What is the Oregon Montessori Association?
Founded in 1978, the Oregon Montessori Association is a regional organization of Montessori teachers, administrators, parents, and community members who support vibrant Montessori education in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and beyond. For over 30 years OMA has been serving the needs of the Montessori community through networking opportunities, workshops, the Forza Vitale! newsletter, a News Bulletin, our annual Spring Tea, a resource library, speakers bureau, and more.
Does the OMA certify Montessori schools?
The OMA does not endorse or certify Montessori schools. We are an umbrella organization that supports all efforts to make Montessori education available to children in our regional community.
Parents searching for Montessori schools should bear in mind that the Montessori name is not trademarked, so anyone can claim to run an authentic Montessori environment. See What to Look for in a Montessori School for more information.
Does the OMA offer Montessori teacher training?
We do not offer teacher training, but there are three training centers in Portland and several in Washington. Find training centers here. Training is offered in a variety of formats, and most reputable training centers are accredited by MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). The Association Montessori Internationale offers training for teachers and accreditation for schools, (www.montessori-ami.org/) and the American Montessori Society also offers teacher credentials, (www.amshq.org).
How do I become a member of the OMA?
Membership is open to both schools and individuals who are interested in supporting Montessori in our region. Join OMA today by downloading a membership form and mailing it to OMA with a check or utilizing paypal. Our membership year runs from August 1 to July 31.