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2017 Montessori for Social Justice Conference

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Waltrip High School

1900 W 34th St

Houston, TX 77018

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The 2017 Montessori for Social Justice Conference, our fourth national gathering, “Embracing the Revolution: Creating Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Montessori Communities”, will be hosted at Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas, a public Montessori high school program.

Our conference is a space to get together to work and build community towards creating more equitable and inclusive schools. It includes Friday Anti-Bias Anti-Racism trainings plus Open-Space and Maker sessions, Saturday workshops and Sunday MSJ organizational planning sessions. In particular, this year's conference includes more free time to encourage cross-school collaboration and group planning.

We are thrilled to announce that AMS is sponsoring our keynote speaker, Trisha Moquino, co-founder of the Keres Children's Learning Center. Read more about her work and conference workshops here.

Conference Schedule

Thursday June 22nd

9-4 pm Montessorians of Color Pre-Conference Retreat

7 pm Optional dinner off site - TBD

Friday June 23rd MSJ Conference Begins

8:00 am-5 pm Registration Open

Participants have the option of choosing:

  • Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Workshop 101 (for first-time attendees)

  • Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Workshop 201 (for attendees have previously attended a Crossroads workshop)

  • Open-Space Sessions & Material-Making Sessions

6 pm Dinner

Saturday June 24th

9 am-9 pm MSJ Conference with workshop sessions and OpenSpace groups.

Sunday June 25th

8am- 12 pm MSJ organizing & planning sessions, OpenSpace groups


Frequently asked questions

1. Who is invited? Educators, parents, researchers, community members – anyone who cares about public Montessori schools, Montessori schools for low-income and underserved students and social justice issues in education.

2. I work at a private Montessori school. Can I come to this event? Absolutely! We are united by our common interest to bring Montessori to all students. Last year, a number of staff attended from private organizations.

3. I am on a limited budget and don’t know if I can attend. Are there options to support my attendance? The conference is one of the most affordable Montessori conferences in the country, and all of your meals will be covered during your stay! We are an all-volunteer grassroots group of educators and parents, and we strive to keep the cost of the conference as affordable as possible. We also fundraise to defray the costs of the Conference.

Here are several opportunities to make it affordable to attend the 2017 Conference:

- Montessorian of Color Scholarship Fund – MSJ and an anonymous donor are sponsoring 20 free conference registrations to support increasing the attendance of Montessorians of color who are underrepresented in the Montessori community. There are still some funds available! Apply here.

- 4 scholarships for AMS member Texas Public Montessori Educators sponsored by AMS. These are available on a first come first served basis. Please email mira.debs@montessoriforsocialjustice.org for more information.

- 10 scholarships for college students interested in becoming Montessori educators, sponsored by AMS. Please email mira.debs@montessoriforsocialjustice.org for more information.

- Reduced Fee Registrations - We will be raising funds to offer several Reduced Fee registrations. Stay tuned as these become available!

5. How much does it cost to attend? Where will I stay? We strive to make the conference as accessible as possible to everyone. The cost of this year’s conference is $150 dollars, which goes mostly to food costs, making it among the most affordable Montessori conferences.

We have a room block at the nearby Sheraton for $89 a night. Please book a room by May 23rd.

7. What outcomes do you expect from the Conference? You decide! Our gathering is a grassroots group where we set the agenda, and then we get down to work. Read about the impact of last year’s gathering at Tobin Montessori here and here.

8. How can I help? Spread the word – invite at least 5 colleagues to attend. And please consider making a donation to support 1) reduced fee registrations and 2) the Montessorians of Color scholarship fund.

9. Are you looking for sponsorship? Yes! Sponsoring to the MSJ Conference will help us offer reduced fee registrations to more attendees and put your business in front of 150 very active Montessori supporters. Your sponsorship will help make the conference more inclusive and welcoming for those most in need, and help build a stronger more diverse Montessori movement. Please contact katie.kitches@montessoriforsocialjustice.org for more information.

Katie Kitchens, Althea Miller & the Montessori for Social Justice Conference Committee

Lindsey Pollock, Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School

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