2016 SCMA Conference

October 14 – October 15, 2016

Conference Registration Begins August 2016!

SCMA Welcomes 2016 Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Linda Karges-Bone

Dr. Linda Karges-Bone will the SCMA featured Keynote Speaker on Saturday, October 15th!


South Carolina Montessori Alliance

Presents the

16th Annual SCMA Conference

The Montessori Guide: Teaching with Spirit

Please join the South Carolina Montessori Alliance for the 16h Annual SCMA Conference.  Building on the success of the previous years, the SCMA is excited to offer again this year dynamic Montessori speakers, interactive workshops and many opportunities to share ideas among colleagues.
The South Carolina Montessori Alliance is a non-profit leadership organization of individuals representing public and private schools uniting together to enhance the growth of Montessori education in South Carolina.  The SCMA Annual Conference provides an excellent forum to discuss this type of dynamic educational environmental.  It provides an opportunity for Montessori educators, administrators and anyone interested in Montessori education to collaborate and share among colleagues.
We hope you will join us this year!

 Registration Begins August 2016


SCMA Conference Welcomes

Dr. Linda Karges-Bone

as the 16th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bone Bio Photo

The SCMA is delighted to welcome Dr. Linda Karges-Bone as the 2016 Conference Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Bone is a popular keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including the National Title 1 Conference (five years running) and the National Differentiated Education Conference. Dr. Karges-Bone combines humor with the latest in brain-based research to deliver uniquely entertaining, enlightening presentations. Dr. Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books on parenting and education. Her most recent book, Rich Brain, Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools, has captured the attention of educators nationwide and is a best-seller in the field. 

A Distinguished Professor of Education with 28 years of experience preparing future teachers, Dr. Karges-Bone travels nationwide and is available to speak at conferences, professional development workshops, banquets and dinners, and school events.

Picture and biographical information originated from the “Education Insite” website at http://www.educationinsite.com/

South Carolina Montessori Alliance Annual Conference

October 14 – 15, 2016

Lexington Four Early Childcare Center | Swansea, SC

Registration Begins August 2016! 

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Questions or Inquiries please email candieg@scmontesori.org

The SCMA has blocked a group of rooms at a discounted rate for the SCMA Conference.

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia- Airport


10 McSwain Drive

West Columbia, S.C. 29169

The price is $109 +tax for 2 double beds

Contact Phone: 803 – 391 – 4000  Please note, this rate is not available online or using the 1800 Reservations Service.  Please contact the local hotel directly to reserve a room.


Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport to Early Childhood Center & Sandhills Elementary School
Head southwest on McSwain Dr toward Sum-Mor Dr   (0.6 mi)
Turn right onto Terrace View Dr   (240 ft)Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 12.40.58 PM
Turn right onto Robin Crest Dr   (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto Whippoorwill Dr   (0.4mi)
Turn right onto US-378 W/Sunset Blvd  (0.2 mi)
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left to merge onto I-26 E toward Charleston  (5.3 mi)
Take exit 115 for US-21/US-176/US-321 toward Gaston/Cayce   (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto US-176 S/US-21 S/US-321 S (signs for Gaston/Swansea)   (0.3 mi)
Continue straight to stay on US-176 S/US-21 S/US-321 S  (1.3 mi)
 Continue to follow US-321  (10.1 mi)
Turn left onto Lewis Rast Rd
Destination will be on the right

Country Inn and Suites

Country Inn & Suites, Cayce, SC Hotel

2245 Airport Blvd.
Cayce, SC  29033
$95 + tax for 2 double beds
Contact Phone: 1 (803) 794-6200  Please note, this rate is not available online or using the 1800 Reservations Service.  Please contact the local hotel directly to reserve a room.
Country Inn and Suites to Lexington Four Early Childhood Center

to 14.1 mi. About 19 mins

1. Head northeast on Airport Blvd toward Tarrytown Ln 0.2 mi
2. Turn right at Tarrytown Ln (signs for I-26 E/Charleston) 315 ft
3. Merge onto I-26 E via the ramp on the left to Charleston 1.6 mi
4. Take exit 115 for US-21/US-176/US-321 toward Gaston/Cayce 0.3 mi
5. Turn right onto US-176 S/US-21 S/US-321 S (signs for Gaston/Swansea)Continue to follow US-321 S 11.7 mi
6. Turn left onto Lewis Rast RdDestination will be on the left 0.2 mi

We are looking for anyone interested in joining the SCMA Conference as a Presenter this year.  It is a wonderful opportunity to share your knowledge, expertise and experience with fellow Montessorians!


  • Expertise directly related to the conference theme.
  • If you have insights and experience in the needs and interests of Montessori teaching, curriculum, childcare, STEM,  or any other ideas that will benefit the Montessori community.

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please complete the Presenter Form.   As a presenter, your conference fee will be waived.

 All Proposals Must Be Submitted By July 15, 2016