Montessori News

To share school / professional news with our Montessori community, please send a brief announcement to info@mecr.edu. If appropriate, you may attach a 1-page pdf or a photograph to illuminate your news. Please be sure to include contact information in case we have questions.

SAVE THE DATE: Assistant Training with Betsy Hoke, August 9 and 10, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: MECR Workshops, September 16 and 17, 2017

Montessori Pre- School Liquidation Sale in Castle Rock, CO at 949 Parkview St! Open from 3-8 p.m., Friday, April 28th, and 8-8 p.m. Saturday, April 29th. Cash sales only! Please click HERE for pictures.

 Our own Tatenda Blessing Muchiriri, MECR Infant and Toddler class of 2016-2017, is featured in this article about Men in Early Childhood Education. Click HERE to read it.
 

 
 
 

Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award

Through the annual Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award, the American Montessori Society recognizes individuals who have made significant advances in raising the profile of Montessori education. The award is named in honor of education visionary and pioneer Nancy McCormick Rambusch, whose vigorous efforts to bring Montessori to America, garner public appreciation for it, and create the American Montessori Society, were vital to the the growth of the Montessori Movement and the founding of AMS.

2017 Award Recipient: John J. McDermott and Virginia Hennes

AMS bestowed its first Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Awards in 2017. The recipients were John J. McDermott, PhD, and Virginia Hennes

John J. McDermott, PhD

John McDermottMontessori philosophy has always been reflected in John McDermott’s teaching as distinguished professor at Texas A&M and previously as professor at Queens College (New York City). John, closely allied with Nancy Rambusch in the early years of the American Montessori Society (1960s), continues to champion Montessori’s ideas, urging Montessorians to make Dr. Montessori’s philosophy relevant to time and place, specifically to examine the traditions of public education and the needs of an egalitarian society.

Award acceptance remarks by Professor John J. McDermott
Video produced by KAMU/Texas A&M University

Virginia Hennes

Virginia HennesVirginia (Ginny) Hennes has served the Montessori community in so many roles: parent, volunteer, lead teacher, teacher education program director, teacher education instructor, founder of Montessori schools in Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado, field consultant, chair of the AMS Review Committee, member of a MACTE on-sight review committee, and as a MACTE commissioner. She exemplifies a lifetime of service to children and to Montessori education. Ginny retired from the Montessori Center of the Rockies in 2002.

 

Our Own Living Legacy! 
 
Alice Renton named AMS Living Legacy
Alice Renton will be honored as the AMS 2017 Living Legacy at the AMS Annual Conference at the Town and Country Plaza in San Diego, March 9-12, 2017.
Many of you know Alice as an inspirational presenter of Montessori Philosophy, as a sensitive and supportive mentor to new teachers, and as a specialist resource for multi-cultural and bilingual education. Alice holds both AMS and AMI teaching credentials. We are delighted that she will receive this prestigious recognition. She has been and continues to be a bright light in the Montessori sky and we are deeply proud that she has received this well-deserved honor.

 

Please see HERE for exciting opportunities in NEPAL!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Houghtaling, MECR Infant and Toddler Graduate, for her acceptance into the Inaugural Cohort of the AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program!
The American Montessori Society’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program gives structured learning and networking opportunities to a diverse cohort group of 10 – 12 “fellows” in support of their becoming the next generation/s of highly skilled Montessori leaders. Fellows are Montessori-credentialed teachers who have not yet begun assuming leadership positions—but would like to.
The fellows are paired with mentors and brought together through online discussions and in-person interactions for a year of intensive professional development. The program supports their work as emerging leaders in their current organizations and also, potentially, for AMS. Fellows were selected through a competitive application process.

Support critical Montessori research through two online surveys.

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.

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 research@amshq.org.

Montessori Teacher Panel Enrollment: http://tinyurl.com/MontessoriTeacherPanel
Montessori Parent Panel Enrollment: http://tinyurl.com/MontessoriParentPanel

AMS Annual Conference 2018 in Denver
Time flies, so plan ahead for the 2018 AMS National Conference which will come to the Sheraton Denver Downtown from March 22-25, 2018. There will be presenter and volunteer opportunities, as well as invitations to showcase local schools on Thursday tours. Save the dates for your 2017-18 school calendars! There were over 4,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors at the recent AMS Annual Conference in Chicago.

Listings accepted for Rental Housing for next year’s MECR summer students
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 info@mecr.edu or at 303-494-3002.

For information on the CHS Waiver Process please click HERE

Food Drive Continues!
November, 2016
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 students are continuing this wonderful work and so far we have donated 1205.5 lbs of food as well as $115 in cash donations to Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder. HarvestofHopePantry.org 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!

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