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Neuroscience Workshop

Neuroscience and Inclusion in Montessori

Join us for a one day workshop presented by Janet McDonnell, Director of Primary Training, Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland and Nora McNamara, M.D., Child Psychiatrist and AMI Elementary diploma holder, to learn strategies for collaborating with “children who are not yet peaceful.” 

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The new location is:  Arbor Montessori School, 2998 Lavista Rd., Decatur, GA  30033
**Parking is available in the lots in front of the school.  Please enter through the front entrance of the building.  The workshop will be held in the Adolescent Program space.

Questions?  Call or email us at 770-953-4684 or
Cost: $125 per person
Registration deadline: March 30, 2017
*Early registration is recommended due to space limit.
Download flyer and registration form here.

This workshop is open to parents, caregivers, and others who are engaged with children. 

* This workshop is pending approval for 5 hours of GA Bright From the Start approved training credit.

We are unable to offer refunds unless program is cancelled due to under-enrollment.


Two ways to pay:

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IMTI  is committed to serving the needs of its alumni as well as adults in the surrounding community who would like to learn how to better support the children in their lives. In addition to regular diploma courses, we periodically offer specialized classes and workshops.  If you would like to request a class on a particular topic, please email

Workshop Speakers

Janet McDonell is the Director of the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, MD. She is also Director of Primary Training. In addition to her Primary diploma, she also holds diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale at the Elementary level and for Montessori Special Education.

Janet has been training teachers at the Washington Montessori Institute since 1994. She is an examiner for AMI and a school consultant for AMI/USA. She is the current head of the Consultation Committee for AMI/USA. She also served as a past board member of AMI/USA. Janet is the former head of the AMI Training Group. Janet co-directed, with Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, the pilot AMI Inclusive Education Course held in San Diego in 2014-15.

Nora McNamara M.D. is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works mostly as a researcher at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. Nora focuses her research primarily on clinical trials for medical treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Early Onset Schizophrenia. Dr. McNamara's daughters attended an authentic Montessori school, which prompted her to use her one-and-only sabbatical year to obtain an AMI Elementary diploma. Even though she spends her days immersed in the world of psychiatric research, she takes every opportunity to spend time in Montessori classrooms. She hopes to one day leave the practice of psychiatry far behind and spend her next life phase working with children in a Montessori Elementary Community.