Pennsylvania Montessori Alliance – Meet in Washington, DC!  

We are gathering together at The Montessori Event this weekend in Washington, DC. Any and all Pennsylvania Montessori Schools are invited to a PMA meeting on Saturday, March 23 from 11:30 ~ 12:30. We will meet in the lobby bar area. There will be a sign that says PMA Meeting Here! Come learn about the exciting advocacy work going on right now in your state!

Two PDE Public Hearings have taken place and two more are scheduled. We had a nice showing of Montessorians testifying in person at the first two hearings. We need more for the next two hearings scheduled in Lock Haven and Homestead. Please join us in DC to find out ways you can help. Now is the time to get involved! If we do not get the Montessori credential recognized during this PDE review of Chapter 49, it will be another 10-12 years before we can try again.

Thanks and hope to see you all on Saturday at our meeting in DC!

Erin, Diane and Marie

The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is preparing to undertake a mandated 10-year major review of Chapter 49 of Section 22 of the Pennsylvania Code. Chapter 49 establishes state requirements for preparation, certification, and continuing professional education for professional personnel employed in Pennsylvania’s pre-k-12 education system.

As an initial step in this review process, PDE has engaged stakeholders to provide input on potential amendments to Chapter 49. The State Board of Education will conduct a series of regional public hearings to receive input from interested parties on draft proposed amendments to Chapter 49 (Certification of Professional Personnel). The first hearing is March 4th with a registration deadline of February 27th. Please see complete list of hearings and important dates under the Advocacy Tab.

We are trying to mobilize Montessorians across that state to testify at the PDE hearings. If you are interested in either testifying at a hearing or providing written testimony, please contact PMA at so we can coordinate our testimony and make sure we have a unified voice. We are working with MPPI and MACTE to prepare for the hearings.

This is our opportunity to give feedback to the state and to be involved in the continued process of the complete review of Chapter 49. We need your help. Now is the time to get involved!