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The Power of Language

  • October 26, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Green River Conference & Event Center
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PNMA Fall Event - "The Power of Language" with Story Teller, Michael Dorer 

"Oral Traditions of the PNW" with Lois Landgrebe

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm 
$90 for PNMA Members & $125 for the General Public

Green River Conference & Event Center
The Grand Hall in the Mel Lindbloom Student Union Building
12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092

WA Clock Hours or Merit/STARS Credits available for this event!

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BOOK SALES - Michael Dorer will have a book table for sales and signing!

Keynote Presentation by Michael Dorer:

Michael Dorer grew up listening to his calming Grandfather’s voice and stories every night before bed. Thanks in part to this gift he, would go on to integrate storytelling in his classrooms and character. In 1969 he began a career as a Montessorian; soon after he began to realize the value of storytelling in his classroom. 

Michael holds several Montessori credentials, was trained internationally, and has taught students from age 2 to 14. He has been involved in Montessori education for over 45 years, including two decades of educating adults to be Montessorians. 

Michael holds multiple degrees including Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Argosy University. After 25 years as Director of Montessori education at St. Catherine University, he went on in 2012 to found a graduate level Montessori program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah called “The Institute for Montessori Innovation”. In addition, since his rediscovery of storytelling as an adult, Michael has pursued the craft with appetite and delights in offering his stories and insights to both children and adults.

At home in Minnesota, Michael and his wife Rose enjoy visiting schools, cooking, and playing with their grandchildren and their Labrador retriever. Currently he writes, lectures, offers consulting, artistic residencies, keynotes and workshops, and professional development.


Afternoon Workshop Presentations: 

  • Montessori Verification
  • Elementary Storytelling - Michael Dorer
  • Storytelling Stones - Francine Pelaez & Sarah Harper
  • Oral Traditions of the Pacific Northwest - Lois Landgrebe

Lois Ann Landgrebe is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and speaks the Snohomish dialect of the Lushootseed.  She has been storytelling for almost 35 years and is certified through the Tulalip Tribes and WA State in the First People’s Language and Oral Traditions.  She has worked for the Muckleshoot Tribal School with the southern dialect, Whulshootseed, and for the Stillaguamish Tribe.

Pacific Northwest storytelling has been her practice from the school bus in Tonasket to a Liberal Studies degree at Antioch University in 2004.  She has told stories at the Hibulb Cultural Center, Sno-Isle Libraries, Stillaguamish River Festival and Issaquah Salmon Days.

Lois has 3 tales of the Salish Sea about the relationship of People and Orca. She shares, “We breathe life into these stories, keeping them alive when they are told.  They are gifts that shouldn’t be thrown away or forgotten.

Interested in being a vendor for this event? Email events@pnma.org.

Thank you to our event sponsor: Whole School Leadership Institute.


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