Montessori in the Public Sector

Exploring alternative approaches to education


All courses are subject to minimum enrolment. We advise that participants do not finalize any travel arrangements until notified that this course is confirmed.

This summer institute will provide opportunities for participants to work with noted Montessori educators who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and strategies that will help practicing elementary Montessorians as well those who want to learn more about this alternative approach.

There are more than fifteen public school districts in British Columbia and Alberta that offer Montessori programs as an alternative approach at the elementary level.

This Institute aims to raise awareness of Montessori as an alternative approach to education at the elementary level in the broader education community, and the need for Montessori elementary trained teachers to meet public school needs and advocate for the development of a support network for those interested in implementing Montessori at the elementary level in Canada.

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Learn about Montessori as an alternative approach to education at the elementary level.

This Summer Institute is designed to introduce participants to an approach to education that continues more than 100 years after the first school was opened in 1907 in Rome. It will provide an overview of the philosophy and basic educational practices that are fundamental to Montessori education, placing Dr. Montessori’s work in both a contemporary and historical context, and relating her ideas to current challenges and practices in elementary schools.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • the nature of the child during the elementary years
  • the creation of a socio-emotional climate that supports independence and self-actualization
  • self-care practice for educators and students
  • the role of the Prepared Environment and the new BC curriculum

Michelle Sipl

Michelle is an educational consultant focusing on social and emotional development. She completed her Masters of Education at The University of British Columbia in Human Development, Learning and Culture, specializing in Social and Emotional Learning. Michelle spent over 10 years as a Montessori teacher and school administrator. As an education consultant she has worked in research, teacher coaching, curriculum development and professional development.

Bonnie Caldwell

Bonnie is principal of a Montessori Public Alternative Program in Calgary, Alberta. Bonnie’s belief is that to be an educator is a commitment to lifelong learning. Her work in a Montessori learning environment has provided her with the opportunity to nurture responsible, respectful citizens who make connections with the world around them and have the potential to be model leaders in any situation.

Carolyn Sullivan

Carolyn has been involved in Early Childhood Education and Care for over 35 years in daycares and preschools, often with a focus on children who have special needs, and in the community working with preschool children and their families learning English. For over 20 years she worked as Montessori preschool teacher and teacher educator. Carolyn’s recent work has been as a Supported Child Development consultant supporting inclusion in daycares, preschools and out of school care.

Irma Rodriguez

Irma earned her AMI 6-12 credential from the International Center for Advanced Montessori Studies in Bergamo, Italy. She trained under the guidance of Camilo Grazzini who worked closely with Mario Montessori, the son of Dr. Maria Montessori. Irma is the lead instructor for the Centre for Advanced Montessori Studies of Vancouver (CAMSV). She has been involved in training Montessori teachers in Canada and the US since 1993 and continues to be a field consultant and mentor for CAMSV teachers.

Amy Henderson

Amy is Head of School at Montessori School of Fort Worth (MSFW), Texas. Amy has been a teacher at MSFW since 1984 and is credentialed by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for ages 6 to 12, and has an AMS Administrator’s Credential from the Houston Montessori Center (HMC). Currently, Amy is a faculty member of HMC and engages in field consulting, mentoring and presenting to teacher education centers both nationally and internationally. 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Coe

Betsy has been a Montessori educator for over 40 years. She has American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood, Elementary I/II, Secondary I/II, and Administrators credentials.  She is creator of the middle and high school programs at School of the Woods in Houston, Texas and serves as Principal. Betsy is the Executive Director of the Houston Montessori Teacher Education Center, and she is Head of Schools.  She is a long time board member of American Montessori Society and past President.

William (Biff) Maier

Biff is the Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School in Massachusetts. For many years he served as Elementary Curriculum Coordinator at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY, and he now co-directs the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) in Lexington, MA. He also presents and consults for the Center for Montessori School Management. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is a seminar presenter, consultant and mentor to Emerging Leader Fellows for the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Vancouver BC | Face-to-Face

Magee Secondary
6360 Maple Street
Vancouver BC | Map

August 6-9, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration & Fees

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

    • Non-Credit Participation Fee: $400 + GST

    Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. Please note that should UBC cancel the course, a full refund will be issued.

    Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by July 2, 2019 to be eligible for a refund (less a $65 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than July 2, 2019, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

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