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Listings now being accepted for Rental Housing for next year’s MECR summer students
January, 2015
Do you have a room, apartment, or house that would be suitable for one of our summer students? To list your rental on our website at no charge, complete the posting at Housing. Questions? Contact us at or at 303-494-3002.

Food Drive Continues!
November 2014
During the summer of 2013, one of our wonderful EC Students, Lisa Lamb, spear-headed a food drive at MECR. We are thrilled to report that our 2014-15 students are continuing this wonderful work and so far we have donated 680.3 lbs of food as well as $115 in cash donations to Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder. Harvest of Hope is working hard to help those affected by the recent flooding in our area. We will continue in these efforts to give back to our local community. Thank you, Lisa!

3rd Annual MACTE Symposium Highlights
The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) held its Third Annual Symposium for Montessori Teacher Educators, December 5-7, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. This event draws teacher educators from around the world. The focus of this year’s Symposium was on recognition of the Montessori teaching diploma/credential by State Departments of Education. Our opening reception honored Dennis Schapiro as the recipient of the first MACTE award for Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education. Denny’s wife Jeanne Andre and their two sons Jeremiah and Tokumbo were in attendance to receive the award.

Tokumbo, Jeanne and Jeremiah

Saturday evening there was a reception to honor the 2014 – 2015 Wisdom of the Elders recipients. Each recipient spoke poignantly with regard to his or her impact on Montessori education. This years honorees included, Dr. Elizabeth Coe, Gulsevin Kayihan, Carmen E.R. Delgado, Marina Grau, David Kahn, Frank Brainard and Doris Sommer. The stories from the recipients and pictures of the event can be found on the MACTE’s website at Symposium 2015 – December 4 – 6, Alexandria, VA.

2014 Wisdom of the Elders Recipients and MACTE President – From Left to Right: Doris Sommer, Gulsevin Kayihan, David Kahn, Rebecca Pelton, Marina Grau, Carmen E.R. Delgado, Betsy Coe and Frank Brainard

Merrie B. King, Ed.D, Director of MECR, had the honor and privilege of presenting two of the honorees: Marina Grau and Carmen E.R. de Delgado.

Great Article on the Growth of Public Montessori Schools in the U.S, from 1975-2014
Click HERE to read.

INVEST IN US – National Effort to Support Early Education
December 2014
On December 10, 2014, President Barack Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Education. Read what individuals, professionals, businesses and not-profits are doing and join the effort! The website is:
Here is one specific example of direct support for Montessori education: Trust for Learning has been supporting national collaborative Montessori for the last three years and they made a commitment at the Summit to continue this work. See more here.

Current EC students Alejandra Duflos and Vicky Thrasher were interviewed on Spanish radio regarding Dual-language instruction.
CLICK HERE to hear the interview.