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October 14 – October 15, 2016

Early Childhood Center & Sandhills Elementary School
Lewis Rast Road
Swansea, SC 29160


South Carolina Montessori Alliance

Presents the

15th Annual SCMA Conference

Question. Observe. Reflect. Following the Child and the

Scientific Method”

Please join the South Carolina Montessori Alliance for the 15th 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. This year the conference will primarily focus on how to implement and grow STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs in our schools for all students, primary through adolescence.
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!

South Carolina Montessori Alliance Annual Conference

October 23 – 24, 2015

Early Childcare Center & Sandhills Elementary School | Swansea, SC

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Register Today for the 15th Annual SCMA Conference!  Just Click on the button below and you will be directed to the SCMA Conference Registration page in Eventbrite.  From this page you can select your number of tickets, sessions and lunch.  You will be able to pay for your tickets using a debit or credit card.

Please note, you will only be able to pay registration fees with credit or debit cards, we are not accepting payment by PO.   For questions, please email

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For Complete Conference Agenda and Session Information, Click below and download the printable PDF!

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This year the SCMA is offering 40 engaging and interactive sessions for you to choose from.  For a complete description of the sessions and agenda, download the printable PDF!

SCMA Quick Reference Guide to Sessions

by Suggested Audience

 Quick Guide ODF to PNG for Web


SCMA Conference Welcomes John R. Snyder as the 15th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

The SCMA is delighted to welcome John R. Snyder as the 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker.  Mr. Snyder is an essayist, speaker, and poet. He taught and served as an administrator at Austin Montessori School in Austin, Texas, and is former chair of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association, a member of the Montessori Administrators Association, and a charter member of the Montessori Leadership Collaborative. He has also been a regular columnist for the quarterly Public School Montessorian. He holds degrees in music, philosophy, and computer science and the AMI elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute. His website is  He is the author of the acclaimed collection of essays, “Tending the Light: Essays on Montessori Education”.  He retired as a Montessori school administrator in 2013 due to increasing disability from ALS.

Russell Long presenter

Rosie presenter

Teresa Noble presenter

Jody S presenter

Nikki M presenter

lisa howell presenter

sarah galley presenter

beth langley presenter

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

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia- Airport

VFMLID=32668158   10 McSwain Drive

West Columbia, S.C. 29169

The price is $89 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

Thanks to the 2015- 2016 SCMA Conference Sponsors