Building an Equitable Holiday Approach

Tammy Oesting

Is it time to re-evaluate how you acknowledge holidays in your school community?

The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop is designed to help administrators, teachers, and guides 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 the Montessori's peace curriculum by helping expand children's awareness and appreciation of the differences in the world's cultures 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.

This short course 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

A certificate of completion for 1.5 hours is provided. Learn more about certificates here.

Bonus Materials

This short course 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.

Bonus Materials Included:

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

"I very much enjoyed the class. I viewed myself a culturally sensitive person , but again you dont know what you dont know. I appreciated the broad coverage of the topic and the specific ideas to improve classroom(and life) implementations. Thank you for sharing this programme." - Dawn Gunn-Brown

"I recommend this workshop because of the compassion the presenter has for the topic. It is well organized ,thought provoking and interesting." - Rebecca Martinez

"This course was extremely interesting and eye opening. I especially liked the handbook that we took back to school and shared the ideas we gained. It really brought our staff together." - Barbara Rankin

"A wonderful course to help one understand the need for equity when sharing, celebrating or observing holidays." - Auris Vanderbilt

Tammy Oesting

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a pre-recorded presentation and you may watch it at your own pace. You have access for one year and you may rewatch the content as often as you wish during that time.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for all staff interested in changing their classroom or school’s approach to holiday celebrations so that it better reflects the culture of the people in their community and exposes staff and students to other world cultures.

Is this a live workshop?

No. This is a pre-recorded video presentation. You can view this video multiple times at your convenience. You have access for one full year.

Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

You can get a certificate of attendance for 1.5 Hours by request. You will need to fill out a feedback form. You will receive a PDF certificate via email. We recommend confirming with your local licensing agency prior to registering if you are relying on having the certificate approved.


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