Julia Volkman, Maitri Learning’s Founder and President, has been teaching children and mentoring teachers in private and public schools since 1997. Currently she is the Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, Health, and Education course (Extension School), nearing completion of her master’s degree in psychology at Harvard University (Extension School), a Montessori Mentor consulting with public and private schools across the nation, a columnist for the Public School Montessorian and an intern supervisor for the Northeast Montessori Institute (AMS). Ms. Volkman earned her AMI 3 to 6+ diploma from the Montreal Montessori Training Centre, a bilingual program. Her studies at Harvard focus on cognitive neuroscience and neuroeducation (a transdisciplinary approach to education that considers the child’s genetics, environment, capacities, and interests). Through that work, she was asked to be the teacher’s representative on the Advisory Panel for the Annenberg Foundation's course Neuroscience in the Classroom (developed in conjunction with Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). The course features two public Montessori school classrooms (Zanetti Montessori in Springfield, MA) in which Ms. Volkman mentors. This course is available for free at http://www.learner.org/courses/neuroscience.
Ms. Volkman regularly speaks at Montessori conferences and schools across the country including AMS, the Montessori Foundation, the Maine Montessori Association (keynote), the South Carolina Montessori Alliance (keynote) and the Wisconsin Montessori Association (keynote). Information describing her general approach to the Children’s House can be found at www.MariaMontessori.com.
Before coming to Montessori, Ms. Volkman worked as an instructional designer, writer and educational consultant (developing educational programs for physicians and business professionals). Ms. Volkman is the mother of a college freshman and a 7-year-old. You can follow Ms. Volkman on Facebook (Maitri Learning) or Pinterest (pinterest.com/maitrilearning).
Registration and Networking
Keynote Address - Julia Volkman
Brain Basics: What Every Montessorian Needs to Know about How We Learn
Breakout Session 1
A. Julia Volkman The Neuroscience of Language
B. Julia Lennon & Stephanie Markman How to Run a Business in Your Montessori Elementary Classroom
C. Deepa Shreekumar One World - Peace Education through Cultural Studie
Breakout Session 2
A. Geoffrey Bishop Adolescents and the Sense of Wonder
B. Melina Papadimitriou Montessori School Leadership - A Toolkit for Administrators
C. Iman Khan Mind Full or Mindful: Contemplative Education Strategies to Support Students in an Instant Gratification Culture
Breakout Session 3
A. Dave Rabkin Montessori Records Express
B. Nancy Schaitel The Talking/Drawing/Writing Connection
C. Phil Dosmann and Christopher Kjaer Mathematics through the Constructive Triangles
If you'd like to mail your registration please click below to download , print and mail your form to:
Wisconsin Montessori Association 1946 N. Cambridge Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202
Conference Fees include: morning refreshments, lunch and conference presentations on March 2, 2012. Mention Wisconsin Montessori Association when booking rooms at Paper Valley Radisson. Reservations can be made at (920) 733-8000.