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  • April 05, 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.

    • Seattle at the Teachers Lounge, 8505 Greenwood Ave N, 98103
    • Renton at Luther's Table, 419 S 2nd Street, 98057
    • Redmond at The Matador, 7824 Leary Way NE, 98052
    • Woodinville at The Hollywood Tavern, 14508 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, 98072
    • Port Orchard at Whiskey Gulch, 2065 Bay Street, 98366
  • March 19, 2016 12:00 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Friends going to the NAMTA conference in Portland March 31-April 2 are invited to stop by the table we are sharing for our Northwest professional organizations.  Representatives of PNMA and of OMA will be sharing this table and available to connect with you. Share your thoughts and inspirations with us and maybe lets go get a pint of interest!

    Event Info: NAMTA Conference

  • March 05, 2016 1:00 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Educators are invited to the Montessori Movement event of the Montessori Institute of America.


    Presentations will include:

    Sensitive Periods for Children Under Age 3 - Christine Munn

    Executive Function...The Ability to Self Regulate - Beverly Wolff

    The Contact Person for this event is Debbie Henry 509-710-3431

  • February 27, 2016 12:18 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

    Produced Thursday, February 25

    Presenters: Gay Ward & Margaret Phinney

    For: Early Childhood & Elementary teachers and teacher educators

    Professional Development Hours: 1.5

    Webinar can be rented for 30 days and is available for two weeks after the production date. See details at  

    Direct access from AMS/Teacher Resources/Events/Montessori-Webinars

  • January 14, 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 participate by going to the portal during January to read over any portion and offer comments:

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

    The portal is open through January 29th, 2016. (extended)

    Community input from the fall meetings already informs the process and in the Spring another round of meetings will be offered across the state to review the 1st draft.

  • December 11, 2015 6:11 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    UPDATE: Another Seattle meeting is planned for 12/16 on Capital Hill at Monica's Village Place, 140 23rd Ave. 9:00-11:00 Standards Alignment & 11:30-1:00 Early Achievers Orientation with light lunch...

    Register Here

    Further Online Opportunities for Public Input will be announced in December.

    The Department of Early Learning is in a one year process of aligning the language of the Licensing WAC with the Early Achievers QRIS and ECEAP standards.  The initial work has been supported by the Early Learning Advisory Council and the statewide meetings will be held in November-December and again with the 1st draft in April.

    To attend a community meeting check the ALIGNMENT INPUT-STATEWIDE SCHEDULE with dates, locations and contact person.  This is a great way to be informed and to speak up for language that works.

    Look up your Region by county on the THRIVE MAP and Region List

  • December 06, 2015 8:24 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Jonathan Wolfe Friday presentation: "Blueprint for Change - Helping Children Establish New Behavior Patterns

    Saturday Topics: 

    "Four Relationships Montessori Teachers Must Cultivate Beyond the Child"

    "Wild Fires of the Heart: Dousing the Flames of Anger"

    "Teaching a Second Language within the Montessori Classroom"

    Oregon Montessori educators invite peers from PNMA to attend their Winter event at member rates.  We have a reciprocal agreement and can verify membership.

    Register with this LINK:

  • 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 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.


    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

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