Pennsylvania Montessori Alliance – Call to Action!

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!