2019 AIMS Conference

Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23, 2019

Benedictine University • 5700 College Road, Lisle, Illinois

The Call for Proposals for the 2019 Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) Conference – Montessori: Foundations Transforming Futures is now open. Let’s examine ways we strengthen our Montessori community by revisiting and renewing our roots in Montessori philosophy and also by looking to what we can learn, adopt and adapt to our environments to best welcome and support every child.

We invite all Montessorians to share your expertise, passion and creativity with your community. Submit your proposal to present at our 2019 conference online by Friday, September 7, 2018. Click on the link to submit your proposal:

Workshop Topics

Please let our ideas inspire you—but not limit you.

Topics of Special Interest:

  • Workshops presented in collaboration with an AMS and AMI team
  • Workshops geared to supporting children with learning differences
  • Montessori beyond classroom walls—e.g., community outreach, and service learning
  • Refresher workshops on Montessori curriculum areas, materials, and pedagogy
  • Workshops geared specifically for attendees representing Montessori public and charter schools
  • Social justice and diversity
  • Workshops presented in Spanish

Continued Favorites:

Philosophy: Dr. Montessori’s universal vision of how children learn; cosmic education; peace education; educational best practices; comparisons of Montessori with other educational theories and practices 

Classroom Leadership and Curriculum: Montessori best practices and curriculum; practical ideas for immediate implementation in the classroom; observation; record-keeping and assessment; technology 

Supplemental Curriculum: STEAM; art; music; movement; physical education; foreign languages, including ESL; environmental education and sustainability; global education 

Socio-Emotional Development: Moral and spiritual growth; grace and courtesy; self- regulation; normalization; mindfulness; positive discipline; bullying 

Montessori Inclusion and Learning Differences: Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, ADHD); speech and/or language delays and disorders; autism spectrum disorders; developmental disorders; physical disabilities; behavioral issues; inclusive classroom management 

School Leadership: Leadership development and skills for emerging and current educators and administrators; faculty development and support; nuts and bolts of running a quality school (finance, development, marketing, admissions, etc.) 

Teacher Development: Adult instruction; assessment and data to inform practices; transformation of the teacher; staff development and support

Family, Community, Communication, and Action: Home and school partnership; parent education; public policy and advocacy

Research: Personal research related to Montessori education; action research and how to do it 

Thank you!

The 2019 AIMS Conference Speaker Committee