Professional Development


Seton Montessori Institute has developed a dynamic series of Professional Excellence Seminars designed to engage the Montessori educator in creative exploration, discussion and extended learning.

These seminars support educators in fulfilling the new Professional Development requirement for teachers certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) of demonstrating 50 approved hours of documented professional development every five years.

Montessori learning is a life long process. We encourage you to continue your development as an educator and a professional and we look forward to welcoming you often!

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Seton Montessori Institute is proud to offer our 2014 Annual Fall Seminar

with Pat Pinciotti, Ed.D.  presenting:

“What did you learn in school today?”

Using documentation to make learning visible

Saturday, November 8, 2014

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Full Day Seminar Fee: $65

(located at DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL)

Register Now!

Full Day Seminar’s Morning Session (9 – 11:30 am): Dr. Pinciotti will clarify what documentation is, the steps in the documentation process, how documentation can make children’s learning, and your teaching, visible to a wide audience. We will explore your roles as a researcher and collaborator in the documentation process, the use of low tech, and high tech tools to use throughout the process. We will also have the opportunity to think together and work though a documentation process.

Full Day Seminar’s Afternoon Session (1:30 – 4:30 pm): In the afternoon Dr. Pinciotti will “dig deeper” with us as researchers and collaborators to explore a repertoire of ways to use documentation, present various tools to help us gain insight into children’s thinking, and our teaching. Please bring with you technology to use (eg. smart phone, tablet, laptop) as we may download apps and plugs to assist our creative exploration.

As Dr. Pinciotti will make clear, this full day seminar’s documentation focus is above and beyond our Montessori checklists and anecdotal records. Documenting children’s learning enhances a teacher’s understanding at every level of experience, reinforcingand refining your knowledge of child development, the Montessori method, skills in observing, and record keeping. The documentation process creates community increasing a sense of belonging, identity, purpose, competence as learners, parents, and teachers. The results of documentation can serve as a history and generate important conversations about learning, teaching, parenting, and Montessori education.

The seminar will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton-Chicago/Oak Brook, IL on Saturday, November 8, 2014. If you are requiring hotel accommodation we have two options. One option is to make a reservation with the Double Tree by calling 630/472-6000. The other is to make a reservation (requesting the special Seton student rate) at the ClubHouse Inn & Suites in Westmont by calling (630) 920-2200.

About our speaker:






Patricia Pinciotti, Ed.D. is a full professor at East Stroudsburg University, writing, researching, and teaching courses in Pre-K – 4 education, creativity, and the arts. She works closely with preschools and elementary Professional Development Schools across eastern Pennsylvania and has presented regularly at NAEYC and AMS conferences. She is also an author, blogger, and co-founder of ESU’s C.R.E.A.T.E. lab, a social innovation in creative learning.

“Documentation is a process I use in all of my work to refine my teaching, thinking, and interactions with students at every level and make this exciting learning visible to a wide audience.”

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