Our colleagues at the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) are working on an important policy issue that has a potential impact on all Montessori teachers. Please read their letter below and consider supporting their efforts.
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." 
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.
Interim Executive Director
Director of State Advocacy
Montessori Public Policy Initiative