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OMA SW Washington Gathering

Join Julie Davis, OMA’s SW Washington Regional Liaison, for a gathering on May 28th, 2015.

Contact Julie for event details: 


Administrators’ Group Meeting

OMA Administrators’ Meeting — THURS. JUNE 4
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
 
at the Barley Mill Pub in The Loft (private room)
    1629 SE Hawthorne Ave., Portland
        HAPPY HOUR beverages and food available
no RSVP required…….Hope you can join us!
We’ll share our school news, joys, concerns, etc., and allow time for “open agenda.”  Our focus for the majority of the meeting time will be as follows:
IMPORTANT Meeting to discuss emerging State policy issues affecting our schools (mostly Primary programs).
 
Are you interested in licensing standardsstaff qualification and Oregon Registry step-rating criteria, and the likely-mandatory QRIS process and standards for Montessori schools?
OMA has been closely monitoring these and other developments in the public sector that are likely to have significant impact on most Montessori programs in Oregon and Washington.  It has become clear that rather than finding ourselves in a reactive mode after rules and policies are already enacted, it’s vital that we play a role in the process so that the Montessori world does not “accidentally” find itself handicapped by mandatory regulations and publicized standards that work against our philosophy and practices.
The effort to do this has been very successful here in Oregon and the Pacific NW, thanks in large part to ongoing engagement by several of our stalwart leaders and volunteers over the past few years.   Relationships have been formed, our needs projected, and a pathway envisioned that appears to be a great opportunity for Montessori to gain recognition and status as one of the largest and most accomplished sectors in the early childhood education field—a model for what policymakers on every level would like to see offered to more and more families in American society.
It’s critical that the broader Montessori community become more familiar with what’s happening, provide guidance, and ultimately be involved where possible—beginning with school administrators.   If we can maintain and expand upon what’s already underway, we can more likely turn a potential threat from “outside” into an opportunity with positive outcomes for us as a community.   Areas, for example, such as licensing standardsstaff qualification and Oregon Registry step-rating criteria, and the likely-mandatory QRIS process and standards for Montessori schools are among those we need to keep working on now as an influential advocacy agent, and this needs your support!
— At the meeting June 4, a specific report on this by our President and executive director will be followed by discussion among those present.  
 
— We’ll also outline OMA’s own 5-yr. development plan worked out at a recent board retreat and seek administrators’ input and discussion about where and how to focus our resources.

School Open Houses 2014 – 15

Hillsboro:

Montessori Cares, Saturday, December 13th, 2014. Click here for flyer.

Portland Area:

Casita Montessori School:  Open House, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30pm.

Franciscan Montessori Earth School:  Click here for dates and times.

Harmony Montessori School:  Open House, Saturday, January 24th, 10am – Noon.
Open House, Saturday, February 21st, 10am – Noon

Montessori of Alameda, Teacher Training Information Night, Thursday, July 16, 6:00 – 7:00pm.  Click here for an Information Night flyer and click here for a  Teacher Training program brochure.

New Farm Montessori:  Open House, Friday, February 20th, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

The Portland Montessori School:  Open House, Saturday, January 31st.  Click here for flyer.

West Hills Montessori:  Open Houses listed below.

West Hills Montessori – SW Portland Campus
Sunday, March 8, 11:00-1:00
www.westhills-montessori.com

West Hills Montessori – Lake Oswego Campus
Sunday, March 15, 11:00-1:00
www.westhills-montessori.com

Westside Montessori International (9am-12pm)
May 23, June 27, July 25
www.wmioregon.com


Oregon Montessori Association

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