The Montessori Adolescent Practitioners Symposium (MAPS) is a convening space for peer-to-peer sharing of best practices, cutting edge thinking, and practical strategies in Montessori adolescent education (12-18 years).

The goal of MAPS is to fill a recognized gap in opportunities for adolescent practitioners to share individual experience, knowledge and practices in order to strengthen the community as a whole.

MAPS is for middle and high school practitioners.

Workshops will offer experiences, tools and resources of value to practitioners working with adolescents. Proposals for presenters at MAPS are welcomed and encouraged from practitioners working in public, private, urban and rural and any and all affiliations. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be a presenter at MAPS, please visit our call for proposals page.

Dates & Location:

Dates: October 18-20, 2019 - The conference will be a full-day Friday and Saturday and end by noon on Sunday.

Location: Hilton Denver City Center - Located in the heart of downtown and walking distance from the Mile High’s top restaurants and attractions! Walk one block to the 16th Street Pedestrian mall or hop on the light rail train to explore the rest of the city. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and on-site Starbucks®!

Transportation: Denver International Airport - Take the A-line light rail from DIA to Union Station (approx 40 min) and take the short walk to the hotel or their complimentary shuttle!

Conference Format:

Workshops: MAPS will offer several workshops to choose from and fill your conference days (topic areas below!). Workshops will be run by adolescent practitioners - just like you! - who want to share best practices and improve the adolescent landscape!

Lunch: Lunch is on us! Lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. If you have specific dietary needs, there will be an option to note that on the registration.

Common Room Space: What do we love about conferences?? Chatting with our friends, colleagues, and mentors! At MAPS, we have secured the hotel’s Denver Ballroom for the entire conference for YOUR space. Gather there, have small meetings, settle in. This conference is for YOU.

Keynote Address:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin - ”Education is not memorization. It is the activation of the imagination and a path towards liberation.”

The keynote will be Friday, October 18, 2019 at approximately 4:30pm.

Dr. Emdin is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Institute For Urban and Minority Education at the college.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology, a M.S. in Natural Sciences, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

Workshop Topic Areas:

When the schedule of workshops is finalized, you will customize your conference experience by selecting your workshops. They will fall into the following topic areas:

SEL: Social and emotional learning includes promoting students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills.

Technology: Tools, machines and systems that solve problems.

Interventions: Support for students to address functional, academic, cognitive, behavioral, and social skills.

Justice: Actively promoting and aspiring to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional and positive efforts that benefit people as a whole.

Disciplines: Work within a specific content area.

Theory Essentials: The foundational basics of Montessori theory at the adolescent level.

Registration is required to attend MAPS, Please use the link to the right to register for the symposium! *The cost of the symposium is $225, until Sept 1. Payment is due upon submission of registration*


Registration is required for MAPS, please register using the button below!

*The cost of the symposium is $225, payment is due upon submission of registration*

*The cost will increase to $250 on September 1st*


One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
— Maria Montessori