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Oregon Child Care Training Calendar

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Oregon Child Care Training Calendar

Toddler Summit – Protect Your Body! Presented by Anya Gordon

The next Toddler Summit will be on Tuesday, April 7th from 5:45-7 at The Montessori House of St. Johns (7400 N Jersey St, Portland, OR 97203).As everyone knows, working in the toddler classroom can be a physically demanding job! With that in mind we have asked Anya Gordon, RYT, CCA, Director of Elementum which is a Yoga and Movement Therapy Group located in NE Portland to present a workshop on how to protect your body from repetitive use injuries. Anya has been deeply involved in the workings of the body for the better part of 20 years. She specializes in neurological and movement disorders as well as chronic, difficult to address pain and injuries. She provides knowledgeable, personalized attention through a variety of movement based therapies, so everyone can enjoy a healthy and active life. OMA will be giving 1 hour of credit for attending this workshop.   Guides and assistants are welcome to attend.In order to best utilize Anya’s vast wealth of knowledge please email me if you have any particular injuries or chronic problematic body positions that you would like Anya to focus on. Anya will also discuss how to best position ourselves or how we can work in strengthening exercises as we work.Feel free to bring alcohol or food for a potluck. A special thanks to Kate Mullican for pulling all of this together and hosting!



Heart and Hand Spring Symposium

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.

MetCo OAEYC Breakfast and Mini-Conference

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.


Peace and Justice Fair in Vancouver Washington

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

Toddler Summit

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

Assitant Workshop, Corvallis, August 18th, 9am – 4pm

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:

  1. Learning Environments and Curriculum   2 hours
  2. Understanding and Guiding Behavior       2 hours
  3. Human Growth and Development              1 hour
  4. Observation and Assessment                       1 hour


OMA Assistant’s Workshop in Portland

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.

Registration is open!

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

Children’s Voices at the Congress!

Montessori Elementary Children (ages 6 – 14) – You are invited to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the International Montessori Congress!  

For the Opening Ceremony, Congress coordinators and volunteers will have children walk in a procession carrying flags to represent the 55 countries in attendance.  The children will be led in song by Montessori Elementary guide, Michael Johnson.  The lyrics to the song “Peaceful World” will be displayed on a screen for all participants to sing along.  Your children need not have mastered the song – it will be very fun and natural!  Here is the song with lyrics.
For the Closing Ceremony, there will be two adults leading a song with children gathered on the floor, in a classroom-style group.   We can accommodate about 20 children for this performance, and, again, they do not need to know the song completely.  Song and lyrics
Rehearsal time and performance schedule:
Wednesday, July 31, 10am – 12pm – Rehearsal for Opening and Closing at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C
Wednesday, 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)
Please, consider having your children participate in this unique opportunity to celebrate our community and welcome the wider Montessori world to Portland!  Congress organizers will provide the flags – we are asking children to dress in blue, green and/or white clothes.  To sign-up, contact Jennifer Ryznar via this email:  

Announcing OMA’s New Executive Director

Here is the News Bulletin introducing OMA’s new Executive Director!


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