Please come to North End Montessori on Saturday, October 1, for a day of workshops!
NH Montessori Association Professional Development Day
North End Montessori School
698 Beech Street
Manchester NH 03104
8:30 – arrive, register, pay, sign up for 4th session group discussion of your choice,
enjoy hot drinks and snacks
9:00-10:30 – Around the World and Back Again: Connecting and Celebrating Through Music!
Presenter Judith Blood, B.S. in Music Education from UNH, Orff certified, and M.Ed in Integrated Arts at PSC*
10:30-10:45 – break
10:45-12:15 – Children‘s Yoga for the Classroom
Presenter Judi Cofrin, (Certified Yoga Teacher), CYT 200 Riverflow Yoga, Hooksett; CYT 500 Yoga of Energy Flow, Arlington, MA; CYT 200 Creative Kids Yoga, Nashua, NH, Level One Training in Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs, Bachelor’s degree, Granite State College, 3-6 Montessori credential, NMI
12:15-1:00 – lunch break (brown bag or go out)
1:00-3:00 – Recognizing What to Report: Policy and Procedure
Presenter: Angie Pringle, NH Division for Children, Youth and Families, NH Department of Health and Human Services
3:00-3:15 – break
3:15-4:15 – Discussion Groups
A) making practical life practical
B) administrators’ discussion
C)elementary teachers’ discussion
D) special needs students in the Montessori classroom: sharing ideas for success
*Judith Blood has taught for many years in the Kearsarge Regional and Derry Cooperative School Districts, been a clinician at PSU’s Integrated Arts Conference and has taught at Wheelock School, the lab school affiliated with Keene State College, the Brookline NH school district and the Manchester Community Music School. Formerly a faculty member of the Notre Dame College Community Music School, she also maintained a private piano studio. For many years the was the Music Director at Bethany Covenant Church, Bedford. Currently she is a music educator at the Bedford Montessori School and the Clark School, Amherst.
-Bring a bag lunch or go out for a quick bite.
-You will receive six hours of professional development.
-RSVP by sending an email to laura at email@example.com, so we know how many to expect. But last minute arrivals are welcome!
-Cost is $10 per person, payable in advance or on arrival.
Make checks payable to NH Montessori Association and mail to:
2445 Main Street
Bethlehem NH 03574
New Hampshire Montessori Association
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Held at Cornerstone Montessori School
Meeting called to order by Laura Mammarelli at 12:15 PM
Board Members present:
Laura Mammarelli (president), Christine Brown (vice president), Erin Woo (treasurer), Barbara Mansfield (membership).
Juliet Fleisher (vice president)
Other members present:
Claire Doody, Jim Doody, Gail Bannon, approx 20 others. Attendance list attached.
Visitor: Charles Terranova (presenter)
- Review of minutes from 2015 meeting. One correction: Erin Woo is added as treasurer on the slate of officers for election. Minutes accepted with correction.
- Treasurer’s report. See attached. Present balance in NHMA account = $3619.04
- 2015 activities:
- December symposium. Laura described attending the MACTE symposium and taking part in a panel discussion on the NH acceptance of Montessori credentials in Washington DC.
- Teacher registration. Christine spoke on applying to the state for a Master teacher certification. She received hers and was happy to find the members of the state organization pleased that she did. She would like to encourage all NH Montessori members to go through the process and she would be happy to arrange workshops and send out information that would help members collect the information for their application.
- Montessori validation for elementary schools. Laura presented the idea that we try to work towards a similar recognition of our elementary training as we have achieved at the primary level. She will be asking for members to form a committee to study this.
- Northend Montessori annual workshop proposal. Susan Bradley, owner of the school, has offered her space to NHMA in October for a full day of workshops. There are plans to have a selection of workshops. One on teacher credential applications would be one possibility.
- Monarch Network information. Claire Doody explained the enormous benefits that this 2-day workshop will provide attendees, with a wealth of information, lesson plans and ideas across all areas of the curriculum, and the ability to join a large network of schools that all collaborate to increase the population and sustainability of Monarch butterflies. The workshop will be at her school in Amherst NH. The cost is $99 per person, and is paid directly to the Monarch Teachers Network.
- Keene School of Montessori recently contacted area schools to conduct a salary study. Some of members participated. Laura asked the membership if there was interest in conducting one of our own. The general consensus was that it would be very difficult to pull out relevant information, as there are wide differences in various regions of New Hampshire, and that comparisons of salary therefore become somewhat irrelevant. The study will not be conducted.
Meeting adjourned at 12:50 pm
Submitted by Christine Brown, secretary
May 14th, 2016
New Hampshire Montessori Association
Saturday May 16th, 2015
Held at Squam Lake Association
Meeting called to order by Laura Mammarelli at 12:05 PM
Board members present:
Laura Mammarelli (president), Juliet Fleisher ( vice president), Christine Brown (secretary), Gail Bannon ( membership).
Erin Woo, treasurer.
Other members present:
Barbara Mansfield, Clare Doody, Jim Doody, Brianna Frost, Rachelle Pinault, Jordan McDaniel, Susan Curry, Jason Rand, Mantie Pilzer, Kelly Langley, Melissa Jerome, Amy Weston, Janice Nichipor, Joyce Whitney, Meg Jones and Matt Thornton.
Visitor: Christine Lowry, presenter.
Treasurer’s report: Unavailable. Laura Mammarelli will contact the Treasurer, Erin Woo, and email a copy of the report to members. We are in good financial standing.
Minutes from last meeting: Unavailable. Christine Brown, secretary, was unable to locate this document, until after the meeting.
Elections of officers:
Slate of officers presented for election for next 2 years:
Laura Mammarelli President
Juliet Fleisher Vice President
Christine Brown Secretary
Barbara Mansfield Membership
These officers will be presented to the membership via email, and will be voted on in that format.
Proposal to amend byelaws:
Clare Doody proposed to amend the mission statement to read:
“ NHMA will advocate for Montessori education at the local, state, and national level”.
Seconded by Juliet Fleisher
Laura Mammarelli will write out the appropriate request and forward it to the state for addition to our byelaws.
Clare Doody re-presented an invitation for us to partake in the Monarch Teachers Network. They provide workshops on how to use monarch butterflies as a teaching tool in classrooms.
Clare will research this further and send us the information.
Proposal to increase collaboration:
Meg Jones requested that there be an opportunity to exchange information between particularly elementary Montessori teachers, possibly through the NHMA website (an equivalent of the TeachersPayTeachers that currently links public school teachers together) or by forming a group on Facebook. It would require a new page or link on the website. Laura Mammarelli will research how easy that is to do.
Teacher credential and NHMA validation project:
A presentation of what QRIS is, and how it affects member schools, was given before the meeting. The acceptance of Montessori credentials and their entry into the teacher credential grid by the State of NH was described. It is proposed right now, but not yet finalized.
Once it is, members will be informed and encouraged to join the NH Registry, and apply for their own teacher credential.
The NHMA validation process is on-going. A survey containing the proposed standards was sent out to all members, but we would like more input. The survey will be resent, with a follow-up phone call to each school, if possible.
Members present at the meeting approved continuing the process.
Christine Brown will send out an update on what has been achieved so far, with links to useful websites, and a description of the proposed validation process.
As work on QRIS and the validation project continue, NHMA will be looking for members to form committees to take part in the work. Invitations and opportunities will be sent via email.
Meeting adjourned at 12.25 PM
Submitted by Christine Brown, secretary
May 17th 2015
Annual Meeting and Montessori Advocacy Update
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00-12:00-What you need to know about Montessori Advocacy ($30.00 to attend this half day session only)
Location: Squam Lakes Association
534 US Route 3
Holderness NH 03245
Register: Email to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you pay ahead of the workshop, checks to
2445 Main Street
Bethlehem NH 03574
Professional Development credits will be awarded for attendance.
9:00-12:00-What you need to know about Montessori Advocacy
The Time Is Now
This workshop will provide an overview of federal and state policies and initiatives having impact on Montessori education. We will discuss QRIS, environmental rating assessments, and recognition of the Montessori teacher credential. There are challenges we need to understand, but what are the opportunities for us, our schools, and for Montessori in our state and nationally?
You will learn about work being done by your state Montessori organization and how it connects with national organizations like the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), AMS and AMI/USA, and the collaborative Montessori Public Policy Initiative.
The success of the New Hampshire Montessori Association on behalf of the Montessori credential placement on the state Career Ladder, and what this means for you will be explained. The New Hampshire state Validation Project is an exciting opportunity for Montessori schools. Learn more about the project and how you can participate.
We will end the morning with a participatory session to share concerns, answer questions, and how each one of us can be an advocate for high quality Montessori education.
Copyright Christine Lowry, M.Ed. 2015. All rights preserved.
12:15-12:45 Annual Meeting
- Introduce officers: Laura Mammarelli, president; Juliet Fleischer, vice president; Chris Brown, secretary; Erin Woo, treasurer; Gail Bannon, membership coordinator.
- Accept minutes of last meeting.
- Treasurer’s report.
- President’s report.
- Other business.
- Vote for officers.
Meeting on QRIS and Montessori validation Saturday 10/18/14 at Mid-State Montessori in Plymouth.
If you couldn’t make it, we are sorry you missed it, but please do a little research from the links below. QRIS in particular, and our own NH State Validation Project, are issues that are important to ALL Montessori schools in NH. We are eager to get input from everyone.
The morning session, conducted by Kristin Booth, from the Child Development Bureau and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, gave us a detailed look at the Quality Rating and Improvement System, or QRIS, currently being developed in New Hampshire. Click on this link to see an outline of her presentation.
Along with many other states around the country, NH is looking to have all programs that serve children between birth and kindergarten participate in QRIS. It will apply to licensed, center-based early learning and development programs, including child care, Head Start, private and public preschools. Most of NH Montessori schools fall into that category. A 2-year project for the state, and still ongoing, it has long term goals of continuous quality improvement for programs and leading to children that are better prepared for success in school, who will in turn be more productive members of society.
For a comprehensive overview of the whole process, the NH QRIS Logic Model Template is a good place to start:
The rating system will be a points system, that will lead to a “star” rating, that prospective parents of a program can easily access and understand. Although many of the details are not finalized, and funding for implementation is still under discussion, Kristin and her department are giving access to their work up to the present date, to inform and educate programs, and gather feedback as they go forward. A draft of the QRIS Proposed Standards was distributed to attendees, and each section was reviewed and discussed. Setting standards is a fluid process, and there will be some changes over time, but NH is emphasizing the support that they intend to provide, alongside the challenges of meeting standards that improve our programs.
Anyone looking to have a copy of the QRIS Proposed Standards, please contact Christine Brown, at email@example.com and she will send you one.
Working through the details, we highlighted areas that the Montessori community sees as needing to be discussed further. In particular were teacher qualifications, and use of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale, known as ECERS. The web-based Montessori group, Montessori Forward, is a good resource on these issues. NHMA is already in contact with this organization and is receiving input on how to proceed on these issues.
Presently, NH still has a Licensed Plus system on place, that Montessori schools may explore as an intermediate step on the Improvement continuum. It involves mostly program business and administration documentation, and could be a way for programs to be eligible for reimbursements from the state.
We can also be part of the Leadership Collaboratives or Directors Groups that have meetings regularly, courtesy of your local Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R). This is a great way of connecting to the wider child care population, linking to the various state agencies, and hearing about changes in state policy. They also organize a number of very cost-appropriate trainings for teachers and assistants. Got to get those hours!
Laura Mammarelli, president of NHMA, then presented an overview of the work that is ongoing between NHMA and Montessori Forward, and our primary contact there, Christine Lowry. In many states, there is a movement to produce a state validation project. This consists of organizations such as ours (NHMA) creating their own validation procedure for all Montessori schools in e.g. NH, and the state then having a benchmark by which to accept the term Montessori as a valid baseline for a certain set of standards. Maryland, in conjunction with the state of MD, has already done this, and the documents are available on Montessori Forward.
NHMA would like to do this for ourselves. It will be generated by a committee of NH Montessori teachers, and then submitted to NH for their approval. It is in our best interests as well, as it then gives prospective parents a way to gauge the authenticity of Montessori programs throughout NH. And it will also hopefully lead to a more productive discussion with the State of NH on some of the more contentious parts of QRIS for the Montessori community. We are hoping to coordinate some of the work with other New England states, and may arrange a visit from personnel at Montessori Forward as well.
We are calling for interested members to join our committee. Anyone who would like more information on the kind of commitment this may entail (no commitment for asking!) should contact Laura Mammarelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The NHMA held their annual meeting in Meredith on August 16, 2013.
Five members of the Executive Board were present.
1. Officers voted in:
President: Laura Mammarelli
Vice President: Juliet Fleischer
Secretary: Christine Brown
Treasurer: Erin Woo
Membership Coordinator: Gail Bannon
2. Possible presenters for upcoming workshops were discussed and we decided on two for an October 19th presentation: Claire Doody, on the Montessori Language curriculum, and Cynthia Robertson on teaching art techniques. Laura requests that any members that have workshop suggestions, to please contact her.
3. We planned our annual meeting for 2014 on April 12th, in conjunction with another workshop.
4. We voted to appropriate $400 each year to fund announcements on NHPR in February. Laura will arrange the details.
5. Membership renewals are due October 1, 2013; $25 for smaller schools and $50 for those over 50 students. Checks are made out to NHMA and sent to Erin Woo (treasurer) 2445 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574. Gail Bannon, membership secretary, will handle reminders.
6. All workshops held by NHMA will provide hours for continuing education for New Hampshire professional development requirements. We are in the process of getting credit for the recent AMS professional development requirement.
Submitted by Chris Brown
OCTOBER 2013 WORKSHOP
We have a workshop planned for Saturday, October 19.
place: Arts Collaborative, 5 Winona Raod, Meredith NH 03253
9:00-12:00-Claire Doody on language
12:00-1:00-presentation review and networking over brown bag lunch
1:00-4:00-Cynthia Robinson on principles and techniques of art instruction
professional development hours: seven
cost: $50.00/ members, $60.00 non-members
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
JULY 26, 2012 OFFICERS’ MEETING
Notes from New Hampshire Montessori Association
Submitted by Chris Brown
Thursday July 26th at Southern New Hampshire Montessori Academy
Hosted and presented by Deb Hogan
Should we Join Facebook
This meets our stated mission of connecting with and educating interested parents, other teachers and the general population that may want to know more about Montessori.
It is being used by many different groups and already 50% of small and mid-size businesses have a facebook page
People use it to connect, but also to share information. There is also an increasing trend in using it to search for new information
We can develop a network for teachers, and add a blog that exchanges questions and answers to classroom issues. We list job openings and training opportunities, much like on the website. We can provide links to areas of interest and organizations.
This is very similar to the website, but people are already on and using Facebook and they would have to actively search for the website. This becomes a second string to the bow, one that is up and coming in popularity. The newest users are in the 55+ age group (that’s us!!!)
How it Works:
The owner of the page needs to contact people that “like” the page. The page is rather like a bulletin board..a quick synopsis of activities and information. (not loads of pictures, but would still need permission from parents to put any up). Couple of pictures with blurb underneath.
There is a balance of how much content should be added and when. The more activity there is on a page, the higher up the search engine it goes, but too much activity just makes people start to skip or hide your page.
Anyone that visits the page, can “like” it, or post a “comment”. These need to be monitored and removed if needed. Only allowed people can post. This should only be the officers right now. Can “message” others. This is private, like email. Limited to 144 characters.
A blog is more extensive. Often 2/3 paragraphs. Can either be done as a link from the page, or “live”. Teachers could subscribe to a feed, which would either give them an alert that they needed to check in, or give them the full text in the email.
A good way to begin the process is to set up the page and then have the launch as an “event”. Could send an email to parents (if for your own school) asking them to “like” the new page.
Deb has set up a page for NHMA.. She will provide a new email address, that she can monitor. The board can send her content. She will set it up and provide content for now until August 20th when we can review how it is looking and then take on specific responsibilities.
JUNE 2, 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
NHMA Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 2nd 2012 1.30 PM
Laura Mammarelli (president), Gail Bannon (membership secretary), Deb Hogan (IT
specialist), Chris Brown (recording secretary). Apologies from Erin Woo (treasurer) and Juliet
Fleisher (Vice President)
Review and acceptance of minutes from last meeting.
3. Reports from committees and officers:
a) Laura will forward updated Treasurer’s report to all attendees this week.
b) Membership secretary reports approx. 30 members in good standing.
c) IT reports that Constant Contact working well. A paragraph with photos about today’s
workshop will be circulated, after approval by President.
4. Old Business:
Officers are not due for re-election until Spring of 2013.
Teachers’ blog. Laura will contact website coordinator to set up. Teachers will need to
subscribe. Board members will then post at least one short entry each month to initiate use.
5. New Business:
a) Bylaws will be left as standing for now. Annual meeting will be continue to held in
Spring, without a workshop. Plans for the complete upcoming year will be made at these
b) Next meeting will hopefully be held at Bedford Montessori on August 20th, if MissE
Carolan is available on that date to run her Math update workshop. A meeting will be held
c) A request for notes on today’s workshop was discussed. Gail agreed to forward her
document and will refine the workshop. She may then possibly repeat at a later date.
Workshop paragraph will also be added to website.
d) The Board is exploring plans to move away from quarterly workshops to one all-day
session in mid-August each year. Board members will come to the August 20th meeting with
questions and ideas for this format. If approved, Gail Bannon volunteered to begin the work
of approaching good presenters.
e) Deb Hogan volunteered to set up a NHMA facebook page, as an added way for us to
expand our mission to raise awareness of Montessori around the state and to connect to
other Montessori teachers and schools. Members will have to have their own personal
facebook accounts to access this page and to post to it.
6. Meeting adjourned at 3.00 PM
Submitted by Christine Brown
NHMA Board Meeting 2011 Notes
Monday, June 13th 2011
Present: Laura Mammarelli (President), Erin Woo (Treasurer), Chris Brown (Secretary), Gail Bannon (Membership Secretary), Deb Hogan (IT guru!).
Principal agenda item: Website, uses and regular servicing.
A wide ranging discussion ensued on how we use the various current technologies to provide for the needs of the organization.
Principle items that were agreed on:
a) Website should provide a link between member schools and possible parents/employees.
b)Debra Hogan from Southern NH Montessori Academy agreed to maintain the website.
c) There is a need for authentic Montessori communication between teachers, and possibly between school administrators. Deb will set up a Constant Contact account for NHMA. We will also make sure that communication from NHMA is tailored to our Montessori membership.
d) The possibility of a teachers’ blog that was discussed. Also a monthly newsletter is being considered that would be posted on the website, again just once a month, with all relevant information in it, to avoid overloading members’ in-boxes too much.
Administrators may set up a “linked-in” account to communicate between each other. and once some of these changes are in place, we may use Survey Monkey to get feedback from members.
submitted by Chris Brown
March 2011 Meeting Notes
March 25, 2011
Newport Montessori School
Present: Janice Nichipor, Sher Loomis, Juliet Fleischer, Erin Woo, Jordan McDaniel, Christy Whipple, Laura Mammarelli
1. We accepted the minutes from the last meeting.
2. We proposed that we have one person manage certain areas, with others contributing.
Website-Laura Mammarelli will work on bringing someone in on maintaining the website.
NHMA organization events.
3. Erin presented the financial information and the list of current members.
4. For Gail, Laura presented the new brochures Gail has designed and printed, costing the organization nothing. They will be shared at meetings and mailed to schools to encourage members. Gail will work on building membership in the summer.
5. Laura will work on compiling school information in an excel spread sheet during the summer. (Thank you to Carol Dodge at Newport Montessori for sharing her document that we can use). We will work on updating the website.
6. We will discuss whether we want to continue with quarterly workshops, or try a larger, annual event, incorporating the annual meeting.
7. Members will vote by email for officers this month:
Vice president-Juliet Fleischer
Membership coordinator-Gail Bannon.
8. The officers will meet in June to plan for the next year.
9. Those present felt that the statewide open house has not been as effective as expected-mostly because the scheduling is not convenient for different programs.
10. We would like to continue with participating in the International Day of Peace in September, which schools promote in their own communities.
11. When the next meeting is planned the announcement will be sent to the email list.
Submitted by Laura Mammarelli