Spring Gathering 2024

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Check-in Opens: 8:30 a.m.
  • How: Live Zoom Presentation Followed by In-Person Discussion Tables and an Optional Make-and-Take
  • Location: Children's Place Montessori, 32175 Folsom Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
  • Presenter: Larry Shanker
  • Questions?: Email Kathy Smoko

Spring Gathering 2024

Michigan Montessori Society Spring Gathering

Coffee, Tea, and Montessori

Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Check-in Opens

Presenter: Larry Shanker
Live Zoom Presentation Followed by In-Person Discussion Tables and an Optional Make-and-Take

Workshop Location:

Children's Place Montessori (32175 Folsom Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336)
Parking is available in the lot or on the east side of the building on Parker St


Members and Adult Learners: $10
Non-Members: $15
Affiliate Schools: $10 (unlimited number of attendees each at $10/attendee)
Member Schools: $10 (receive one registration at the member price of $10)



About the Workshop

The morning will begin with a “how-to” presentation on what is required to become a presenter at a conference / workshop. If you’ve ever considered sharing your ideas with fellow teachers, but weren’t sure how to go about it, you won’t want to miss this! The live Zoom presentation will be followed with a question-and-answer session, so bring your ideas / topics and have Larry Schanker, a frequent presenter and teacher trainer, help you take the first few steps in the process.

The time together will continue with a variety of round table breakout sessions. Topics include:

  • Handling Discipline
    How do you incorporate Grace and Courtesy?
  • Inclusion
    How to support students with special needs and find and access resources.
  • Parent Education
    What works at your school to bring parents together and build community?

Bring your questions and wisdom to share with fellow Montessorians and learn how others make these things work at their schools.

The breakout discussions will include a chance to do a “make and take,” with several matching, 3-part card, patterning, and sequence works. Laminate your project for a nominal fee. Scissors and a guillotine paper cutter will be available, but bring your own, if you’d prefer.

We hope you are re-inspired to finish the school year with new material, some great ideas, and the desire and know-how to share your Montessori knowledge with others.

Schedule of the Day

  • 9:00 - Gather for coffee, tea, and a light assortment of baked goods
  • 9:30 - Presentation (live via Zoom), You Too Can be a Speaker, followed by a Question-and-Answer session
  • 10:30 - Discussion Tables with an optional Make and Take
  • 12:00 - Gathering ends

Presenter Bio

Larry Schanker

Larry Schanker has given numerous presentations and workshops on a variety of subjects, including Infusion of the Arts into the Montessori Curriculum, The Montessori Bells and Tone Bars, and Shakespeare in the Elementary Classroom at:

  • American Montessori Society National Conference
  • International Montessori Council/Montessori Foundation Conference
  • Association of Illinois Montessori Schools Conference
  • Association of Illinois Montessori Schools Conference
  • Hope Montessori Educational Institute’s Annual Conference

Larry is also a Teacher Trainer in Early Childhood and Elementary Music and Arts Infusion for:

  • Institute for Montessori Innovation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Teacher Education Program of Shanghai
  • Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center
  • Trine University Center for Montessori Education

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Spring 2024 Gathering Registration
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  • MMS Member – paid $20 for 2023 - 2024 school year (July 22 - June 2024)
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The following are conference registration rates:

  • Members and Adult Learners - $10
  • Non-Members - $15
  • Affiliate Schools - $10 (unlimited registrations at $10/registration)
  • Member Schools - $10 (receive one registration at the member price of $10)

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