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Symposium Description & Theme

The Montessori Consortium Symposium series is an annual, one-day event that fosters engagement, collaboration, and professional development among schools - Montessori and non-Montessori, public and private, independent and parochial, pre-K through post-secondary.

The theme of the 2018 symposium was Arts Infusion with keynote co-speakers Dr. Larry Schanker, Executive Director & Music Specialist, and Laurie Moreno, Education Director & Lead Teacher, of Brookview Montessori School.

Attendees had an opportunity to earn up to 5 hours of American Montessori Society (AMS) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through participation in the following symposium sessions:

  • Keynote Address (1 hour)

  • Hands-on Workshop #1 (1.5 hours)

  • Hands-on Workshop #2 (1.5 hours)

  • Panel Discussion (1 hour)

For session descriptions, presenter biographical information, and detailed schedule, see below.

Registration Costs

  • Early-Bird (August 15 - 31): $70

  • Regular (September 1 - 30): $80

  • Week-Of & On-Site (October 1 - 6): $95

A limited number of discounted student and university faculty registrations were available. For more information regarding these types of opportunities for future events, contact the MCGL office.


Keynote Co-Speakers


Dr. Larry Schanker
Executive Director & Music Specialist
Brookview Montessori School

Possessing a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Chicago, Larry is an accomplished composer and Montessori teacher trainer who currently serves as the Executive Director of Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Along with his colleague Laurie Moreno, he is a sought-after presenter in the area of blending the arts into a Montessori curriculum.

NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate
Ph.D. Music Composition, The University of Chicago
M.M. Music Composition, Northwestern University
B.M. Popular Music, Northwestern University



Laurie Moreno
Education Director & Lead Teacher
Brookview Montessori School

An experienced Montessori guide, trainer, and administrator, Laurie is the Education Director at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In partnership with Larry Schanker, she has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of “Arts Infusion”.

Master's degree, University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor's degree, University of Texas at Arlington
American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Teacher Certification, Montessori Teacher Academy, Mishawaka, IN
American Montessori Society (AMS) Lower Elementary Teacher Training, Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Bancubi Montessori Mathematics Training
Montessori Foundation Leadership/Administrator's Training



Following the keynote address, symposium participants had an opportunity to select two workshop sessions to attend within the following four topic areas:

  • Keynote Extension (Dr. Larry Schanker & Laurie Moreno)

  • Music (Dr. Kathy Oyer)

  • Art (Laurie Rousseau)

  • Drama (Chasten Glezman)

The same workshops were presented during both sessions, guaranteeing that participants had the opportunity to attend their top two choices.


Dr. Kathy Oyer
Music Specialist
Good Shepherd Montessori School

Kathy received her Doctor of Viola Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and is an accomplished performance musician with training in Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. She has served as the Music Specialist at Good Shepherd Montessori School since 2005 where she has integrated meaningful performing arts learning experiences into the curriculum.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa
Master of Music in Jazz Studies, Indiana University
Master of Music in Violin Performance, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts, Goshen College


Laurie Rousseau
Art Specialist
Good Shepherd Montessori School

Laurie received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in the School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning and has served as the Art Specialist at Good Shepherd Montessori School since 2008. In cooperation with classroom guides, Laurie has worked to create developmentally appropriate art works throughout the curriculum.

Master of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design


Chasten Glezman
Humanities Teacher
Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes

An experienced theater arts educator in both public and private educational settings, Chasten currently serves as the Humanities Teacher at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes (click for full bio). Since his arrival in 2017, he has reintroduced theater classes at the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Junior High levels and is currently completing his AMS certification through the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program.

M.Ed., Depaul University
B.A., Theater and Global Studies, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire












Registration, Building Tours, & Coffee

Dr. Eric N. Oglesbee, Executive Director, Montessori Consortium of the Great Lakes

Keynote Address
Dr. Larry Schanker & Laurie Moreno, Brookview Montessori School

Workshop Session #1
Four Options: Keynote Extension, Music, Art, or Theater

Lunch – Catered by Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine
***Gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free options available upon request

Workshop Session #2
Four Options: Keynote Extension, Music, Art, or Theater
***Note: Presentations are the same as session #1

Panel Discussion
Panel Members: Dr. Larry Schanker, Laurie Moreno, Dr. Kathy Oyer, Laurie Rousseau, & Chasten Glezman

Post-Symposium Social Hour in Downtown South Bend
***Hosted by South Bend Brew Werks
***Symposium registration included free drink or appetizer