Infant & Toddler | Early Childhood | Elementary | Secondary | Administrator
Greater Washington Montessori Conference
Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 9:00am - 2:00pm - Virtual via Zoom
|8:45 am - Zoom Link Opens|
|9:00 am - Welcome|
|9:15-10:30 am - Keynote Address|
|10:45-11:45 am - Session 1|
|12:00-1:00pm - Networking Lunch by Levels (I&T, EC, EL, Sec, Admin)|
|1:00-2:00 pm - Session 2|
Keynote Address | 9:15-10:30am
Heartful Inclusion of Montessori Learners with Exceptionalities
Keynote Speaker Ann Epstein believes that nurturing children and youth who develop differently than their peers can make our hearts soar and bring us enormous depths of frustration. Ann’s keynote will identify key factors that contribute to the joys and challenges of guiding learners with exceptionalities. We will investigate principles of effective inclusion that apply to learners of all ages and identify Montessori-friendly supports for several aspects of difficult behaviors: tantrums and meltdowns (toddlers and primary), non-compliance (E1 and E2), and anxiety (early adolescence).
Ann Epstein is Professor & Interim Director of the Special Education program at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in the Department of Educational Studies. She teaches courses that address early childhood language & literacy, and Kindergarten curriculum & assessment. She also coordinates a Professional Development School field experience. Ann’s research interests include accommodations for young children with exceptionalities and interdisciplinary teaching. Ann was a Montessori teacher with 3 to 6 year-olds before completing her doctoral studies in early childhood special education. She is the editor of Montessori Inclusion - Strategies and Stories of Support for Learners with Exceptionalities (2020) published by Parent/Child Press.
The Montessori approach to guiding children is rich in both curricular materials and philosophical underpinnings. This combination holds strong potential to nurture children who can soar on their own as well as children who need support.
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Athens, Georgia 30606
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