School Visits

Bring Maria to your school, library, and classroom! She offers upbeat, engaging and educational presentations, assemblies and workshops that inspire, uplift and teach valuable lessons.

And thanks to technology, she can visit classrooms anywhere in the world! But don’t take our word for it. Watch now to hear what professionals have to say about their first-hand experience with Maria. 




See Maria in Action





Maria offers multiple assemblies, programs, and workshops to meet the needs of your group. From Kindergarten to Middle School, she has the perfect package offering for every age, topic and grade level. All programs are 50 minutes long, with the exception of Kindergarten only groups, which are 30 minutes.


Explore the complete list of 2018 program offerings >


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Character is Key

GRADES K, K-2, 1-2 and 3-5


Character education is needed to instill important values such as integrity, empathy, forgiveness, responsibility, and respect. Good character is taught by teaching, modeling, and practice. It is not automatic. Character education is especially important in today’s society since our children are faced with so many challenges that were unknown to earlier generations. Author Maria Dismondy has developed age-appropriate programs for grades K-5. The assemblies will educate children through a series of engaging interactions and uses children’s literature as a foundation to the teachings.



New! Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset!

GRADES K, K-2, 1-2 AND 3-5


In this new assembly, children will learn what it means to have a growth mindset. They will explore the power of their words and thoughts. Through interactive demonstrations and connections to Maria's children's books, children will leave the assembly with actionable steps they can take to make a difference in their day.



Character Is Key: Digging Deeper



In this program, Maria teaches children practical lessons on Empathy, Kindness, and Friendship. Research shows that by increasing important traits like empathy, we will see a decrease in aggressive behaviors.



Literacy Program

Grades K, K-2, 1-2, 3-5 or K-5


In these sessions, children learn how an idea can grow from a real-life experience, and how these ideas can then become writing pieces. This workshop includes the building blocks of writing traits and reading connections.



Writer's Workshop

GRADE level groupings


In these small group sessions, Maria works with one grade level. Provided with grade level writing standards ahead of time, Maria designs a program to reinforce the objectives you are working on in the classroom. A majority of this small group workshop is making connections between Maria's writing strategies and what the children are working on together. 



Finding the Joy in Writing

Middle School Program


This session will focus on engaging and exciting students about meaningful writing activities. Researchers report that students tend to put more effort into their writing if they take pride and ownership in their individuality. Sharing her journey in becoming a published author, Maria will work to foster confidence in students as writers. Participants will learn more about leads, plot, and character development in this program.



Bullying Programs

Grades K, K-2, 1-2 and 3-5 


This program introduces children to strategies they can use when faced with teasing and bullying. Through role-playing and crowd participation, the lessons learned in this session are sure to stick with children!



Family Literacy Night

All school Program plus parents


Maria is available to present to students and families Grades K-6 with a literacy focus. The program is 45 minutes long in the evening with a book signing as well. Pricing available in the Program Guide.




Virtual Visit: Meet Maria Over the Internet

The new trend in author visits


Virtual visits are the new trend in school assemblies. While it’s not as fun as having Maria visit you in person, it can be a lot more feasible financially for schools located outside of Michigan. Maria presents an assembly to students grades K-5 program on being an author and bullying. 


Downloads: Virtual Visit Details & Fee Flyer



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