Montessori from the Inside Out

Montessori Europe’s 20th Congress, 11-12 October 2019, Dublin
The congress is co-hosted by St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland

The impact of Montessori education on the wider society is the guiding question for this congress, where we will also celebrate the contribution made by Irish Montessorians to establish Montessori Europe organisation twenty years ago in 1999.

The keynote speakers and presenters will examine the relevance of Montessori education across a broad spectrum of topics, from peace education to research and dementia. The programme will also reflect on the contribution Montessori has made on Irish education during the past hundred years. With many opportunities to network and build new friendships, Montessori Europe has chosen the Crowne Plaza Dublin Blanchardstown as congress venue. All events will be held at the hotel, including lunches and dinners.

The congress will open with the keynote ‘Empowering young people to be agents of change’ by Scilla Elworthy, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Peace Direct. Carla Foster, AMI Director in the USA and in Norway, will talk about ‘Towards a developmental understanding the types of justice and mercy in the primary and elementary classes’. The final keynote, ‘Maria Montessori in Ireland’, will be by Mark Hederman, Benedictine monk and former abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, Ireland.

General information
The congress will consist of two full days: Friday and Saturday. The congress will start Friday at 9 am and end on Saturday around 5 pm. All keynote lectures, workshops and forums will take place during these days. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday at 17:00. There will be a full-scale dinner on Friday night.

Thursday and Sunday will be used for extra activities such as working group meetings.

School visits will be on Thursday. Information on how to book your visit will be available soon.

We will once again integrate a MMUN workshop into the congress. This will start on Thursday 10 October. If you would like to unleash the incredible power of elementary and adolescent students and help them develop communication, negotiation, leadership, social, and interpersonal skills, then this workshop is for you. Learn how to prepare students as world citizens and participate in an international MMUN Conference.

Dublin has been voted one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet and, twice, has won the accolade of the friendliest city in Europe. What more do you need to know! Dublin is a small city with historic neighbourhoods that offer the visitor great food, great Guinness, history on every corner and, the literary magic of Ireland’s literary and artistic heritage. There is plenty to see if you have the time, from the free national museums, the imposing Christ Church cathedral, Trinity College Dublin right in the heart of the city. Kilmainham Gaol and of course the many, many pubs serving a host of local craft beers and of course the original craft beer – Guinness. But perhaps Dublin’s most obvious attribute is its proximity to both sea and mountains. Locals swim every day in the sea at Seapoint and the Forty foot to the South of the City and there are numerous walking trails in the Dublin mountains which afford amazing views across Dublin Bay and County Wicklow beyond. And if its shopping you are after, Dublin’s Grafton Street is the place to go, and the congress hotel is right on the doorstep of the City’s largest shopping mall at Blanchardstown.

St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland
St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland, co-host of the congress, has been preparing Ireland’s leading Montessori teachers and early years practitioners since 1970. We are accredited by the national agency for Higher education awards, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and we are a founder member of the Irish Montessori Education Board (IMEB) which promotes authentic Montessori provision across Ireland. The College provides undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Montessori Education in Dublin, Cork and online and graduates are also recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Many graduates go on to work in St. Nicholas schools, which provide Montessori education from ages 3 to 12, and graduates continue to be supported by the St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Association, which provides continuing professional development to all Montessori teachers. As part of the “Society 2025” strategy, St. Nicholas Montessori Society has big plans to further expand its programmes and services and to introduce Montessori for the adolescent to Ireland for the first time.

Who should attend?
While the congress is designed to attract Montessori educators from across Europe, working with all age groups and levels of expertise, it is intended to also attract the wider education community and Irish policy makers in demonstrating the significant impact Montessori education has made and continues to make on the lives of children and young people.