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  • August 25, 2015 11:49 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education Courses starting Sept. 8 and 12 at Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley in Federal Way. 

    Early Childhood Course (2.5 - 6 years) starting on Tuesday, September 8th at 2:30 pm

    Elementary I-II Course ( 6 - 12 years) starting on Saturday, September 12th at 8:30 am

    For information: www.springvalley.org 

    Please call 253-874-0563 or e-mail: Justus@springvalley.org

  • July 27, 2015 10:38 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)


    October 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Location: Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton (MAP)
    Individual Fee: $80.00
    Team Fee: $70.00 (for teams of 3 or more)
    Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.

    THE COMPLETE FLYER IS POSTED HERE: PSESD.ORG

    KEYNOTE: Bringing Brain Science into the Classroom
    By Conn McQuinn

    4 SESSIONS with 16 unique presentations for all school levels.

    BRING A TEAM so your school doesn’t miss out on any of the outstanding sessions! Take advantage of the discounted fee of $70/person for a school group of 3 or more!

    Independent School Audience: Building principals, teachers, counselors, school improvement teams, and leaders responsible for curriculum, technology, special/gifted education, and/or vocational programs.

    CLOCK HOURS: 4.5 clock hours will be available for $10.

    An application is in process to MERIT for 5 credits to professionals in DEL licensed centers

  • July 15, 2015 10:04 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Montessori Association, WMA has successfully secured an alternative Montessori teacher-licensing track. WMA sponsored this legislation by hiring a lobbyist, Sarah Archibald, former legislative aide to Senator Luther Olsen. Sarah along with Phil Dosmann, former WMA Board Treasurer and Montessori consultant for WMA, met with key legislators to advance this legislation. Wisconsin becomes one of a handful of states (Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina) that recognize a credential from a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher training for a state-licensing pathway.

      The Wisconsin legislation allows a graduate from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, MACTE, to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school. Montessori trained teachers who complete a rigorous MACTE accredited teacher-training program that includes lectures, practicums and student teaching will be eligible.

      Trained Montessori teachers will need to complete the following requirements: a.) hold a bachelor’s degree, b.) complete a three credit course in special education, c.) earn a passing score on any standardized examinations required by the State Superintendent for a license to teach the same education levels and subjects issued in accordance with existing state law regarding teacher license, including an examination identical to the foundations for reading test administered in 2012 as part of the Massachusetts tests for educator licensures. These tests will include the Praxis I and II.  

    Candidates will also be assigned a mentor teacher who is an experienced Montessori trained teacher during their first year in order to support their professional development in preparation for meeting the requirements for a professional educator license. Additional details will be forthcoming once WMA and DPI representatives meet to define the requirements stipulated in this legislation.

    For more information regarding MACTE and MACTE accredited teacher education programs, please contact www.macte.org.

    Christopher Kjaer

    Wisconsin Montessori Association
    ckjaer@highlandcommunityschool.org

  • June 29, 2015 2:16 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    Contact: Joseph Weisnewski

    Email: weisnewski@mac.com 

    Mr. Joseph Weisnewski will be offering a course of ukulele lessons for teachers at the campus of the Montessori Academy at Spring Valley. The sessions will take place from 7 to 8 PM on the 20th, 22nd and 24th of July. The fee will be $100. 

    The course will include the following items.

    1. Basic orientation.

    2. How to tune the instrument.

    3. Best posture for playing.

    4. How to read chord diagrams.

    5. Strategies for smooth chord changes.

    6. Two chord songs.

    7. Three chord songs.

    8. Song sheets with lyrics and chord diagrams.

    For more information please contact Joseph at weisnewski@mac.com

  • June 15, 2015 8:36 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Jacquie Maughan invites the Montessori community to attend a 5 day  course of Montessori Theory and Principles of authentic practice.

    The course is hosted at Pacific Crest Montessori School, 600 NW Bright Street, Seattle 98107.  The course is intended for Montessori educators at all levels as well as administrators, assistants, parents and board members who seek greater understanding of the adult role in Montessori education.

    Please download this FUNDAMENTALS FLYER to have all the registration info.  This course is not available on the PNMA event system.  Use the registration by mail form on the flyer.

  • April 08, 2015 11:04 AM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Teach-Montessori is a website formed to find teachers for Public Montessori Schools, AND now it is open to all schools looking for Montessori teachers and teachers who are looking for a teaching  job or an internship.  

    Follow this link: http://www.teach-montessori.org

  • March 26, 2015 10:46 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Gulsevin Kayihan
    Email: kayihang@springvalley.org
    Website: www.springvalley.org
    Phone: (253) 874-0563

    MARCH 29, OPEN HOUSE and registration, Montessori Academy and Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley. Tours to visit Children's classrooms (2.5 yrs. - 14 yrs.) and Teacher Education Rooms (ECE and Elementary I-II). Time: 1 - 3 pm. Public invited. Beautiful 14-acre Campus in Federal Way.


  • March 07, 2015 8:54 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)


    Early Childhood Education

     in Washington State

    Shoreline Christian School will host a conversation with Washington State Representative Ruth Kagi on Saturday, March 14, at 10am in the gym at Shoreline Christian School. 

    Rep. Kagi will be speaking on the future of early childhood education in Washington State. This event will be of interest to school administrators, teachers and parents who want to know how child care and preschool in the state will change over the next few years with the roll out of the Early Achievers Program.

    Recognized as a national leader in early learning, Rep. Kagi currently is Chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee in Olympia.

    Rep. Kagi has offered to speak for approximately 20 - 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of questions. There will be a brief reception afterwards with light refreshments available.

    The event is free with registration.

    For questions or more information contact Jonathan Assink at Shoreline Christian at 206.364.7777 or by email.


  • March 01, 2015 3:13 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    DEL Advisory Meeting for Montessori Educators; Friday March 6

    Juliet Morrison hosts this meeting at Educare, 625 SW 100th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98146  

    Agenda for DEL includes:

    • Licensing requirement related to maximum group size
    • Early Achievers Town Halls
    • ECEAP expansion update

    Topics of concern for PNMA include:

    • Recognition of Montessori school essential standards
    • Inclusion of Montessori Credentials in WA State Scholarships
    • Clarification of ratings to Montessori schools in Early Achievers
    We are sharing a summary of the standards for Montessori class size that quotes from our national organizations: Montessori Class Capacity
    Members may comment on the PNMA Project Forum

    NEW PAGES ON OUR WEBSITE: Montessori School Validation
    New content includes the PNMA Validation Project Letter
    Members may comment on the Project News Blog

  • February 27, 2015 6:14 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    DEL will have a competitive process to award new ECEAP slots for the 2015-16 school year. DEL will release the application to become an ECEAP contractor in Spring of 2015.  To help prepare potential ECEAP contractors and providers for this significant expansion and to continue to broaden our mixed-delivery system, DEL has released an ECEAP Readiness Assessment tool and the Minimum Qualifications to become an ECEAP contractor.

    • The Readiness Assessment tool will walk interested organizations through the ECEAP requirements they must meet to provide high-quality preschool.
    • The Minimum Qualifications document outlines current minimum qualifications to become an ECEAP contractor. Organizations applying to become ECEAP contractors must agree to meet the minimum qualifications and requirements outlined in the document. This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change based on legislative action and agency needs.

    If you have questions, please email eceap@del.wa.gov. Thank you for your interest in providing ECEAP services to meet the needs of children and families in your community.

    You are invited

    What: Early Achievers and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Town Hall Meeting in your local Child Care Aware region

    Who:  All early care and education providers, stakeholders and supporters

    Why:  Come join your community partners at an evening meeting to talk about Early Achievers and explore the opportunities to become an ECEAP contractor. DEL staff will facilitate the conversations and looks forward to meeting with you in each Child Care Aware region around the state.

    When:  6:30-8:30 p.m. & Where:     

    March 4:              Tacoma-Pierce Region - Bates Technical College

                                Downtown Campus - Auditorium,

    1101 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA

    March 5:              King County Region - PSESD – Blackriver Training Center

    800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

    March 11:            Southwest Region - ESD 112 - Clark & Pacific Conference Rooms   2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661

    March 11:            Eastern Region – Central Valley High School - The Commons

                                821 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley,WA 99037

    March 12:            Central Region – ESD 105 - Ahtanum Room

                                33 S. 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA98902

    March 16:            Olympic Peninsula Region - ESD 114 - Rooms 132 A & 132 B

                                 105 National Ave N, Bremerton, WA  98312

    March 19:            Northwest Region – Everett Community College – Jackson Center, Senate Room

                                 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201

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