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Montessori alumnae invited to national conference in Chicago

Assistant Professors Anne Estes (left) and Chris Sacerdote hold a proclamation by Gov. Mark Dayton during International Montessori Education Week.
Assistant Professors Anne Estes (left) and Chris Sacerdote hold a proclamation by Gov. Mark Dayton during International Montessori Education Week.
Rebecca Zenefski 10

Three faculty members and a graduate student from St. Catherine University will present at the American Montessori Society annual conference in March in Chicago.

St. Kate’s alumnae are invited to visit the University’s Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs' table to find out about new programs from the Center and receive an alumnae button.

Michael Dorer, EdD, Rose Dorer, Ph.D. and Christine Sacerdote, MEd, as well as graduate student Jana Herman are all making presentations at the national conference of the American Montessori Society March 24-27 in Chicago.

The largest Montessori organization in the world, the American Montessori Society will hold its conference at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. The Society centers on ways in which Montessori education can harness new technologies and discoveries.

Presentations across three days
Herman, a student in the master's program, will present during session one, 8:30-10 a.m., Friday, March 25. Michael Dorer, director of the Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs and an associate professor of education, and Chris Sacerdote, assistant professor, will each present a workshop during session 5, 1:30- 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26. Rose Dorer, MA, an adjunct faculty member at the University, will present during session 7, 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, March 27.

Herman will explore the correlation between overexposure to media and technology and brain development, explaining how to address the role of media, including “educational” technologies, in the lives of children.

Michael Dorer’s presentation, “You Can Teach It All!” is a comprehensive workshop that explores the keys to successful teaching: identifying the key lessons, organizing a complete curriculum, and balancing carefully planned lessons with guided discovery. Dorer is a nationally known expert on Montessori education.

Sacerdote’s presentation, “Classroom Materials: Where's the Line Between Exploration and Misuse,” is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of how children approach classroom materials and how to guide them to the most appropriate and beneficial interactions with their work.

Rose Dorer’s presentation, “Imagining the World of Grammar,” offers imaginative stories, charts and performances that teach grammar fundamentals and enhance student literacy development in creative ways.

More about where
The AMS conference is in the downtown Chicago Marriott located in the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue.

March 1, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Education