Montessori Public Policy Committee Adds Specialized Staff

For Immediate Release

Contact: Richard A. Ungerer, Executive Director
Phone: 212-358-1250 x308

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

February 10, 2014, New York, NY—The Montessori Public Policy Committee, a joint initiative of the Association Montessori International/USA and the American Montessori Society, has engaged two professionals to help strengthen its ongoing efforts to address legislative and regulatory challenges for implementation of high-quality Montessori education. Both will be working for the committee part-time.

Christine Lowry, MEd, is the committee’s new public policy coordinator. Kimberlee Belcher-Badal, MEd, is special project consultant. Both bring with them a wealth of experience in Montessori education, public policy, and research, and were selected after an extensive search that included many highly qualified candidates.

Christine will continue to broaden her work with state coalitions to expand the influence of Montessori at the state level through organizing, preparing, and disseminating communications and information about ongoing public policy issues, such as the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and its many components. She will also assist the coalitions with their efforts to grow and collaborate effectively.

Kimberlee will begin research on a portfolio of national initiatives with the goal of identifying and proposing action items to keep pace with the federal policy environment.

Together, the work of Ms. Lowry and Ms. Belcher-Badal will inform the Montessori Public Policy Committee as it looks toward broadening the scope of its advocacy efforts.

For more information contact Richard Ungerer, AMS executive director, or Virginia McHugh Goodwin, executive directive of the Association Montessori International/USA.

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