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Summer R&R Webinar Series (2019)

CGMS invites you to review and renew this summer with our new summer webinar series. Each webinar will have two 90-minute sessions and will be led by CGMS instructors and some guest presenters. There is something for everyone and every level.

Webinar Fees are reasonable with discounts for current CGMS certification students and graduates.

Two Day Webinar Fee: $85 for general public/ $65 for CGMS students and graduates

$5 discount for each participant when enrolling two or more from the same school

$5 discount for enrolling in more than one Summer Webinar!


Registration Information

Registration Forms will be available through our admissions office. Email info@cgms.edu to register.

Or, you may register online via the following links.

If you are a CGMS Student or Graduate, please register here:
Summer Webinar 2019 (CGMS Student) Registration

All other registrants, please register here:
Summer Webinar 2019 (Non-CGMS) Registration

Compassion, Empathy, and Education

Monday July 15 and Thursday July 19, 2019, at 7:00 EDT
For All Levels
Webinar Facilitator(s): Rita Cassiano and Gingi Lahera

Compassion and non-violent communication help us develop a better understanding of ourselves and those around us. They both promote social bonding. A proactive mindset enhances essential life skills such as: creativity, collaboration, active listening, innovation, self-awareness, and flexible thinking.

This webinar will explore these topics, research supporting them, and how it relates to our work in the classroom. There will be plenty of opportunities to reflect and share as we consider how to build stronger relationships through a compassionate heart.

Rita Cassiano and Gingi Lahera are co-founders of A.L.M.A. – Arts Language Music, Alliance, as well as Montessori Educators. Rita and Gingi believe that every person has the ability to create, and to share our gifts is a human need. They guide others in discovering paths of self-expression, cultural consciousness and connection.

Keeping Cosmic Education at the Heart of your Classroom: A Blueprint for Sharing Your Passion While Developing Skills Across the Ages: Elementary and Secondary

Wednesday July 17 and 24, 2019, at 2 pm EDT
For Elementary and Secondary Teachers
Webinar Facilitator: Claudia Mann

Are you challenged to maintain the Cosmic Curriculum while making sure your students are progressing well in reading, writing and math? As a secondary guide, do you wonder how to continue Cosmic Ed into studies with your students? Do you feel like there is never enough time in the day to connect the cultural lessons to skills to the Big Picture? I did, too! In this conversation, I’ll share ways I addressed this in my classrooms, both elementary and secondary, and give you some tips, guidance, and a blueprint for designing classroom work that will inspire you AND your students. There’ll be time for Q&A and discussion, too.

Claudia Mann serves CGMS as an Online Instructor, a Field Consultant, and a Practicum Advisor. Claudia received her credential in Elementary I and a Master’s degree from Xavier University, her Elementary II credential from CMTE/NY, and her Secondary I credential from the Houston Montessori Center. She has taught Montessori Elementary and Secondary and has served as a school administrator.

Imagine That!

Thursday August 1 and 8, 2019, at 7:00 pm EDT
For Early Childhood and Lower EL Teachers
Webinar Facilitator: Jana Morgan Herman

Unleash creativity in your classroom, the Montessori Way! In this two-session webinar we will review Montessori’s writings on art and imagination and learn how to bring it into and our classrooms in a purposeful way. We will explore the seven elements of art and how they are built into the Montessori materials you already have.  Plus, there will be many examples of art lessons with instructions on how you can set up your environment in ways that will promote true artistic expression as well as creative storytelling. In between the two session, you will work on your own fun creative project to help you implement what you have learned.

Jana serves CGMS as an Online Instructor, Residential Session Instructor, Field Consultant and Practicum Advisor.  She holds a Master’s degree in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University, and received her Early Childhood Montessori Credential (MACTE/AMS, MTEC San Fransisco) in 1997.Jana is a Teacher Educator in US and Asia. She has taught at the Early Childhood and Elementary level and is currently the Head of a small Montessori school in Kentucky.

“Practical Life: It’s Elementary My Dear!”

Thursday August 1 and 8, 2019, at 7:00 pm EDT
For Elementary I and II Teachers
Webinar Facilitator: Tammy Oesting

A hallmark of Montessori 3-6 classrooms is the extensive exercises for daily living, the practical part of the curriculum that prepares children to care for themselves and their environment.  But did you know how important Practical Life is for your 6-12 year old students?

Montessori teacher educator Tammy Oesting delivers an engaging two-part webinar that reveals the purpose behind elementary Practical Life exercises providing innovative ideas for engaging your students with hand work, service projects, and a unique aspect of a Montessori elementary program: Going Out.  With a foundation on the developmental needs and interests of your students, you will learn how to plan for and implement a rich Practical Life culture in your 6-12 learning environment.

Tammy Oesting, cofounder of Montessori professional development company ClassrooMechanics has been educating adults in Montessori for 20 years. Her passions include issues of social justice, training support staff, art education, neuroscience and education, and life sciences (AMS credential Early Childhood, Elementary I-II)

Freeing the Human Potential: Reflections on the Art and Science of Being with Infants and Toddlers

Tuesday August 6 and 13, 2019 at 7:00 EDT
For Infant and Toddler Teachers
Webinar Facilitator: Mercedes Castle

Over the course of two sessions we will get grounded in environments, environmental design and curriculum. We will take into account current research and how we might look to other alternative pedagogies and evaluate the appropriateness of integrating principles from RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers and Reggio/Reggio inspired schools) into our Montessori environments and curriculum. We’ll discuss how the teacher is a learner, using observations to inform curriculum planning and environmental design. In our second session, we’ll talk leadership, renewal and growth. Using resources like ‘The Tao of Montessori’ and ‘The Resilient Practitioner’ we will talk spiritual preparation of the guide, setting intentions, and being prepared to welcome our tiniest friends this fall.

Topics covered will include preparing an environment for learning using nature as a universal aesthetic; developing a responsive curriculum; becoming an observer and putting it into practice; being a leader in the classroom; and-Spiritual preparation through reflective practice

Mercedes is the Head of School at Portland Montessori Collaborative and the founder, director, and lead guide at All Roads Learning Community from 2003-2012. Mercedes holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She holds an Infant and Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential from the American Montessori Society. Mercedes is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer. She also completed the RIE Foundations course in fall, 2013. Mercedes is a public speaker, course instructor, consultant, mentor teacher, and Montessori Advocate.


Registration Information

Registration Forms will be available through our admissions office. Email info@cgms.edu to register.

Or, you may register online via the following links.

If you are a CGMS Student or Graduate, please register here:
Summer Webinar 2019 (CGMS Student) Registration

All other registrants, please register here:
Summer Webinar 2019 (Non-CGMS) Registration