Oregon Montessori Association

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


The next Open Advocacy Meeting is TBD!  Coming in late winter or early spring.

Montessori in the Capitol

  • Click here to read and print Governor Kitzhaber’s proclamation for Montessori Education Day in Oregon, February 27th, 2015.
  • Click Here for the Letter to Schools from the MIC Committee
  • In conjunction with Montessori Education Day in Oregon, there will be a Glass Classroom in the Galleria of the Capitol Building in Salem on February 27th, 2015.  Please contact Kari Wax or Cathryn Kasper for more information (email addresses below).  Thank you to Jessica Breed, Emily Daggett and Virginia Stone for serving on this committee and to Glenn Goodfellow for his advisory role!  Thank you to Corvallis Montessori school staff and families for making the Glass Classroom a reality!

Cathryn Kasper, AMI co-chair: 

Kari Wax, AMS co-chair: 

There are currently four areas of advocacy work being done in the state of Oregon.  Contact the chair of the area you are interested in and get involved!

Quality Rating and Improvement System Pilot Project

Mercedes Castle, Chair: 
Hilary Smith, co-Chair: 

Below are links to documents that could be helpful in generating answers for some of the Portfolio questions for those of you who are choosing to participate in QRIS.

Click here for LD2
Click here for LD3
Click here for LD4
Click here for LD6
Click here for LD7
Click here for LD12 – Grace and Courtesy
Click here for LD12 – Required Posting – Discipline Policy
Click here for HS6
Click here for HS1

MACTE Accreditation with the Oregon Registry

Stacey Edwards Russo, Chair: 
MACTE work done by Ingrid Anderson, Mercedes Castle, Stacey Edwards Russo, and Rebecca Pelton.  All AMS Teacher Training Centers are accredited by MACTE.

AMI Accreditation work in progress.  Laura Pilkington, , is heading up this work, and in working in collaboration with Ingrid Anderson of Portland State University Graduate School of Education.

Click here for the MACTE Accreditation Article.
Published with permission by Mercedes Castle.

Click here for the Infant/Toddler Articulation
Click here for the Early Childhood Articulation
Click here for the Elementary Articulation
Click here for the MACTE University Alignments

Native American Montessori Program Support

Hilary Smith, Chair

Began in the fall of 2014, this outreach work is supporting the re-institution of a public Montessori ECE program.  More details coming soon!

Click here for the video link for TEDTalk “Indian school whisperer: Dave Archambault, Sr. at TEDxBurnsvilleED”  This talk articulates why Montessori education is a great match for Native American education programs.

Teacher Licensing

Jennifer Davidson, Chair: 


David Cannon, Chair: 

Research and Resource Links

“School Readiness in Children Attending Montessori-Style Preschools,” May 2014 Forza Vitale!
Jennifer LaBounty, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR

“Latest Montessori Research, March 2012″

Montessori Forward

Oregon Laws and Statutes

Oregon Montessori Association

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