The Montessori Florida Coalition
is excited to announce the
2017 Montessori Parent-Teacher Education Days
Barry University

Miami Shores, Florida
(previously sponsored by ADMMF)


 “Planting Seeds for the Future”

Friday, April 21st & Saturday, April 22nd, 2017


Lilia Dibello Friday Night Keynote Speaker

 Dr. Lilia DiBello

“Transforming Schools into Caring and Inclusive Communities – The Role of Social and Emotional Learning in Education”

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a vital part of human development and critical to the development of compassionate and empathetic citizens. This session will focus on exploring the foundation for SEL and the research supporting the importance of this area of development. Furthermore, strategies for teaching SEL in both the home and the school will be explored in order to cultivate a culture of care that focuses on peace-building and conflict resolution to inspire educators/parents to envision an educational experience which supports the development of the whole child.

Lilia C. DiBello is the Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University. She earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Tulane University, an MS in Early Childhood Reading and Language Arts and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Leadership and a cognate in Early Childhood at Florida International University.


  Richard UngurerLook who is joining us this year as Saturday’s Keynote Speaker

                                    Richard Ungerer

“The Future of Montessori Education:  A Global Perspective on Opportunities and Challenges”

Based on Mr. Ungerer’s twelve plus years as Executive Director of the American Montessori Society, he will describe his personal perspective for a “shared vision” of the future of Montessori education throughout the world and especially here in the United States.  What do we need to do to dramatically strengthen and expand Montessori education and build a Global Montessori Movement?

Richard Ungerer is executive director of the American Montessori Society (AMS). Prior to joining AMS in 2005, Mr. Ungerer led a number of not-for-profit organizations committed to enhancing education policy, leadership, and service-learning programs for children and youth. He served as president of the National Institute for Work and Learning, president of the “I Have A Dream Foundation,” executive director of the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, and a special assistant in the U.S. Office of Education. He currently is a board member and Vice President of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and a board and Executive Committee member of the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE).  Mr. Ungerer has a BA from Colgate University with a major in Political Science.  He also has a Master of Social Planning from the Boston College School of Social Work and a Master of Theology from the Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Social Ethics.