Shelton admits learning-different students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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Montessori Applied To Children at Risk - Level 1 (Beginning) Virtual

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Course Fee: $3000 including materials

July 8 - 19, 2024 (no class on Saturday or Sunday) 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The goal of this workshop is to understand the specific needs of children who are At-Risk or diagnosed with learning differences and additional exceptionalities.  The course provides specific strategies to the registrant for matching the Montessori educational method to those needs. 
The content of the course includes:

  • An introduction to Learning Differences and other Exceptionalities at all ages
  • Montessori Four Planes: Contrast of Typical Development and Development that is Different
  • An overview of the Montessori method combined with therapeutic strategies for Early Intervention
  • Observation and Screening for Learning Differences in a Montessori setting
  • Partnering with parents of students who learn differently
  • Strategies to enhance motor, speech-language, attention and perceptual development
  • Analysis of the application of the Montessori curriculum to accommodate the learning of those with learning differences (Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural)
  • Combining Montessori Math and Language curricula with therapeutic methods
  • Montessori enhancement of Executive Function
  • Empowering children for Self-Control and specific social skills improvement techniques
  • Observation and presentation in a Montessori classroom for children who learn differently
  • Development of a brief Case Study of one student

The MACAR beginning course covers the requirements of the first half of the AMS Montessori Inclusion Endorsement (MIE).  A teacher may choose to do only this course or return for the second half of the following summer for the MIE coursework.

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Montessori Applied To Children at Risk - Level 2 (Advanced) Virtual


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Prerequisite: Successful completion of MACAR Level 1.

Course Fee: $3000 including materials

Date: July 8 - 19, 2024 (no class on Saturday or Sunday) 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The goal of this course is to continue the study in greater depth of the child who is At-Risk or is diagnosed with Learning Differences and additional exceptionalities including communication disorders, ADHD, autism, and intellectual differences.  In this course, the participant learns to analyze the different patterns of learning challenges and specific approaches to ameliorate the difficulties the child experiences and bring their abilities closer to those of their age and mental ability.

The content of the course includes:

  • History of the Montessori pedagogical model for inclusive practices
  • Characteristics of Diverse Learners
  • Planes of Development for all exceptionalities
  • Observation and Documentation in the Montessori Classroom
  • Interpersonal Working Relationships between the Montessori and Special Education professional
  • Vocabulary of Montessori Educators/Vocabulary of Special Education
  • Formal Process for Evaluation for Special Education Services
  • Consultation with parents
  • Recording, Compiling and Interpreting assessment information
  • Understanding Assessment Reports, Test Protocols, Normal Curve, Standard Scores, Percentiles and Stanines
  • Using data to inform the educational plan for each child
  • Evaluation of Children who speak other languages than English
  • Evaluation and diverse families
  • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities in Assessment and Evaluation
  • Current Laws
  • Educational Policies, Programs, Practices and Services
  • Overview of IFSP, IEP and 504 P
  • Observation in classes for diverse learners
  • Observation and presentation of lessons to diverse learners
  • Development of Case Studies

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