Did you miss our webinar?
1. View the recording of our webinar from 3/30/16: “What is the AMI Inclusive Education Course?” with Dr. Silvia Dubovoy
2. Download a written summary of the webinar. (An excellent resource for schools that are considering sponsoring a student!)
What is the Inclusive Education Course?
This supplemental training course for AMI diploma holders was created to empower Montessori teachers with unique strategies to serve children who have behavioral, learning, and physical differences. The intense 10-week program is a dynamic collaboration between AMI trainers and medical doctors, integrating the most current medical research on special needs with sound AMI pedagogical practices. Our main focus is on children from birth to 12 years.
The AMI Inclusive Education Course is exclusively available at The Montessori Institute of San Diego. We encourage early application as demand is high and space is limited.
This course is open to AMI diploma holders from the Assistants to Infancy, Primary, and Elementary levels. Three years of teaching experience is preferred, but not mandatory.
Become a Resource for Your School!
Montessori schools are facing unprecedented challenges as they attempt to serve a wide swath of children with an ever-expanding range of abilities. Even though the Montessori curriculum was originally designed for disadvantaged “street children” in Italy, Montessori soon shifted her focus to creating an ideal educational environment for the average child, and that was her main emphasis throughout her life.
As Montessori classrooms increasingly welcome more and more children whose abilities lie outside the traditional range, it has become necessary to revisit the Montessori materials and practices with these special children in mind, and to innovate intelligently in the tradition of Montessori’s original perspective as both doctor and educator.
Today, school administrators often find themselves looking to outside professionals to assist with these special cases. The AMI Inclusive Education Course now offers your school the opportunity to train at least one staff member in the art and science of serving this specific population, and therefore to retain a valuable in-house consultant.
Distinguished Faculty from Medicine and Education
Students in this program will have access to an impressive array of highly qualified faculty from the fields of education, medicine, psychology, and psychiatry.
- Silvia Dubovoy, Ph.D. (AMI Trainer)
- Annabeth Jensen, M.Ed. (AMI Consultant)
- Mario Salguero, M.D. (Physician)
- Edith Eger, Ph.D. (Psychologist)
- Lorna Swartz, M.D., Ph.D. (Psychiatrist)
Sample Lecture Topics
History of Special Education from Itard and Seguin to the present: Discover where Montessori took her original ideas from and how new neurological findings support her work today.
How focusing on early intervention can bring out the intrinsic worth of every child.
How events from conception to the first three years of life affect a child’s physical, emotional, and psychological relationship to learning.
Theories of learning differences: Locke, Rousseau, Itard, Seguin, Kephart, Luria, Vigotzky, Dewey, Gardener, James, and others
Overview of how learning differences are diagnosed by medical professionals: types of learning assessments and psychological evaluations; reliability and validity of tests
Discussion of video footage and case studies
Overview of ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome
Sensory, movement, and language pathologies; emotional regulation; stress response
Overview of auditory and visual impairments
The technological revolution and its consequences: attention, physical development, communication styles, implications for human progress
Children at risk: poor communities, orphanages, foster homes
Approaching children in hospitals for short and long-term periods: helpful materials; how to talk with nurses, staff, and parents
Family relations: denial; rights of parents; support available from institutions and government agencies; identification, resources, and referrals
AMI Certificate of Completion
Students who satisfy the following requirements will be issued an AMI Certificate of Completion:
- At least 90% attendance
- Inclusive Education Album
- 8-10 page case study paper on a child in a Montessori environment with special needs.
- 15-page written final reflection
20 Continuing Education Units through Loyola University Maryland
Students who complete the AMI Inclusive Education Course are eligible for 200 hours or 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Loyola University Maryland. More detail here – download PDF.
Inclusive Education (2-summers) 2016-2017
June 27 – July 29, 2016 (5 weeks)
June 26 – July 25, 2017 (5weeks)
Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm