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  • June 25, 2016 4:56 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Montessori Educators are encouraged to look through our classified ads with over 20 new positions posted in the last month!  This includes opportunities at all levels of Montessori for Administrator, Teacher, Intern and Substitutes.  Help us fill the need for talented professionals by passing along this news to people in your Montessori community.

    Along with these opportunities the Washington State scholarship program includes funds for MACTE approved teacher ed in Washington state as well and tuition free options for completion of undergrad courses and BA degrees in Early Childhood Education.  See the article on our homepage.

  • June 25, 2016 4:35 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    PNMA Council Members will meet on Saturday, July 9 at Cedarbrook Lodge to set our goals for the 2016-2017 year.  The council seeks to build on our work of 2015-2016 by reaching out in our state to grow in our membership and participation.

    One hallmark of the PNMA activity of this year is the Montessori School Verification project.  We have a committee that manages this as an opportunity for Montessori schools to acquire a Verification Certificate and maintain the essential standards of Montessori education while retaining state licensing and capacity of classrooms.

    We value the enthusiasm of over 30 schools that participated in the pilot year of this project and PNMA Council members are committed to the continuance and expansion of this project across Washington State.

    The current PNMA Leadership Council members are listed on our website and can be contacted individually or by any message to us at

  • May 24, 2016 6:00 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    PNMA leadership has planned area meetings for casual conversation about current interests and concerns.  These will be hosted regionally to be accessible  to local educators on 4th Wednesdays at 6 pm.  Attendees get added to a roster for future notices.

    • Greenwood - Seattle at the Teachers Lounge, 8505 Greenwood Ave N, 98103
    • Capital Hill - Seattle at Liberty Bar, 517 15th Ave E, 98112
    • Renton at Luther's Table, 419 S 2nd Street, 98057
    • Bellevue at Paddy Coyne's, 700 Bellevue Way NE Suite 100, 98004
    • Woodinville at The Hollywood Tavern, 14508 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, 98072
    • Port Orchard at Whiskey Gulch, 2065 Bay Street, 98366
  • May 14, 2016 1:13 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Readers of the periodical edited by Denny Schapiro were saddened to lose his voice and see the final issue in 2014.  Now the Montessori community can find the resource renewed online.

    Here is a link to the site with an introduction to the revival:

    MontessoriPublic takes on the goals and ideals of Public School Montessorian: to tell the stories and advance the cause of public Montessori everywhere, and to keep Montessori in the public conversation.

  • May 05, 2016 12:21 PM | Gulsevin Kayihan (Administrator)

    Dear friends,


    I would like to share with you sad news. Madeleine J. Justus, the founder of Montessori Academy and Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley, the first Montessori program in the Pacific North West in 1951, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday night. She was 99.5 years old. She survived two World Wars and the Holocaust to come to the West Coast and spread the Montessori Method.


    Our whole Montessori Community is sad with the news but her legacy , her  wisdom  and her teachings will continue with the young generation of teachers learning from us who learned from Mrs. Justus .  If you would like to see some of Mrs. Justus’s pictures you can  go to Spring Valley  website,

    If you have any pictures with Mrs. Justus or some memories, please share with us at

    Gulsevin Kayihan


  • May 01, 2016 1:50 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    The Department of Early Learning is interested in your input on the alignment of regulations between the licensing, Early Achievers and ECEAP guidelines.  The main effort at this time is to edit the language used among these systems rather than impose new regulations.  But changes will be expected.  You can view the meeting webinars and participate by going to the portal during to read over any portion and offer comments:

    Please use this link to access the Alignment Community Input Portal and share broadly:

    Community input from the fall and sprint meetings already informs the process.

  • November 02, 2015 2:54 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    A notice was sent out to childcare providers today explaining the change of public information on the Child Care Check site about all licensed providers.

    In line with the Early Start Act, all Early Achievers ratings will be posted and every provider is allowed to enter a brief program description on their "facility" page of MERIT.  This is limited to 1000 characters and gives us an opportunity to be clear about the values of Montessori school programs.

    Guidelines for entering this information is contained in the document that was emailed out today to all EA programs in Child Care Check.  Providers can access this portal by looking up your Facility/Site page and scrolling down to the new Program Description.

  • October 12, 2015 4:58 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Educators are invited to register for the free webinars produced by Tim Seldin.  You can register for the series or for one at a time when they are announced.  These are also recorded and available on the webiste after the live webinar.  

    This week is Steve Hughes: The Value of Concentration in Developing Agency

    1:00-2:15 Eastern Time broadcast is 10:00-11:15 Pacific Time

    Go To:

  • October 01, 2015 9:37 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    National Goal: recognition of Early Childhood Montessori Credentials from MACTE Accredited Teacher Education Programs in State Professional Development Systems (workforce registries, career pathways, and state ratings systems).

    Where are we?

    At the end of this week, MACTE will have policy articulations in the revision process in 18 states. This revision includes policy articulations at optimal levels of recognition for credentials from all MACTE accredited teacher education programs, encompassing all seven affiliations.

    In process: AK, AZ, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, IA, ID, IL, MA, MN, NV, NM, NY, VA, WI.

    How far have we come?
    In the spring of 2015, 21 states were identified with Professional Development Systems that had policy articulations that included recognition for Montessori Credentials in Early Childhood. Of those 21, MACTE identified that only three had articulations at appropriate recognition levels or that were inclusive of all MACTE accredited Teacher Education Programs (NH, OR, WA). Those are the states we are currently working to refine.

    Where are we headed?

    MACTE is diligently working to refine the articulations so they are consistent across the country, inclusive of all accredited teacher education programs, and at optimal levels for states that already have policy frameworks for recognition, so that those states become models for replication for the rest of the nation. 

  • September 30, 2015 9:07 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The advocacy for Montessori education, schools and educators is gaining ground as we build relationships and commit to meetings with our contacts at the Department of Early Learning.  

    The Early Start Act passed our state legislature in August and the requirements for licensed programs will be defined by policies in development.  We will be notifying our members of public meetings across the state where new language in the licensing WAC is previewed for general comment.

    The School Verification project sponsored by PNMA will be in a pilot phase this school year.  We will establish a template for defining a Montessori school to be used in the state licensing and ratings.

    The next quarterly meeting will follow a report to be issued by the UW on the results of analysis conducted on the Early Achievers rating system.  Montessori schools which have participated will be asked to share your stories about what barriers have limited ratings for Montessori schools.  The goal is to refine the process and broaden participation.

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