February 16th workshop
The Montessori Training Center of Brentwood is offering a one day workshop in which educators can receive 6 hours of Professional Development credit, specifically in literacy. In this workshop, will be exploring topics such as: Brain development, literacy, sensory seeking behaviors, ADHD, music, movement, dyslexia, and Montessori.
The workshop takes place Saturday, February 16th from 8am-3pm, doors open at 7:30am. The fee is $65, pre-registration is required (see below). Checks can be made out to MTCOB, no credit cards accepted. The workshop is held at Montessori Academy, 6021 Cloverland Drive, Brentwood TN. Contact Emily with any questions: emily@mtcob.org MTCOB.org

8-10am : Brain Basis of rhythm and language development in children Presenters: Reyna L. Gordon, PhD  and Olivia Boorom
What kinds of tools do children need in order to develop language? What does it look like when a child’s language isn’t developing typically?
Reyna Gordon and Olivia Boorom will discuss the building blocks to early language and the way these interplay with other skills, including reading and music. They will also talk about their ongoing research at Vanderbilt’s Music Cognition Lab, and where they see this work going in the future.
Presenters: Dr. Gordon is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she directs the Music Cognition Lab. She is also Associate Director of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt. Dr. Gordon’s research is focused on the role of rhythm in language development and disorders. Olivia Boorom works with Dr. Gordon, and conducts research in a 3-6 Montessori Classroom.
10-10:30 Coffee
Coffee Break provided my MTCOB
10:30-12:30 Dyslexia and Literacy with Christy Andrews from Learning Matters

About Christie: "I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine.  I then completed my teacher certification at California State University, Fullerton.  I taught elementary school in Fontana Unified School District in California.  During my time there, I completed a certificate in Language Acquisition and Development and also become a certified Reading Recovery teacher.  I took a few years off from teaching when my kids were young.  My husband was transferred several times during those years.  We lived in 4 states in 3 years.  Once I moved to Nashville, I reached out to the Dyslexia Center at MTSU.  They put me in touch with a learning center in Nashville where I worked for several years, ultimately as the center’s director.  I now hold a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership.  After witnessing firsthand the need for premier academic intervention for low income students, I started Learning Matters in 2006."  
12:30-1pm Lunch
Please bring a lunch
1-3:00pm Strategies for students with ADHD and Sensory Seeking Tendencies in a Montessori Classroom by Beth Woodard
In this presentation, we will look at the different behavioral characteristics that are sometimes present in children with different sensory needs and who may also have a difficult time sustaining focus when working with the materials.  We will also discuss some practical strategies that can be incorporated into the classroom to meets these children’s needs.  These strategies will include different ways to use the traditional Montessori materials in addition to other things that can easily be added to the classroom environment
Presented by Beth Woodard: "My name is Beth Woodard and I am currently in my 11th year of teaching in a Montessori environment.  I attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where I received a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development and a Masters in Early Childhood Education.  During my time at UT, I worked in after care at a local Montessori school.  It was there that I fell in love with the Montessori method and decided how I wanted to teach.  I attended Belmont University where I obtained a Masters in Teaching and my Early Childhood Montessori certification (AMS).  I had been a guide in a Primary classroom for 8 years when I was given the opportunity to return to training for my Lower Elementary certification, and I am currently in my 3rd year of teaching in a Lower Elementary classroom. I have also completed the MACAR training (Montessori Applied To Children at Risk) from the Shelton School in TX.
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