Montessori Madmen

Advocating Montessori

We're an impatient, ragtag group of dads and advocates from around the world, united by a common zeal to bring the Montessori method to millions more. Our mission is simple: to advocate for Montessori education so that one day it's not called Montessori school; it's just called school.

Montessori Alliance of Texas

This just in on the desks of the Montessori MadMen from Sara Cotner, founder of Montessori for All. Although it's directed to folks in Texas, other states should take note of this effort and think about what can be done in your state as well.

Dear Montessorians of Texas,

We hope your new year is off to a great start!

We wanted to keep you updated about our efforts to create a unified voice for Montessorians in Texas, which is part of the AMI/AMS collaboration to create a unified voice for Montessorians throughout the United States.

We have been working to identify issues that affect us statewide. We started by sending out a survey to gather input from various schools across the state. Thank you so much to those of you who were able to take time out of your busy schedules to share your concerns and recommendations.

Based on the feedback we received, we are going to focus on the following two goals for 2013: We will advocate for a Montessori waiver to change the designation of “toddler” from 18 months to 15 months according to the Department of Protective and Family Services, so that children as young as 15 months can transition into the toddler environment at a more developmentally appropriate time without requiring any special equipment, such as cribs or rockers. We will work to ensure that professional development opportunities provided by Montessori organizations count toward the professional development hours mandated by AMITOT and the Department of Protective and Family Services. How can you help? As a necessary step in this process, we need to foster more communication and connection among Montessorians in Texas. To support this goal:

Please join our Montessori Alliance of Texas list-serv on Big Tent: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/montessoritx. You can set your e-mail preferences so that you only receive digest messages once a day or so you never receive messages but have the option of checking the site for updates at your convenience. This forum will open the lines of communication among Montessorians in our state. It will be a place for you to ask questions, provide support, share ideas, etc. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MontessoriAllianceOfTexas. We are striving to spread the word about the Montessori Alliance of Texas as much as possible. Liking us on Facebook will help us connect with even more Montessorians in Texas. Please forward this message to other Montessorians in Texas. Thank you for helping us create a comprehensive network!

If you are interested in getting even more involved, consider applying for a spot on our core team. The team meets once a month via conference call to share progress and generate next steps. Specifically, we are looking for someone who has experience or an interest in actively pursuing legislative action. If you can aid us in our effort to change the existing regulations, we would like to hear from you.

Thank you in advance for joining our list-serv and finding us on Facebook. We look forward to staying in touch and working hard to advocate for Montessorians in Texas!

In community,

Sara