I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed so that 12 of our staff members could attend the American Montessori Society National Conference.
Over the course of the three days, there were 7 seminar sessions with about 15 different topics being presented in each session for a total of about 105 different presentations available to our staff. Given that some staff members attended a few of the same seminars, we attended about 65 different sessions. That is an incredible amount of information we received. My favorite memories were just sitting watching and listening to the staff share and exchange the information they learned. They were so excited! I am already hearing how they are beginning to incorporate new things into the classrooms.
We also had the great pleasure of sitting in on 3 keynote addresses. These addresses were inspirational, emotional, and uplifting. The interesting part of these speeches is that they came from people who are not all Montessorians. We heard from a Pediatric Neuropsychologist who found that the Montessori Philosophy supports the development of “Executive Functions” defined as, the essential cognitive capabilities that lay at the root of self-regulation and all goal-directed behavior. We heard from the Harvard trained Child Psychologist who found that he was essentially “scooped” by an Italian Doctor who developed an educational philosophy over a 100 years ago that essentially produced the results of his findings regarding education in children.
As Montessori Educators, we tend feel we are kind of alone on an island when it comes to education. It is so nice when you can sit in a room of 4000 Montessorians and listen to some of the finest researchers in the world affirming what we do every day!
It was a great three days. I am looking forward to next year in Dallas for the 2014 American Montessori Society National Conference.