The 2017 Montessori for Social Justice Conference, our fourth national gathering will be hosted by Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School in Houston, Texas, a public Montessori school serving children ages 3 – 13.
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. Register here for the conference!
We are thrilled to announce that Trisha Moquino, co-founder of the Keres Children’s Learning Center will be our keynote speaker for 2017! Read more about her work and conference workshops here.
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? 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 is sponsoring a limited number of free conference registrations to support increasing the attendance of Montessorians of color who are underrepresented in the Montessori community and to support attendees who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. Apply here.
- 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 will be $150, which goes almost entirely to food costs and the Crossroads session, 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 we decide where we want our work to lead. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Katie Kitchens, Althea Miller & the Montessori for Social Justice Conference Committee
Lindsay Pollock, Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School