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Why Book Maria to Speak at Your Event?

Maria Sanders is a dynamic speaker and educator dedicated to fostering positive communication and understanding between schools and parents.

With a wealth of experience in education and parenting, Maria offers engaging talks and programs tailored to both school communities and parents. Her insightful presentations cover a range of topics, including effective communication strategies, fostering a supportive learning environment, and navigating the challenges of parenting in today’s world. Maria’s unique ability to connect with both educators and parents creates an enriching experience that inspires collaboration and strengthens the partnership between schools and families.

Maria’s Topics

Introduction to Problem Solving

Introduction to Problem Solving

This workshop introduces the basic principles of Collaborative Problem Solving, an innovative, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approach to understanding and helping kids and adults with behavioral challenges. Participants learn a more empathic and accurate understanding of what causes unmet expectations and challenging behavior and are exposed to an overview of the three key components of the approach. These courses lay the foundation for attending Essential Foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving.
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Essential Foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving

(level 1)

Essential Foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving (level 1)

This workshop covers all aspects of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Through lectures, role-play, video examples, case studies, and breakout groups, participants learn how to identify what’s really causing unmet expectations and challenging behavior and how to address those causes using a relational and replicable process. After completing the course, participants are eligible to take Advanced Concepts in Collaborative Problem Solving (Level 2).
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How trauma changes our brain:

the impacts on learning and behavior

How trauma changes our brain: the impacts on learning and behavior

This workshop is for teachers and school staff. This workshop empowers educators with detailed information and concrete actions that answer not just the “why” but also the “how” to create the best classroom and school supports for students and the school professionals who serve them.Explore practical tips on incorporating trauma-sensitive practices and perspectives into the classroom and school community. We will focus on the impact of trauma on brain development, the development of neurocognitive skills and the impact that trauma has in the classroom.
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Featured Collaborations

In the Media

Mackeeper
HR
Yahoo
PM
Fox29
Your Teen
WMBC
Bright Horizons
Bronxnet
Guggenheim
Nuheights
NYU

WMBC News

Parenting at Home during the Coronavirus

Fox 29, Philadelphia

Tips and tricks for keeping your family on schedule

PM Pediatrics

Parenting with Calm and Connection

Success stories

What Maria's clients have to say

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The parents of St. James Preschool were so lucky to learn from Maria’s thoughtful and candid presentation. It was filled with real world examples that provided tangible tools for more peaceful relationships with our young children.

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Elizabeth
Parent and School Board Member, St. James Preschool
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As a member of our school’s leadership team in charge of community building, I am delighted to say that Maria’s presentation was well received by the school community. Maria Sanders gave me the insight to connect with my children on a deeper level and encouraged me to look beneath the surface at the root cause of some of the unique challenges we face as parents. Having two children with very different personalities, I feel refreshed and motivated to continue strengthening the bonds between the whole family and coming up with solutions that work for everyone. Her talks a must listen for parents of children of all ages. I also found some of the tools I learned to carry over to everyday life and connecting with one’s spouse.

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Wendy
Union Congregational Nursery School, Leadership team
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Maria Sanders delivered an informative and insightful workshop to Guggenheim staff members with children between ages 2-14. Maria is a gifted facilitator who can create and deliver excellent content while also being sensitive to the emotions of her audience. The Q&A session was particularly well received as she addressed individual questions with concrete, specific tips that were beneficial for all. I highly recommend Maria and would love to have her return!

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Laurie Davis
Talent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
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Maria generously agreed to present to New York University’s Administrative Management Council on Parenting Essentials: Strategies to Support Us During COVID. During a time when employees are very stressed trying to work full time and teach and parent full time, Maria brought a sense of grounding and practical advice. What particularly resonated with me was her slide called “A Child’s Behavior is an Iceberg.” This made me think about my behavior toward my child and how I needed to be more patient and also to take care of myself. I highly recommend Maria!

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Kristi Schwindt Ramos
New York University, Graduate School of Arts & Science
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As a busy pediatrician I am so thankful to have Maria’s help with the myriad parenting issues that arise for our families and their children. Her conscious parenting techniques have helped parents of toddlers to teens in my practice. I continue to recommend her kind, calm and brilliant care to patients and friends alike. I find her immediately able to connect with so many different types of parents – first time parents, parents of multiples, Spanish speaking parents, parents of children with delays and those of anxious over-achievers. She has a true gift. I am grateful to say that she has even helped me with my own kids along the way and has made me a better and more conscious parent.

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M Thomas, MD, FAAP Pediatrician
NuHeights Pediatrics Medical Director, Armada Health
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Thank you so much for giving us the right tools to help us be the parents that are able to help our children thrive, and aid us in raising our girls to be happy well-adjusted kids. From the first few minutes of our first phone call to the last, Maria stepped right in asking the right questions that addressed the issues head-on and guided me to think of the solutions and steps necessary to get the results I envisioned. Not only did Maria help with my concerns about parenting, but she helped to self reflect on my life to better every aspect of it. She was flexible with her schedule, always available for us, trustworthy, dependable and more importantly, she regularly encouraged us that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and for our family.

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Mom of Two
Montral, Canada

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