Anna Perry, Executive Director 
Seton Montessori Institute 
(630) 654-0151 


Saturday November 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM CST
Sunday November 13, 2016 at 12:30 PM CST

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Christian Church of Clarendon Hills on Saturday 
5750 Holmes Ave
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

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Seton Montessori Institute is proud to offer our
2016 November Seminar

The Neuroscience of Normalization and Variability vs. Disability: Respecting the  Spectrum of Neurodevelopment

Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

at The Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

5750 Holmes Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL

Sunday, November 13th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

at Seton Montessori School

5728 Virginia Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL

Full Seminar Fee for Saturday and Sunday, $120

Or Register by Session

The Seminar will feature three half-day sessions with world-renown speaker 
Julia Volkman

Saturday Morning Session, 9:00 - 12:00, at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills 

The Neuroscience of Normalization

Before birth, a baby’s brain grows to only about 20% of its ultimate size. Can we influence the 80% of neurodevelopment still to come? What if we make a mistake? Join us as we explore the development of the brain from birth through adolescence and discuss the intersection of what science knows with what Montessori theorized. Special attention will be given to sensory development/refinement, the child’s inner guide, the balance of freedom and discipline, and the role of the adult. 

Saturday Afternoon Session, 2:00 - 4:30 at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

Variability vs. Disability: Respecting the Spectrum of Neurodevelopment

Just how can Montessorians and parents shepherd children with a feisty inner guide? Join us as we actively engage with the questions of how we can support typical and atypical neurodevelopment from infancy through adolescence. Special attention will be given to ADHD, dyslexia, sensory integration, the spectrum of freedom and discipline, and the role of rewards and punishment. 

Sunday Morning Session, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Seton Montessori School

Working with Adults: A Session for Montessori Leaders

Montessorians must navigate a web of relationships among students, teachers, administrators, and families. Yet, very little guidance is available regarding how best to work with adults. How should we approach the fifth plane of development? What strategies are effective for aiding the adult’s intellectual growth? How can we create wholesome partnerships with families and staff? Do we need a prepared adult environment? This workshop will both review key neurodevelopmental factors that influence adult learning and present strengths-based, real-life possibilities for skillfully working with adults. Join us as we consider adult learning through a Montessori lens.  

Here is a link to an article by Julia from Spring, 2008, on this topic:

About our speaker: 

Julia Volkman
Julia Volkman has been teaching children and mentoring teachers in private and public schools since 1997. She is, among other things, the founder and president of Maitri Learning, a consultant for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), a recurrent Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s Neuroscience of Learning/Mind, Brain, Health, and Education course (Extension School), nearing completion of her master’s degree in psychology at Harvard University (Extension School), and a Montessori consultant with public and private schools across the nation.  

Ms. Volkman earned her AMI 3 to 6+ diploma from the Montreal Montessori Training Centre, a bilingual program. Her studies at Harvard focus on cognitive neuroscience and neuroeducation (a transdisciplinary approach to education that considers the child’s genetics, environment, capacities, and interests). 

The seminar will be held in Clarendon Hills between two nearby locations.  Saturday's AM and PM sessions will be held at the beautiful theater space of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (just a few blocks away from Seton Montessori's main campus) on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  Sunday morning's session for school leaders will be held at Seton Montessori School.

If you are requiring hotel accommodation we have two recommended options: 

The first option is with the Clubhouse Inn & Suites in Westmont, IL. Reservations here require calling them directly at (630) 920-2200 and requesting the 'Seton Montessori Rate' which is currently $65 per night including breakfast. The rate will not be applicable if a reservation is made through their website reservation service.

The second option is the DoubleTree by Hilton-Chicago (Oak Brook, IL). The hotel phone number is 630/472-6000 and room rates are typically $120 - $160 per night, depending on the season and availability.

Please contact our office with any questions at or by telephone at 630.654.0151.
We hope to see you there!