Keynote - Storytelling and Executive Functioning

“The truth about stories is that’s all we are.” - Thomas King, 2004 Massey Lectures

Montessori knew the power of stories. You probably know the power of stories too. Start telling a story in a compelling way to a class and suddenly the room shifts. The students’ interest is piqued and the challenging behaviours subside and, perhaps, disappear.

Montessori had very clear ideas about when to use stories - and when not to use them - in the classroom. Michael Dorer has spent a career in Montessori schools extending this work and finding new and fanciful ways of weaving the Montessori method with storytelling pedagogy. In this keynote, Michael Dorer explores the three strands of Montessori, stories and executive functioning.

Sit back, grab a coffee and settle yourself into his tale.

Target Audience

K, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary


8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Included in your registration


  • Michael Dorer

    Dorer is an internationally recognized Montessori expert with over 50 years of experience. His passion for and expertise in storytelling as an effective Montessori pedagogy shines through in his book The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom. In this session, he will go deeper into the art of storytelling and its intrinsic connection to developing self-regulation among our learners.

    ‚ÄčMichael Dorer is an internationally trained Montessori educator, specializing in Montessori curriculum and materials, and Montessori teacher education. He has worked with children from toddlers to middle schoolers in Montessori education beginning in 1969 and with teaching graduate student adults in Montessori education since 1978.

    Michael’s educational background includes a doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Montessori credentials from both the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori Internationale. Michael wrote the charter for the world’s first Montessori charter school, and also has broad experience in working with public and charter Montessori schools.

    Michael has served as President of the International Association of Montessori Educators, the Minnesota Montessori Alliance, and The American Montessori Society; with extensive time on each of their boards.

    Michael has written and published Montessori album textbooks. His latest book is The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom from Parent Child Press.

    Michael is the Founding Director of the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT, and is past Director of the Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  He is presently a Senior Consultant for The Montessori Foundation.