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January 9, 2016 - 2016 MSM Annual Conference at Dean College

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MSM Annual Conference

30 Years of Connecting Montessori Schools

MSM is pleased to be able to offer a high quality conference experience for schools in the Massachusetts area. The most important part of attending the MSM Annual Conference is the valuable information you take home to your community. The ideas and strategies you learn from workshops, roundtables, speakers, and exhibitors can be implemented back home in your own school.


The facilities at Dean College in Franklin, MA, have been so wonderful more than three years that we are returning to Dean College again this year. Centrally located and easily accessible, Dean College's light-filled, modern, well-equipped facilities have helped provide a comfortable and nurturing learning environment for teachers....especially at lunch. The conference will be held in their campus center at 109 West Central Street Franklin, MA 02038 - if you are using a GPS please use this address as it will bring you directly to the conference building. Any other address used will take your elsewhere on campus. Click here for a map of the Dean College campus.


MSM is pleased to offer a range of workshops both across the developmental planes and for administrators. Click here to read the descriptions for the workshops being offered this year.


Registration for the 2016 Annual Conference is now closed. You may register in person at the conference.


The flow of the day, at this time, is as follows:
  • Registration, 8:30 - Raffle, Continental Breakfast and Vendors
  • Welcome Address, 9:00
  • Keynote Speaker, 9:15-10:45
  • Coffee Break, 10:45-11:00
  • Morning Workshops, 11:00-12:15
  • Lunch, 12:15-1:30
  • Afternoon Workshops, 1:30-2:45


MSM is please to announce that our Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Annual Conference is Dr. Steven Hughes. Dr. Hughes speaks about education and brain development at conferences, universities, schools, and training centers all over the world.

Steve Hughes, PhD, ABPdN is Director of The Center for Research on Developmental Education, and past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He also serves as Chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Global Research Committee, and frequently lectures at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Dr. Hughes is a Fellow at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University, and maintains a private pediatric neuropsychology practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Hughes has worked as an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School Division of Pediatric Clinical Neurosciences, and in the neuropsychological test publishing industry. His research interests are in the area of attention and executive functioning, and in the role that early childhood education can play in promoting the formation of these essential capabilities. He is an advocate for activity-based, developmental approaches to education, and is a frequent speaker and consultant for Montessori education organizations around the world.

Dr. Hughes will be presenting, Building Better Brains: How School and Home Life Can Build Higher-Order Cognitive Ability in Children (but generally don't). The brain is an amazingly malleable organ, and while every child's brain is unique, there are general principles that can help every developing brain attain it's highest developmental potential. The way we parent, and the way we organize "school" can have a profound impact on cognitive developmental outcomes. Every parent wants his or her child to reach her highest potential, so what approaches to parenting are the most effective? Every teacher wants to support the growth and development of his or her students, so what kind of school activities will lead to the strongest developmental outcomes? The answers to these questions are clearer now than they ever have been, yet, in nearly all areas of life, we generally fail to provide the environmental experiences that we know will yield the best outcomes. How should we parent? What should we do at school? Do parents and teachers need to get: a) Tougher, b) Softer, or, c) None of the above? The answers to these and related questions might surprise you, and they may also help you make a difference in the life a child


The Annual MSM Conference provides your company with an outstanding opportunity to display your products and services to the largest gathering of Montessorians in the state. Our over 400 attendees are the leaders and decision makers, as well as users of materials, from schools across New England. They come to network, attend more informative sessions, and would love to learn about how your products or services can be used at their schools. Are you interested in being a vendor? Click here for more details.


In response to member comments after the 2008 Annual Conference we have created this section of the site for Keynote and workshop handouts and PowerPoint presentations. Presenters will be given the option to post their information here either before or after the conference date. All materials are provided in PDF, which can be viewed with Adobe Reader.

Documents from the conferences will be available for download for 2 years. If information from a workshop is not listed on this page please contact the presenter directly with questions. MSM does not have copies of presenter materials available.

2015 Presentation Material
Creating a Diversity Vision for Your School - Goal Map
Creating a Diversity Vision for Your School
Game of Life
Game of Life Money
Game of Life Department Signs
Incident and Injury Report
Material Goods
Montessori Psychosynthesis
MSM 2015 Presentation slides
Using Technology to Enhance the Montessori Classroom
Successful Parent-Teacher Communication
Refilling Your Cup Handout
Uncovering the Math Curriculum
Resources MSM Math Workshop 2015
Administrators Are you Prepared......
Stats on Allergies
Toys and Gender
Book List - Breaking Gender Stereotypes
How Can I Prevent Gender Bias
When I Grow Up I Want to be a......
Jacob's New Dress

2014 Presentation Material
Songs of Resilience: Music for Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development
GS Core Beliefs - The Power of Words, Music and You - 4 Types of Songs
How Montessori Fits with edTech - Grace Kochanik
Toddler Materials on a Dime - Rachel Dunbar. M. Ed
Toddler Materials on a Dime - Photos - Rachel Dunbar. M. Ed
Essential Books for the Montessori Classroom - Shelley Sommer
Making Math Matter: Connecting Math to the Real World - Ann Mici
Building the Self: Self-Regulation: A Toolkit for Normalization - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson
Building the Self: Classroom Resource List - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson
Building the Self: Appendix: Self-Regulation Tools - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson