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Professional Excellence Seminars

In response to ongoing requests for a variety of seminars for Montessori educators who have already completed their credential requirements, Seton Montessori Institute offers Professional Excellence Seminars. These seminars are designed to provoke thinking, expand classroom horizons and to stimulate participants’ educational leadership with both children and adults.  Continuing education documentation is provided for each seminar.

The continuing education documentation is arranged through the American Montessori Society (AMS) as well as Gateways to Opportunity (Illinois Professional Development System).

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Seton Montessori Institute is proud to offer our 2017 November Seminar

Preparing Montessori Environments for Ecological Literacy and Wonder


Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

at The Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

5750 Holmes Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL

Seminar Fee for Saturday, $45

Preparing Montessori Environments for Ecological Literacy and Wonder

Meaningful and recurring experiences in nature are essential both to children’s inner well-being and to their gradually developing awareness of themselves as stewards of the planet.  Come revitalize your own relationship to the natural world and to your role as guide and companion to children in their nature exploration.  Learn how to integrate nature discovery as a central element in the community life of your class, gain an understanding of the relationship of nature and human evolution as they relate to the development of the child, and explore nature through stories, art, writing, silence and listening activities and creative play.

About our speaker:

Geoffrey E. Bishop, our keynote speaker, hails from the bush in North West NSW, Australia. After his childhood spent on his family’s sheep station he went to an agricultural boarding school for five years, and then to University in both Sydney and Melbourne where he studied Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
For the next 10 years he traveled the world, visiting over 80 countries, where he spent most of his time trekking in rural areas, learning cultures and understanding his place in the world.
In 1996 Geoffrey started Nature’s Classroom Institute of Wisconsin, Inc.. NCI is a residential environmental education program serving schools throughout the Midwest. The Nature’s Classroom Institute program helps students understand the natural environment, participate in ecosystem exploration and study, and work together with their peers and teachers as a community. The program includes activities such as confidence-building, group challenges, historical simulations, scientific explorations, and many more hands-on academic lessons.
After developing a strong academic and environmental outdoor based curriculum, he formed Nature’s Classroom Montessori School that blends the core philosophy of Montessori with his environmental principles. The past Board Chair of the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE), he has been honored by WAEE as Wisconsin Non-Formal Educator of the Year.
Nature’s Classroom is on 400 acres in the small rural community of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Geoffrey’s passionate and sustained focus over the past 15 years has been on organics and sustainability in schools while promoting getting children back outdoors and helping adults understand the importance of instinctive play in the natural world. 

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