December 4th-6th, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) will hold its 4th Annual Symposium for Montessori Teacher Educators on December 4-6, 2015 in Alexandria, VA. This event draws Montessori teacher educators from around the world. The focus of this year’s Symposium will focus on the question:
Are We Preparing Our Teachers to Teach Children with Special Needs?
Dr. Joyce Pickering, Executive Director Emerita of Shelton School, Dallas, Texas will be one of our keynote speakers addressing this question.
On Friday night we will be announcing the recipient of the Dennis Schapiro Award for Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education. The Dennis Schapiro Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education Award is awarded annually to a member of the Montessori Teacher Education community that has brought about significant change. If you would like to submit a nomination, click here!
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 we will invite presenters from the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) and other state advocacy groups.
The Wisdom of the Elders Ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 5th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM. We are still accepting nominations! Click here to nominate the most deserving individual in the Montessori community. Please note, in order to receive the award, we are requesting that the nominee be present at the Symposium for the Saturday evening Wisdom of the Elders Ceremony.
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, international accreditation, online training components, and best practices for Montessori teacher education.
The full schedule of events for the Symposium will be announced this summer.
Multiple Participants: $375.00
In addition, don’t forget to book your room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel! – To book, visit the MACTE hotel registration page. Once you select the dates of your visit, click “Check Rates and Availability”. It’ll take you to the MACTE symposium page.