OMA Spring 2019 Newsletter

Award Season is Open!
Nominations for the Susie Huston Award, for Excellence and Inspiration in Teaching & The Outstanding Dedication Award, for inspiring advocacy in the Montessori Community are open.
Join us in celebrating the work and passion of dedicated Guides and Montessorians across our community by submitting your nominations between March 18th and April 19th, 2019.

Montessori children meet with Governor Kate Brown and Oregon legislators
In spite of the snow, school closures and the cold, we had a fun and active Montessori in the Capitol chapter this year. Activities were led by  OMA member school, The Community Roots Montessori Charter -Silverton, OR. Adolescent students, aka Montessori Ambassadors had a dedicated tour of the capitol and met with several legislators and aides for meetings where they advocated for Montessori Education and discussed the topics most relevant to them. Later in the week, a group of students met in person with Governor Kate Brown, sharing some of the highlights of the week and learning from her experience and wisdom.
Special thanks to Miranda Pickner, Susan Andree and Bridgett Steveson from The Community Roots School and Tammy Ulrich, OMA Vice President, for leading the project.

Wish you could have participated? Join us, we are already planning our next Montessori in The Capitol Session: February 24th, 2021

OMA joins Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition
We have joined dozens of expert organizations dedicated to support and advocate for children’s wellbeing in Oregon, focusing especially on the needs and opportunities for the 129,000 children under 5 years of age living in low-income households.

If you are interested in learning more or participating, join the Early Childhood Coalition Lobby Day, April 9th, 12:00 – 4:00 at the Oregon State Capitol

Workshop Committee is planning the 2019/20 year
Our hardworking workshop committee is already looking for the best speakers/topics/venues for our 2019/20 training calendar. As usual, we would love your input! Ideas and requests are welcomed: just complete this brief survey to let us know your thoughts.

Want to do more? we have spaces available with the committee…full members enjoy complimentary access to all events they help coordinate. Register here, choose the professional development option.

Work Opportunities
In addition to the OMA Job Listing, we provide the space for individuals to connect with the top Montessori schools in Oregon and Washington via the Substitute List. We welcome GuidesAssistants and Admin Staff… Interested? Register HERE

OMA is doing some exciting things… how can I get involved?!
There is plenty to choose from whichever talents and time commitments you have. To get involved,Register HERE

MSJ 2019: Updates
The MSJ 2019 conference in Portland is approaching quickly, here are some of the ways in which you can participate!

1. You can ATTEND the conference: Registration is open and going strong. More information HERE

2. You can VOLUNTEER: before, during or after the conference, there is something for everyone!
Join the dedicated team of volunteers led by Harmony Montessori School. Register HERE

3. You/your school can be a SPONSOR: join in this important work through sponsorship and/or institutional attendance at the event. Learn More HERE

4. You can HOST a participant by participating in the Teachers Helping Teachers Group, a collaborative effort facilitated by OMA and PNMA. Learn More HERE

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