Dr. Laura Flores Shaw is the lead editor, writer, and founder of White Paper Press, an education company focused on increasing the scientific knowledge of educators and parents. She received her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where she is also an adjunct professor, specializing in mind, brain, and teaching. Previously, Dr. Shaw briefly worked as a family systems therapist in the public-school system where she realized her desire to work on the prevention rather than intervention side of mental health. That led her to revive a failing Montessori school where she created environments that allow children to flourish. In 2014, she left school administration to focus on advocating for educational and parenting frameworks that can improve the lives of children and their families. Dr. Shaw’s current research focuses on exploration of pedagogical constructs in practice and how teachers’ knowledge of such constructs influences their teacher efficacy beliefs and, hence, their behaviours with students. She also seeks to align the field of education with the research on sensorimotor development, as it is intertwined with the development of cognition and executive functions. Dr. Shaw writes, speaks, and consults internationally on education, brain development, parenting, and organizational behaviour.
Friday 10th November 2017
Please see the flyer here MTA November 2017 for details on this great workshop covering two main topics for educators- Gifted and Talent education and Digital Technology. There are also Administrator sessions. Lunch is included!
Friday the 26th May 2017
Anaphylaxis Training and Mandatory Reporting – 1.00pm (both sessions are free)
2017 Annual General Meeting – 3.30pm
Location: Beehive Montessori School, Curtin Ave, Mosman Park 6012
Time: 9am – 1.30pm
Location: The Beehive Montessori School
Keynote Address – Glenn Swift
The Cosmic Fables will come to life as Glenn takes participants through strategies to engage students in these fantastic stories.
We will begin with a storytelling workshop based on the Montessori Great Stories. Glenn Swift, a local storyteller, will share his interpretation of how to tell one of the stories and will discuss how teachers can use storytelling skills more effectively themselves.
The second session will be a breakaway session where participants can choose to join Glenn for a second workshop focusing on general storytelling skills to use with younger students (bring along your classroom’s favourite book!), or to participate in a roundtable discussion of the Great Stories and ways of bringing these to life in the classroom.
Please register by Friday 31st October – complete our membership form and we will email you the registration form
Anglicare Protective Behaviours
When: 9th November 2012
Location: The Beehive Montessori School
The MTA hosted Karen Walker from Anglicare WA in a one day Workshop on Protective Behaviours. With Karen’s assistance the participating Montessori Teachers workshopped ways of providing children with strategies to keep themselves safe and cope with situations that threaten their well being, such as bullying, child abuse and domestice violence.
James Ferguson B.A., B.Ed., Grad.Dip.Special Ed., Dip.Teaching (Primary)
James has extensive experience in working in a diverse range of schools and settings during his career. He is committed to improving student achievement through targeted professional learning. His recent teaching and leadership roles in schools ensure he has a realistic understanding of current educational priorities and programs. His most recent curriculum focus has addressed the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. James’ experience and qualifications include: Principal Role, Classroom and Specialist Teaching roles, Curriculum Project Officer for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Gifted Education Program Coordinator, Special Education, Special interest in literacy acquisition, inquiry based learning and data analysis leading to improved student outcomes, Concept driven curriculum within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Current study – Master of Education (International Baccalaureate).
Amy Kirkham has been involved in Early Childhood Education since 1988. In addition to the AMI 3-6 Diploma and AMI Trainer Certificate, she holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood), a Bachelor of Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment) and Master of Education. Amy is the 3-6 AMI Director of Training for the Australian Montessori Teacher Education Foundation in Melbourne and on the Sunshine Coast. She is also on the Faculty of Trainers for ITCMEC in Shanghai, China. Amy is actively involved in the provision of professional development for Montessori staff as well as parent and community education. She is currently serving on several Australian committees focusing on Montessori research, Quality Assurance and the Australian National Curriculum.
Location: SODA Studio, 1/98 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle