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  • November 21, 2013 5:42 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Montessori educators in WA state will want to watch our progress as we begin meetings with the DEL community outreach to offer our advice and raise our issues of licensing and professional development. 
    This meeting is starting with those who responded to the invitation and should generate a series of meetings to raise the Montessori voice.
    This is the first major opening in our work since we added Montessori credentials to the Career Lattice.  The meeting will be reported on this website and PNMA will follow up with outreach to our members.
    You may send your input to us at
  • November 17, 2013 10:20 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Mary Moore

    Lakshmi Kripalani, one of Maria Montessori's last remaining direct students and a dedicated leader in the Montessori community, has died. She always focused on the children and exhorted adults to improve their own practice rather than tear down the efforts of others. She will be sorely missed.
    In the Fall 2011 issue of Public School Montessorian she urged collaboration of AMI and AMS to reflect the cooperative nature of teachers and schools.  Her column has always been a source of thought about the Montessori community and practices.  Her writing can be seen in archived issues of the PSM edited by Dennis Schapiro and in compilations recently issued.
  • October 16, 2013 3:06 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Castle O'Neill

    Location: Seattle University - Wyckoff Auditorium
    MEIPN is pleased to sponsor John Chatttin McNichols, the AMS 2014 Living Legacy* in a benefit for the AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund. All proceeds will go directly to the Scholarship Fund in his honor.

    Morning Session 9 am -11 am $50.00

    "Human Needs and Montessori Environments"

    This two hour talk, with additional time for questions, will take a look at the ways in which our Montessori environments meet the needs of children. The main focus will be on using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and other theorists as well. This presentation will use slides from Dr. Chattin-McNichols' visits to Montessori schools outside of the U.S.

    Lunch on your own

    Aternoon Session 1 pm -3 pm $50.00

    "Cosmic Education and Advanced Math in Early Childhood : Presentations in 3-6 That Your Elementary Montessori Colleagues Really Hope You Get To"

    The focus will be on two main areas, Cultural subjects and Math. This two hour presentation, with time for questions afterwards, will include demonstrations of less common Montessori materials."

    Register for both Sessions $75, additional donations welcome

    Click below to register or copy into your browser

    *The American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an annual tribute to an individual whose dedication and leadership has made a lasting impact on the AMS community. Your donation in honor of the Living Legacy supports a cherished AMS practice: the awarding of scholarships to aspiring Montessori educators at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

  • September 24, 2013 5:19 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Private schools in WA state are the constituency for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.  I was appointed by WFIS last year to a seat on the ELAC.  Next week we have our 1st organizational retreat on Monday and regular meeting on Tuesday.  The easiest way to share all the content of the meeting and ask for your input is to post the agenda with the listed documents as link:

    I will endeavor to ask for input of educators in private school settings regarding the issues under discussion at each meeting this year.  Please have a look and write to me at if you wish to comment. Dee Hirsch

    The primary purpose of ELAC is to advise the Director of DEL on policy.  The State-Local Coordination Project has a goal of increasing communication between State agencies and Local constituencies through the representatives on ELAC.  Watch for surveys in the private school community that will gather more of your ideas and questions.  ELAC meetings are open to the public and notices are posted at
  • September 19, 2013 2:36 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

    Presenters: Christine Lowry
    For: Early Childhood teachers and teacher educators, and heads of schools 
    WEBINAR REGISTRATION is on the AMS Website
    A complimentary (no-fee) webinar for all our Montessori friends and colleagues, brought to you by the AMS Public Policy Committee.

    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (“QRIS”) are impacting Montessori Early Childhood programs in almost every state. These systems give a grade to every Early Childhood program based on criteria such as the number of plush animals, blocks, and toy figures that are available in the classes, as well as environmental elements including how well teachers interact with children, according to QRIS criteria. The result is that while play-based day care centers may score well, Montessori schools do not.

    You can help protect Montessori education! In this webinar, learn about QRISundefinedthe myths, the truths, the potential threats to Montessori schoolsundefinedand discover how we can work together to advocate for our schools and our children.

    Christine Lowry, MEd, is a member of the AMS Public Policy Committee and a consultant to AMS, offering technical assistance related to AMS’s QRIS special project. A Montessori educator for 20 years, Christine has taught at the Early Childhood level and has owned and administered 2 Montessori schools. She is currently assistant head of school at Willow Oak Montessori, a new charter in NC, as well as the program and educational director and exceptional children's coordinator. In 2012, Christine helped found the Colorado Montessori Association.
  • September 13, 2013 5:26 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    School children can participate: see Pinwheels for Peace to set up your classroom activity.

    We have a message from Sonnie MacFarland:

    NPA encourages you to support the UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21st. The 2013 theme of "Education for Peace" offers an outstanding opportunity to teach peace and the responsibilities of global citizenship at all grade levels during the week leading up to September 21st.  

    Educators will find peace education resources on our AMS homepage, on the UN's IDP page, the International Day of Peace website, and on Facebook at Education Peace Team / IDP NGO Committee. Classrooms are invited to watch the student observance of the International Day of Peace streaming live from the United Nations, starting at 9:00 a.m. New York time on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. This annual event for high school and college students will include a welcome from the Secretary-General, celebrity Messengers of Peace including Dr. Jane Goodall, and a live feed from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti.  We are counting on you to join in a wide variety of International Day of Peace celebrations on September 21st - and be sure to include a 12 noon minute of silence that will circle the globe!
  • July 17, 2013 2:20 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Early Childhood (2.5 - 6) and Elementary (6 - 12). Spring Valley Montessori Teacher Education Program , MACTE accredited. Dedicated to excellence in Education since 1951. Classes starting in September. Please check our website for information:
  • June 30, 2013 12:45 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Your hard working board members are going on a 2 day retreat to plan and prepare for the next year!  We are fortunate to have 6 people joining us for this opportunity help to set our course and find ways to be more involved.  Also we will be meeting Laura Pilkington, the new Executive Director of Oregon Montessori Association.

    All members are welcome to become active on our board and we will follow up our retreat with a report and some announcements here on our website.  We will announce any other summer organization opportunities here in our news.

    Membership renewal is open from July 1 to September 1, so please don't forget us over the summer!
  • April 09, 2013 6:46 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The work PNMA is supporting in WA state has been documented in an article published in the Montessori Leadership periodical of the International Montessori Council, Volume 15, Issue 1 / 2013.  This is distributed to all members of IMC.  We have appreciation for Margot Garfield-Anderson who requested the article and for the editor, Joyce St. Giermaine for the inclusion and presentation of our work.

    The article accounts for the work of Montessori teacher educators to include MACTE Montessori Credentials in the WA Career Lattice and details how this has been accomplished by working with MERIT specialists.  The Montessori credential is now recognized as the qualifying educator document for all levels of education on the lattice.
  • February 04, 2013 5:32 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    ·         Washington State Career Lattice Awards: The Washington State Career Lattice is intended to be a professional development tool to plan your career in early learning, including training and educational goals. Made available through the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant opportunity, Early Care & Education (ECE) and School-Age (SA) professionals placed on the Career Lattice are able to request monetary awards beginning in January 2013 as recognition of their education, employment and training accomplishments. More information can be found at: . Watch the video tutorial for the Career Lattice to learn how you can maximize this tool.

    ·         State-Approved Training Reimbursements: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) offers cost reimbursement for training taken from state-approved trainers in Washington. Professionals who currently work in child care facilities licensed or certified by DEL can access this opportunity through their MERIT professional record. Previously, this was offered through a contract with the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC). More information attached, and will be available at: .

    ·         State-Approved Trainer Support: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) values our approved trainers who provide quality educational opportunities to Washington’s early care and education and school-age professionals. Now available are financial resources to support your career as a trainer. This application is currently available in MERIT, and we will be sharing more information on the DEL website at: and .

    Our frequently asked questions for professionals and trainers, and the MERIT user manuals are currently under revision to include the exciting opportunities above. We are also building quick-step application guides and tutorials to help professionals in a variety of ways. If you have questions about the above, please contact MERIT support services at . All professional development related information can be found on the DEL website at: .

    Thank for your continued support as we build Washington’s professional development system for early care and education and school-age professionals.

    MERIT Support Services

    Department of Early Learning

    Attn: MERIT

    PO Box 40970

    Olympia, WA 98504-0970



    Phone: 1.866.482.4325, option 8

    Fax: 1.360.586.0533


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