Coronavirus Response Resource Pages
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WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?
Free online events for the Montessori community
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Update: I have removed the manual updates from March 15- April 1. You can now find the latest events in the Google Calendar above. If you know of an event that should be included in the calendar, please contact email@example.com with the details including a link to a signup page (not a direct Zoom link).
March 14, 2020
The newsletter below was sent out to the Trillium Montessori email list on March 14, 2020.
I am sure many of you are scrambling right now. With schools closing for extended periods of time, major events being canceled, and travel being restricted, this pandemic is affecting everyone in ways that would have been hard to predict just a few weeks ago.
I’d like to share a few resources that will hopefully help you navigate this uncharted territory. Please feel free to share any of the links below with your colleagues and community.
I participated in a Zoom conversation on Friday facilitated by the International Montessori Council leadership team with heads of various Montessori organizations including AMS, AMI-USA, MACTE, and more. They are working on gathering resources such as policies and protocols that schools have created in response to the pandemic. They hope to have something to share as early as Monday.
I know many of you are very disappointed about having to miss the AMS conference this year. While we cannot replicate the experience of connecting with your Montessori family in real life, we do have something in the works that will help with getting you some quality professional development hours without the cost of a major conference. Tammy Oesting and I have been planning an online summit for June 2020. We are still a few weeks away from being able to share all the details, but here are a few things you can expect:
- Summit dates: June 21-25
- 100% online, no travel costs
- Early bird tickets available May 1 (price TBA but expected to be between $49-$65/person for the entire conference)
- Regular price tickets available May 29 ( regular price TBA but expected to be between $75-$95/person for the entire conference)
- 20+ speakers, including tracks for:
- Primary (Casa)
We will have a final list of speakers and workshop titles for you by mid-April. (Sneak peek: Philip Snow Gang, Sandra Houston, Letty Rising, Andy Lulka, Cathie Perolman, Colleen Wilkinson…. and many more!) If you want to make sure you don’t miss the early bird announcements, please add your name to the waiting list here: https://trilliummontessori.org/summit2020
Within the next few days I am also planning to put heads together with many of the vendors from the AMS exhibit hall who were utterly devastated (emotionally and financially) at the last-minute cancelation of the conference. We will try to figure out a way to give you all a “virtual exhibit hall” experience so you can support these amazing people who help make our Montessori environments possible.
Parent Support Facebook Groups
One of the most challenging aspects of this pandemic are the global school closures already happening and anticipated to happen in the coming days. We are organizing a few targeted parent support groups on Facebook led by trained Montessori guides. These free groups will offer developmentally appropriate and Montessori aligned activities plus support for parents who are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of having to manage children at home. If you are a teacher, feel free to join and refer your parents to these groups for support!
Facebook Groups: Montessori Parent Support
- For Elementary Parents (Ages 6-12) led by Letty Rising (link goes directly to Facebook group)
- For Primary Parents (Ages 3-6) led by Jana Morgan Herman (link goes to blog post with more information)
- For Toddler Parents (Ages 0-3) led by Laura LeClair (link goes to brief post with more information)
Articles for Parents
- Elementary: When Homeschooling is Your Temporary New Reality! by Letty Rising
This is a fairly detailed article and will help parents get started thinking about how to support their children at home. This is also a fantastic resource for Elementary guides who are trying to come up with an education plan during the closures.
Stay happy and healthy, friends, and let’s get through this pandemic together!
EDITED TO ADD: Montessori Educators are also invited to join the Trillium Montessori Educators Facebook group if you need a place to share resources and ask questions.