Portland, Oregon, nestled within the American Pacific Northwest, is a region known for both its rich biodiversity and vibrant Montessori community. Here the study of volcanoes and old growth trees runs in tandem with Dr. Montessori’s teachings of a child’s capacity to explore and study nature.
The 2013 International Montessori Congress will allow us to look closer at how Montessori education is guided by children’s natural development and how that growth fosters a respectful relationship with the environment. The Congress theme, “Montessori: Guided By Nature”, takes root in that dynamic relationship and celebrates that we are all uniquely tied to the physical and ecological makeup of our surroundings.
The 27th International Montessori Congress aims to feature presentations from speakers in diverse professional fields. Presenters, however, share common attributes: They are eager to explore the implications of Montessori education within their respective professions; they can transform ideas into action; and they are passionate about exploring and expounding upon the Congress theme, “Montessori: Guided By Nature”.
Attendees will experience the Congress programming as a cohesive narrative that unfurls over the four-day event. Using the publication The Child, Society, and the World: Unpublished Speeches and Writings (Montessori 1989) as inspiration, each day of the 2013 Congress will be thematically structured.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 – ”Origins and Potential”
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 – “The Natural Child”
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 – “Society and Nature”
Saturday, August, 3rd, 2013 – “Our World, Our Legacy“
Together, the 2013 International Montessori Congress “Guided By Nature” will invigorate educational passion, foster new and old friendships, and reignite Dr. Montessori’s spark in those who practice her method around the world.