Workshops

The Michigan Montessori Society strives to conduct two educational workshops each year. Traditionally, these are scheduled on the first Saturday of November and the second Saturday of March. However, the specific dates are set each year according to the availability of the guest speakers. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of both teachers and parents.

Fall 2013 Conference
"Observation: If I Only Had The Time"
Speaker: Wendy Calise

Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Beverly Hills Academy
32605 Bellvine Trail
Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Schedule for the day:
8:30-9 a.m.    Registration/Coffee
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.    Seminar presentation


Seminar Fees (light breakfast included):
MMS school affiliates will be allowed three registrations at the member rate.

Registration by 3/5/14 after 3/5/14
MMS Members $45 $55
Non-members $60 $70
Interns $40 $50

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We all got the same message in our training: Observation is a critical component of good teaching. And we know it is true. Still, the great majority of us struggle with this commitment for the entirety of our teaching careers. But the truth is that without intentional observation, teachers will not become masters of their craft. Their growth is stunted.

This presentation will explore the challenges of observation, ways to overcome them, and the many inspirations they allow


Wendy Calise is currently the Head of School at Countryside Montessori School in Northbrook, Illinois. She is an international presenter, a school consultant, and director of the Montessori Teachers Institute for Professional Studies (MTIPS). Wendy began her Montessori journey as a student at Countryside Montessori, which was founded by her parents, Annette and Frank Kulle. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in psychology, followed by AMI Montessori training at the primary and elementary levels. She has 18 years of teaching experience, eight in primary and ten in a 6-12 elementary class. She has written, presented, and evaluated curricula for the 9-12 age group in subjects not fully explored in the AMI elementary training. In 2006 she completed the 40-hour Mediation Skills Training course at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. Wendy is the mother of three, all of whom are Montessori students.