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CMA MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER
 
Mission
The Colorado Montessori Association is a membership organization that serves and unites the community of Montessori educators and supporters in our state. CMA prepares a respectful and collaborative environment for advocacy, networking, and professional development, which incubates our individual and collective potential to transform education in Colorado.
Dr. Steve Hughes on "Igniting the Flame Within:
Montessori Education and the Development of the Self"
Limited space available:  Register Now to Reserve a Seat!

What:          Dr. Steve Hughes speaking on: "Igniting the Flame Within:
                   Montessori Education and the Development of the Self"
When:         Tuesday, May 13, 5:30-8:30 pm
Cost:           Free (Limited spaces available - must register ahead)
Where:        Family Star Northwest Center Activity Space
                   2246 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80211
                   Please enter on the North side of the building.

Register by clicking here.  See more details in the Upcoming Community Events section
below, or on Family Star's Dr. Steve Hughes Lecture Website.

*Contact Stefin Woolever directly at swoolever@familystar.net if you have any questions.
RISK AND REWARD
by RB Fast
 
Currency. We all need it and we all use it, even with our children. No, I’m not talking about how painfully expensive it is to have a child, or two, or three. That is obvious. What I am talking about here is the non-monetary currency that all parents use in order to get our children to do what it is that we are wanting from them. C’mon admit it, you do it too.  We are all motivated by one form of currency or another. The reflection that we must make as parents is determining when and how to employ this method with our children. Everyone uses currency, but how it is used is critical to setting the child up for genuine success. Together we will explore a few scenarios that will demonstrate the importance of intentional implementation when going the currency route.  There are a few specific situations in which using currency with your child is likely to cause more harm than good. These include eating, toileting and taking responsibility. We are going to set each of these up into a scenario to help demonstrate how the can have unintended consequences that eventually undo the exact lesson you are hoping to teach. 

Eating: What you might say: “If you eat one bite of broccoli and one bite of chicken you can have ice cream after dinner.” The intention here is clear, you want your child to consume at least a little bit of healthy food and you figure that ice cream calories are better than no calories at all. Nobody wants their child to starve. What your child learned: You are really concerned about food and this is a way to wield a bit of power over you. They throw a fit about dinner and refuse to eat; you repay that behavior with a treat or by making them a new dinner that they like. They know that you care more about them eating than about the quality of foods they eat.  What you can do instead: First of all, the whole family should eat the same thing. Your child needs to see you eating the same foods that she is eating. Serve your child realistic portions. Each portion should be no bigger than the size of your child’s fist. Start by eliminating dessert foods in the house for a little while so that they aren’t even an option. Allow your child to eat until she is full and let dinner be the last food consumed in the day. If your child cleans her plate at dinner and is still hungry later, offer a healthy snack. If your child did not finish her dinner and wants other food later, let her know that you observed that she didn’t eat her dinner and that must be why she is hungry. Remind her that finishing dinner is important for having a full tummy and she can try again at breakfast tomorrow but the kitchen is closed for tonight.  Why it works: We are all just mammals meeting our basic needs. This means that, unless your child has an identified medical condition, she is not going to starve. She may refuse to eat several dinners in a row to see if you will cave and offer a treat. But, ultimately, she will eat the food she is served and the less focus you put on how much she eats the less she will try to use it as a means of getting her way. The hard part for you will be knowing that she is going to sleep hungry. Just remind yourself that she is the owner of her body and she does have to be empowered to take care of it on her own.  

Toileting: What you might say: “Every time you poop in the potty, I will give you a cookie.” I get it. Cleaning up poop sucks. You want it to be over with as soon as possible and you will do anything to move the process along. What your child learned: What your child has learned is that he is not really the owner of his body, you are. Pooping in the toilet is something that he does to please mom and dad but it is meaningless to him. The fact is, the reward for pooping in the toilet is being clean and not smelly. Your child will never be able to retain this understanding if he is being given extrinsic rewards for something that requires internal motivation. What you can do instead: Nothing. Quietly do the laundry and return it to the dresser. Say nothing to your child about having accidents. When he successfully poops in the toilet, do NOT reward him. I encourage you to refrain from celebrating in any way because the celebration makes it about you instead of him. What you can do is help your child link this action to the consequences that it has for him. “Now you will be nice and clean when we go to the park. That must feel good.” Why it works: Eventually everyone uses the toilet. As I have told many parents before, “He will not be in pull ups at the prom.” You can trust that your child will master this skill. Some children master it by age two and some children do not master it until age five. The only thing that your input on the matter can do is make it take longer and be more difficult. Every time you make a negative remark about your child’s accident and every time you reward your child for a toileting success, you are guaranteeing that the process will be a bigger challenge. This is an area where you simply have to trust, observe, and let go of the fact that you cannot control this process. 

Taking Responsibility: What you might say: “If you pick up all of your toys I will buy you a new doll at Target.” You want your child to be respectful and responsible and you don’t want to spend your life cleaning up her messes. Fair enough.  What your child learned: Respect isn’t important, but being respectful so that I can get stuff is important. This one is all about having the right motivation. Do you want your child to be a good person on the off chance that being good might be rewarded or do you want your child be a good person because it is important to be a good person? Doing the right thing shouldn’t be motivated by getting something in return, unless that thing is a feeling of satisfaction that comes from behaving respectfully and being in charge of one’s self. What you can do instead: At my house, we spend a lot of time discussing the importance of taking care of our responsibilities before we give ourselves rewards. We do this by building our responsibilities into our routines. My daughter is allowed to watch a DVD every day while I prepare dinner. However, this is not something that happens right when we get home from school. First she must gather eggs from the chicken coop and she must ensure that her room is tidy and her belongings are put away properly. Sometimes she throws a fit about cleaning up her own mess. She is more than welcome to be upset, but she has to stay in her room if she is screaming and she is welcome to join us or watch a DVD once she has picked up her mess. No compromises. Sometimes she misses out on the DVD because she spends thirty minutes crying. To which I might say, “I noticed that you missed out on your DVD today. Maybe tomorrow you can go right to cleaning up your toys so that you have plenty of time to watch something.”  Why it works: Instead of baiting her by saying, “if you do this I’ll give you that” I emphasize her responsibility instead of the reward. A frequently spoken quote in our house is, “When we take care of our responsibilities, then we get to give ourselves special rewards.” Ultimately what you want your child to understand is that nobody else has the responsibility of taking care of their messes. Nobody likes being with a person who passes off all of their mess onto someone else. This behavior works only through consistency and an understanding that your child is going to push back on this and that may sometimes mean hours of her screaming. It isn’t fun but there is no more important message we can imprint in our children than, “You are responsible for yourself and your actions.”  

Taking these approaches requires being able to stomach some very hard moments with your child that are likely to repeat themselves and test you to your greatest limit. The reward for taking this risk is huge though. You want your child to be challenging you now and learning that you have a firm limit. Trust me you want them to learn this now so that you don’t have to worry about it ten years from now.
 
Article Submitted by: RB Fast, Montessori Academy of Colorado
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
Call to Action - Re: State Mandated Standardized Testing
Colorado Montessori Association is putting together a task force on behalf of the Montessori public schools in Colorado to address mandated State standardized testing. Our goal is to become fully educated on the current and future plans regarding State mandated testing. We then intend to address any concerns that arise in an organized, professional manner in order to effect any change we may require to maintain the mission and vision of our schools. If you would like to be a part of this work, please join our network of collaborators as we pull together the necessary information and garner the support required to start advocating on behalf of our Colorado Montessori public schools. Interested parties contact Sheila Wolfe at sheila.wolfe@dcsdk12.org or Katy Myers at katykmyers@gmail.com.

Call for Presenters - Estes Park Retreat
Save September 25-27, 2015 for the second "Montessori in the Mountains" Conference Retreat at the YMCA Conference Center in Estes Park. This event is sponsored by Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and proposals from presenters are currently invited. (Deadline for proposals is 9/30/14). Please e-mail Dot Thompson dt@mecr.edu to request a Proposal Form or if you have any questions. Retreat registration will start in January 2015.

 
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
 
Dr. Steve Hughes on "Igniting the Flame Within: Montessori Education and the Development of the Self"

Limited Space Available: Register Now to Reserve a Seat! 
 
What:          Dr. Steve Hughes speaking on: Igniting the Flame Within:
                    Montessori Education and the Development of the Self
Cost:           Free (Limited Spaces Available - Must Register Ahead)
When:  
       Tuesday, May 13, 2014  5:30 - 8:30 pm 
Where:       Family Star Northwest Center Activity Space

                    2246 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80211

     Register by clicking here                  
 

                        Please enter on the North side of the building.

*Contact Stefin Woolever directly at swoolever@familystar.net if you have any questions.

Family Star Montessori has graciously offered CMA an opportunity to partner with them on their upcoming speaker, Dr. Steve Hughes, providing up to 35 seats for Colorado Montessori Association members to attend the lecture on "Igniting the Flame Within: Montessori Education and the Development of the Self" by pediatric neurophsychologist Dr. Steve Hughes, free of charge, next Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Dr. Hughes is a renowned advocate for Montessori education and a frequent lecturer at Montessori conferences. Space is limited at the event, so CMA members are encouraged to register with Family Star right away in order to reserve a space.  Click here for more information and to register.

Although there is no charge for the event, if you would like to help CMA cover our share of the cost of the presentation by Dr. Hughes, you are invited to make a donation by sending a check to: CMA, P.O. Box 361, Denver, CO 80202.  


Again, please register by going to http://www.familystar.net/stevehughes/. Tickets will not be available at the door.

If the event is full when you register, you will be put on a wait list and contacted by Family Star if space becomes available. We hope to see many of you there! 
 
Directors' Network Meetings
The Director's Network Meetings will resume in September.  More details to follow.
 
Come and join other Montessori Heads of School as we network, discuss relevant issues and support one another in leading our schools.  Don't miss it!
 
Discussions
Colorado is in the midst of an important conversation about Standardized Assessments and The Common Core State Standards. As Montessorians, we are no exception. We need to lend our voice to the discussion. Is your public Montessori school struggling with how to do your good Montessori work with the disruption of Standardized Assessments?  How are you navigating these complicated waters? Come and discuss How Colorado Montessori Schools are dealing with the changing landscape of Standardized Assessments. We will educate one another on the issues we face and discuss possible solutions to the imposition of new testing requirements on our public Montessori schools. Please join us for this meeting. We will gather on Wednesday, June 4th, from 8:30-10am at The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. Look for an Evite from CMA soon.
Letter From the President...
May 2014

Dear CMA Members and Friends,
 
May is a busy time for educators, and during this extra busy month, many of us are operating with the fatigue that comes at the end of a school year. 
 
We tend to forget that Maria Montessori, our model and mentor over the distance of time and space, was also human, and also felt the pull of fatigue.  She also enjoyed a rest occasionally.  In the recently published journal of her first trip to America she describes the journey, not as a famous educator, but as a woman enjoying an ocean adventure. Reading it made me feel as though I could have had a chat with her, and that she could have been a friend. And it encourages me to put my feet up for awhile, and rest!  I hope it inspires each of you to do the same, taking good care of yourselves so that you can care for others. 
 
Montessori wrote: 
 
RESTFUL VOYAGE! 

The voyage is comfortable and, done in this way, very relaxing. There are small children, older people and even a very old lady who walks on crutches.  Beautiful dining rooms, games rooms and smoking rooms...On the deck there are wicker armchairs and chaise lounges, and plaids ready to use, If the wind rises, immediately awnings are put up as a shelter. When it rains, the awnings are lowered as long as the rain lasts.  Every day there are two concerts; one at five o'clock, the second at eight in the evening.  Stringed instruments accompany the piano. Every evening at dinner time,. around eight o'clock, they announce the musical programme, consisting of five pieces, that will be played during dinner.   

Maria Montessori Sails to America:a private diary, 1913, p. 15     
 
Simple pleasures.  Comfortable surroundings.  Moments of reflection.  We need them all! 
 
Sincerely,

Kathryn Ross
President CMA

                         TEACHER TIP - APRIL

 Tests and the Montessori Child
Illyce Kaarto

Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.
 - Dr. Montessori


Oh, testing!  It begs the question, what is it really all about?  So many thoughts come to mind and, even as adults, we think, "oh, no...testing!"

Oh, the stress!

Just take a moment to ponder how testing might feel to a Montessori child? 

Imagine you are a Montessori third grader.  How fun to be getting out of bed excited to come to school because you just can’t wait to try out your new abilities with your checkerboard!  And after that, you might sew some buttons on a belt you just knit, while helping an interested first grader learn how to do it, too.  Later, you have a plan to compose the longest and happiest poem on the planet and grammar symbolize it with a friend.   Aaahhh….life is good!

But oh!  What’s this?  Testing this week?  OK...I can do this, too!!  I know I can, because I know how to do multiplication on my checkerboard.  I know what multiplication means deeply.  I know most of my multiplication facts, because, not only have I been working with the bead bars for years, but recently, I have been laying out the beads on the checkerboard every day for a month, so I have now internalized naturally their values when multiplied.  And, if I don’t happen to know my eight tables, I know how to figure them out. I can see the beads in my head and count them. I wonder if this will help me on my test?  Yes, I know it will.  I can do math on any test because I can imagine my Montessori math materials in my head.

I also know I can do this test, because I know how to knit a belt and sew on buttons.  I know how to deeply concentrate on my work, and how to find peace in my own mind from my years of enjoying Practical Life.  There were so many steps to making this belt, and I remembered them all!  I also critically thought about any mistakes, and figured out how to fix them.   When I take my time, and breathe, and really think about what I need to do, I can do it!  I wonder if this will help me on my test?  Yes, I know it will.  I can do well on any test because of this sense of peace and calm, and because of my deep thinking skills.

Our Montessori materials are genius.  Do we feel that we have absolute faith in them?  Do we realize what a gift they are?  Are we aware that they can meet our children’s needs so easily?  Can we see how by simply using the materials, our fears about testing may be quelled?  Do we believe that by having faith in our Montessori materials, our children will be growing the skills they need to be happily and easily ready for any test in their lives? 

Our beautiful materials...what a gift from Dr. Montessori.

Article Submitted by: Illyce Kaarto, DCS Montessori

Colorado Education Update

The CCCAP bill has cleared the Senate and is on its way to the governor. The Children’s Campaign did an amazing job of building consensus around the bill and eventually all of the organizations that opposed the bill (CDHS and the Colorado Counties) testified in support of the bill!
JOB POSTINGS

Lead Teachers 

The Montessori Academy of Colorado
Denver, CO
Start Date: June 2014
Position Description

The Montessori Academy of Colorado is seeking a collaboration-oriented lead Primary Guide. This position is responsible for managing a classroom and a staff of co teachers, developing a curriculum and maintaining a Montessori classroom, developing strong relationships with each family enrolled in their classroom, partnering with the lead teachers to ensure programmatic alignment, and providing parent education and transition support services.

Position Requirements
•             AMI or AMS Montessori Certified
•             ECE Coursework Required – AA or BA in ECE Preferred
•             Certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions
•             Medication Administration Certification a plus
•             Minimum 2 years of experience
•             Classroom management experience
•             Clean Back ground check

Contact
For more information about The Montessori Academy of Colorado, please contact Executive Director, Nancy James, at nancy@tmaoc.com with a resume and cover letter.

Montessori Children's House of Denver
Denver, CO
Start Date: August 2014
Position Description

MCHD is currently accepting and reviewing applications for Montessori Certified Lead Teachers at the Toddler and Primary levels in preparation for the addition of 2 classrooms in the 2014-2015 School Year.  Apply now for an opportunity to work within the MCHD community!

Position Requirements
Montessori Certification through a MACTE accredited teacher training program
Bachelor's Degree and 3 or more years' experience are preferred. 

Contact
For more information on position availabilities, click here
Please email or fax completed application and resume to Catrina Amaya, HR Assistant: 
Email: hr@mchdenver.org  Fax: 303-355-8629  Phone: 303-322-8324 x 132

DCS Montessori
Castle Pines, CO

Start Date:  August 8, 2014

Position Description
DCS Montessori Charter School is a public, charter Montessori school located just 30 minutes south of Denver. Our school serves 520 students from 3 years old to 8th grade. We are accepting applications for a Lower Elementary Montessori trained and certified lead teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. We offer excellent salaries, great benefits and a warm, cooperative school environment.

Contact
Visit www.tinyurl.com/dcsjobs to learn more about this job and our application process.

Start Date:  August 11, 2014
Position Description
DCS Montessori Charter School is a public, charter Montessori school located just 30 minutes south of Denver. Our school serves 520 students from 3 years old to 8th grade. We are hiring Early Childhood Teachers for the 2014-2015 school year.  We also have an opening for the remainder of this school year. We offer excellent salaries, great benefits and a warm, cooperative school environment.

Contact
Visit www.tinyurl.com/dcsjobs to learn more about this job and our application process.

Ganeinu Preschool
East Denver, CO
Start Date: August 2014
Position Description
Ganeinu, a small startup preschool for children ages two and a half to five years old, is looking for a full time/part time, Montessori trained, lead teacher/assistant teacher.  Hebrew speaker is a plus.

Contact
For more information and to submit a resume, please email ganeinudenver@gmail.com or call 720 224 8484.

St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Longmont, CO
Start Date: August 2014
Position Description
Dedicated to bringing authentic Montessori education to our students as they move into adolescence, St. Vrain Community Montessori School (SVCMS) seeks a Lead Guide to direct the development of its new middle school program.  We are a community committed to fostering collaborative relationships to build an authentic Montessori Secondary Program in our public, charter school setting. 
SVCMS is 16 miles North of Boulder and 37 miles North of Denver in Longmont, CO.  Since opening its doors in 2009, the school has enjoyed strong and committed faculty and parent communities.  The school’s mission is to educate the Whole Child within an authentic Montessori program in a public, charter school.  It serves roughly 200 students in PK-6th grades.

Position Requirements
Our ideal candidate will bring a diverse skill set, including Highly Qualified status in either the Humanities or Math (or willingness to sit for the Colorado PLACE or Praxis exam for Secondary content mastery), experience working with adolescents, an ability to think creatively in terms of program and curriculum design, adaptability, and proven ability to inspire others to work toward a shared vision.  Knowledge of and experience with Montessori Math materials and lessons is highly valued.  Montessori secondary training also highly valued.

Contact
Please send resume and references to Katie Torres, Head of School at ktorres@svcmontessori.org.

Position Description
St. Vrain Community Montessori School seeks Lead or Co-Lead Guide, Lower Elementary, Lead Guide, Secondary I (12-15), and Guides (2nd Adults) for Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms for the 2014-2015 school year.  St. Vrain Community Montessori School is a five year old PK-8 charter school offering an authentic Montessori education in a public, charter school environment.  Currently, we serve 200 students in 7 classrooms and will grow to approximately 220 students and 8 classrooms next year.  We are the only public Montessori school in the St. Vrain Valley School District.  Our school embraces the Montessori values of respect for self, others and the environment.  We seek to attract prepared adults who embrace our values and model them for students and our community. Our school is located in Longmont, CO.  Within northern Boulder County, Longmont has over 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.  Longmont is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, located 37 miles from Denver and 16 miles from Boulder.

Position Requirements
B.A. Required.  Must be AMS or AMI Montessori credentialed for Primary, Lower Elementary or Upper Elementary as well as “Highly Qualified” under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  Significant lead teaching experience is required because the marriage of providing an authentic Montessori experience in a charter school environment is very demanding. Significant lead teaching experience in an authentic Montessori environment. Familiarity with charter school accountability requirement.  Understanding of standards-based curriculum alignment and progress monitoring systems that ensure achievement of outcomes.  A true desire for collaboration with peers.  A commitment to professionalism, as well as open, honest communication in the spirit of continuous improvement

Contact
Please send resume and references to Katie Torres, Head of School at ktorres@svcmontessori.org.


North Fork Community Montessori School
Hotchkiss, CO
Start Date: June 2014
Position Description
Motivated Primary, Lower and Upper Elementary Teachers wanted.   First time offer to teach at our expanding public Montessori school in the beautiful North Fork valley of western Colorado.    Our valley offers beautiful vistas, a wonderful outdoor lifestyle, and numerous organic farms.  NFCMS has received multiple academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education.  We will be a School of Innovation committed to Montessori principles, but adaptable to the Common Core.  AMI Head of School.

Contact
Send resumes to weyler@deltaschools.com, or call (970) 872-5910.

Bromley East Charter School
Brighton, CO
Start Date: August 2014
Position Description
Bromley East Charter School is looking for an enthusiastic individual who enjoys working with children grades 1st through 3rd.  This position is for a Montessori Teacher in a multi-level classroom who is responsible for all aspects of students’ education. 

Position Requirements
 Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.  Knowledge of arithmetic.  Knowledge of area of teaching and ability to communicate that knowledge.  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality; and interests; learning and motivation; different learning styles.  Knowledge of principles for Everyday Math and Daily Five preferred. Knowledge of Common Core Standards. Bachelor’s degree. Valid Colorado teaching license issued by the Colorado Department of Education.  Student teaching for at least one semester.  Classroom experience preferred.

Contact
Bromley East Charter School actively seeks applications from the most capable, professional candidates.  Please use our online application when applying for this position.    
On-line application found at:  https://brightoncharter.schoolrecruiter.net


Position Description
Bromley East Charter School is looking for an enthusiastic individual who enjoys working with children in 4th and 5th grade.  This position is for a Montessori Teacher in a multi-level classroom who is responsible for all aspects of students’ education.

Position Requirements
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of arithmetic. Knowledge of area of teaching and ability to communicate that knowledge. Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality; and interests; learning and motivation; different learning styles. Knowledge of principles for Everyday Math and Daily Five preferred.  Knowledge of Common Core Standards. Bachelor’s degree.  Valid Colorado teaching license issued by the Colorado Department of Education.  Student teaching for at least one semester.  Classroom experience preferred 

Contact
Bromley East Charter School actively seeks applications from the most capable, professional candidates.  Please use our online application when applying for this position.    
On-line application found at:  https://brightoncharter.schoolrecruiter.net


Full-Time Substitutes
The Montessori Academy of Colorado
Denver, CO
Start Date: June 2014
Position Description

Located just north of downtown Denver, the Montessori Academy of Colorado is a nonprofit Preschool and Elementary dedicated to nurturing the potential of each child we serve, ages 8 weeks through First Grade.  This summer June-August, we have full-time substitute teaching positions in our Nido, Toddler, and Primary communities.  Please visit our website www.montessoriacademyofcolorado.org for more details on the positions and other full-time employment opportunities at MAC. 

Contact
If you’d like to apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Amanda Herman via email amanda@tmaoc.com or fax to 303-623-2611.  

 
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Position posting deadline is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.

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Welcome

CMA would like to welcome Martha Teien to the board.   We thought we would have her introduce herself in her own words:
 
"I have lived in the Vail Valley since 1993.  My oldest daughter first attended Montessori that year and to learn more about what she was doing each day, I decided to take the Montessori training program from MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International). In 1996 I helped start Montessori Children's House in Edwards, CO and then Eagle Montessori in Eagle in 2001. I have since given up ownership of those schools and now direct/own Mountain Montessori in Avon, CO.  In 2004 I started Mountain Montessori with one primary classroom with a group of inspired parents. We doubled in size in 2010 and now serve 60 children each year!
 
In 2010 I was able to obtain my Masters in Montessori Education at St. Catherine University. Soon after I began to present various Montessori topics at national conferences for the Montessori Foundation and MEPI. In 2011 I was invited to join the board of MEPI and was recently elected to continue to serve the next 3 years for the organization as Vice President of MEPI.
 
I have 5 children of my own aged 15-24 years old all of whom started their education with the Montessori pedagogy. I love to run and travel in my spare time."


Welcome, Martha!
CMA NEEDS YOU!
 
Get Involved with CMA... 
Speakers Needed
  • CMA is putting together some mini-presentations with our community members. Are you interested in presenting something cool that you are doing in your classroom? Would you like to speak on a topic that you care about? We want to gather a groundswell of people just like you to come and talk at a CMA workshop. Sound right up your alley? Email CMA at: coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com with some details about yourself and what you might like to speak about.
Articles Needed - Submission deadline: the 3rd Friday of each month.
  • Are you a published author? Would you like to be? Submit your original work to CMA by the 3rd Friday of each month with the possibility of having your article selected for one of the future newsletters. Submit articles for consideration to CMA at coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com with a copy of your article and some details about yourself. (CMA reserves the right to edit all material prior to publication). 
Be a member!
  • If you aren't already, sign up to become a member of the Colorado Montessori Association, by clicking here.  
  • If you are already a member, don't forget to renew your membership now!
Colorado Montessorians unite! Support Montessori advocacy in Colorado while also enjoying the benefits of networking, community forums and discounts on events, including great speakers like David Kahn, Jackie Cossentino, Tim Seldin and Phil Gang!  
 
If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 
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Kathryn Ross - President
RB Fast - Vice President
Rachel Averch - Secretary

Katy Myers - Treasurer
Dot Thompson
Sheila Wolfe
Lyn Mead
Karen Farquharson
Jim Barrett
Martha Teien


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