Workshops

The Michigan Montessori Society strives to conduct two educational workshops each year. Traditionally, these are scheduled on the first Saturday of November and the second Saturday of March. However, the specific dates are set each year according to the availability of the guest speakers. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of both teachers and parents.

Spring 2015 Conference
Topic: "Authenic Montessori: How Do We Achieve It?"
Cheryl M. Smith, M.Ed.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:30 AM- 3:00 PM

Macomb College SOUTH CAMPUS
14500 E. 12 Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48088
(enter off Hayes Rd.)
586-498-4129
(driving directions)

Schedule for the day:
8:30-9 a.m.    Registration/Coffee
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.    Morning Session
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.    Lunch on site (included)
1 p.m.- 3 p.m.    Afternoon Session

Click here to download the workshop brochure (PDF)


Seminar Fees (lunch included):
MMS school affiliates will be allowed three registrations at the member rate.

Registration by 3/19/15 after 3/19/15
MMS Members $45 $55
Non-members $60 $70
Interns $40 $50

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What IS Montessori? Why is Montessori education relevant today? What are common threads or principles of Montessori that bind us together? What does current research say? Why is this work, started over 100 years ago, so important? What is Cosmic Education? What is the paradigm shift in education that Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned? What was Dr. Montessori’s end game?

Dr. Montessori began her work with children over 100 years ago. She developed a philosophy, method, and vast, interrelated curriculum that serve as the foundation for Montessori schools the world over.

In the U.S. there are thousands of Montessori schools, each striving to create learning environments that meet the developing needs of the children they serve. These schools are educating children in a way that is quite different than traditional schools. The children develop individually within a dynamic community of learners—helping each other. The inherent structure of a Montessori classroom is apparent in the way children move about the rooms, completing tasks and selecting work, contributing to the whole. As children move on to elementary Montessori classrooms, lessons are built on previous knowledge. Great Lessons provide the framework and spark the imagination for children to conceptualize the interrelatedness of not only subjects, but life itself. And yet, each school, each environment is different— depending on the teacher, the children, materials, and the physical environment.

Each one of us as Montessori teachers has our personal, unique understanding of Montessori. We have “gifts” that we share with children, and insights, talents, or resources that can contribute to the greater whole. How do we as Montessorians carry out this work? How do we continue to grow as Montessorians? How can we contribute to each other and to ourselves?


Cheryl Smith graduated from Xavier University in 1984 with an M.Ed. and 3-6 Montessori certification. She began her Montessori studies under the guidance of Hilda Rothschild, who took courses with Dr. Montessori. Cheryl has served as Directress and Head of School in private Montessori schools in Ohio and North Carolina. She has been a presenter and guest lecturer for CMTE-NC and Xavier University. She helped develop public Montessori programs for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as Montessori Curriculum Coordinator. While Director of Professional Services for the American Montessori Society, she visited and was a consultant for private and public Montessori schools across the United States. Five years ago, Cheryl returned to the classroom— her first love.


Driving Directions to the Venue

There are several ways to get to the Macomb College South Campus. The following directions are from I-696, the closest freeway, which is about 1 mile north of the college.

FROM THE WEST: Exit I-696 at Groesbeck M-97 (Exit 26). Turn left (NE) onto Groesbeck, and follow it to 12 Mile Road. Turn left (W) onto 12 Mile, and follow it to Hayes Rd. Turn left (S) onto Hayes to the campus entrance on the right. As you turn into the campus, the John Lewis Center is straight ahead. Park in Lot 6 or Lot 7, and walk to the building.

FROM THE EAST: Exit I-696 at Groesbeck M-97 (Exit 26). Turn right (NE)onto Groesbeck and follow it to 12 Mile Rd. Turn left (W) on 12 Mile and follow it to Hayes Road. Turn left (S)on Hayes to the campus entrance on the right.As you turn into the campus, the John Lewis Center is straight ahead. Park in Lot 6 or Lot 7, and walk to the building. <P>

FROM THE NORTH: Rather than accessing the campus from I-696 and backtracking using the instructions above, coming in on 12 Mile Road from either direction and turning south on Hayes to the campus entrance will be more efficient.

Please note that although the college address is on 12 Mile Road, the HAYES ROAD entrance is the one to use for easiest access to the John Lewis Student Community Center.


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