Do children or adolescents have different needs today? What would Dr. Maria Montessori say about the development of digital technology? How would you integrate it into the respective learning environments?

There are possible answers in her extensive written legacy, and who knows Dr. Montessori’s work better than acknowledged experts?

Three international speakers will accompany the participants on a Montessori journey through early childhood and elementary school to puberty and adolescence. Here is the Program Flyer.

The participation fee for the conference is: 30,00 €, Early Bird until 31.12.2019: 25,00 €.

You can register here.

(Please note that the Didacta Fair entrance fee is not included. Online tickets for the fair are available here.)

Due to the internationality of Montessori education and this year’s conference topic the lectures will be held in English and not translated.


Referentinnen/Moderatorin – Kurzbiographien / Biographies

Irene Fafalios (M.A. Social Anthropology, AMI Dip. 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, EsF) lives and works in Athens, Greece, where she established the AMI Montessori training Centre – The MONTESSORI LAB, in 2002. She is an international lecturer, AMI trainer (3-6) and examiner, working closely with the AMI training Centre in Perugia. Above all else, she enjoys travelling and supporting her students as they endeavor to put Montessori into practice both in the classroom and beyond. She dreams of the day when “our work will no longer be necessary, because the Child will live in the freedom of his own development.”

Jenny Marie Höglund holds AMI diplomas for the ages 3-6 and 6-12. She has mainly worked with the 6-12 and 12-18 (adolescents). She also holds a M.Ed. and she is an established AMI Elementary trainer.

Jenny Marie was one of the founders of the Montessori School “Lära för Livet” in Varberg, Sweden in 1995, teaching children from 1 till 16 years of age. She also founded and runs The Montessori Centre for Work and Study, the first and so far the only Swedish Montessori Farm School. Jenny Marie has taught elementary and adolescent students for over twenty-three years.

She has been serving as head of school since 2006. She has also lectured at the International Centre for Montessori Studies Foundation-Bergamo (CISM), in Italy since 2006.

Baiba Krumins Grazzini is an AMI trainer, lecturer and examiner. Baiba Krumins Grazzini is director of elementary training at the Fondazione Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani (Bergamo, Italy), an AMI Traning Centre which was founded by Mario Montessori in 1961. She has been involved with Bergamo’s AMI Elementary training course since 1975, became an AMI elementary trainer in 1986, and a director of training in 1992.

Renée Classen ist Inhaberin, Geschäftsführerin und pädagogische Leitung einer Montessori Einrichtung mit Kinderhaus und Primaschule in der Schweiz. Zudem ist sie die Hauptlehrperson in der Primarschule. Sie hat viele Jahre als Dozentin in der Deutschen Montessori Vereinigung die Bereiche Mathematik, Geometrie und Sprache in deren Kursen vermittelt. Renée Classen hat ein AMI 3-6 und 6-12 Diplom, weiterhin hat sie die AMI Orientation für das «Adolescent program» für die dritte Entwicklungsstufe absolviert.

Derzeit befindet sie sich in der «Training of Trainers» Ausbildung mit dem Ziel, AMI Trainer für den Bereich der zweiten Entwicklungsstufe zu werden.  Frau Classen hält regelmäßig Vorträge und gestaltet Workshops.

Renée Classen hat einen erwachsenen Sohn, der derzeit sein Doktorat in Chemie macht.