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Many of the Congress Breakout Presenters have elected to make their presentation documents available online. Below are the descriptions of their presentations and the links for downloads.

BIOMIMICRY: LEARNING FROM NATURE’S GENIUS
Jennifer Barnes and Nicole Isle

Architect and sustainability advisor, Jennifer Barnes, teams with watershed ecologist and urban planner Nicole Isle to present the concept of biomimicry. Biomimicry invites us to question our paradigms about our relationship with nature. It is an emerging design and decision-making discipline that asks “What would nature do?” By mindfully letting go of our answers, and by opening to expansive curiosity, we recognize nature as a mentor rather than a resource. PowerPoint

OUR WORLD/OUR LEGACY
Victoria Barres and Mary Caroline Parker
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war” -‐ Maria Montessori. Victoria Barres and Mary Caroline Parker, working internationally for education and peace with AMI, Educateurs sans Frontières, and UNESCO, present creative ways to promote a culture of peace and to share Montessori’s ‘Great Work’ with the world. PowerPoint

NATURE GUIDES THAI GOVERNMENT
Dr. Kannekar Butt, Dr. Chinnaphat Phumirat, Dr. Chedsak Sirisa-ngachai, and Pam Staton

Montessori in Thailand has evolved through grass roots efforts involving the government, the Montessori Association of Thailand, the Australian Montessori community and AMI. Join government representatives and leading Montessorians in Thailand to be inspired by story telling, enchanting cultural dance, and music in celebration of this great Montessori movement from the Land of Smiles. PowerPoint / Movie

OUR WORLD, OUR LEGACY
Eduardo Cuevas, Keynote
Activists have sounded an alarm call in response to ongoing environmental destruction, citing both the individual and the cultures they create as the cause and the cure of the problem. Our lives are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. As children’s lives become more and more dominated by media and visual images, they are losing the understanding that nature exists in their own backyards and neighbor- hoods. The consequence of this disconnection may be generations coming to see themselves as separate, and not as inter-dependent, parts of the planet Earth, seeing Nature as something to be controlled and dominated rather than loved and preserved (full description here). PowerPoint / Transcript

GUIDED BY THE NATURE OF THE MONTESSORI PARENT
Peter Davidson

What if we took the human needs and tendencies of the parents into consideration when designing and imple- menting our parent outreach programs? This fun and experiential breakout will inspire you to take your parents along on a transformational journey that parallels that of their children. Learn from the experience of Peter David- son, AMI board member, Montessori Administrators Association co-founder, and veteran Head of School. PowerPoint / Handout

NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AND MONTESSORI
Dr. Adele Diamond
Adele Diamond, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, will present on the most current neuroscience findings as they relate Montessori education. Her creation of the immensely popular international “Brain Development and Learning Conference: Making Sense of the Science,” presents exciting scientific findings in neuroscience and child development. Dr. Diamond also reminds us that dance, play, storytelling, art, and music have been part of human life for thousands of years and are found ubiquitously in every culture, and that perhaps we have discarded their wisdoms of too lightly. PowerPoint / Video

FROM HOPE TO EMPOWERMENT: MONTESSORI AS A TOOL FOR CREATING ENVIRONMENTS WHERE THE HUMAN SPIRIT BLOSSOMS
Terry N. Ford

How can we make Montessori available to children in poverty and immigrant families living with profound need? With 35 years of innovative thinking, East Dallas Community Schools now serve 500 children on three campuses. Founder Terry Ford shares failures, successes, and lessons learned along the way, offering practical information about fundraising, common mistakes, and guiding principles. PowerPoint

THE NATURAL BENEFITS OF LABRYNTHS
Mary Elizabeth Langley

Mary Elizabeth Langley, Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI) Primary credential holder and certified labyrinth facilitator, presents workshops and designs labyrinths in a variety of settings including Montessori and traditional schools. In this presentation, participants will learn about the creation and use of labyrinths to be used in a Montessori context. Handout

CHANNELING THE NATURAL ENERGIES OF RESILIENCY: MONTESSORI EDUCATION IN THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS, AN AFGHAN ORPHANAGE
Allison Lide

In 2002, AMI Elementary trained international Montessori advocate Allison Lide co-founded the House of Flowers, a Montessori-based orphanage and school in Afghanistan. Ten years later, the school thrives as a home for 27 children, and the government is interested in expanding the model to its own orphanages. This presentation will discuss adaptation of the Montessori approach to a home-based post-conflict situation, and will explore how the develop- ment of a child echoes the development of a nation. PowerPoint

NORMALIZATION AND EMERGING RESEARCH ON SELF-REGULATION
Dr. Kathleen Lloyd

Dr. Montessori observed that children in an environment designed to promote concentration went through a transformative process, which she called normalization. AMI Primary diploma holder and Human Development PhD., Dr. Kathleen Lloyd, will present emerging research on self-regulation in early childhood that emphasizes the important relationship between concentration and spontaneous self-discipline. PowerPoint

DR. MONTESSORI’S THEORIES ON THE HUMAN POTENTIAL AS APPLIED TO CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Hope Leyson

Join Hope Leyson, AMI Primary and Elementary trained teacher, current professor at Ateneo De Manila University, and Education Director at the Laren School in the Philippines, as she outlines the challenge of applying Dr. Montessori’s theories in educating children with pervasive developmental disabilities. Leyson invite us to recognize human potentialities in all children. PowerPoint

ALIGNING TECHNOLOGY WITH THE VALUES THAT NURTURE A HEALTHY AND RESPONSIBLE CHILD, COMMUNITY, AND WORLD
Dr. Sharon Maxwell

Dr. Sharon Maxwell is a clinical psychologist, adolescent specialist, and nationally recognized author of the award-winning book, “The Talk: A Breakthrough Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in an Oversexualized, Online, In-Your-Face World.” Using current brain development research, this presentation will examine the effects of the cyber‐world on our children’s spiritual, social, and intellectual development and present guidelines for creating a healthy relationship with communication technology. Handout #1 / Handout #2 / Handout #3 / Handout #4 / Handout #5

THE NATURAL CHILD
Molly O’Shaughnessy, Keynote

Nearly 100 years ago, Dr. Montessori discovered universal patterns of development within the children she studied. She observed that, regardless of nationality, culture, or socio-economic background, children are intrinsically motivated to explore with their senses, to seek order, adapt to their culture, and to develop language and imagination. Montessori’s comprehensive educational system dynamically matches those universal patterns and is uniquely designed to serve the universal needs of children, while still adapting to the specific learning style and pace of each child. Transcript

SOCIETY & NATURE
Rukmini Ramachandran, Keynote

Adults shape society, making decisions and prioritizing a culture’s relationship to the natural environment. Societies can cultivate or impede values such as self-regulation, empathy, and stewardship of the earth, and consequently perpetuate those behaviors through their children. Montessori questioned if it is perhaps the child who should be guiding society. For lessons on social cohesion and independence, as well as to satisfy our longing for balance between our surroundings and our fundamental tendencies, adults need only look to the “universal child” for inspiration. (read full description here) PowerPoint / Transcript / Image

MONTESSORI EDUCATION AND THE ROOTS OF SUSTAINABILITY: REMOVING “UNFREEDOMS” AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL AGENGY
Uma Ramani

Uma Ramani, AMI Primary Trainer, AMI Primary and Elementary diploma holder, and consultant to the Hart- ford Public Schools Montessori Initiatives program, presents a fresh look at fundamental Montessori principles of freedom, development, and education for peace, especially as they apply to sustainability. Explore the implications for our work as policy makers, teachers, and trainers. Presentation Notes / PowerPoint

THE WORK OF NATURE AND THE NATURE OF WORK: THE POWER OF CHILDHOOD AND MONTESSORI GEOPEDAGOGY
Dr. Raniero Regni

Dr. Raniero Regni, professor of Pedagogy at the University of Rome and published Montessori author, presents on the interconnectedness of Montessori’s work: “Montessori education can link the infinitely small of the child’s work with the infinitely big of the humanity work.” The main target of Dr. Regni’s presentation is to prove the relevance of Maria Montessori’s message. The human potential within today’s infancy and youth will be required to solve the challenges waiting for future generations. PowerPoint

OUTDOOR EDUCATION AS A STARTING POINT TO IMPLEMENT MONTESSORI EDUCATION IN PUBLIC PRESCHOOLS
Diana von Rosen

AMI Primary diploma holder, school founder, University of Stockholm Montessori lecturer, and current Head of School, Diana von Rosen, shares the story of how four preschools in Sweden increased the quality of the educational environment by combining Montessori education and an Eco-School program. PowerPoint

FROM BROWN STAIRS TO TOMATO LADDERS, DEMYSTIFYING MONTESSORI GARDENS
Sara Rosental Rosenbaum

AMI Primary diploma holder Sara Rosenbaum helps children develop purposeful gardens as an outdoor guide at two San Diego Montessori schools. In this interactive session participants will explore their personal connection with nature and its legacy on their path as educators. Using case studies, guided meditation and a design challenge, participants explore the fundamental elements of creating a prepared outdoor environment. Let your imagination flow in an exercise where budget and space don’t constrain your vision of an ideal outdoor space! PowerPoint

INCLUDING THE NATURAL CHILD: REACHING CHILDREN WITH SIGNIFICANT LANGUAGE NEEDS IN A MONTESSORI ENVIRONMENT
Pam Shanks

AMS Primary diploma holder and special education/ inclusion expert Pam Shanks presents on developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and sensory processing disorders. She will offer easily implemented techniques that enhance the development of spoken language for children at all levels of ability. Slideshow

CULTIVATING CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN PLANTS
Dr. Priscilla Spears

To appreciate plants, children need to see them as dynamic living organisms. Learn to help children understand plant structures, get new ideas for structuring botany explorations, and learn several less conspicuous features of common plants that you can share with children. Join Dr. Priscilla Spears, Montessori parent, biology PhD., and founder of Montessori science materials maker, Big Picture Science. Handout

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSAL CHILD
Susan Mayclin Stephenson

Join international Montessori advocate, AMI diploma holder at the 0–3, 3–6, and 6–12 levels, artist and author, Susan Mayclin Stephenson, as she shares what she has learned and taught in her travels including observations from the USA, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sweden, and Russia. Come hear her experiences from a lifetime of international Montessori work and some insights into childhood and the universal child. Printed Presentation Available for Sale / Videos

THE TRANSFORMATION OF A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL OF A THOUSAND STUDENTS INTO A MONTESSORI SCHOOL THAT FOLLOWS THE CHILD
Daniel Canigueral Viñals

This presentation will explain how a large school of a thousand students has gone from traditional schooling to following the Montessori Method whilst giving extreme importance to environmentalism, that is, the fully understanding of the work of the Nature. We must assist the child’s self-construction in order to develop not only the individual and social responsibility but also the responsibility of creating a natural, peaceful and sustainable world. PowerPointVideo #1/ Video #2 / Video #3 / Video #4 / Video #5

If a programming component is not included in the list below, that presenter has either elected not to share their documents, or has not provided them to the Congress yet.