Focus on Special Needs
with Pam Shanks
Saturday, January 25, 2020
One World Montessori
1170 Foxworthy Ave,
San Jose, CA
The latest research on children who experience dyslexia and other challenges supports screening during kindergarten. The underlying assumption is that teachers of even the youngest children know when their students are struggling with visual memory tasks like learning letters sounds, numeral names, and building skills in reading decoding and fluency. Additionally, the push for early screening indicates the belief that intervention for young children and struggling readers can make a long term difference. While the individualization inherent in Montessori classrooms naturally supports all learners, these children need more. This workshop will focus on early screening tools and what to do with the information. It will also focus on easy to implement techniques that are respectful of Montessori philosophy and can make a real, life-long difference for a child. Walk away with the knowledge and skills necessary to help you be the best teacher you can be for each and every child in your classroom.
This workshop is free to all BAMA members, including any staff, parents, and administrators covered under their school's Group Membership. Your membership must be paid and current to attend the workshop.
CLICK HERE to RSVP or this workshop starting on October 1, 2019. The RSVP form will close at 9:00am on Friday, January 24, 2020. You must RSVP ahead of time, no walk-ins.
Pam Shanks holds a master’s degree in special education and a Montessori primary certificate.
She held Kansas state licensing for early childhood, early childhood special education, and
severe multiple disabilities. She was a primary guide and coordinator for the program of
inclusion at Raintree Montessori School (Lawrence, KS) for 35 years. Additionally, she has
served as a practicum clinical supervisor for the University of Kansas School of Education, an
instructor for the University of East Carolina Deaf blind Intervener Program, and a field-based
consultant for the Inclusive Network of Kansas. She has authored several articles on special
education in Montessori environments and on-line modules on special education topics. She is
currently the Associate Head of School at Bowman, School in Palo Alto, CA.
Since 1979, One World Montessori School has been committed to providing a complete Montessori education that incorporates an excellent learning environment, foreign languages, classes in the arts and parent education. Our objective is for children to become independent, self-reliant people, aware of what they want from life, with the tools necessary to achieve their goals, develop a sense of self, and make their unique contribution to society.