MPPI Celebrates the First Montessori Collaborative for Public Policy

MPPI Celebrates the First Montessori Collaborative for Public Policy

For Immediate Release

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State representatives and organization leaders meet to advance Montessori education

November 3, 2015. The Montessori Public Policy Initiative brought leaders and representatives from 26 states to Washington, DC, for a State Advocacy Retreat to learn about and discuss current policy trends and issues in Early Childhood and K – 12 education. This is the first time the MPPI has assembled representatives together from all over the country with the purpose of positioning states to affect public policy effectively and proactively.

“Montessori is probably the best-kept secret in terms of effective methods for reaching all our students. Policymakers need to know about it and craft legislation that allows it to flourish. This gathering has connected and empowered Montessori advocates across the U.S. to make significant changes in how we work together to make that happen,” said Bonnie Beste, Executive Director of the Association Montessori International/USA and MPPI council member.

Topics of dialogue included how Montessori is affected by and can influence:

  • Early Learning Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRISs)
  • Montessori teacher credential recognition in early learning and K – 12 arenas
  • Access to Montessori public, private, and charter schools
  • Childcare Licensing
  • Acceptance of accreditation and recognition in early learning and K – 12 arenas

The retreat included sessions with educational policy leaders such as:

  • Libby Doggett; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education
  • Rebecca Pelton; President, Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
  • Jim Cultrara; Co-Chair, New York Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

Richard A. Ungerer, Executive Director of AMS, closed the meeting by urging the state Montessori advocates to stay connected, work together to develop strategies for change, and become part of a growing movement of Montessori educators.

The retreat was made possible by the Trust for Learning, and supported by the Transparent Classroom, Montessori Services, and Maitri Learning.

About the MPPI: The Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) is a collaborative effort of the Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA) and the American Montessori Society (AMS), which are the 2 largest unifying Montessori organizations in the U.S. MPPI council members are Bonnie Beste, Executive Director, AMI/USA; Richard A. Ungerer, Executive Director, AMS; Patrice Britz, Montessori Educator and Advocate; Sharon Damore, Executive Director, Association of Illinois Montessori Schools; Mary Ellen Kordas, Montessori Consultant; Josh Oboler, Chairman, Montessori Schools of Maryland; Charis Sharp, Head of School, Cedar River Montessori; and Wendy Shenk-Evans, Head of School, Christian Family Montessori School. MPPI Staff are Anna Lovejoy, MPPI State Liaison; and Alyssa Schwartz, MPPI Administrator.

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