Register for the 2018 MSJ Conference here!
The Montessori for Social Justice Conference brings together educators, parents, social justice advocates, and global citizens committed to anti-bias/ anti-racist Montessori education. The conference provides space and time to address the resource gap within the Montessori community as the “opportunity” and “achievement” gap discussion cannot be had until all schools, neighborhoods, families have an equitable distribution of resources.
We strive to de-center whiteness and amplify the voices of People of Color/ of the Global Majority, people who are continually oppressed in our community and our country.
The Montessori method can be a tool to support the dismantling of racism and oppression. It leads us to the path of liberation.
Register for the 2018 MSJ Conference here!
The 2018 Montessori for Social Justice Conference, our fifth national gathering, “Reclaiming Montessori for Universal Liberation”, will be hosted at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.
Our conference is a space to come together to build community and work towards creating more equitable and liberatory schools. The conference includes a Montessorians of Color Pre-Conference Retreat, a full day De-centering Whiteness group, 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 this year’s keynote speakers are Roberto and Lorena Germán.
Lorena is an immigrant from Dominican Republic and raised in the U.S. She attended public schooling from first grade through high school. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Communication from Emmanuel College and her Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She is an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network and advocate for the practice of a culturally sustaining pedagogical approach in education. Lorena has been in the field of education, working in various settings, since 2001. Her extensive experience in a myriad of settings ranging from extra curricular youth work to community spaces to the traditional classroom, equips her to offer sound advice as to best teaching practices. Lorena has held educational leadership positions at the department level, school-wide level, and in the larger district level from designing curriculum to strategizing for improvement. Currently, she works at Headwaters School in Austin, TX.
Roberto Germán is a Dominican-American native of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a product of Lawrence Public Schools, Central Catholic High School and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence. He currently is supporting the opening of Magnolia Montessori For All, Austin’s First Public Montessori School,serving as Director of Student Affairs and Services. Previously, he served as Assistant Principal at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence, MA. Prior to that he served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development for seven years at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, where he led the school in fostering a culture that promoted social justice and equity. During his tenure at SJP, he was also a basketball coach and Spanish teacher. Mr. Germán is an alumnus of Andover Bread Loaf and an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. His role within ABL and with the BLTN is at the center of ABL’s educational justice work within the public schools, youth and community organizations. When he was twenty years old, Roberto introduced and led a spoken word movement in the city of Lawrence that took the city by storm from 2001-2003. This movement became the beginning of a writing revolution that inspired young people in the city of Lawrence to find their voices through the arts, particularly spoken word poetry and rap. He accomplished this with his former performing arts group, the Soul Kaliber Movement and by his ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and individuals. His teaching experience includes serving as an English teacher at Lawrence High School and as a Spanish teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School. He holds a Master’s Degree from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, from Merrimack College.
Wednesday – June 27, 2018
08:00AM – 12:00PM: MSJ Board Meeting
01:00PM – 05:00PM: Montessorians of Color Community building and networking
Thursday – June 28, 2018
09:00AM – 05:00PM: Montessorians of Color pre-conference retreat
09:00AM – 05:00PM: De-Centering Whiteness Group
Friday – June 29, 2018
08:00AM – 05:00PM: Registration Open
Anti-Racism work with Samuel Simmons
06:00PM: Dinner offsite
Saturday – June 30, 2018
09:00AM – 09:00PM: MSJ Conference with workshop sessions and Open Space groups.
Sunday – July 1st, 2018
08:00AM – 09:00AM: Breakfast
09:00AM – 10:30AM: Open Space / Workshops
11:00AM – 12:00PM: Closing