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Panel discussions




The path from business to leadership

It is not uncommon for employers to “complain” about university graduates new to a job. ”They are not ready for this kind of work”. “We have to invest hugely before they can become high quality employees”. It is, of course, not the graduates who are to blame, it is the educational system.

What should change in our education system so that it is equipped to prepare strong leaders and motivated potential employees? How is the Montessori system different? What key values/functions should a new graduate have? Let’s discuss this important topic with representatives from big companies - HR managers, opinion leaders, key note speakers, and of course let’s hear the opinion of a young generation of Montessori adolescents: do they feel ready to be the new generation of leaders?

Panelists: C. Foster, A. Lillard, .....


The path to becoming an excellent teacher

Whenever the quality of teachers is discussed in the media an often heard argument is that the most talented teachers do not stay in the profession very long because of low pay and a lack of challenges: another complaint heard is that traditional teaching training does not really prepare teachers to assist children develop their talents so that they can function happily in today’s or tomorrow’s society.

How do we view our Montessori training? Is it a point of arrival or do we need to continue working on ourselves, to be able to give our very best to the children? How long is such a pathway? And how difficult? What phases should we go through as teachers to become the best possible teacher for our children? Does the same hold true for parents? Everyone wants to be the “best parent ever” to their children, but our own shortcomings can sometimes get in the way.

Let’s discuss this topic with real Montessori parents, teachers, key notes, representatives of important groups for teachers and parents and let’s hear the opinion of adolescents: what do we have to do as parents or teachers to be viewed as “great” by the adolescent?

Moderator: Molly O´Shaughnessy
Panelists: I. Fafalios, S. Rao, Tomáš Čakloš


Empowering the adolescent as an agent of social reform

We all know how much the adolescent needs to feel validated and wants to contribute to society. They love to engage in activities that get noticed and at the same time are meaningful to others. Society could offer so many more possibilities for them to fulfill themselves.What should we change in the current education system?

How can we offer them enough space and things to do and be important? Let’s discuss this important topic with representatives from adolescents, teachers, keynote speakers and other relevant opinion leaders.

Panelists: G. Borbolla, S. Elworthy ....


Education for sustainable living

We all know that resources are limited. We all know we should change our behaviour. Nobody knows how soon the effects of our behaviour lead to real disaster. We must teach our children from birth on how to care for the planet and instill a sense of ecological responsibility in them.

One of the Sustainability Goals of the UN (4.7) reads, “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

”Let’s discuss the well-being and future of our precious planet with people who care deeply. Let’s discuss what we all can do towards furthering sustainability, what easy steps we can take in our school and home environment. Let’s hear stories from adolescents on what they have been able to achieve.

Panelists: B. Grazzini, P. Gilding ....