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International Montessori Institute Online Conference

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International Montessori Institute Conference – Global Voices: Montessori around the World

Saturday 3 June 2023 10.00am - 1.00pm (UK time)

From modest beginnings in the backstreets of Rome to an approach which now spans continents, Montessori education is changing lives around the world. Across multiple environments in diverse communities, the legacy of Maria Montessori continues to extend its reach to hundreds of thousands of children and families. This conference celebrates that reach and impact.

During this free online event researchers, practitioners and leaders in the early years and educational sectors will share learning, expertise and their vision for a more equitable future for children and families.

Dr Nathan Archer, Director of the IMI, said: “In this event we bring together a brilliant line up speakers with diverse experiences and expertise, and shared commitments and priorities. We hope to stimulate ideas, discussion, and action around the potential of Montessori education.”

The conference hosted by Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Education, includes speakers:


Gavin MacCormack is a Montessori-trained teacher with over two decades of experience teaching in multiple countries around the world. He is the Montessori Australia Ambassador, co-founder of Upschool.co and EducationInfluence.com, and has built nine schools and several libraries and run three teacher training centres in Nepal.

Leonor Diaz Alcantara is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO and mentor who is Chief Executive of the Montessori Group. Under her leadership, the Montessori Group has set up the IMI in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and leads numerous international development projects.

Jaap de Brouwer works as a Montessori teacher trainer and researcher in the Alternative Education Research Group at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer, the Netherlands. He chairs the Dutch Montessori Research Group and co-hosts MERGe, the European Montessori Research Group. His research focuses on self-regulated learning, executive functions and Montessori implementation.

Tatenda Muchiriri was born in Zimbabwe and discovered his love of Montessori when he moved to China where he had the opportunity to work with children for seven years before moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2015. Tatenda received his American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood credential through Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. He also serves as a board member for Colorado Montessori Association and a Founder of Montessori on Wheels.

Elske Voermans attended Montessori primary and secondary education, has a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s degree in International Development Economics. She is Educateurs sans Frontières coordinator at Association Montessori Internationale.

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