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  • 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:

  • March 26, 2015 10:46 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Gulsevin Kayihan
    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 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

  • February 01, 2015 8:06 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    The PNMA Council is preparing to take on a process of Montessori school verification in the State of Washington. To initiate this effort we have designated a committee and recruited additional members to act as a work group on our project.  

    Charis Sharp has become the Coordinator of the verification project. Members of our organization will be informed regularly about the work of the committee, the goals of the project, and the timeline of action steps.  Our committee also benefits from the generous guidance of Christine Lowry of Montessori Forward.

    We are following the precedent of Maryland Montessori advocates who have created a process in their state that defines the essential standards of Montessori education and established a self monitoring system to represent quality Montessori schools to the State government.

    By networking with Montessori leadership across many states we set goals for progress in Washington.  We also share progress on efforts like inclusion of Montessori credentials in Early Achievers and extending of Early Childhood licensing through 6 years of age.  As our projects are developed we will add pages to our website and post major actions in our news.

  • January 29, 2015 2:21 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Public and children are invited. Visit our beautiful Campus and the classrooms for 2.5 - 15 year olds and see the Cultural displays and Science Fair projects by Elementary and Middle school students. Montessori Academy at Spring Valley, 3:00 - 6:00 pm , 36605 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way. 253-874-0563,

  • January 21, 2015 11:12 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    PNMA has sent a Montessori School Census survey out to our member schools. Any Montessori School in Washington State is welcome to participate. Follow this link:

  • January 10, 2015 2:55 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    Greenwood Chocolati on Saturday January 24th, 10-11:30am

    What is it?
    A structured way to have a conversation around themes generated by its participants. These coffees will be themed around Montessori issues, whichever are important to you! You bring an idea such as:
    How do we keep kindergarten students?
    How do we spread awareness of Montessori?
    What are your favorite places to find Practical Life supplies?
    How do you assist children with unique learning needs?
    What have been your most effective fundraisers?
    What are your favorite classroom traditions?

    and we will it as discuss as a group.

    How does it look?
    1) Write your idea on a post-it
    Everyone writes Montessori topics + questions on post-its.

    2)Vote for your favorite ideas
    Quickly, everyone will put a dot on the post-its that they would like to talk about. Ideas then get sorted by how many dots they have.
    Learn and share!

    3)Talk about what's important.
    Each idea gets 8 minutes, and then a quick check to see if we should spend more time or move to the next idea.

    Where and when is it?
    The next one is at Greenwood Chocolati on Saturday January 24th, 10-11:30a. There will be one once a month at various locations in the Seattle area, including local schools.

    Stay updated or sign up to host one here:

    Who is invited?
    Any Montessorian is welcome! AMS, AMI, and more. Administrators, classroom assistant, trained guides, music teachers, heads of school, and so on. Every role adds a unique and important perspective!

    Why do I care?

    It is so easy to be bogged down, caught up in the present, or just run out of time in our field. I see two vital reasons to use our valuable time and be together: 1) Montessori is an oral tradition, so much history, techniques, experience, and fantastic ideas will be lost if we don't talk to each other. 2) This work requires its practitioners to devote their entire selves. This work is deeply personal, life transforming, and incredibly demanding. We need a community to support us in this undertaking!

    Let's get together and share what we do!

    Karissa Lightsmith, Lighthouse Montessori

  • January 08, 2015 1:44 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    We want to hear from you!  While our Seattle Preschool Program Community Meetings have concluded, we still want to hear from you and your stakeholders on each of the topics discussed.  We have created the following surveys to continue the conversation, gather more input and provide an opportunity for folks who didn’t get a chance to comment.
    Surveys will be available for public comment until January 15, 2015.
    ·         Contracting & Enrollment Survey
    ·         Teacher Training Survey
    ·         Curriculum Survey
    ·         Teacher Certification Survey
    ·         Dual Language Programs Survey
    ·         Family Engagement Survey
    Meeting materials: Copies of all presentations, handouts, and notes from the Community Meetings can be found on the Documents section of our website.  Pictures of the small group discussion and materials by meeting can be found on the Events page of our website.
    Rachel Schulkin
    Community Outreach Manager
    Seattle Preschool Program
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