Newport Montessori

Friday, March 16, 2018
Spring Symposium
Professional Development & Training
for Educators
“Teaching is a process of becoming that continues throughout life, never completely achieved, never completely denied. This is the challenge and the fun of being a teacher-there is no
ultimate end to the process” Frances Mayforth
The Newport Montessori School
Schedule of Events
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Session I
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session II
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:45 Session III
Lunch Provided By
Aurora Bakery
Fruit Salad
Italian Cold Cut Wrap
Vegetarian Wrap
Assorted Cookies for Dessert
Lunch is Included
in the Symposium Fee
Kathleen Gasparro
Keynote Presenter
Kathleen Gasbarro has a Masters of Educa-tion in Instructional Technology from Les-ley University in Cambridge, MA. She has a Montessori Early Childhood credential from Northeast Montessori Institute and an Elementary I credential from Seacoast Cen-ter for Montessori Education.
Kathleen began as an assistant in a 3-6 early childhood environment and quickly became a certified teacher. She spent over fifteen years in primary. In 2000, she started in Lower Elementary were she had the honor of teaching for nine years. Kathleen has also taught at both the Upper Elementary and Middle School levels. Currently, she is the Head of School at Woodside Montessori Academy in Millis, MA, a small school
serving children 3- 14 years old.
Kathleen has had the privilege of teaching for Seacoast Center in New Hampshire, Wyo-ming, Tennessee, South Carolina as well as in China. She also consulted for a Montessori Public Charter school in Haverhill, Massa-chusetts.
Master Degree of Arts in Educational Leadership, April 2018
Positive Discipline Association Classroom and Parent Edu-cator Trained, 2011.
North American Montessori Association Teacher Certifica-tion, 2009
Bachelor Degree of Arts in Early Education, 2008
Associate Degree of Human Services and Family Support, 2003
Melissa Hamel
Keep Calm, They’re Learning!
Susan Gregory
American Heart Association
Updates: CPR & First Aid
CPR & First Aid
Christy Whipple
Ready, Set, Write!
Jim is a 9-12 teacher at Country Village Montessori School and has recently received his AMS Elementary I – II Creden-tial. He has also earned a Master of Science in National Re-source Strategy, Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Art in Economics.
Ever feel like you’re out of ideas on how to make a student stop calling out in morning circle? How about the student who curls up on the floor, head buried, when he doesn’t like your direction? Oh, then there’s al-ways the student who needs to “one-up” every other friend in the class-room! The mixture of daily personalities in our classrooms can be mu-sic to our ears, or just plain nails on a chalkboard. This workshop will provide ways for classroom teachers to stay calm, recognize each child’s need, and address concerns in a manner that empowers children to become the best possible versions of themselves! All workshop par-ticipants will have a chance to share real-life frustrations and discuss pro-active strategies to begin implementing in their own classrooms.
Offered Session I, II, & III
These sessions are intended to update you on the newest American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid Guidelines and meet the certification requirements.
CPR/AED includes Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED and obstructed airway for both conscious and unconscious subjects.
Basic First Aid covers bleeding, broken bones, burns, bites, seizures allergies, Epi pens and more.
Session II CPR Updates Session III: First Aid Updates
Are you a 3rd-8th grade English Language Arts teacher looking for ways to incorporate Writer’s Workshop in your classroom? These sessions are interactive sessions with attendees participating in various writing activi-ties that can be immediately brought back to classrooms to use with stu-dents.
Participants will work on the steps of the writing process from brain-storming to final draft. Different writing topic starters will be shared along with the incorporation of informal and formal drawing pieces. Additionally, I will share the editing process as implemented in writer’s workshop.
Offered Session I, Session II. & III
National Registry EMT
American Heart Association CPR &
First Aid Instructor
The Montessori lessons in arithmetic and geometry prepare a child for higher-level mathematics. It is the continuity and content of the arithmetic and geometry lessons from Children’s House to Lower Elementary to Upper Elemen-tary that expose the child to the basis of higher mathemat-ics. This workshop will show the importance of a sample of Montessori lessons, how they increase in complexity, and demonstrate the relationship of these lessons to higher mathematics. The workshop will also emphasize the im-portance of a child’s competence in certain math concepts before entering an upper elementary class.
Offered Session I, Session II, & Session III
Newport Montessori Head of School
5-12 English Teacher Certified by NH Dept. of Ed.
Masters of English Education
Montessori 3-6 Certification
Jim Doody
How Montessori Lessons Prepare a Child for Higher-Level Mathematics
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Many presenters are presenting their work-shop multiple times throughout the day. To register for a specific workshop, write the name of the presenter in the space provided during the session of your choosing.
Session I: 9-10:30
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Session II: 10:45-12:15
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Session III: 1:15–2:45
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Cost per participant: $125
Mail the registration form and payment to:
The Newport Montessori School
PO Box 634
Newport, NH 03773
Please make checks payable to: NMS
Newport Montessori School
96 Pine Street
PO Box 634
Newport, NH 03773
(603) 863-2243
Spring Symposium Sponsors
Lake Sunapee Bank
Sugar River Bank
The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation
Kathleen Gasparro
Coding as the New Literacy
The presenter will share different ways she has introduced pro-gramming, and coding concepts to complement and support the Montessori curriculum. Current research in the area of digital and coding literacy will be offered. She will share student samples, as well as demo key programs and “shelf work” that students use for independent exploration.
The Montessori environment fosters opportunities for problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and inquiry. Learning to code and program leads to a deeper understanding of technology inter-connectedness and creativity. Our students are part of the continu-ally evolving digital world and have an opportunity to engage crit-ically and purposefully with technology. When children have op-portunities to learn how to code and program, it allows for a shift from consumers of technology to producers.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels as we will explore a sequential, hand-on path to computational thinking. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in off-computer activities.
Offered Session I
In these studios teachers and students ask questions, seek answers and investigate ideas.
Dr. Montessori was an innovator who embraced technological change and encouraged us to “Give the world to the young child.” She inspired us to create prepared environments in harmony with the developing child that fosters creativity, discovery and collaboration. The Maker Move-ment, a worldwide community of inventors, crafters and tinkerers, be-lieves that learning is best done through doing. The goal is for children to learn the fundamental principles of science, technology and math through their own creations—and have fun along the way!
The Maker Movement is about teaching and learning that is focused on student centered inquiry. In this workshop, we will explore how current trends in maker spaces can move children from simple to complex, en-courage independence in the development of projects and develop inno-vation through critical, logical, reflective, and creative thinking.
Offered Session III
Dennis Martino
Pygmalion Effect in the Classroom (and in life)
Frank Nugent
Conflict Resolution
Robotics; Taking the Next Step
Robotics is fast becoming an integral part of the school curriculum with its ability to integrate across a broad range of topics, most notably the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Areas.
Robotics encourages kids to think creatively, analyze situations and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to real world prob-lems. Teamwork and co-operation is a cornerstone of any robotics pro-ject. Students learn it is acceptable to make mistakes, especially if it leads them to better solutions.
In this workshop, participants will learn about different robotic options. We will explore how to start a successful FLL (FIRST Lego League) team and unlock the potential for deeper exploration.
Offered Session II
The purpose of this course is to develop skills related to effective conflict management in both group and individual settings. Discussion and activities will focus on under-standing the nature of conflict and identifying conflict man-agement styles, as well as basic skills and processes related to conflict resolution and mediation. Participants will prac-tice the fundamental principles of this module through inter-active and job related exercises and activities.
Offered Session I, II, & Session III
The work of Rosenthal and Jacobsen (1968), among others, shows that teacher expectations influence student perfor-mance. Positive expectations influence performance posi-tively, and negative expectations influence performance neg-atively. Rosenthal and Jacobson originally described the phe-nomenon as the Pygmalion Effect.
“When we expect certain behaviors of others, we are like-ly to act in ways that make the expected behavior more likely to occur.” (Rosenthal and Babad, 1985)
In terms of teaching, faculty members who gripe about stu-dents establish a climate of failure, but faculty members who turn that perspective around create a climate of success. What kind of learning climate are you creating through your expectations?
This workshop will acquaint teachers with the concept the Pygmalion Effect and help them create plans for higher ex-pectations and increases performance in the classroom.
Offered Session I, Session II, & Session III
BA Sociology, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH; M.Ed. Rivier University; MS Psychology from California Southern University; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Or-ganizational Psychology from California Southern Univer-sity; OSHA Training- Ergonomics; Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Provider / Instructor; Graduate of the NH Certified Public Manager Program; Labor Education and Training from the George Meany Labor Center, Silver Springs Maryland
Frank is a Professor with the Bureau of Education and Training (BET), Department of Personnel, State of New Hampshire. He was in the field of juvenile justice for thirty one years, was an adjunct professor at Springfield College and has been with BET for four and a half years. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is a Certified Public Manager.
STEM to STEAM: Maker Spaces in the Mon-tessori Environment