"Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success."
     - Maria Montessori

MSM Annual Conference

30 Years of Connecting Montessori Schools

MSM is pleased to be able to offer a high quality conference experience for schools in the Massachusetts area. The most important part of attending the MSM Annual Conference is the valuable information you take home to your community. The ideas and strategies you learn from workshops, roundtables, speakers, and exhibitors can be implemented back home in your own school.

2018 Annual Conference will be January 6, 2018


Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

Take your thinking to a higher level...share your research and wealth of knowledge and experience at this year's MSM Annual Conference! Your work in Montessori and early childhood education is of great value; this is your opportunity to inform and inspire your community!

Submitting a proposal: Submit your proposal for the 2018 Annual Conference. All proposals should reflect research and/or practical experience that is innovative, well-grounded, and consistent with the principles of a Montessori education. Proposals must be submitted online. MSM will inform you of your status regardless if the proposal is accepted or not.

The online proposal form provides detailed instructions on how to complete a submission. Workshops run for 75 minutes.

Important Dates: To allow for a new expansive planning process, we are calling for educators in the MSM network and beyond to submit workshop proposals by an earlier deadline this year--Friday, September 22, 2017..

If your proposal is selected, you will be automatically registered for the conference at no cost to you. You will also be given an honorarium of $200 for your presentation.

No Sales policy: MSM's policy is that presenters may not sell products in session rooms. Presenters are not permitted to sell products before, during or after their session at the Annual Conference. If you would like to purchase a booth in MSM's Exhibit Hall, please contact Susan Swift at

Questions: Please e-mail Don Grace at

Keynote Speaker for 2017, Sandra Girlato

Sandra Girlato is the Primary Director of Training at the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto, a Master's Degree in Education from Loyola College, as well as an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma. Sandra has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sandra has been active in the Montessori community, working with children, parents, educators and administrators for over 30 years. She is a world renowned speaker having presented in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Sandra has been a member of the AMI Scientific Pedagogical, Materials and Translation Committees. She is currently the President of AMI Canada.

Sandra has had the unique distinction of being mentored by Renilde Montessori, Dr. Montessori's youngest granddaughter.


The facilities at Dean College in Franklin, MA, have been so wonderful more than three years that we are returning to Dean College again this year. Centrally located and easily accessible, Dean College's light-filled, modern, well-equipped facilities have helped provide a comfortable and nurturing learning environment for teachers....especially at lunch. The conference will be held in their campus center at 109 West Central Street Franklin, MA 02038 - if you are using a GPS please use this address as it will bring you directly to the conference building. Any other address used will take your elsewhere on campus. Click here for a map of the Dean College campus.


Registration for the 2018 Annual Conference will open in late November 2017.


The flow of the day, at this time, is as follows:

Registration, 8:30
Raffle, Continental Breakfast and Vendors
Welcome Address, 9:00
Keynote Speaker, 9:15-10:45
Morning Workshops, 11:00-12:15
Lunch, 12:30-1:30
Afternoon Workshops, 1:30-2:45


For attendees that will be coming from a distance, there are three hotels close to Dean College for your to choose from. When you make your reservation, mention that you are attending a conference at Dean College as they run specials at times that will give you a discount on your stay.

Residence Inn Boston Franklin
Address: 4 Forge Pkwy, Franklin, MA 02038
Phone:(508) 541-8188

Hampton Inn Franklin
Address: 735 Union Street, Franklin, MA 02038
Phone:(508) 520-2999

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Franklin
Address: 835 Upper Union St, Franklin, MA 02038
Phone:(508) 553-3500


The Annual MSM Conference provides your company with an outstanding opportunity to display your products and services to the largest gathering of Montessorians in the state. Our over 400 attendees are the leaders and decision makers, as well as users of materials, from schools across New England. They come to network, attend more informative sessions, and would love to learn about how your products or services can be used at their schools. Are you interested in being a vendor? Click here for more details.


In response to member comments after the 2008 Annual Conference we have created this section of the site for Keynote and workshop handouts and PowerPoint presentations. Presenters will be given the option to post their information here either before or after the conference date. All materials are provided in PDF, which can be viewed with Adobe Reader.

If information from a workshop is not listed on this page please contact the presenter directly with questions. MSM does not have copies of presenter materials available.

2017 Presentation Material
Benefits of Place-based Education
Swimming Upstream Against the Current: Changing the School Improvement Paradigm
Student Gains from Place-Based Education
Greening Your School Through a Community Organization Parntership
Making it Stick
The Science Shelf
The Science Shelf: Electricity Curriculum Introduction
Translating Montessori
RVCS Peace Education Curriculum Map
Sing for Joy
Labyrinths in the Classroom: Cultivating Mindfulness in a Montessori Setting
Cultivating Ecological Literacy in the Montessori Classroom
How Our Language Affects Children's Lives and Learning--Words matter
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
The noun lesson of Maria Montessori

2016 Presentation Material
Effectively Integrating Reading
Resources for Mindfulness Zentangle
Zentangle Lesson Plan MA grades 3-6
Using Zentangle to Enhance Mindfulness in the Classroom Notes