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~ Uniting Our Voices for Montessori Education ~

The Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is a catalyst for creating the united common voice required to advocate effectively for Montessori communities. It is our goal to bring together Montessori educators of the Northwest to work in excellence and prosperity; providing meaningful communication to our members and creating a strong Montessori community.


The mission of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is to encourage, support and advocate for excellent Montessori education, as well as unite Montessori communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming PNMA Event:

The Pacific Northwest Montessori Association invites you to join us for our Annual Spring Sharing Fair 

Spring Sharing Fair -
Saturday, May 19  from 8:30 am-12:00 pm 
Sammamish Montessori School - 7655 178th Place NE, Redmond, WA 98052

 Explore 11 3-6 classrooms, one toddler class, and one lower elementary class 

  • Creation Station- this workshop will have an abundance of recycled items for art and craft creations. 
  • Children’s cooking and food preparation workshop.  
  • Science workshop. 
  • Friendship Groups - our school counselor will discuss how she  helps children gain self-regulation, social skills and self-confidence. Children are introduced to tools and skills that help them with everyday interactions with peers, family and teachers. 
  • Brain Gym - one of our teachers who is a certified Brain Gym specialist will show how simple movements can help children learn and self-regulate.
 Interested in being a Vendor?  Visit our Vendor Event Page.

Workshops applicable to all levels, lesson sharing, hands-on activities, and morning refreshments included with your registration!  

MERIT/STARS Credits & WA Clock Hours available.

Online Registration Closed
Register at the Door



As part of our efforts to join forces with other education advocates, we are happy to support the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in their Power to the Profession Initiative  (P2P). The NAEYC website states, “Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. Building on guidelines, frameworks, and standards that currently operate across programs, organizations and states, this initiative aims to establish a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire profession, which will lead to a comprehensive policy and financing strategy for their systemic adoption and implementation." [1]

How does this impact Montessori Schools and Teachers? 
As highly respected voices in early childhood advocacy, NAEYC and other members of the P2P Task Force shape early childhood policy. The P2P Initiative has the potential to influence child care licensing regulations, state requirements for teachers, QRIS rubrics, and other policies that significantly impact Montessori programs. As MPPI, MACTE, and other Montessorians advocate throughout the country for proper recognition of the Montessori credential, it is essential that Montessori teacher preparation be properly classified by an organization as powerful as NAEYC.

Therefore, we are concerned that NAEYC's draft document classifies Montessori teacher preparation as a “specialist" training, to be obtained after other, conventional teacher training. Montessori training fully prepares individuals to meet the knowledge and competencies that NAEYC has set forth for "generalist" early childhood educators, within a Montessori setting. Montessori teachers are generalists who are trained to teach in a specialized setting, but the current NAEYC rubric does not have a way to adequately capture that. We cannot simply request a re-categorization of Montessori training to "generalist" because according to the current draft, teachers receiving credentials from free-standing teacher education programs would only be classified in NAEYC's rubric as ECE I, the lowest level, which would not qualify them as a lead teacher in most child-care licensing frameworks or publicly funded early childhood programs. 

How can you help?
Ask NAEYC and the P2P Task Force to adequately classify Montessori teacher preparation by adding your name in support of this letter before April 28, 2018. You can add your name, and/or the name of your organization, by filling out
 this form. We will submit the letter along with all of the names received, by the April 30th deadline.

For further information, see the full draft of the P2PDecision Cycles 3, 4, and 5 attached to this email.

Thank you for bolstering the Montessori voice, as we advocate for proper recognition of the Montessori teaching credential. Please feel free to reach out to Denise or Wendy with any questions.


Wendy Shenk-Evans
Interim Executive Director


Denise Monnier
Director of State Advocacy

Montessori Public Policy Initiative

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