2014 MANZ Conference
The Reflective Montessori Practitioner
Te Pouaaki Huritao o Montessori

The conference is over for another year. Thanks to our international speakers Uma Ramani and Jamie Rue, to Nicki Dowling and Karen MacKay from Massey University and to all the New Zealand teachers who presented at the Montessori Journey to Excellence BusStop.

You can find and download conference photos HERE

Feedback has been amazing and here are some comments from delegates

Different speakers , different style, yet similar content and strong messages. It felt consistent.Very inspiring keynotes and workshops. It has refreshed my vision for Montessori education once again.

Uma and Jamie were both great choices... so difficult to choose between their workshops though!

When I first saw the programme my reaction was "what no workshop choices" but the conference structure this year really nurtured the process of deepening your exploration as each workshop extended the learning of the previous workshop. Well done!

I really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm Jamie Rue shared with our group. She had wonderful and practical tips which I feel I can immediately put into practice and I am excited to go back and re-read my albums.

Just awesome. Uma Ramani, particularly for our age group, needs to be physically bottled and sold.

The bus stop was the most insightful, relevant learning I have ever had at a MANZ conference in 14 years. It was definitely worthwhile having MANZ invest in the Montessori Journey to Excellence Pilot. 

Montessori Journey to Excellence is an amazing initiative that is obviously yielding positive results for those schools participating. I think those involved have shown extraordinary commitment to Montessori education by taking this on, on top of their teaching work load, and all of us stand to benefit from their learnings.

LOVED some of the (pilot programme) ideas,identified with the common themes of their processes, eg recognising that staff come from different training programmes, different age/experience bases and how to bring them together before anything else can happen. I feel inspired to follow through with some of their ideas, eg documentation which allows for ease of planning.Lots to think about!

We look forward to seeing you in Tauranga April 11-13th, 2015.

2013 MANZ Conference
Reflecting on Community Me Whakaaro Hāpori

Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Wellington
Saturday April 20, 12.30pm - Monday April 22, 4pm

Our 2013 conference reflected on the importance of community and explored how to nurture a sense of community with children and students of all ages and their families.

Thanks to the 230 delegates from around New Zealand, our four keynote speakers, 14 teachers from New Zealand who lked or shared in workshops for creating a sense of connection and community over the three days in Wellington.

Some of feedback from delegates:

Most valuable – Collecting new ideas to use in the classroom
Most fun – Singing .. meeting and talking to others
Most informative – Having reinforced that ‘community’ is the heart of Montessori
Most valuable – Reconnecting with familiar faces, sharing the daily experiences of the class
Most fun – Connie Black was so engaging and wonderful role model to learn from
Most valuable – Learning more about communities working together and coming together
Most valuable – Recognising what I am doing well as a teacher and what I need to change, learning more about special needs from Wendy Fidler
Most informative – Sessions on observation and Jaime Rue's workshops, practicality of Carol Pott's grace and courtesy workshop
Most informative – I really enjoyed the research presentations – especially Ed Stanford's action research – inspiring about what can be done!

We hope you enjoy viewing some video from the conference.


NICOLA CHISNALL Montessori - an critically engaged pedagogy

 CONNIE BLACK  Sense of community - a hallmark of our approach


JAMIE RUE - Why strong community matters for older children


 WENDY FIDLER - Are there really more children with special needs these days ?