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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Introduction to Child Development, an Online Course

January – March 2016 Cohort

In response to requests from our community, and recognizing the importance of having a solid understanding of Child Development for all who work with children, we are excited to offer this online course to the general Montessori community for all to benefit. There are no pre-requisites other than the capacity to participate in an online course – all are welcome. Please see the information provided below and let us know if you have questions!

To participate in this program you must commit to participating in the two required video webinars to begin and wrap up the online course: one held on Sunday, January 17th at 7:00 PM CST and the other on Sunday, February 28th at 7:00 PM CST.  

What am I going to learn in Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course?

  • This course is an intro-level course, designed for those who do not have a strong background in Child Development.  Many who work in Montessori schools, as well as about half of the students coming into Seton Montessori Institute’s programs have come from different backgrounds and have not taken a Child Development course in recent years, if ever.  Through participating in this course you will learn about child development from conception through early adolescence, providing the strong foundation for your Montessori certification program and internship experiences. The major theme of the course will be the “whole child.” The course has also been designed to introduce online learning to all students in the first week to help you feel more comfortable with digital learning experiences.

 How will I take this course?

  • Introduction to Child Development will be delivered in an online format. The ICD course is one that has a majority of its work completed online. The course will begin and end with an online video teleconference for all class participants. All of the course design integrates Montessori principles.
  • Students are required to purchase the magazine format textbook CDEV by Rathus, available on Amazon.com and other online retailers.

What will I be doing in Introduction to Child Development? 

  • There are several components to the course. Since it is on the web, much of the “classroom discussion” takes place through journals and discussion boards. There will be one writing assignment and one non-writing assignment. There are two required video webinars that you must participate in that will be held on January 17th and February 28th at 7:00 pm Central Time.  The rest of the coursework is completed at times that work well for your schedule.
  • The program has been thoughtfully prepared to be an appropriate pace for participants.

How often will I need to log in?

  • The majority of the course is asynchronous, meaning that each person logs on at their own time, and you typically do not need to log in at the same time as all the other students each week.  There will be some students who are able to complete their work only needing to long in once a week while others will need to log in three to five times in order to be successful. It depends on the type of learner you are, how much time you take to complete the various assignments, and whether you learn best from doing your work in one longer session or in several shorter sessions.

When will my work be due?

  • You will have one to two due dates per week, but you can always turn your work in earlier. Your work is due at 11:59 pm of your time zone.  

Course Fee: $350 (CDEV book purchase is responsibility of the student and an estimated additional cost of $55). 

About our Instructors 

Our instructors are all members of the Seton Montessori Institute faculty who hold graduate degrees in Education and have had extensive coursework and research on Child Development and related topics.

Further questions?  Contact us at Institute@SetonMontessori.org or (630) 654-0151

Register Now!

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2015 November Seminar with a focus on 
Cultivating Spiritual Awareness in Ourselves and our Students.  

Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

$65 for the Full Day Seminar located at:

The Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

5750 Holmes Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL

The day will feature two half-day sessions with world-renown speakers:
 
“Quests: The Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher” 
with Dr. Catherine McTamaney, Ed.D.
 
 

Morning Session, 9:00 – 12:00 followed by book signing

“Quests: The Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher” 

Dr. McTamaney addresses our own endless quests to connect with our spiritual selves in order to better serve the children in our classrooms. This presentation offers a practical perspective on the struggles of remaining mindful and the essential work Montessori teachers do when they acknowledge their own spiritual needs. Catherine McTamaney is the author of The Tao of Montessori, a collection of reflections on compassionate teaching that quickly became a favorite of Montessorians since its publication in 2005, and A Delicate Task, which addresses child and human development through a Montessori lens. The Morning Session will be held from 9:00 – 12:00 pm.

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Book Signing with Catherine McTamaney, Lunch on your own at nearby restaurants, tours of Seton Montessori School available

“The Practice of Silence in Montessori Environments” 

with Carolina Gomez del Valle, OSU
Sr. Carolina

Afternoon Session, 1:30 – 4:30

“The Practice of Silence in Montessori Environments”

From our youngest infants through the oldest students in our schools, we recognize the ever-present need for cultivating mindfulness.  Join Carolina for this inspiring, yet practical discussion of the importance of the Montessori experiences in Silence.

 The Afternoon Session will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

4:45 – 6:00 p.m., Champagne Toast and Celebration for Carolyn Kambich at Seton Montessori’s main campus 

About our speakers: 
Dr. Catherine McTamaney, Ed.D., is the Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where she teaches coursework on the social and political contexts of teaching and on children’s development in the arts, and a member of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she consults on the Wildflower Montessori project. Her next book, Pollock in the Preschool, an art integration textbook for early childhood and elementary classroom teachers, will be released in the Fall of 2016.  She is a former Montessori student, Montessori teacher, Montessori school director and the mom of two Montessori children. 
Sister Carolina Gomez del Valle, OSU, Although Sister Carolina Gomez del Valle is originally from Puebla, Mexico, her influence as a Montessori educator has been felt around the world.  She has established and supported the growth of Montessori programs for children and for teacher education in such diverse places as Peru, Nicaragua, Chile, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Cameroon and Canada.  Projects that are especially close to her heart are the Montessori school she helped establish in the Indian village of Tzinacapan, in Mexico, and the Montessori teacher education course for migrant workers in California.  Most recently, she has been working with Montessori teacher education programs in Figueres, Spain and Moscow, Russia, in addition to Seton Montessori Institute’s programs.  Sister Carolina was the very first person to be honored by the American Montessori Society with its Living Legacy award in 1993.

 
This event will be in memory of Anna Litchfield, a Seton Montessori Institute 2009 Early Childhood graduate who passed away from brain cancer in 2014.  We extend our gratitude to the family, friends and colleagues of Anna in whose memory donations were made that are being used to underwrite this event and its speakers.

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The seminar will be held at the beautiful theater space of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (just a few blocks away from Seton Montessori’s main campus) on Saturday, November 7, 2015.  

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Calling all Montessori Infant-Toddler teachers!  Seton Montessori Institute invites you for a satisfying dinner and a nourishing discussion with Montessori experts Sister Carolina Gomez del Valle and Loreto Wille.   

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The school year is under way.  The children are adapting to the activities and routines of your Infant-Toddler Community. Now is an ideal moment to pause, refresh, and reflect on the Timeline of Development, birth to three, and how your environment meets the unfolding needs of the children who are in your care. The evening will include an opportunity for exchanging with colleagues, so bring a classroom story, a photo, a material or a new idea to share with the group.

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Evening Event: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

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Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Location: Seton Montessori Institute 

Cost: $30 (includes dinner)

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Registration deadline: November 9th 

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Our Presenters:  

Carolina Gomez del Valle, OSU

Although Sister Carolina Gomez del Valle is originally from Puebla, Mexico, her influence as a Montessori educator has been felt around the world.  She has established and supported the growth of Montessori programs for children and for teacher education in such diverse places as Peru, Nicaragua, Chile, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Cameroon and Canada.  Projects that are especially close to her heart are the Montessori school she helped establish in the Indian village of Tzinacapan, in Mexico, and the Montessori teacher education course for migrant workers in California.  Most recently, she has been working with a Montessori teacher education program in Figueres, Spain.

Seton has long been Carolina’s home base in the USA.  With Celma Perry, she founded Seton’s Infant-Toddler teacher education course, and for many years she was a regular presenter in Seton’s Early Childhood courses as well.  She returns regularly to Seton to observe, consult and lecture.   Sister Carolina was the very first person to be honored by the American Montessori Society with its Living Legacy award.

Sister Carolina’s years of experience working with Montessori, from birth to age six, are complemented by her background in family and pastoral counseling.  Other areas of personal interest and study are Bancubi Mathematics, interactive listening with Classical Music, Qi Gong- Shibashi, and the pedagogical use of films.

Loreto Wille

Loreto is originally from Santiago, Chile and moved to the United States in 1966.  She received her AMS Early Childhood Credential from Seton Montessori Institute in 1978 and started working at Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington.

In 1998 she received her AMS Infant & Toddler Credential through Seton Montessori Institute and became filled with a fascination and a passion the 0-3 age group. She continues involvement with this group through leading a Parent-Child Class at Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington.  Loreto is a current Faculty Member with Seton Montessori Institue and is a frequent lecturer in both the Early Childhood and Infant & Toddler courses.  Loreto has also traveled abroad to support new Montessori Teacher Education Programs in Korea, Chile, Brazil, Slovenia and Russia. She has enjoyed sharing her own experiences with the adult students and hearing from them through her many field visits as well.  Loreto has been married to John for 48 years and they have two sons and now two grandchildren.  

Register Now!

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“Drama as the Soul of Self Expression”

with David McNees

Saturday, October 24, 2015 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$60 per person, including lunch

Held at Seton Montessori School’s Elementary Building

“Drama as the Soul of Self Expression” with David McNees

Elementary children (6 – 12)  and Adolescents (12 – 18)  explore to find their place in the universe. As they experience life they simultaneously understand who they are as an individual and what a community is. Eventually they find out where they can fit in to the various communities of life and what their contribution can be.

All of these require development of an authentic individual self that has both a healthy internal balance and a productive balance of roles in society. Opportunities to experience drama promote self discovery and adaptability.  

David will offer techniques and approaches with understanding of the rationale behind them. His dynamic approach will invite you to take a slice of drama back to school and offer it to your students. This workshop is intended for all Elementary (6 – 9  or  9 – 12)  and Adolescent (12 – 18) Montessori teachers.

About our speaker: 

David McNees is a guide at Hershey Montessori’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg,OH. He holds a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in creative art therapy, applied psychologyfrom New York University and a certificate from NAMTA’s Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. David is a Shakespearean scholar and actor who has created drama programs for multiple schools and organizations, including the development of San Francisco Shakespeare festival’s adolescent camp. He has utilized the art of drama in clinical therapeutic situations for a variety of populations including terminally ill children and institutionalized adults.

Register Now!

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Introduction to Child Development, an Online Course

October – November 2015 Cohort

In response to requests from our community, and recognizing the importance of having a solid understanding of Child Development for all who work with children, we are excited to offer this online course to the general Montessori community for all to benefit. There are no pre-requisites other than the capacity to participate in an online course – all are welcome. Please see the information provided below and let us know if you have questions!

To participate in this program you must commit to participating in the two required video webinars to begin and wrap up the online course: one held on Sunday, October 18th at 7:00 PM CST and the other on Sunday, November 22nd at 7:00 PM CST.  

What am I going to learn in Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course?

  • This course is an intro-level course, designed for those who do not have a strong background in Child Development.  Many who work in Montessori schools, as well as about half of the students coming into Seton Montessori Institute’s programs have come from different backgrounds and have not taken a Child Development course in recent years, if ever.  Through participating in this course you will learn about child development from conception through early adolescence, providing the strong foundation for your Montessori certification program and internship experiences. The major theme of the course will be the “whole child.” The course has also been designed to introduce online learning to all students in the first week to help you feel more comfortable with digital learning experiences.

 How will I take this course?

  • Introduction to Child Development will be delivered in an online format. The ICD course is one that has a majority of its work completed online. The course will begin and end with an online video teleconference for all class participants. All of the course design integrates Montessori principles.
  • Students are required to purchase the magazine format textbook CDEV by Rathus, available on Amazon.com and other online retailers.

What will I be doing in Introduction to Child Development? 

  • There are several components to the course. Since it is on the web, much of the “classroom discussion” takes place through journals and discussion boards. There will be one writing assignment and one non-writing assignment. There are two required video webinars that you must participate in that will be held on October 18th and November 22nd at 7:00 pm Central Time.  The rest of the coursework is completed at times that work well for your schedule.
  • The program has been thoughtfully prepared to be an appropriate pace for participants.

How often will I need to log in?

  • The majority of the course is asynchronous, meaning that each person logs on at their own time, and you typically do not need to log in at the same time as all the other students each week.  There will be some students who are able to complete their work only needing to long in once a week while others will need to log in three to five times in order to be successful. It depends on the type of learner you are, how much time you take to complete the various assignments, and whether you learn best from doing your work in one longer session or in several shorter sessions.

When will my work be due?

  • You will have one to two due dates per week, but you can always turn your work in earlier. Your work is due at 11:59 pm of your time zone.  

Course Fee: $350 (CDEV book purchase is responsibility of the student and an estimated additional cost of $55). 

About our Instructors 

Our instructors are all members of the Seton Montessori Institute faculty who hold graduate degrees in Education and have had extensive coursework and research on Child Development and related topics.

Further questions?  Contact us at Institute@SetonMontessori.org or (630) 654-0151

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Seton Montessori Institute is proud to offer our 2015 Spring Seminar with Joyce Pickering, from the Shelton School in Texas presenting:

Montessori for the Child with Attention Challenges

 

Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration is now closed for this event)

$65 for the Full Day Seminar located at:

The Lindner Conference Center in Lombard, Illinois

Morning Session: “Normalization for the At-Risk Child” 

The uneven development of the child who learns differently and has challenges with attention results in a different path to normalization.  This presentation focuses on the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) child, whose neurological differences require a highly structured program and more direct teaching of self-control skills than the child who develops typically. Joyce Pickering is an internationally renowned Montessorian who specializes in serving children at risk for a myriad of learning differences using adaptations to the Montessori approach. This essential information is geared towards educators of children ages 2 1/2 through Elementary and beyond. The Morning Session will be held from 9:00 – 11:30 am.

11:30 – 1:00 pm – Lunch on your own at the nearby restaurants including those at the Yorktown Mall.

Afternoon Session: “Organizing the Disorganized Child”

Children with learning differences and ADHD often have challenges in organizing their work and prioritizing their work choices. This workshop is geared towards educators and educational leaders serving children in Early Childhood and Elementary Montessori classrooms.  During this afternoon session Joyce will build on the morning’s content, explaining how to recognize the types of attention deficits and support the growth of executive functioning skills, offering strategies to help these children develop organizational skills.  The Afternoon Session will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 About our speaker: 
Joyce Pickering is an internationally recognized expert in serving children with learning differences.  She is the Executive Director Emerita of the Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, Texas. Joyce is also the current president of the American Montessori Society’s (AMS) Board of Directors, the 2013 AMS Living Legacy Honoree, and a recipient of the International Dyslexia Society (IDA) Margaret Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award.  Joyce received her AMS Early Childhood credential from Seton Montessori Institute.
Registration is now closed for this event!

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 The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and Seton Montessori Institute are proud to present Jacqueline Cossentino, EdD.

Friday, January 16 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where is Your School on the Path to Full Implementation? An evaluation tool for continuous improvement

Saturday, January 17 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Following All the Children: Early Intervention and Montessori

About Our Speaker:

Jackie Cossentino, Ed.D., is the senior associate and director of research at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. She is a passionate teacher and dynamic speaker having delivered keynote and featured addresses for the American Montessori Society, the Association Montessori International -USA, and the Montessori Foundation, as well as at numerous schools and university settings.

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Full  Seminar Registration: $140
Friday Only: $50
Saturday Only: $99

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