Oregon Montessori Association

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Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

About

Professional Development

The OMA offers a series of workshops throughout the year for guides, assistants and administrators. These workshops are a chance to deepen our member’s practice in the classroom while providing opportunities for connection. Our Assistant’s Workshops, offered the week before the school year begins, is an annual favorite.  Find out about our upcoming workshops and plan to join us!

Networking

Through our website, our monthly e-mailed news bulletin, and locally written monthly Forza Vitale! articles, we keep our members connected and updated on the latest happenings in the Montessori community. We also offer informal “pub nights” throughout the year, providing another opportunity for both new and long-time Montessorians to get together and share experiences.

Each year we host our Spring Tea, a celebratory gathering to honor exemplary Montessorians in our community and to welcome new graduates of Montessori training programs in the area.

The OMA is also in the process of strengthening our ties with other regional child advocacy groups and Montessori Associations, in particular, our sister group in Washington, the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association.  www.pnma.org/

Community Outreach

OMA promotes the welfare of children by helping to develop greater public understanding and support of child development, which is the essence of Montessori philosophy and methods. Our member volunteers offer presentations on child development that can be shared with the general public in places such as public libraries and community centers. For more information contact us.

History

The Oregon Montessori Association, founded in 1978 by Nancy Hildick and Susan Erceg, brings together all those interested in the Montessori process––parents, and educators. From the beginning, OMA’s vision has been to be an umbrella organization, maintaining a policy of inclusiveness and respect for the diversity of Montessori training available in the United States.

For over thirty years the OMA has served the needs of Montessori guides, administrators, assistants and families, directly contributing to the strength and vitality of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Montessori community. OMA actively seeks ways to continue to serve its members and increase the vital presence of Montessori education in the Pacific Northwest through our workshops, lectures, e-mail newsletters, community outreach, strategic relationships and more.

Oregon Montessori Association

PO Box 82932 Portland, OR 97282 | 503-688-0526
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