Pennsylvania Montessori Alliance – Update on Advocacy Work!
- Thank you to all the Montessorians in our state for your support. It was wonderful to meet many of you at our meeting in Washington DC during the AMS conference. Since then, we have sent out and have uploaded here on our website, form letters for teachers and parents to send to PDE in support of approving Montessori as an Alternative Provider. The response has been great. While we do not have the exact number, it is in the hundreds for sure!
- Three public hearings have taken place. The last hearing has been rescheduled for June 14, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, Sullivan Room, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120. The deadline to register is June 11, 2019 at noon. Please click at the bottom of the page to get more information. In addition, the deadline for written testimony has been extended to June 14, 2019.
- Currently, PMA is working on the cross walk of Montessori and the PA State Standards for all levels. This was a specific request from PDE to those who testified in Philadelphia. As most of you know, this is time consuming work. Thank you to all who shared their examples. If anyone would like to volunteer to help with this work, please contact us immediately at .
Diane, Erin, Marie and Kortney
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!