March Montessori Guide Workshop with Gretchen Hall

Join Gretchen Hall, AMI Primary Trainer at MTCNE, for a Saturday of wisdom and camaraderie in historic Winchester, MA.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:00AM- 3:00PM

Children’s Own School 86 Main St. Winchester, MA 01890

"The role of the adult in Montessori environments is not an easy one and it is often a challenge to balance the many responsibilities associated with it. While focusing on the development of our children, we often forget to focus on our own development as practitioners. In this workshop, we will spend the day looking inward at our own practice as a means to renew our commitment to serve and to refresh our spirits. In addition, you will gain practical strategies for achieving balance in your life, both inside and outside of the classroom."

Click here to register.

February 03, 2017 by Julia Volkman

Word Study Materials Now Available!

We have been working on these for over a year. We based them on the AMI training, created a draft, spoke with AMI trainers, completely revised the draft, had it reviewed by AMI trainers and Montessori guides, and then refined the results. It was a massive effort!

We hope you like the result: our Complete Word Study Collection. Use these with children who are just moving past phonetic reading and puzzle words, about the same time you introduce function of words work.

January 18, 2017 by Julia Volkman

Info Session for AMI Boston Primary Course

Boston Montessori Training CourseJoin AMI Director of Training Connie Black on Tuesday to learn more about MTCNE's summer-format AMI primary (ages 3-6) Montessori Teacher Training Course beginning in June!
  • When: Tuesday, January 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Children's Own Montessori School, 86 Main St., Winchester, MA
  • What: Details about the course and the M. Ed. option available through the University of Hartford
Light refreshments will be served and there will be time for your questions to be asked and answered. You can find course and registration details on the Montessori Training Center Northeast's website.
January 12, 2017 by Julia Volkman

Accommodations article published in Montessori Public

The print edition of Montessori Public is out and it features an article on Accommodations by Maitri Learning's Founder, Julia Volkman. This topic is near and dear to Ms. Volkman. In November, she presented research behind the concept of Variability vs. Disability at Seton Montessori Institute. You can see a selection of Ms. Volkman's publications in our Learning Center.

December 11, 2016 by Julia Volkman

Objective Classroom Rating Scale Now Available!

DERSI am just giddy to announce that the most wonderful scientific tool has finally been released by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). They have studied exactly what we can witness in thriving Montessori classrooms and connected those behaviors to the domains of executive functions. Now, when you are in a classroom that is struggling, you will have a clear, objective way to identify exactly what the challenges are. I believe this will be incredibly beneficial for staff development because it provides objective, non-judgmental, and formative assessment for Montessori guides. It is a starting point for looking at the living, breathing Montessori environment with clear vision.

This new validated, scientific tool is called the Developmental Environmental Rating Scale (DERS). Because it is a scientific tool, anyone who uses it must receive training before they will be able to use it optimally. You can find out more at the NCMPS website. 

I want to express my deep gratitude to my friends and colleagues at NCMPS, especially Jackie Cossentino and Elizabeth Slade, for this seminal work. May all beings benefit!

October 30, 2016 by Julia Volkman

The Neuroscience Behind Sensorial: AMS Conference Workshop

Julia Volkman Montessori Cylinder Blocks Two at a TimeJoin Julia Volkman at the AMS Conference in Chicago this March (2017) to explore how the senses develop in early childhood. Her workshop will offer an overview of the neuroscience of sensory of development, beginning in utero, and connect developmental milestones with supportive Sensorial materials and relevant Practical Life and spoken-language activities. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of the neurobiology of sense perception and the importance of Sensorial training for young children. This workshop is a must for anyone working with children who face sensory integration challenges.


For more information about the Montessori Sensorial program, check out our blog post on Setting up Sensorial. 

Hope to see you there!

October 14, 2016 by Julia Volkman

Julia to Speak at Seton Montessori November Seminar

Join Julia Volkman at Seton Montessori Institute November 12-13, 2016 for a powerful round of workshops on:
  • The Neuroscience of Normalization (Saturday morning)
  • Variability vs. Disability: Respecting the Spectrum of Neurodevelopment (Saturday afternoon)
  • Working with Adults: A Session for Montessori Leaders (Sunday morning)

Hundreds of Montessorians are expected for this exciting event so be sure to reserve your space early! And, if you'd like to learn more about these topics, check out the Stuff By Julia page in our learning center.

October 03, 2016 by Julia Volkman

MTCNE to offer an AMI Boston Primary Training!

By Soe Lin from Boston (Boston Skyline, SONY NEX-5 Panorama Mode) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

After great anticipation, we are so excited to spread the news that the Montessori Training Center Northeast is offering a 3-summer format AMI Primary training in the Boston area beginning in June of 2017! Even better, we have the great privilege of hosting Ms. Connie Black as Director of Training for the entire course. Ms. Black has worked with Molly O'Shaugnessy for years as the Director of Outreach Programs at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She has worked in public and private Montessori schools including work with children with special needs. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from an icon in the Montessori world!

September 20, 2016 by Julia Volkman

Maitri Learning Featured in Shopify Success Story

Shopify, our web sales platform, was looking for success stories from their customers. They found mine and decided to publish it! You can check it out here. 

Keep spreading the word...

May 21, 2016 by Julia Volkman

Julia Volkman to be a Featured Speaker at JALTCALL

Maitri Learning's founder, Julia Volkman, has been invited to be a Featured Speaker at the 2016 Japan Association for Language Teaching Conference (JALTCALL). This conference is sponsored jointly by the JALT special interest groups on Mind, Brain, and Education and on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

JALTCALL is taking bold steps in investigating the body of scientific evidence on teaching and learning so that it can be robustly applied to their educational efforts. The group is dedicated to their student's learning. They want to be effective and offer the students the best learning situation possible. 

Julia will offer a virtual presentation on the transdisciplinary view of Mind, Brain, and Education. Her talk will highlight the big topics in the field with transformative yet easy-to-implement take-aways for the classroom. 

May 13, 2016 by Julia Volkman