The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop helps the participant understand the importance of including holidays that reflect both their communities and the world, begin to view their current approach with an anti-bias lens, implement best practices for celebrating a variety of holidays, and provides the means to craft a new holiday policy. In addition to making the school and classroom more inclusive, taking the course helps teachers and staff use holidays to expose children to other cultures’ celebrations, making the festivities a natural teachable moment.
- Setting the Stage
- Starting From Where You Are
- Nurturing a Healthy Identity
- Acquiring a Culturally Responsive Lens
- Building a Community Agreement
- Making Meaningful Connections
The Building an Equitable Holiday Approach Workshop comes with additional information and tools to help you on your journey. These are designed to further your learning, help you assess your program, and implement the changes you want to make so your school and classroom more equitably represents its community and the world.
- Guide on the Side Workshop User Manual
- Windows and Mirrors Meter
- Family Traditions Survey
- By The Numbers Report – Global Survey Results About School Holiday Practices
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is this course for?
This course is intended for all staff interested in changing their classroom or school’s approach to holiday celebrations so that it better reflects the culture of the people in their community and exposes staff and students to other world cultures.
How long does it take to complete the course?
The Montessori Assistants Toolkit course consists of 6 modules that vary in length from 10 to 20 minutes, for a total of 1.5 hours of content. We estimate an additional hour to complete the accompanying exercises in the User Manual workbook. So total, it takes about 2.5 hours to complete the course. We recommend completing the modules over a couple of days to allow time for reflection on and absorbtion of the material and completion of the exercises.
When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced course. Once you sign up, you can watch the videos and complete the suggested activities at your own pace. We recommend that you allow a couple of days to reflect on and absorb the material and complete the exercises.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for at least one year.
Is this a live workshop?
No. This course consists of pre-recorded video lectures and recommended exercises. You may view the videos as many times as desired at your convenience during the year.
How much access do I have to the instructor? Can I ask her questions?
This course is not priced for private access to the instructor. However, you can contact Tammy Oesting using the contact us page on our web site to follow up on questions or content.
Is this a MACTE accredited course?
No. This is an on-demand online course and does not include the timed and in-person components required for MACTE accreditation. It is intended as a professional development workshop.
Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?
A certificate of attendance will be available to you once you finish the workshop. It will be a printable PDF certificate.
Can I receive continuing education hours/credit/units (clock hours) for taking the course?
If you wish to receive continuing education hours, you will need to contact the local licensing agency in your area. If you are counting on receiving continuing education credits, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing. Each jurisdiction handles this differently, has different requirements, and uses different terminology. Below is a list of state agencies that may be able to help you determine if you can receive continuing education hours and how to do so. IMPORTANT: Some licensing agencies do NOT accept credits for online courses that are done on-demand. AGAIN, if you are counting on the credits being accepted, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing.
How do I register multiple people for the course?
Multiple registrations allows a group of people to access the course with their own logins and receive certificates of attendance. Once you purchase more than one course, we will contact you within 48 hours to get the registration information for the additional course participants. (We have to do this part manually, so please be patient). They can then login and view the videos as many times as desired at their convenience.
Alternatively, you can purchase a site license for your entire school, which grants permission for a public viewing of the content to all members of the school community, for instance during an in-service day or other training period.