Workshop Schedule 2018-2019
Below is our schedule for our fall, winter, and spring workshops for the next academic year.
Each BAMA workshop counts for 3 hours of continuing education. You will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop.
All workshops are FREE to BAMA members, and those included under a school or organization's group membership. The attendance cost for non-members is $35 per person, per workshop. School group memberships mean any teacher, staff member, and even parents associated with the school are able to attend workshops for free.
BAMA membership is $35 for the full year and includes attendance to all of our our workshops for the academic year. We also offer Group Memberships for schools and organizations. Visit our membership page to find out more about how to become a BAMA member.
Note for Directors/ Heads of Schools:
We are excited to offer two Heads’ Roundtables this year, which will take place at the same time and location as our Winter and Spring Workshops. These discussion groups will be geared toward issues facing heads, suggestions, ideas, and support. These events will be moderated by Mary Beth Ricks, Head of School of Bowman School and President of BAMA. We are looking forward to engaging in conversation!
Becoming The New Teacher: Freedom, Limits, and Self-Discipline
with Mariana Bissonnette
What do we need to do to become the new teacher? What does the
"new child" look like? And what does freedom itself look like in the
prepared environment? It can quickly get confusing as to when to push
and when to pull and if we aren't careful, we fall back on our own
conventional upbringing and education that seeks to TEACH instead of
In this workshop, you will be grounded in the pedagogical framework for
freedom (and its limits) in the prepared environment, tools and tips for
our most essential skill: observation, and how to bring about self-discipline
in YOUR classroom.
When: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
150 S. Whisman Rd,
Mountain View, CA
Click Here to RSVP via our Google Form.
"Child, Disrupted": The Effects of Technology Overuse on Children's Development
(Film Screening and Community Discussion)
with Krista Riihimaki
As a society, are we in danger of raising a generation of children
disrupted by the overuse of technology?
Through interviews with experts in the fields of neuroscience,
occupational therapy, addiction, psychology, and sociology, we uncover
the reality behind fears about the effects of screen time on children.
Documentary - 26 minutes total run time
Note: Mary Beth Ricks will be holding a Roundtable discussion for Heads
of Elementary schools, running concurrent with this workshop.
Where: River Montessori
3880 Cypress Dr,
Click Here to RSVP via our Google Form
A Year in the Stars: Hands-On Astronomy for Early Childhood
with Katie Mueller and Pat M. Yulo
Come explore the universe with our integrated curriculum of hands-on
science lessons with art and practical life follow ups. These activities
were inspired by our students’ interest and enthusiasm about outer space.
From Earth’s moon, to our solar system, to the stars, and beyond,
this workshop will give you concrete ideas and resources for teaching
astronomy in an early childhood classroom.
Note: Mary Beth Ricks will be holding a Roundtable discussion for
Heads of Primary schools, running concurrent with this workshop.
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00- 12:00pm
Where: Valley Montessori
1273 North Livermore Ave,
Click Here to RSVP via our Google Form
Check out some of our past workshops...
Conflict, Resolution and the Birth of Collaboration with Mariana Bissonnette
Student-Generated Rubrics with Alissa Stolz
Material Making with Megan Walker (in collaboration with Eris Moreno)
The Brain Loves a Song with Maryann Harman
Normalizing the Non-Normalized Child with Jenny Ward and Klaus Uebelacker
Writing in Montessori with Ellen Rutgers
Practical Life: Bringing Montessori Into Your Home with Maren Schmidt
Cosmic Education with Jennifer Morgan
Music and Movement with Eve Kodiak
Unrolling the Scroll of Life with Ann Gavey
Also check out our Facebook pageto see photos from previous BAMA workshops.