​​​​​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! 

Fall Workshop:
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

to guide.

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

Where: Heutink

             150 S. Whisman Rd,

             Mountain View, CA

Click Here to RSVP via our Google Form.

​Winter Workshop:

"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.

When:  Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: River Montessori

             3880 Cypress Dr,

             Petaluma, CA

Click Here to RSVP via our Google Form

Spring Workshop:

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,

             Livermore, CA

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

Peace and Music with Andrew Kutt

Unrolling the Scroll of Life with Ann Gavey

Focus, Concentration, and Brain Development with Tim Burns

Also check out our Facebook pageto see photos from previous BAMA workshops.