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Center for Montessori Advancement

Professional Development for Educators in Delaware and Beyond

Welcome to the Center for Montessori Advancement (CMA) at Wilmington Montessori School. CMA is dedicated to making Montessori more accessible to children, educators and families.

The center offers professional development opportunities for educators throughout the year. While our programs are Montessori-based, they are also appropriate for educators who teach in traditional schools and child care facilities.

Upcoming Workshops

Looking Through A Different Lens: Seeing the Learning in the Chaos
Presented by Lauren Harris, Wilmington Montessori School Toddler Lead Teacher
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7-9 p.m.
Wilmington Montessori School

Observation is a crucial skill for any Early Childhood teacher. It is evident when observing in an Early Childhood classroom that there is a great deal of development and change taking place. Children seek opportunities to experiment with cause and effect, exert maximum effort, develop gross motor control and find ways to communicate their needs. With a wide developmental range and, at times, very young children, classrooms can seem like mayhem. But, when we step back and observe, it is evident that significant learning occurs within the chaos. 

In this workshop, we will talk about how to use observation to identify how a child's behavior can inform our teaching practice. We will discuss how to hone the power of redirection - an extremely useful tool in an early childhood environment.  We will also talk about various materials that can be useful when helping children meet their developmental needs. 

Lauren Harris graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. She is a certified Infant-Toddler Montessori teacher (American Montessori Society) and is a Certified Naturalist (Delaware Nature Society).

Integrating Arts across the Curriculum
Presented by Paula Sharpe, Wilmington Montessori School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics) Coach, Middle School Science
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7-9 p.m.
Wilmington Montessori School

Teachers often use artists and their techniques to encourage and inspire children to paint, dance, and draw. In this workshop, we will explore ways to expand the use of the arts to all areas of the curriculum. Come explore how these changes can benefit and impact your classroom, and walk away with practical activities and ideas you can use immediately. We will share lessons, resources, and research to assist you.

Paula Sharpe holds a B.S., Early Childhood & Elementary Education from Wilmington University and is certified by the American Montessori Society at the Elementary I level.