Southeast Montessori Collective

2019 Winter Forum

proudly sponsored by

The Center for Guided Montessori Studies


Date:  Saturday, January 26, 2019 (snow date is Saturday, February 2)

Location: Renaissance Montessori School, 610 Nottingham Drive, Cary, NC 27511

Price per session: May select full track or a la carte workshops, please see below for more information.

Contact hours: Up to 6 NC contact hours 


Full Day Track options:  

  • Track 1:  Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenges: An Overview and Working Session of The Montessori Based, Multi-Tiered System of Support with Christine Lowry, M.Ed. (9-12 pm, 1:15-4:15 pm, $65, 6 contact hours)
  • Track 2: Science Experiments from Early Childhood through Upper Elementary; Introducing a Second Language in the Classroom; The Effective Classroom Team: Assistant Teachers' Best Practices (9:00-10:30 am, 10:30 am-12 pm, $50, 1:15-3:15 pm, 5 contact hours)


*Discounts available for selecting a full day track and/or registering as a group of 5 or more*


A la Carte options:

  • Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenges: An Overview of The Montessori Based, Multi-Tiered System of Support ($30, 9am-12pm, 3 contact hours)
  • Science Experiments from Early Childhood through Upper Elementary (9:00 to 10:30 am, $15, 1.5 contact hours)
  • Introducing a Second Language in the Classroom (10:30 am to 12 pm, $15, 1.5 contact hours)
  • The Effective Classroom Team: Assistant Teachers' Best Practices (1:15 to 3:15 pm, $20, 2 contact hours)  


Lunch sponsored by 





Space is limited!  


About the workshops and presenters:


​​The Montessori Based, Multi-Tiered System of Support, An Overview and Working Session with Christine Lowry, M.Ed.  This two-part workshop for Montessori teachers at each level, Level directors, and School Heads provides:

  • An overview of the school wide Montessori based system including the components Prepare, Manage and Guide, and how each supports an inclusive classroom community for all students.
  • Using Inquiry Observation and a Functional Behavior Assessment to understand individual student need and how best to address needs consistent with Montessori best practices.
  • Developing an individualized Positive Behavior Plan to guide student success in learning and behavior
  • Accommodations, modifications, and differentiated instruction.
  • Manage and Guide tools and techniques for supporting students with challenges.
  • Handouts for each component will be provided.


Small group activities will give participants the opportunity to work with each component with specifics for a student in their classroom.


Christine Lowry has a master’s degree in special education and is a credentialed Montessori educator. She has founded two Montessori schools with the goal of providing a quality Montessori education for a variety of learners. She shares her 30+ years of experience working with students with challenges by providing school consultations, supporting a school-wide system of support, development of individualized Positive Behavior plans, and coaching classroom educators. Christine presents at the state and national level and is appreciated as a dynamic speaker with her unique view as a special educator and Montessori teacher and school director.


Science Experiments from Early Childhood through Upper Elementary with Ray McClure, M.S.

This 1.5-hour workshop will address approaching science experiments from the Early Childhood level through Upper Elementary, with mention of Secondary activities as well.  


Ray McClure, M.S. has been involved in Montessori for 18 years.  He holds certifications from the American Montessori Society and is currently the Director of the Upper School program at Heartwood Montessori in Cary, North Carolina, where he also teaches middle and high school mathematics and sciences.  In addition to his teaching duties, Ray is also a teacher trainer for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education of North Carolina, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and the Montessori Institute of Poland, located in Warsaw, Poland, where he has written and is implementing the curriculum for Montessori Upper Elementary throughout Poland.  Ray received his Masters of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mathematical Physics and continues university research in the fields of String Theory and Quantum Gravity. Ray is a member of the American Montessori Society, The International Montessori Council, The Polish Montessori Council, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Institute of Physics (London), and is a voting member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Introducing a Second Language in the Classroom with Rachel Kincaid.  Adapted from Rachel's course 'Using Spanish Effectively in the Classroom,' this workshop will address how and when to begin to introduce a second language in a classroom setting.  Appropriate for native and non-native speakers, participants will discuss published research of second language learning and participate in hands-on practice with materials.  Materials for the classroom will be given to participants to begin using or adapting right away.


The Effective Classroom Team: Assistant Teachers' Best Practices with Rachel Kincaid
This hand-on workshop will address the many facets of the role that a Montessori classroom assistant teacher has.  From observer to record keeper, teaching partner, lesson giver and more, participants will understand how the classroom assistant teacher's role is anything but minor.  Participants will practice with classroom materials, work in partners for various activities, make materials and receive handouts to implement once back in the classroom.


Rachel Kincaid has been involved in Montessori for over 10 years.  She holds an Early Childhood certificate from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies, is the co-founder of Renaissance Montessori School in Cary, and is the current editor of both The Montessori Post and El Heraldo Montessori