Association of 

2018 AIMS Conference

Friday, February 23 – Saturday, February 24, 2018

Benedictine University • 5700 College Road, Lisle, Illinois

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) Conference is now open. We invite all Illinois Montessorians (as well as Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin!) to share your expertise, passion and creativity with your community. Submit your proposal to present at our 2018 conference online by Friday, September 20, 2017. Click on the link to submit your proposal:

Workshop Topics:

Please let our ideas inspire you—but not limit you.

Topics of Special Interest:

  • Montessori beyond classroom walls—e.g., exploration of the natural world, Going Out experiences, community outreach, and service learning
  • Refresher workshops on Montessori curriculum areas, materials, and lessons
  • Workshops geared specifically for attendees representing Montessori public and charter schools
  • Social justice and diversity
  • Workshops presented in Spanish

Continued Favorites:

Philosophy: Dr. Montessori’s universal vision of how children learn; cosmic education; peace education; educational best practices; comparisons of Montessori with other educational theories and practices 

Classroom Leadership and Curriculum: Montessori best practices and curriculum; practical ideas for immediate implementation in the classroom; observation; record-keeping and assessment; technology 

Supplemental Curriculum: STEAM; art; music; movement; physical education; foreign languages, including ESL; environmental education and sustainability; global education 

Socio-Emotional Development: Moral and spiritual growth; grace and courtesy; self- regulation; normalization; mindfulness; positive discipline; bullying 

Montessori Inclusion and Learning Differences: Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, ADHD); speech and/or language delays and disorders; autism spectrum disorders; developmental disorders; physical disabilities; behavioral issues; inclusive classroom management 

School Leadership: Leadership development and skills for emerging and current educators and administrators; faculty development and support; nuts and bolts of running a quality school (finance, development, marketing, admissions, etc.) 

Teacher Development: Adult instruction; assessment and data to inform practices; transformation of the teacher; staff development and support

Family, Community, Communication, and Action: Home and school partnership; parent education; public policy and advocacy

Research: Personal research related to Montessori education; action research and how to do it 

Thank you!

The 2018 AIMS Conference Speaker Committee

@ Association of Illinois Montessori Schools