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January 9, 2016 - 2016 MSM Annual Conference at Dean College

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MSM Annual Conference

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.

Thank you to those who submitted workshop proposals. We will be in touch in mid-November of the acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposals.

Questions: Please e-mail Martha Torrence at


The facilities at Dean College in Franklin, MA, have been so wonderful the last two 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.


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


MSM is please to announce that our Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Annual Conference is Dr. Steven Hughes. Dr. Hughes speaks about education and brain development at conferences, universities, schools, and training centers all over the world.

Dr. Hughes is past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. You can learn about pediatric neuropsychology and find a great pediatric neuropsychologist in your community here.

Learn more about Dr. Hughes's assessment services by clicking here.

He serves as Chair of the Association Montessori International Global Research Committee, and is a member of the American Montessori Society Research Committee.

Dr. Hughes is Minnesota's first provider of Cogmed working memory training. Cogmed has been proven to be effective through peer-reviewed research published in major journals, and is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a "Level 2" treatment showing good empirical evidence of efficacy in the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Cogmed working memory training can also help people who have general problems with attention and organization due to normal aging, injury (TBI or stroke), medical disorders (including the effects of chemotherapy and radiation), and other conditions that impact working memory and attention.

We will announce the topic that Dr. Hughes will be presenting on at the conference this fall!


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.

Documents from the conferences will be available for download for 2 years. 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.

2015 Presentation Material
Creating a Diversity Vision for Your School - Goal Map
Creating a Diversity Vision for Your School
Game of Life
Game of Life Money
Game of Life Department Signs
Incident and Injury Report
Material Goods
Montessori Psychosynthesis
MSM 2015 Presentation slides
Using Technology to Enhance the Montessori Classroom
Successful Parent-Teacher Communication
Refilling Your Cup Handout
Uncovering the Math Curriculum
Resources MSM Math Workshop 2015
Administrators Are you Prepared......
Stats on Allergies
Toys and Gender
Book List - Breaking Gender Stereotypes
How Can I Prevent Gender Bias
When I Grow Up I Want to be a......
Jacob's New Dress

2014 Presentation Material
Songs of Resilience: Music for Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development
GS Core Beliefs - The Power of Words, Music and You - 4 Types of Songs
How Montessori Fits with edTech - Grace Kochanik
Toddler Materials on a Dime - Rachel Dunbar. M. Ed
Toddler Materials on a Dime - Photos - Rachel Dunbar. M. Ed
Essential Books for the Montessori Classroom - Shelley Sommer
Making Math Matter: Connecting Math to the Real World - Ann Mici
Building the Self: Self-Regulation: A Toolkit for Normalization - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson
Building the Self: Classroom Resource List - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson
Building the Self: Appendix: Self-Regulation Tools - Biff Maier, Laini Szostkowski and Seth Johnson