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Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program is offering a full-day Symposuim on Saturday, April 4th entitled, “Creative Expression as a Pathway to Peace.”
Click HERE for more details.
This is the annual Tri-County Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children meeting.
OMA Executive Director, Laura Pilkington, will be participating in a panel discussion about how OMA has participated in new State quality initiatives (ORO, QRIS, etc.).
Come network and learn about the work that is being done around the State.
Click here for a flyer and contact information.
Join OMA’s Regional Liaison, Julie Davis, and colleagues and friends in Vancouver, WA on Saturday, September 13th for the “Peace and Justice Fair.”
To volunteer or learn more about the event, contact Julie directly at
June 17th is the next meeting of OMA’s Infant/Toddler Summit for teachers and program administrators.
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: West Hills, Lake Oswego Campus, Melissa Wilcox’s Room
Drinks will be provided, but please bring a snack to share.
Notes from the group’s April 2014 Meeting:
In April 2014 a new Toddler Summit group convened at The Portland Montessori
Collaborative to come together in friendship to meet a discuss ideas and issues, triumphs and tribulations in the Infant and Toddler Environments. Teachers came from infant and toddler classes all around portland and even travelled up from Eugene. Five schools were
The topics at hand ranged from the age separations between infant and toddler, and the differing standards/expectations from CCD for each school. We talked about the importance of snack as a part of the work cycle; honoring it as a part of the child’s self care and socialization needs, and the varying ways and times it can be provided. Nap time difficulties and sensory processing issues and strategies were also discussed. The idea of weight blankets for a calming sensory processing space was loved, and a craft night will be held to construct them.
Most importantly, we established and re-established connections between individual communities, built comaradare, and enjoyed delicious food prepared by all!
If you would like to join the online discussion group, please email
Do you have new-to-Montessori assistants joining your staff for the 2014 – 15 school year? Or, would your staff enjoy a refresher on practical aspects of being an Assistant? Send them to OMA’s informative and practical workshop in Corvallis!
Come join us as we explore what it means to be a Montessori Assistant! Topics include the history of Montessori education, what is Montessori and how does it work, child development ages 0-12 and beyond, roles and duties of the Assistant, observation and how to intervene, practical everyday activities, positive guidance techniques and communication with the Guide.
Hosted by Corvallis Montessori School.
Registration link coming soon! Light breakfast and lunch included in your registration fee.
$60 for Members
$80 for Non-members
6 hours of Set 1 Professional Development hours provided:
- Learning Environments and Curriculum 2 hours
- Understanding and Guiding Behavior 2 hours
- Human Growth and Development 1 hour
- Observation and Assessment 1 hour
Portland Montessori School is hosting our OMA Assistant’s Workshop on Saturday, September 21st, 2013.
The event will open at 8:30am with registration, and will be from 9am – 2:30pm. Refreshments will be provided, though brown-bag lunches are encouraged. Certificates for 5 training hours will be awarded.
This year, OMA is asking assistants to attend with their guides! This workshop will be beneficial for seasoned, as well as new assistants, at all teaching levels. There will be plenty of opportunity for break-out sessions with one another to make plans for your classrooms. Discounted rates will be offered to teams signing-up from classrooms (guide/assistant(s)).
Facilitators will present Montessori theory, offer ideas for environment preparation and care, and encourage communication between staff members within schools.
Fees to attend:
OMA Member: $50 or Member Team (guide/assistant): $80
Additional member of classroom team: $40
Non-OMA-Member: $70 or Non-Member Team (guide/assistant): $100
Additional member of classroom team from non-OMA member school: $60
Montessori Elementary Children (ages 6 – 14) – You are invited to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the International Montessori Congress!
Rehearsal time and performance schedule:
Wednesday, July 31, 10am – 12pm – Rehearsal for Opening and Closing at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall CWednesday, July 31, 3:30pm – Arrival for Opening Performance, Exhibit Hall C. Opening Ceremony 4:00pm – 5:00pm.Saturday, August 3, 2:30pm – Arrival for song practice, Meeting Room A103 (staging at 3:30 and performance at 3:40pm)
Here is the News Bulletin introducing OMA’s new Executive Director!