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MSM Advocacy Support for Montessori Schools and Teachers in MA



QRIS Updated January 2017

Brief Summary:

The Montessori Schools of Massachusetts has initiated action to advocate for Massachusetts Montessori schools in regards to the QRIS ratings and teacher qualification recognition. The MSM Board has contracted the help of Christine Lowry who has successfully accomplished such advocacy in several states. The MSM QRIS Taskforce is a group of volunteers who are working with the MSM Board of Directors and Christine for to advocate the recognition of Montessori schools and teacher credentials by the state in consideration of its QRIS ratings.

Our goal is to have a unified voice representing all Montessori schools of Massachusetts when advocating to the state for the QRIS rating of Montessori schools and teachers. While we encourage schools and teachers to pursue QRIS qualifications with their state licensor, we ask that any advocacy for the recognition of Montessori schools and/or teacher qualifications be coordinated with us.

The details:

The Montessori Schools of Massachusetts has initiated action to advocate for all Montessori schools in Massachusetts in regards to the QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) and teacher qualification recognition and licensure program in our state. To assist us with this process, the MSM Board has recently contracted the experienced support and guidance of Christine Lowry. Christine Lowry, MEd, is the co-founder and head writer of Montessori -Now. She is engaged in numerous advocacy projects impacting Montessori Education at the national and state levels. She has worked with the national Montessori Public Policy Committee, and has consulted for AMS on several projects focused on public policy. Christine holds an AMS credential in Early Childhood. Christine's efforts in assisting other states' organizations, similar to MSM, to advocate for policy changes at the state level have been very successful. We look forward to her work with our MSM QRIS Taskforce.

The MSM QRIS Taskforce is a group of volunteers who are working with the MSM Board of Directors and Christine. The Taskforce will be working with Christine Lowry to support the values, ideals and philosophy of Montessori as they together review the impact of the QRIS national rating systems on our schools, and to provide advocacy that will recognize the value of Montessori teacher certifications within the state credentialing system.

Our goal is to have a unified voice representing the Montessori schools of Massachusetts when advocating to the state for the QRIS rating of Montessori schools and teachers. The MSM QRIS Taskforce's first communication will be asking all Montessori schools in Massachusetts to assist us in the collection of demographic information about our schools. These specific details from all schools will inform our future discussions with state QRIS personnel. By providing them with our collective data about of the number of Montessori schools, families, children, programs, and faculty, we provide them with important information about the impact of a Montessori education on children throughout Massachusetts. While we encourage schools and teachers to pursue QRIS qualifications with their state licensor, we ask that any advocacy for the recognition of Montessori schools and/or teacher qualifications to be coordinated with us.

The Taskforce looks forward to the work with Christine Lowry over the upcoming months and will keep you informed of our progress through the MSM website. The following is a quote from Montessori–Now.com that speaks to the Taskforce's upcoming efforts on behalf of all Montessori schools in Massachusetts.

"Our work is to present ourselves as unified, thoughtful, professionals who share the goals of high quality, safe and healthy, educational experiences for all children." Montessori-Now