What Montessori Teachers Need to Know about Special Education – Fall 2022

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This course is for Montessorians working with students (primary through adolescents) who receive special education services. Children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) spend most of their school time in the general education classroom; here is where the majority of learning takes place.  

The purpose of the course is to provide Montessori teachers with essential knowledge about special education, high-incidence disabilities, and critical practical strategies and guidelines in order to to effectively meet individual needs while making the Montessori curriculum accessible.

Participants will learn about:

  • the evaluation process & high incidence disabilities 
  • coplanning with the special education team & family communication
  • content of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • practical guidelines, applications, and class accommodations for students with needs related to:
    • Reading disabilities
    • ADHD
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
    • Sensory processing issues

This course meets from 7:00-8:30 pm ET on the following Wednesdays:

  • October 12
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 7

Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to request Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Loyola University Maryland.

Paying by check: We accept payment via most credit cards. To request to pay by check, use this form. You will not be registered until your check has been received. Once your check has been received, we will enter your registration for the event and confirm via email. For questions about payment, contact payments@public-montessori.org.

Photos and Video: NCMPS may take photos or record video during this event. By participating in this event, you consent to your likeness being used for promotional purposes without compensation, and you release NCMPS from any liability related to this use. If you do not want your likeness used in this way, you may inform the event staff, and NCMPS will make its best effort to prevent such use.

Attendance Policy: To receive a certificate for NCMPS professional learning offerings we require participants to attend 80% of live sessions (typically this allows for two missed sessions).

About the Instructors:

María Carvajal has 20 years of experience in teaching, educational research, consulting, mentorship, and program management in El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. She is a certified AMI elementary guide with primary teaching experience, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Humanities from the University of Navarra and a M.Ed. in Montessori Elementary Education from Loyola University Maryland. María’s professional interests include trauma-informed care, English learner education, and early intervention. For research, she is currently focused on at-risk student populations, receptive and expressive language delays, and associations between social-emotional competence and literacy skills in children.

Andrée Rolfe holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an Ed.D from Teachers’ College, Columbia University in Special Education – Learning Disabilities. She has over thirty years of experience in public special education. Andrée currently serves as the educational specialist at The Village School for Children in Waldwick, NJ and teaches Introduction to Special Education at the Center for Montessori Education, Loyola University.  Her consultation work with Montessori schools focuses on supporting children who present with learning challenges and creating developmental reading, writing, and spelling instruction and practice in Montessori classrooms.  

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