​​​​​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! 

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.

Mary Beth Ricks, President of BAMA, will be hosting a roundtable

discussion for Heads of Schools at the event at the same time.

If you would like to RSVP, please fill out the form HERE.
We know that Livermore is a trek for some of us in the Bay Area. Maximize your trip by joining us for a BYOW (Bring Your Own Wallet) post-workshop lunch at nearby Strings Italian Cafe.

Valley Montessori School is the largest not-for-profit, and only triple accredited school in California. They are fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) with non-traditional Montessori age groupings at the Upper Elementary and Middle School Levels, the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). VMS is a certified California Green Business making them the only school in the Tri-Valley and just one of four Montessori schools in the state of California with this distinguished honor. Valley Montessori is a nationally recognized model of Montessori education, attracting the best and brightest educators and staff.

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...

  • "Child, Disrupted": The Effects of Technology Overuse on Children's Development with Krista Riihimaki

  • ​Becoming the New Teacher: Freedom, Limits & Self-Discipline 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

  • ​Conflict, Resolution and the Birth of Collaboration with Mariana Bissonnette

  • 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.