XUMI Workshops

Montessori Professional Development Workshops 

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

Workshop registration is available online, secured with payment of a $30 non-refundable registration fee. Registration closes at 5pm EST the Thursday before each workshop. Zoom invitation details will be sent to registered participants on the Friday before each workshop.

.3 CEU's and AMS CPD's are available for all completed workshops.

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Ways to Organize your Secondary Classroom for Student Success

Saturday, March 13, 2021     9am-12pm EST via Zoom

Presented by Tori Pinciotti, XU Montessori Teaching Professor and Montessori Lab School Secondary Teacher and Anne Slamkowski, XU Montessori Lab School Secondary Teacher

This presentation will dive deep into the successful strategies for adolescent students in middle school/ junior high classrooms.  These strategies can be used at home with an adolescent as well.  This will include an overview of the Teenage Brain, and ways to set up an environment or classroom so they can continue to strengthen their independence and confidence.  This workshop will provide new ideas to implement for a happier, healthier environment.


Helping Bright Children Show Up: Supports that Help Sharpen Executive Function Skills

Saturday, April 24, 2021     9am-12pm EST via Zoom

Presented by Renee Mattson, XU Special Education Adjunct Faculty

Executive function skills enable a child to move through the little and big moments of their day with ease. Refining these skills means more success with everything from time management, flexible thinking, working memory, and self-monitoring. Parents and educators will walk away with practical resources and strategies to help kids reach their full potential.  


Mindfulness and Montessori

Saturday, May 22, 2021     9am-12pm EST via Zoom

Presented by Brett Hornberger, XU Montessori Teaching Professor and Lab School Early Childhood Head Teacher

"If we are among the men of good will who yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves..." -Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori wrote and spoke in depth about the importance of the spiritual development of the child.  In this workshop we will explore different mindfulness techniques including yoga, breathing, visualization, meditation and literature that cultivate a peaceful classroom culture.  Come with an open mind, ready to learn and restore.




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Supporting the Needs of All Children in an Educational Setting

Presented by Melissa Ridley, Intervention Specialist and Montessori Educator

This workshop will provide a close look at the variety of needs that children may have upon entry to school. The workshop will include information and practical ways for educators to identify, plan and support children faced with these challenges and provide an opportunity for open discussion focusing on individual questions from those in attendance.

Happy Infant and Toddler Spaces in the Home and the Home Away from Home

Presented by Aubrey Wallen M.Ed., Co-founder and Co-owner of CASA Design

Looking through the magnifying glass at the Montessori infant-toddler environment. Whether in the home or in a center setting, the space where we care for our youngest humans matters, and to an incredible degree. Preparing the space for a newborn, infant, or toddler with intention and love is the goal. It begins with us as caregivers and is expressed through our choices of what sensory experience we offer our children. Let's clarify our role as the adult in these magical relationships, discern what is needed for developmental support, and fill our belts with tools and perspective to maintain a peaceful and productive atmosphere filled with love.

Growth Mindset

Presented by Kathy Handorf, XU Montessori Assistant Head of School

Come learn about the power of “YET” based on Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, The New Psychology of Success. Refresh your classroom goals for the New Year and learn about Growth Mindset and the power of positive thinking. This interactive workshop will teach you key phrases to say to young children and adolescents that will help them turn their fixed mindset moments into moments of building confidence. This workshop is for anyone who lives and/or works with children of all ages.

Mindfulness, Self-Care and Self-Compassion

Presented by Andrea Kern, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor

As we find ourselves particularly depleted from the uncertain and uncomfortable times we are facing, it is absolutely essential to prioritize mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion, for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Join Yoga + Mindfulness teacher, Andrea Kern, for a morning exploring these practices by means of meditation, movement, simple exercises, and community sharing + relating.

Strengthening Your Language Curriculum

Presented by Meg Thomas,  XU Montessori Adjunct Faculty and Principal of River's Edge Montessori School

Montessori Language Curriculum in the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary classrooms.Montessori believed that repetition was a good thing! Each time you revisit a concept or skill you renew a deeper understanding.  Participants will have the opportunity to revisit their knowledge of the Montessori reading and writing processes.  They will review the essential key elements in these foundation areas.  They will leave with a new strength of knowledge and mental muscles that will be applicable in their teaching and learning! This workshop is approved by Kentucky and Ohio.

Revisiting Classroom Management

Presented by Lesley Roth, Director of XU Montessori Institute and Julie Kugler-Ackley, XU Montessori Sr. Teaching Professor

Participants will explore the elements required for effective classroom management. These include the prepared environment, the role of the adult, the power of our words, and essential characteristics of the Montessori philosophy. Breakout sessions will include scenarios and strategies to support our students through daily school transitions and classroom work cycles. (for paras, teachers and parents of children ages 3-12)

Setting Up a Home Environment for Learning

Presented by Rosemary Quaranta, Head of School - XU Montessori Lab School & Kathy Handorf, Asst. Head of School-XU Montessori Lab School

Setting up an environment that meets the needs of your child is the key to developing key components like independence, responsibility, organization, and concentration. Join us for a discussion on simple key elements to follow when setting up or designing a child-centered environment in your home that is beautiful, simple, and purposeful.

How to End the School Year and Begin Again

Presented by Lesley Roth and Rosemary Quaranta

There is a unique and beautiful flow in the year—between students and the adults-the curriculum, normalization, spontaneity and developing a healthy community.  This interactive workshop recognizes the work teachers have done throughout the year in their classrooms. Now what? Learn how to use the information you've accumulated throughout the school year to prioritize, plan, sort, and " begin again" in the fall, refueling your mind, body and soul and envisioning a successful, engaged and inspired upcoming year.

Putting the "Life" Back into Montessori Elementary Biology Lessons

Presented by Lisa Blackford 

This workshop will review representative biology lessons at the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels. We will demonstrate extensions that enliven learning, offer a range of follow-up activities, and incorporate higher order thinking. Participants will note correlations between the aims and content of Montessori science lessons and Ohio State Core Curriculum standards for science. This workshop is designed for teachers of 6-12 year old students.

Nature, Art and Play

Presented by Donna Hutchinson-Smyth and Rosemary Quaranta

Montessori believed that as educators we need to ignite the child's senses, spark curiosity, and promote engagement with the natural world.  Join us for a morning of interactive activities that help us to explore nature, experience art, and play our way to some new ideas.  Each of these pathways offer creative outlets for learning both in and out of the classroom.   

The Special Needs of All Children in a Montessori Environment

Presented by Melissa Ridley, Intervention Specialist and Montessori Educator

This workshop will explore differentiation strategies to support all students, including those with special needs, ages 3-9.  Please join Melissa Ridley, Montessori EC credentialed educator and Early Childhood Intervention specialist, in exploring opportunities to meet the needs of all students through hands-on engagement with the materials and created extensions.

Mindfulness Mini-Retreat: Cultivate Personal Peace

Presented by Brandt Smith and Andrea Kern

Andrea Kern and Brandt Smith will share practice and science of mindfulness.  Designed for all levels of mindfulness experience, we'll look at how mindfulness can enrich our inner peace which in turn deepens the peace we see in the world. Valuable practice for all of us.  (Limited number of spots available.)

The Power and Beauty of a Line: Handwriting in the Montessori Classroom

Presented by Rosemary Quaranta

This presentation will explore current research on the brain, technology, and the cognitive, motor, and visual benefits of “putting pen to paper” as children develop “a beautiful hand.” Participants will rediscover their own skills, explore a brief history of handwriting, express thoughts artfully, and view samples of beautiful children’s work that will inspire. Teachers will return to their classrooms with a renewed passion for handwriting, real lessons and materials that develop the artful exploration of personal style, and resources to continue their work.

Elementary Montessori Math Refresher

Presented by Robyn Breiman

This workshop, designed for Elementary I and Elementary II teachers, will review the Montessori math curriculum and materials, reminding us of the beauty and brilliance in their design. We will look at how to align the Montessori curriculum to state standards while also learning ways to invigorate your practice to keep students engaged and focused.

Montessori Music and Movement Workshop Introduction

Presented by Mike Flohr

Dr. Montessori defined Cosmic Education as a “unifying global and universal view of the past, present, and future”. Music has a unique place in the history of humanity. Since the first rhythm sounded, music has facilitated communication, connected people, and strengthened cultural and national identities. Montessori developed a highly structured curriculum to engage the child in the wonders of music. This workshop engages participants in an experiential overview of Montessori activities in rhythm, pitch, and song. The Montessori practitioner can harness these skills to enhance their offerings of Cosmic Education to children. This workshop is appropriate for teachers of children aged 3 – 12.

Cooking for Life - Engaging Learners of All Ages in the Process of Food Preparation

Presented by Andrea Tell-Summers, Lesley Roth, Rosemary Quaranta, Brandt Smith and Kathy Farfsing

From early childhood, through elementary and adolescence, to eldercare, working together to prepare nourishing foods is a critical element of life, as are the conversations that occur during the process. Join fellow Montessori community members in this hands-on workshop to learn creative ways of preparing your environment to meet the needs of learners of all ages and find meaning and nourishment in the kitchen.