Fall Conference

  • Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Registration Time: 8:30 am
  • Conference Begins: 9:00 am
  • Location: Michigan State University Management Education Center
  • Speaker: Maren Schmidt
  • Questions?: Email Kathy Smoko
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Fall Conference

Fall MMS Conference

by Maren Schmidt

About the Conference

ABOUT MAREN SCHMIDT, M. ED.: As an award-winning teacher and author, Maren leverages her talents writing and creating online workshops. Montessori school communities enjoy her weekly Kids Talk newsletters and workshops that are full of put-it-into-action advice about children.

Maren is an AMI elementary-trained Montessori guide. She founded a Montessori school, and her Montessori roles include parent, teacher, and school administrator.

During those years Maren taught all ages of children, from age two to fifteen years, acting as school administrator, curriculum coordinator, and parent education coordinator, as well as being a classroom teacher.

Maren has over 35 years of experience working with children, families, and Montessori schools. She has also worked for several years as a parenting instructor, using the Active Parenting curriculum.

Schmidt holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earning a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.

Maren is the author of two books, Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, and Building Cathedrals Not Walls.

Visit MarenSchmidt.com.

Workshop Description

Are you dealing with these aspects of challenging behaviors with children?

  • Parents' denial about the behavior
  • Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors
  • Too much time spent supervising a child
  • Handling the stress and frustration of dealing with those children
  • Disruption of the entire class
  • Inappropriate interactions, such as hitting, yelling and tantrums
  • Lack of parent follow-through
  • Other children perceiving the child with difficult behaviors as disrespectful
  • Montessori elementary being seen as the "catch-all" for children who have had poor experiences in other school settings

If this sounds familiar join us for Addressing Challenging Behaviors.

In Addressing Challenging Behaviors you'll hear about two resources for behavior and skills training that help parents and teachers work together for the child's benefit.

  • You'll see a simple yet effective strategy to help you clearly communicate expectations for behavior in your classrooms and school.
  • You'll learn about three communication tools that can help you create more peaceful classrooms and schools.
  • You'll learn put-into-action tips to use right away.
  • You'll see the essential Montessori principles that must be implemented consistently throughout your school if you are to deal effectively with challenging behaviors.

Food Service

A coffee, tea, and pastries continental breakfast, and a plated lunch are included in the conference fee.

Workshop Handouts

Addressing Challenging Behaviors ALSUP Problem Solving Plan Plan B Cheat Sheet