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  • December 10, 2014 2:11 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    PNMA CONGRATULATES OUR BOARD MEMBER AND MONTESSORI EDUCATOR, GULSEVIN KAYIHAN ON HER YEARS OF SERVICE AND RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE IN HER COMMUNITY !


    December 6th, 2014 was the 3rd MACTE Symposium in WA.D.C. and recognition of the Elders!!! This is the picture showing the recipients of the "MACTE
    Wisdom of the Elders" award. Starting from the right side: Frank Brainard,
    Betsie Coe, Carmen Delgado, Marina Grau, (next is Rebecca Pelton Exec.
    Director of MACTE), David Kahn, Gulsevin Kayihan, Doris Sommers.

  • December 01, 2014 7:16 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    A TEDx talk I gave has just been posted online!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StASHLru28s

     

    Think you might find it interesting and resonate with the message. I talk about new findings about the brain that are turning long-held ideas about education and life on their head – especially debunking the notion that the most efficient and effective strategy for advancing academic achievement is to focus on academics alone.

     

    Would love to reach people far and wide – with the goal of helping more children thrive and of having more sensible policies for children.  Can you help get word out about the talk?  Please let your colleagues and friends know – reach out to your network of contacts.  Encourage them to share it, reaching out to others they know.

     

    Thanks ever so much.  Much appreciated.

     

    warm regards,

    adele

     

    Prof. Adele Diamond, PhD, FRSC
    Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience      
            University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver

                    adele.diamond@ubc.ca

     

    For anyone moved by the talk to take action, we have created an avenue for that:

    https://startanevolution.ubc.ca/projects/imagine-world-every-child-thrives/

     

    See more details under Breaking News at:  http://www.devcogneuro.com

     


  • November 18, 2014 5:13 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Our first two community meetings for the Seattle Preschool Program will take place this Saturday, November 22 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA). 

    ·        10:00am to 12:30pm - Family Engagement

    ·        2:00pm to 4:30pm - Dual Language Programs

     LOOKING AHEAD TO 4 MORE TOPICS AT THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS:

    • Tuesday, December 2 at New Holly, 7054 32nd Avenue S.    6:00pm to 8:30 pm - Teacher Pathways to Certification
    • Saturday, December 6 at Youngstown, 4408 Delridge Way SW - 10:00am-12:30pm Curriculum & 2:00-4:30 Teacher Training & Coaching 
    • Wednesday, December 10 at Fremont Neighborhood Center, 3:00-5:30 pm - Provider Contracting & Enrollment

    Free food, childcare, and interpretation will be provided.  Please RSVP by emailing preschool@seattle.gov, and let us know if you need childcare or interpretation services.

     

    The City of Seattle Office for Education will be hosting a series of community meetings, which will be an opportunity for community members and key stakeholders to learn more about the various elements of a quality preschool experience, while also sharing their perspective about how each element should be implemented and supported.

    Please share with your colleagues and anyone else who would be interested.  Please also let us know the right people at your organization to receive our updates going forward.

     

    Rachel Schulkin

    Community Outreach Manager

    Seattle Preschool Program

    rachel.schulkin@seattle.gov

    206-684-3942

     

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  • November 18, 2014 5:02 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Join us for a special screening of the documentary

    “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation”

    To air this spring on PBS

     

    Followed by a panel discussion including King County Executive Dow Constantine

     

     

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    6:00 Doors Open * Refreshments and Information Booths

    Program 6:20 to 8:30 p.m.| IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School

    Register Here

     

     

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  • October 21, 2014 4:48 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Diana Mamerto Holz

    Phone: (253) 833-9111
    Website: www.greenriver.edu

    Montessori Cosmic Curriculum 1

    Instructs students on the making and/or use of a wide range of elementary Montessori astronomy, geology, oceanography, geography and ecology material - from Solar System and volcano models, rock specimens, and ocean dioramas to plate tectonics, biome murals, rainforest layers, and water experiments, and many other science activities. These content studies encompass the first and the second great Montessori lessons, namely, The Story of the Universe and The Story of the Earth. The course also includes the relevant Next Generation Science Standards as well as teaching techniques emphasizing science instruction to diverse learners, inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and effective employment of multifarious traditional and online resources. Class meets on the main campus in Auburn on Tuesdays from 5-9pm and in a well-equipped Montessori classroom from 9-3:30 on 1/10/15, 2/7/15, and 3/7/15. Cost is $641.70 for 5 college credits. Instructor: Sandy Johnson


  • October 21, 2014 4:46 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Diana Mamerto Holz

    Phone: (253) 833-9111
    Website: www.greenriver.edu

    NEW TEACHER TRAINING COHORT STARTING IN JANUARY 2015

    Green River Community College is recruiting new students to participate in a cohort for potential MACTE certification at the Early Childhood level. Class meets every Tuesday from 5-9pm on the main campus in Auburn. Two Saturday sessions each month are scheduled from 9-2pm. A 15 hour weekly practicum is required in a classroom of 2 1/2 through 6 year olds. Students attend for four quarters, including summer. For more information, email Diana Mamerto Holz at dholz@greenriver.edu


  • October 03, 2014 12:58 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Hear informative presentations by WFIS, PSESD, and other educators and entities involved with private and independent schools. Learn about schools and legal issues, technology developments, crises planning, social issues and more! Browse a showcase for services and support that are available to private schools at special discounts and rates. Network with your peers and win door prizes!

    Take advantage of the group discount rate! Bring a school team of 3 or more (must register as a group to qualify) so you can benefit from all the breakouts being offered. REGISTER NOW!

    For the complete list of breakout sessions please see:

    https://docs.google.com/a/wfis.org/file/d/0B11o2hAgP31tbzgzUU5sOERJaGs/edit

  • September 17, 2014 9:16 AM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)


     Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead the discussion, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. Seattle Speaks is presented by Seattle Channel, Town Hall Seattle and Seattle CityClub.

     

    Joining the conversation to discuss the impacts of high-quality early learning will be Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess representing the city-endorsed pre-K proposal (Proposition 1B) and Heather Weiner speaking in favor of the union-backed I-107 (Proposition 1A).


    Admission to Seattle Speaks is free but advance registration is required. Register at www.seattlecityclub.org or call (206) 682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and the live televised program at 7 p.m.

    The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel cable 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at seattlechannel.orgJoin the conversation in person or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail. Take the pre-show poll online now: www.seattlechannel.org/seattlespeaks.

     

    SEATTLE voters will choose between two competing preschool-related measures on the November ballot: a city-backed, four-year, $58 million property-tax levy to fund a pilot, high-quality pre-kindergarten program or a union-backed proposal seeking better pay and training for child-care workers.

     

    The next episode of Seattle Speaks will feature a conversation with political leaders and a live audience to consider the future of publicly funded early childhood education.

     

    Should Seattle become one of the few cities in the nation to offer universal high-quality preschool? Or should voters support union-backed Initiative 107, which if approved would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for child-care workers and create a training program for early childhood educators?

    Union members say their proposal would reach more kids. Critics contend the union plan is an unfunded mandate and argue both measures may take away from limited public resources already spread thin across the education system.

     

    Seattle Speaks is an Emmy-award winning program with a real-time, multimedia format featuring audience polling meters, online polling, social media, e-mail and video segments. Previous programs have addressed minimum wage, same-sex marriage, marijuana policy, neighborhood growth, the future of Seattle’s waterfront, youth violence and the state of Seattle Public Schools

  • September 12, 2014 7:14 AM | Mary Moore (Administrator)

    PNMA is sponsoring a sold-out event for Alfie Kohn to speak about “unconditional parenting” at Lake Washington Technical School in Kirkland. www.alfiekohnseattle.org He will be speaking in Tacoma that morning, at an Early Learning Symposium about “How our perceptions of children’s rights and capabilities inform the ways we consider them in the civic discourse.” Registration is required but event is free: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/events/content/early-learning-symposium

     

  • August 11, 2014 11:50 AM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    The Montessori School of Pullman is thrilled to announce that our school is expanding to offer a lower elementary program, beginning this academic year. Within three years we plan to expand to offer upper elementary, too.


    Contact: Beverley Wolff
    Email: montessori@pullman.com


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