On Tuesday March 11, 2014 Montessori Northwest hosted a reception for school leaders in order to communicate some updates and to discuss streamlining our partnerships within this incredibly supportive Montessori community. A summary of current projects and exciting developments that were shared at this meeting can be found below.
Montessori Northwest recognizes the invaluable partnerships that we share with schools for training teachers, providing community education and outreach on behalf of Montessori. One of our best examples is that we rely on school administrators and teachers to open their classrooms to students to complete their essential observation and practice teaching tasks. During the gathering MNW board member Jackie Cossentino was able to speak to the incredibly high demand for trained teachers around the country specifically in the public sector.
As the number of students in our courses expand, school that open their doors for observation and practice teaching make it possible for MNW graduates to fill positions around the globe where a well-prepared Montessori teacher is urgently needed. We are so grateful to the schools and teachers who consistently support us in this work and encourage anyone interested in assisting to contact us with any questions. Our students can learn so much from visiting classrooms "still in progress" and we encourage all teachers and schools to participate.
Our organization has set some lofty goals for growing teacher training programs, advocating for more accessible Montessori education, and providing greater public understanding of Montessori education. Schools are essential partners with us in this work and we are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support that is offered. We also strive that our community education, professional development, model classrooms, and web resources are valuable to schools. If you have suggestions or ideas of how MNW can better meet the needs of the community, please let us know. Our doors are always open.