Professional Development and Community Events

Workshops and Webinars

Future professional development workshops are being scheduled for the upcoming academic year.  We thank you for supporting the Training Center by spreading the word and attending these events.

CapED Webinar Series

The registration links for future webinar titles listed below will be posted shortly:

The Natural Development of the Will

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:30pm ET

Alumni Webinar Series

The Alumni Webinar Series has been created to highlight the work of MTCNE Alumni in their communities while sharing it with the broader and global Montessori community.  There is a nominal fee of $20 fee required to attend each webinar.  The proceeds from the Alumni Webinar Series go straight to the MTCNE Scholarship Fund.

Why is it that some children struggle to read and what can we do about it? For many children, the missing link to total reading is the awareness of sounds in our language.  In this presentation Justin Chapian will take a close look at why phonemic awareness is so important, how it is different from phonics, and practical suggestions for instruction in the Montessori classroom. We will touch on how Montessori’s approach of writing before reading aligns with the science of reading and we will then take a deep dive into the sounds of our language and the connection between the children’s spelling and their awareness of sound.

Veronica Burbano will discuss the concept of resilience and how is fostered in the Montessori environment. She will answer the following questions:

• What is resilience?
• What are the characteristics of a resilient individual?
• How does the Montessori Environment support the development of a resilient individual?

Community Events

This Fall ’21, MTCNE will host an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Refresher Course in Hartford, CT. The Refresher Course is intended to provide AMI Diploma holders fresh perspectives and insights into the work they practice in the classroom daily. Gretchen Hall and Gerry Leonard, MTCNE’s very own Directors of Training, will be prepared to guide attendees through a deep dive into “The Art of Writing: Supporting Self-Expression.”

This Refresher Course will kick-off Friday evening in Hartford, CT with a Welcome Reception and Keynote Address.  Lunch and mid-session refreshments will be provided on Saturday, with light refreshments provided on Sunday, as well.

The Refresher Course is open to all, though the AMI Refresher Course Certificate will only be awarded to AMI Diploma holders who complete the course requirements.

Course Fee is $185.00 per person.  Space is limited.

The Art of Writing: Supporting Self Expression

AMI Refresher Course 2021

𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝: 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬⁣

Dialogue 2 is happening February 23, 2021 @ 7pm

Session 1 – first dialogue

Urban Living in the Age of Climate Change: Sustainable Local Development in Hartford and Connecticut
A Center for Montessori Studies Event

Postponed until Winter/Spring 2022 

FREE | Select Locations in Greater Hartford | Sponsored by the Center for Montessori Studies @UHartford; Trinity and UConn, Hartford

As the health and well-being of the our community is our top priority, we have decided the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation requires we postpone our Urban Living in the Age of Climate Change: Sustainable Local Development in Hartford and Connecticut from March 26 & 27 2020 to a future date in Fall 2020. We are grateful for the diversity of people from Connecticut communities bringing interdisciplinary perspectives and from across multiple generation slated to contribute.

We will continue to monitor the situation and continue to communicate with our presenters, attendees, and stakeholders by email and with updates on our link If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact any of us: Dr. Ken Foote (, Dr. Paige M. Bray (, or Dr. Garth Myers (

Climate change is now being felt widely around the world, from the global to local scales.  Economies and societies are being challenged to respond to disruptive changes including rising sea levels, increasing extreme and unpredictable weather patterns, and events that will affect human health and well-being through air pollution, heatwaves, and risks to food security. These events raise issues of equity and social justice as the effects of climate change spread unevenly around the world.

A multi-generational event offering experiential site-visits, this symposium will focus on the implications of climate change for urban living in greater Hartford and urban areas across the state. Learning together, developing policies to confront sea level rise, possible tidal surges during major storms, changing patterns of precipitation and temperature, and health consequences of climate driven environmental change and the local actions of community gardens, outdoor learning, local food sources will all be part of the symposium.

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