The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop is designed to help administrators, teachers, and guides to create a plan for observing holidays in their classroom and/or school that both represents their community and appreciates the world's many cultures. In so doing, it extends Montessori's Peace curriculum by helping expand children's awareness and appreciation of the differences in the world's culture as well as among their peers.
After completing the course, participants will be able to survey their community, develop a holiday observation plan, and help their students broaden their view of holiday celebrations.
Video Run Time: 90 minutes
Tammy Oesting is a nationally known Montessori speaker and teacher trainer. With AMS certifications for the Primary, Lower, and Upper Elementary levels, and 17 years of experience in the classroom, she has the training, knowledge, and experience needed to support professionals at various stages of their careers.
Tammy has a talent for making abstract concepts accessible. Her style of presentation, her tone of voice, and her choice of words exemplify how a Montessori guide would interact with others in person.
*AMS certified 3-6, E1-2 with 17 years in the classroom
*Former Director of Education, Montessori Children’s House
*Former Instructor & Field Consultant at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest
*Workshop Presenter for 20 years regionally and nationally
*coCreator of original live "Assistants Training Course"
The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop helps the participant understand the importance of including holidays that reflect both their communities and the world, begin to view their current approach with an anti-bias lens, implement best practices for celebrating a variety of holidays, and provides the means to craft a new holiday policy. In addition to making the school and classroom more inclusive, taking the course helps teachers and staff use holidays to expose children to other cultures’ celebrations, making the festivities a natural teachable moment.
- Setting the Stage
- Starting From Where You Are
- Nurturing a Healthy Identity
- Acquiring a Culturally Responsive Lens
- Building a Community Agreement
- Making Meaningful Connections
This Workshop Will Help You
Evaluate your environment for cultural responsiveness
Empower students’ self- and group identity
Reduce the distraction and stress of holidays
Increase the significance of holiday activities
Utilize best practices for holiday celebrations
Create a collaborative community agreement about holidays
Align the adult community to embrace inclusion
Authentically represent cultures
De-emphasize dominant holidays
The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop comes with additional information and tools to help you on your journey. These are designed to further your learning, help you assess your program, and implement the changes you want to make so your school and classroom more equitably represents its community and the world.
- Guide on the Side Workshop User Manual
- Windows and Mirrors Meter
- Family Traditions Survey
- By The Numbers Report – Global Survey Results About School Holiday Practices