The Colorado Montessori Association is a powerful voice for Montessori advocacy providing a forum for networking and professional growth in the Montessori community. It is a highly functioning, evolving professional organization, unified in its vision, respectful, purposeful and inclusive.
Montessori in Colorado - Complex and Complicated
This December I step down as the president of Colorado Montessori Association. Although I will miss the friendships nurtured through this important work, not just during monthly board meetings, but over 35 years of being involved with Montessori education in this gorgeous state (If you don’t think it’s gorgeous, try leaving it for a while!) change can be invigorating and positive.  And I admit to some fatigue! 
Complex living, or adaptive, systems interest me, and Montessori schools seem to me to be great examples of complex systems.  Even a single Montessori prepared environment filled with children has the qualities of a complex system.  According to the late systems theorist Donella Meadows,* complex systems rely on relationships.  Think of the layered relationships in a Montessori school. Practitioners in a complex system support their fellow practitioners, says Meadows.  Colorado has such variety of workshops, seminars, retreats, and trainings now it’s a challenge to schedule another one.  Complex systems are learning systems, ever adapting to what they observe.  Sound familiar?  When exploring a complex system, first “get the beat”, writes Meadows.  In other words, observe!  We know about that. Systems get stronger by sharing information, she says, and by returning to their inspiration to clarify their purpose, vision, and goals.  Stay close to your Montessori books!  Complex systems rely on communication to solve problems rather than relying on a top-down hierarchical decision making process.  They watch feed-back closely as they decide on their next move.  Observation once again! 
Systems theorists distinguish between complex systems and complexity.  Complicated systems tend to be hierarchical, rigidly structured, linear, data-driven and result oriented.  Could oversight by CDHS, Colorado Shines, and CDE be seen as hierarchical?  Rigid?  Result-oriented? 
The Colorado Montessori Association began simply to support the complex living system formed by the Montessori schools, training programs and teachers in Colorado. We wanted to help build this system, and, on occasion, defend it from what we felt was over-zealous interference, or unnecessary complication.  None of that has changed. If anything, since we began almost five years ago, what I would characterize as over-zealous interference has become more common.  You know what I mean. 
As I step away, CMA carries on with both continuing and new board members. I encourage you to reach out to them and share with this work.  And I look forward to staying involved from a bit more distance, and am excited to watch how Montessori in Colorado grows and evolves.  Thank you for allowing me to serve this community in some small way.
Kathryn Ross
CMA President/Founding Member
*Meadows, Donella. (2008). Thinking in Systems. White River Junction, VT. Chelsea         Green Publishing.
Support critical Montessori research through encouraging
online survey participation

Two Montessori Research Panels have been created to connect researchers with the Montessori Community. The Panels allow Montessori educators and parents to volunteer to participate in important online survey projects up to three times per year. Researchers can access panelists for their work in building the body of knowledge supporting Montessori education. 
Please share the information about joining the panels with Montessori teachers and parents in your state.  We encourage individuals from ALL TRAINING PROGRAMS to participate!  All new teachers who join during the month of November will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!
•       Over 700 Parent and Teacher Panelists have already agreed to be invited periodically to participate in online surveys regarding issues related to Montessori education. 
•       Proposals are reviewed by members of the AMS Research Committee and must be approved by a university Institutional Review Board.
•       For more information about participating or accessing the panel for a project contact
Montessori Teacher Panel Enrollment: Click here
Montessori Parent Panel Enrollment:  Click here
The Colorado Montessori Association Presents:  
​Spring Conference April 29, 2017 DCS Montessori Charter School  311 E. Castle Pines Pkwy Castle Pines, CO   80108 

CMA welcomes your suggestions for topics for workshops.  Areas to be presented are Primary/ Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Secondary, Administration, and Parenting.  How could CMA help meet your needs?
Please click here to fill out our conference survey online.

(Or print off this short paper survey and email it back to us at: if you prefer).
ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! Barbara Coloroso will be the Keynote Speaker at our conference in April 2017
Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 44 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.  

Click here to read more on Barbara

Parenting Safe Children Workshop

The Parenting Safe Children workshop offers valuable information, ideas, and tools to help you prevent child sexual abuse in your home and community! The workshop covers three prevention areas and empowers you to discuss body-safety with children and caregivers in a positive and effective manner. This 4.0 hour workshop is for parents, relatives, educators, therapists—anyone who cares about children!

Click here for registration and additional information
MECR Workshops
We hope you are enjoying the Autumn colors and are happily in the rhythm of a new school year.   We want to tell you about two exciting opportunities coming up at MECR:

We are having two workshops in November with Jackie Cossentino.  Although these workshops are being presented by the NCMPS they benefit all types of Montessori Schools: private, non-profit, public and charter:

Friday, Nov 18 (evening) – Talking about Student Achievement the Montessori Way: Bridging Schools, Parents and Outside Mandates  with Dr. Jackie Cossentino (NCMPS)    6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19 (all day) - Following all the Children: Montessori and Early Intervention  with Dr. Jackie Cossentino   (NCMPS)    9:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.

Both of these workshops will be held at MECR, 4745 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301.

To register and for more information, please go to our website, and look under our continuing development tab, or simply follow this link:
The Family Star Story

This year marks the 25th year anniversary for Family Star. To commemorate the 25 year history and to honor the numerous individuals who built Family Star from the ground up, Dr. Martha Urioste and Amy Clarke Moore have written “The Family Star Story.” This book chronicles the community-led transformation of an abandoned building into a Montessori infant-toddler-parent education center in northeast Denver that became the Family Star.

You can order your copy of “The Family Star Story” online at ($24.95 + fees) or mail in a check made out to “Family Star” for $24.95 – please make note that you would like your copy mailed to you and add $3 for shipping costs for a total of $27.95.

ALL book proceeds benefit Family Star’s Dr. Martha Urioste Scholarship Fund.  The Dr. Martha Urioste Scholarship Fund was established last year in an effort to ensure that all children are given an equal opportunity to succeed. The scholarship helps assist families experiencing financial hardship to cover the cost of tuition and fees, ensuring that no child is missing school due to finances.  Because of the generosity of supporters like you, Family Star has been able to provide more than $20,000 in scholarships to 26 children in the last year. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Mandi Ericson at or at (303) 477-7827.

When: November 17th, 2016 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Mountain Shadows Montessori School, 4154 N. 63rd St. Boulder, CO

Speaker: Gina Abegg, The Compassionate Way Consulting
Topic: Raising Caring Children
Speaker Gina Abegg of The Compassionate Way Consulting will be presenting “Raising Caring Children”. Included will be a PowerPoint presentation including ideas from schools throughout Colorado encouraging peaceful values, such as charitable outreach, ceremonies and celebrations, gifts, visual images, environments encouraging contemplation, nature awareness, little acts of kindness, etc.

If you would like your school to be included in Gina's presentation, please send your images of encouraging peaceful values along with descriptions to  

If you would like your school to Host a meeting, or if you are a speaker, or know someone who might like to come and speak to our group, please email Rachel Averch at
Plan ahead! Pencil in the third Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm, and watch for the e*vites and newsletter announcements each month.
"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
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!  
Without members like you, CMA's work to ensure Montessori training for QRIS quality raters, advocacy for testing options for public Montessori schools, and the passing of House Bill 1276 allowing breakable waivers for Montessori schools wouldn't be possible...

New Membership Tier for Smaller Schools

CMA has a added a new tier rate for School Membership. For those schools that have an enrollment of 75 children or less, the yearly membership fee is $75.00 (a $100 savings). Schools with more than 75 children will pay the regular price.

If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 

Member Schools can now sport the CMA "Member Program" Logo on their websites!
If you are a CMA member school or organization in good standing, it’s worth sharing that information!   That you have chosen to partner with other Montessori programs in the state gives additional credibility to not only your school, but Montessori education in general.
You are invited to add a  “CMA Member Program” logo to your website, or use it in print publications.  We ask that you complete a “CMA Logo Use Application Form”, and send a signed copy to CMA via email to: Upon receipt of a signed agreement, we will respond to your email with a digital version of the program member logo.  


Montessori Teachers
Children's Garden Montessori School
Denver, CO

Montessori Teachers
A small school in the North Cherry Creek part of Denver, Children's Garden Montessori School combines traditional Montessori practices with Reggio Emilio Philosophy.  If you are an experienced, Montessori teacher interested in expanding your knowledge while trying your hand at team teaching, this is the place for you!  We currently have a part-time position available working with our afternoon Primary class (ages 3 to 5 years).  We are looking for someone who is flexible, enthusiastic, and ready to be part of a team.  Hours are 11:45 AM to 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday, beginning in December/January.

Location: Children's Garden Montessori School:  444 Detroit Street, Denver, CO 80206

Contact: Rebecca Howell,

If you have a position that you would like to see posted in the CMA newsletter, please contact us with your position information at: 

Cost:  $35.00 per month for Member Schools, $75.00 per month for Non-Member Schools. 
Position posting deadline is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.
To become a CMA member school, click here.
Get Involved with CMA... 
Articles & Images Needed - Submission deadline: the 3rd Friday of each month.
  • Are you a published author or photographer? Would you like to be? Submit your original work to CMA by the 3rd Friday of each month with the possibility of having your photographs and/or article selected for one of the future newsletters. Submit photographs and articles for consideration to CMA at 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!

Fall Leaf Painting
From Princess Pinky Girl

CMA Board of Directors
Kathryn Ross - President
Martha Teien - President-Elect

Lisa Armao - Vice President
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Terry Brandl - Treasurer
Sheila Wolfe
Jim Barrett

Nina Lindeke
Anne Prosser

Michel Friberg - Administrative Assistant

November Board Meeting:

November 11/29 4:00-6:30 pm
4:00-4:30 pm "Munch and Mingle" with the board and the host school's staff and community members 
4:30-6:30 pm Board Meeting

Location:- Compass Montessori

10399 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


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Member Benefits:

  • Two program administrators are enrolled at no extra charge.
  • Lead teachers receive a $5 discount on membership.
  • Discounts on admission to CMA sponsored professional development events.
  • Featured on CMA website with a link to the school’s website.
  • $40 discount on job advertisements in the CMA newsletter.
Would you like to have an article you have written published, or do you have any great photos or noteworthy events that you would like to share in the CMA Newsletter?  If so, please e*mail CMA! The deadline for newsletter submitting is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.
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