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Midwest Regional Conference



The Importance and Joy of Our Work

For Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Teachers and Parents

October 12–13, 2018

Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center

16625 Swingley Ridge Road

Chesterfield, MO 63017


Friday Afternoon Keynote: 4:30-6:00 PM

Dee Coulter: "Montessori's Special Gift for our Technological Age"

AMS and Missouri Continuing Education Credit Available

We will reflect on how brilliantly the Montessori Approach helps children cultivate calmness, concentration and impulse control. But in the tech driven age, children must also learn to cope with increasing distractions, resist overstimulation and avoid addiction to tech devices. We will explore how the Montessori approach can rise to this new challenge as well.

Saturday Morning Keynote: 8:15-9:15 AM

P. Donohue Shortridge: “The Purpose of our Work”

AMS and Missouri Continuing Education Credit Available

Dr. Montessori’s revolutionary education philosophy resonates now just as it did in her day, thus it is vital that we anchor her visionary message to the daily practices in the prepared environment and beyond. In this keynote, “The Purpose of Our Work” we’ll return to her message as a hope and inspiration for the work we do on behalf of the children and families we serve.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote: 3:10-4:25 PM

Frank Leto: “Method to Music”

and reception entertainment

AMS and Missouri Continuing Education Credit Available

Frank shares his popular handcrafted approach to music education. Through an ongoing series of interactive songs, echoes and rhythmic exercises, children develop a foundation in music. This curriculum is designed for non-musicians with hope of returning to their classrooms with a new sense of confidence with which to enrich the children’s musical environments.

Conference Schedule

Friday October 12th:

7:00-8:30 Registration

8:00-8:30 Gather in lobby for school visits

9:00-11:00 Visit Montessori School Tours

11:00-11:30 Leave for Laumeier Sculpture Park

11:30-2:00 Lunch at Laumeier Sculpture Park

2:00-2:45 Busses back to the hotel

2:00-4:00 Registration continues

4:00-4:30 Welcome/Introduction

4:30-6:00 Keynote Speaker - Dee Coulter "Montessori's Special Gift For Our Technological Age"

6:00-7:30 Refreshments: Mix and mingle

Saturday October 13th:

7:00-8:00 Registration & continental breakfast (provided)

8:00-8:15 Welcome/Introduction

8:15-9:15 Morning Keynote Speaker - P. Donohue Shortridge "The Purpose of Our Work"

9:15-9:35 Break

9:35-10:50 Morning Breakout 1

10:50-11:10 Break

11:10-12:25 Morning Breakout 2

12:25-1:30 Lunch (on own)

1:30-2:45 Afternoon Breakout 3

2:45-3:10 Break

3:10-4:25 Afternoon Keynote - Frank Leto "Method to Music"

4:25-5:00 Break

5:00-5:15 Meet busses to go to Hope Montessori Educational Institute (HMEI)

5:45-8:00 HMEI Reception and Dinner (provided), Entertainment by Frank Leto

8:00-9:00 Busses return back to hotel