The Montessori Adult: a service to self, children and humanity
April 5th, 2020 Online Conference
followed by webinars April 6 - 8, 2020

This conference is held to support AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) initiative dedicated to celebrating
Maria Montessori's 150th Anniversary. For a full list of events please see
Montessori School of Moscow and Whole School Leadership Institute invite parents, teachers and all Montessorians to join us on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 online. This event will provide a perspective into what we as adults can do, what kind of challenges we are facing and what are our sources of support and inspiration on our path of lifelong learning so that we can share that inspiration with our children and adolescents.
Participation fee is RUB 5000
The conference will be held in English with translation into Russian.
There are additional topics on April 6-8. Discounts from 20% to 50% for groups of participants from one school (if paid until March, 30).
April 6-8
Why Choose Montessori Education for your Adolescent?
by Lesley-Ann Patrick
A workshop for parents and educators.
Fee: RUB 5000
April 6-7

10:00 – 14:00
Why choose Montessori education for 3rd plane?
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What is the Goal of Montessori Education?
by Peter Davidson
Peer discussion for 3-6 and 6-12 Montessori teachers.
Fee: RUB 3000
April 7

16:00 – 19:00
What is the goal of Montessori education?
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Introduction to Whole School Leadership for Montessori administrators
by Kathy Minardi

Fee: RUB 10 000
April 8

10:00 – 17:00
Introduction to WSL for Montessori administrators
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Meet our speakers
Each of these Montessorians is serving the world in their own unique way, and we can learn from them!
Peter Davidson
International Presenter on Montessori Leadership
Peter has been consulting with schools and speaking on leadership, governance and administrative topics in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, the Palestinian Territories, Russia, England and the Czech Republic. He was the founding board chair of the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA), and served on the boards of both Montessori Institute Northwest (MNW) and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Peter holds the AMI Primary (3-6) diploma from Edgecliff College (1975). Peter served as Head of School at Montessori School of Beaverton, Oregon for 27 years, and as Assistant Head and Interim Head of Montessori in Redlands, California, for 10 years. He is now retired and travels the world to share his wisdom with schools and their leaders.
Kathy Minardi
Executive Director, Whole School Leadership, Inc.
Kathy is the founder of Whole School Leadership (WSL), which helps Montessori administrators around the world guide healthy communities of children, families and school staff. Kathy has 40 years of experience as a school leader and was the Head of School at Aidan Montessori in Washington, DC for 17 years. Kathy has done work for NAMTA, AMI USA, Montessori Australia Foundation, AMS and AMI. Through WSL and with the support of her colleagues, Kathy directs several cohorts of school leaders through comprehensive training in Montessori Leadership, Instructional Leadership and School Culture, Change Management Theory and Practice. WSL offers certificates in collaboration with Loyola University Maryland and Association Montessori Internationale.
Lesley-Ann Patrick
Montessori Adolescent Studies Expert
Lesley-Ann is a graduate of the University of London with a degree in French Literature and Theatre, and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge. Since 1988 Lesley-Ann has been teaching ages 3 to 16 years old in schools affiliated to the Association Montessori Internationale in the UK, Sweden, India and France. Since 2010, her work has focused on the ages of 12 to 18, firstly in Scotland, and then in Sweden where she was the principal Adolescent Co-ordinator. Lesley-Ann worked as an advisor at the AMI/NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in both Sweden and Ohio. She currently works as a mentor with both students and adults in Adolescent Communities. Her time is shared primarily between France and India.
Lesley-Ann is also involved in AMI Educateurs sans Frontieres. She is the mother of 6 Montessori children.
Conference Program
Sunday, April 5
10:00 – 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
Opening word and introductions by Valentina Zaytseva, MSM Founder
11:00 – 12:15
My Montessori Journey: a panel discussion, by Peter Davidson, Kathy Minardi and Valentina Zaytseva
12:30 - 13:30
Adult Humility and Education for Life, by Peter Davidson
13:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:45
Leadership in Montessori: the Role of Montessori Schools in the Modern Society, by Kathy Minardi
15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:30
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