Oregon Montessori Association

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


If you have an interest in working on Advocacy, please email OMA at

For current and on-going projects, scroll down:

AMI Articulation for 0-3 and 3-6 Diploma Holders

If you hold an AMI diploma for trainings for Assistance to Infancy or for Primary from an AMI recognized training center, which is in good standing with AMI, you can apply for and receive a step on the Oregon Registry step lattice.

Click HERE for instructions on how to apply for a Step in the Oregon Registry.

Montessori in the Capitol

If you are interested in planning the 2017 MIC, please send an email to

Panel and Table Participation at the MetCo Chapter of OAEYC (4/2015)
Click HERE to view the Power Point about OMA’s work in collaboration with Quality Initiatives in Oregon.

Quality Rating and Improvement System Project

Hilary Smith, Chair: 
Committee Members:  Stacey Edwards Russo, Ingrid Anderson, Laura Pilkington
Contributor:  Mercedes Castle

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 (complete)

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.

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

Carrie Brown, Lead

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:  , also working on the Alder Elementary program.  Click HERE for more details.


On-going committee work.  Contact Laura Pilkington,

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 Public Polity Initiative

Oregon Laws and Statutes

Oregon Montessori Association

- PO Box 23352, Portland, OR 97281 | 503-740-8773
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