completed task the child
      begins to expect the adult validation. We are creating a society of children who crave praise! This workshop will
        explore internal versus external motivation and focus on encouragement rather than praise and rewards. A
        graduate of Brigham Young University, Jeff has taught on the elementary, secondary and college levels. He
         founded Montessori at Riverton with his wife Valerie and currently teaches Upper Elementary and Middle
                                                      School there. (All)


                                        I. You Are Your Environment
                                                   Donda Hartsfield
   Follow the child outside! We will explore ways of orienting the Montessori Method in nature using the elements
   air, water and land as our foundation for the outdoor classroom, working with each season as the Earth does it‘s
     annual dance around the sun. You will come away with tried and true applications that have been developed
   with the natural environment at Montessori Community School and you will be inspired to take time to discover
      your own immediate environment, making natural and explorative opportunities accessible to the children
   wherever you are. Note: Please be seasonally prepared to go outside for a portion of this presentation. Donda is
      the Outdoor Classroom Teacher at the Montessori Community School in Salt Lake City. (Early Childhood)


            J. Nuts and Bolts of the Elementary Classroom: Lower Elementary
                                                       Julie Wand
      Join veteran teacher Julie Wand as she shares her passion for teaching in the Elementary Program for 6- to 9-
         year-olds. Come learn the "nuts and bolts" of a program that provides a full expression of the Montessori
       principle of self direction and individualized learning with an integrated curriculum. Plan to gain classroom
      management and curriculum ideas to further enhance your teaching experience. Julie is director at Dayspring
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  Montessori Educational Center in St. George as well as at Gateway Preparatory Academy in Enoch . (Lower
                                                  Elementary)



                        K. Comparing Notes: Living in the 3rd Plane
                                            Paul Epstein, PhD
  This session is an open conversation with educators who are currently involved with Montessori secondary
schools and/or who are considering becoming involved. Conversation topics will come from the interests of those
   attending and may include the nature of adolescent development, Montessori‘s education syllabus and the
    Erdkinder philosophy, and secondary curriculum and instructional practice. Dr. Paul Epstein, Executive
      Director of the Rochester Montessori School in Minnesota, has worked in Montessori education as an
         administrator, teacher, researcher, consultant, speaker and author. (Middle and High School)

                              L. Do It on a Dime: Summer Camps
                                              Brooke Waldron
Running out of ideas for summer camp? Working on a small budget? Come and let Brooke refill your idea bank
  with tons of fun and creative activities. From crafts to camping, she has ideas that will work for everyone.
Brooke is a certified Toddler Teacher and is working on paraprofessional certification. She has been conducting
   summer programs for six years. Brooke currently works in the Lower Elementary Class at Montessori at
                                                 Riverton. (All)


                            M.          From the Past into the Future
                                         UMC Council of Elders
 The UMC Council of Elders is made up of Montessorians with 20 years or more experience. Lois Bobo, PhD of
  Walden School, Valerie Whitehead of Montessori at Riverton, Duna Strachan of Soaring Wings Montessori
School, Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan of Montessori Community School and Bobbi Nichols of Montessori of Olympus
  Cove make up the panel and will entertain the discussion of topics such as ―If you could share just one thing
with someone new to Montessori, what would it be?‖ Come pick the brains of our Montessori sages – a reservoir
                           of knowledge and experience ready to assist you. (All)


                        N. Integrating the Arts into the Classroom
                                            Mary Ann Lee, MA
  This interactive presentation will explore dance, music, visual arts, music and literature in the classroom for
students ages three through nine. The workshop will focus on using the magic of the arts to enliven learning and
   student engagement. Participants should come prepared to move, sing, speak and participate in a visual art
project. Mary Ann Lee directs the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program and Children‘s Dance Theater in the
      College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She trained with Virginia Tanner and was a member of
Children‘s Dance Theater. Ms. Lee received Masters Degrees in Dance and French and was a dance specialist for
  the National Endowment for the Arts‘ Artists-in-Schools Program. She continues to teach at the University of
     Utah in the Departments of Modern Dance and Education and in the Tanner Dance Program and teaches
                      throughout Utah, nationally and internationally. (Early Childhood, Lower El)


        2:45 – 4:00 pm The You-Asked-For-It, Die-Hard Workshop Session

    O. Fostering Relationship Intelligence: A Peace-making Curriculum for
                               Montessori Schools
                                                  Sura Hart
  This workshop is a lively introduction for newcomers, and for those who participated in Sura's workshop last
 year, an opportunity to deepen understanding and sharpen your saw. Increase mutual understanding, respect
     and cooperation in your classroom and school with this hands-on exploration of a dynamic curriculum

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     integrating the teachings of Maria Montessori and Nonviolent Communication (SM). Use disagreements and
      conflict as opportunities for students to learn valuable relationship and peacemaking skills. Sura Hart is co-
   author of The Compassionate Classroom, Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids and The No-Fault Classroom. Ms.
    Hart has over 23 years experience in elementary and secondary education in the private and public sector. She
   is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, an experienced presenter and
           leader in the incorporation of Nonviolent Communication in schools. www.thenofaultzone.com (All)


                               P. Art: Practical Life, History and Fun!
                                                   Souzzann Zink
Learn to bring more fun to your Practical Life and Cultural Subjects areas through a specific series of art shelf work
  exercises. We will do hands on exploration of some key lessons for children 3-6 and 6-9. The outline will include
   Toddlers and older children. Blend skill development, art appreciation, and art principles instruction for an art
 program that enriches your whole program. After 25 years teaching children and adults of all ages, including over
    16 years in Montessori classrooms, Souzzann now consults with and trains educators and administrators and
 promotes Montessori education through her company, Montessori for Everybody. She also teaches children aged 9-
                    12 at Maria Montessori Academy charter school in North Ogden, Utah. (All)


                                          Q. Multiple Intelligences
                                                  Jeff Whitehead
     Dr. Montessori‘s and Howard Gardner‘s theories of learning crossed paths several times. This workshop will
     examine Gardner‘s nine areas of intelligence and how they mesh with Montessori education. A graduate of
      Brigham Young University, Jeff has taught on the elementary, secondary and college levels. He founded
    Montessori at Riverton with his wife Valerie and currently teaches Upper Elementary and Middle School there .
                                                          (All)


                                   R. Looking at Child Development
                                                 Nancy Sager, MA
    Join us for a review of Child Development and recent updates. Nancy is an adjunct faculty member in the Early
      Childhood Department at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA. A former Montessori classroom
       teacher and head of school, she has taught for a variety of Montessori teacher education programs. AMS-
            credentialed (EI-II). St. Nicholas-credentialed (EC, EI-II). (Early Childhood, Lower Elementary)


        S. Music for Children: Using the Orff Approach in Lower Elementary
                                        Classes
                                               Susan Swidnicki, MM
     The Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education is a child-friendly, joyful way of making music using singing,
     movement, rhythmic speech, percussion instruments, listening experiences and improvisation. This workshop
    will be oriented to the 6- to 9-year-old class with hands-on music and movement examples you can take back to
       your classrooms. Susan Swidnicki holds a M.M. from St. Louis Conservatory of Music. She received Orff
    certification from Utah State University, Trinity University and University of Kentucky. She is currently Music
      Specialist at Rowland Hall Beginning School, Zion Lutheran Church, Let Me Shine Preschool, Canyon Rim
              Academy (5th /6th grades) and Principal Oboist of Ballet West Orchestra. (Lower Elementary)


                                   T. Annual UMC General Meeting
     We invite representatives of each school to join us to review the year‘s highlights and plan for future UMC
           events. If you have an item for the agenda please contact UMC President Valerie Whitehead at
   msvalerie@montessori-at-riverton.org. The general membership of the UMC normally only meets once each year
                      so if you have ideas or comments on building a better UMC, please join us.




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       Utah Montessori Council Annual Conference Registration
                           January 28 – 29, 2011       Walden School, Provo

  Registration includes appetizers Friday evening & lunch Saturday. Presenters attend free of charge.

Friday Evening Events
Number attending:
    __________Munch & Mingle 4:00 – 5:00 pm
       Round Table Discussions 5:00 – 6:00 pm
              __________Toddler Level led by Laura Bergeson
              ___________Early Childhood Level led by Theresa Sabodski
              ___________Elementary/Middle School Level led by Shelly Gramejo
              ___________General Discussion led by Dr. Paul Epstein

Saturday Workshops
                                                         Morning      Afternoon       “Die        Diet
                  Name and Title                         Workshop      Workshop       Hard”     Preferenc
                                                        (A,B,C,D,E    (H,I,J,K,L,   Workshop        e
   as you would like them to appear on your name tag
                                                          ,F or G)      M or N)     (O,P,Q,R,   V = vegetarian
                     please print                                                               GF = gluten
                                                                                     S or T)
                                                                                                     free
                                                                                                 DF = dairy
                                                                                                     free




                  Please attach a separate sheet of paper to list additional participants.
School Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
Mailing address_________________________________________________________________________________
Phone___________________________________E-mail_________________________________________________
Number attending full conference = ____ X $60 ($75 after Dec. 15th)                    = ___________
Number attending Friday evening only = _____ X $30 ($35 after December 15th)         = ___________
Number attending Saturday workshops only = ______ X $45 ($55 after Dec. 15th)        = ___________
Annual UMC membership fee ($25 per school, $5 per individual)                           + ___________

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Total enclosed (please make checks payable to UMC)                                                               $ ___________
UMC Council of Elder nominees - Please list anyone in your school who has been working in Montessori
education for 20 years or longer for nomination to the UMC Council of Elders:

___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
Name                 Title           Years in Montessori                  Name                 Title          Years in Montessori

        Please mail registration and payment (checks payable to UMC) no later than January 15th to:
                               Duna Strachan, 2083 Equestrian Ct, Park City, UT 84060

                          Questions? Contact Duna at duna@soaringwings.org . Thank you!

   As a member of the International Montessori Council the UMC follows IMC Code of Ethics:
Membership in the International Montessori Council shall imply that member schools observe in spirit as well as in practice, high
professional and ethical standards in their relationship with their own students, faculty, and employees, as well as with other schools.
This is particularly necessary when there may be overlapping interests between schools with respect to faculty employment and student
enrollment. The following Principles of Good Practice are based on the concept that our strength as Montessori schools is derived from
both the diversity that exists among us and from the support and cooperation that we can give to each other.

The Head of each school should bear ultimate responsibility for fulfilling this Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice. Complaints
within member schools concerning the implementation of these guidelines should be directed to the appropriate authorities of the
school concerned and processed internally. Advice and counsel may be sought from the state or national Ethics Committee of the
International Montessori Council Members of the International Montessori Council are committed to standards of exemplary integrity in
their professional relationships with parents, students, faculty, and other Montessori schools. Although our philosophies and programs
are diverse in their emphasis, structure, and style, we follow a common code of ethics that emphasizes Fair and consistent policies.

As a member of the International Montessori Council, our schools agree to abide by the following code of ethics and principles of good
practice:

Our school is worthy of trust - As a member of the International Montessori Council, we pledge to represent our school truthfully and
accurately to the general public and internally to our parent community. We further pledge ourselves to respect the diversity of the
community of Montessori schools. We will not engage in negative public relations nor make any negative statements about another
Montessori school. Our school honors its financial commitments to parents, staff, vendors, and others.

Core values - Our primary focus will always be the well being and best interests of our students. We recognize that a Montessori
school is more than a place of learning; it is a community of children and adults that has a significant impact on our students' capacity to
learn, grow, create, develop, assimilate values, and relate peacefully and respectfully to other people and to the natural world. We treat
all students, families, teachers, and staff members with kindness, warmth, and respect. Our school will never permit the use of corporal
punishment. We consciously teach our students values fundamental to Montessori education, which include: respect for oneself, others,
and their property; peacefulness, empathy and kindness; truthfulness; a search for the solution fairest to all; the pursuit of
independence and self-mastery; and a love of work and a passion for excellence. We endeavor to provide a school environment that
will promote and protect the physical and emotional well being of our students and staff. We seek to instill in our students, parents, and
staff not only a reverence for the Earth, its waters, and ail living things, but also a sense of stewardship for the environment based on a
conviction of our individual responsibility for the beauty of the land and the health of our ecosystems. Our school does not discriminate
in matters of admission or employment on the basis of race, religion, or ethnic background. We consciously teach children to accept,
respect, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the global community. We consciously work to build a constructive partnership
between the family and school in support of each child's educational development. Within reasonable guidelines established to ensure
the integrity of our educational program and the privacy of other students' records, parents are welcome to visit the school to observe
their child in class or to review his/her academic progress. We will promptly consult with parents should it ever become clear that a
student is not benefiting from the school's program, or if the school is not the best program to meet his/her needs.

Transfer and Enrollment of Students - Our school recognizes each family's right to visit and consider other schools and to hold
preliminary discussions regarding admission without feeling compelled to notify the school, which their children presently attend. While
we welcome inquiries and interest in our school, we will never knowingly attempt to enroll a student who is presently enrolled in or
committed to attend another Montessori program. Before filing an application for admission, we ask that families advise their children's
present schools and authorize in writing the release to us of their children's academic records and student recommendations upon our
request.

Employment - We consciously follow fair and equal employment practices in hiring, assigning, promoting, and compensating both
teaching and non-teaching staff members. We endeavor to employ persons solely on the basis of the factors necessary in the
performance of the job and the operation of our school without discrimination on the basis of religious affiliation (unless our school is

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operated either by or on behalf of an established church for the purpose of religious education), race, national origin, gender, and any
other factor on which discrimination is prohibited by the laws of the jurisdiction within which our school is located. No official of our
school will to seek to induce a teacher who is under contract at another school to break that contract. There is nothing deemed
improper if a member of the teaching or administrative staff of one school independently approaches another school about possible
employment. Our school will not offer employment to a member of the faculty or staff of another school without communicating with the
Head of the School at which he or she is presently employed or committed for the upcoming school year to request a frank evaluation
of a candidate's qualifications. This information will be considered absolutely confidential. Our school will take all reasonable and lawful
precautions to maintain the confidentiality of records and information concerning teachers and other staff members who are applying for
employment at another school, in accordance with the rights of the individual.




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