The 2015 MACTE Symposium is right around the corner!
December 4-6th, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, VA
Are We Preparing Our Teachers to Teach Children with Special Needs?
Add Your Voice Here, What Does Your Program DO….?
Dr. Joyce Pickering
Dr. David Gleason
Our keynote speakers addressing this question will be Dr. Joyce Pickering, Executive Director Emerita of Shelton School, Dallas, Texas and Dr. David Gleason, Clinical Psychologist in Concord, Massachusetts who works with children and adolescents in many public and independent schools.
We will also be revisiting current recognition of the Montessori teaching diploma/credential by State Departments of Education. Last year’s Symposium highlighted presentations on the teacher qualification registries and teacher licensure within each state. Montessori advocates shared success stories from Oregon and South Carolina and a common theme was the importance of cultivating direct personal relationships with state decision-makers and implementers. This year, we will follow up on the work that has taken place in each state since our last Symposium. Representatives from state advocacy groups like NHMA along with state policy makers from New Hampshire’s Division for Children and Youth & Families will join us and speak about their recent accomplishments. In addition, presenters Anna Lovejoy and Sharon Damore from the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) will speak about their work.
On the final day of the Symposium, we will revisit our Open Space topics so teacher educators may spontaneously discuss topics relevant to their work. In past years, many Open Space topics stemmed from the presentations offered the day before while others explored new topics within state regulations, quality assessment, global accreditation, online training components, and best practices for Montessori teacher education.