"Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success."
     - Maria Montessori

A Message From the President for 2017-2018

Dear Colleagues,

As a fellow Montessori administrator I have a good sense of what you are doing right now: completing the myriad tasks that must be completed in order to open your school doors to welcome students and launch another exciting year. Congratulations on your leadership and on all that you do to create a shining example of Montessori excellence in your community and to support the Montessori movement in our region.

As you consider the importance of your school's membership in MSM, let me take a moment to share some examples of the value added that this volunteer organization brings to you and to all other Montessori schools in the region.

Montessori Schools of Massachusetts:

•Offers an outstanding regional annual conference each January that includes professional development opportunities for novice and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as the opportunity for networking with colleagues. Recent keynote speakers have included Dr. Joyce Pickering, Sarah Ward, Dr. Stephen Hughes, and environmental educator David Sobel. This year's keynote, Sandra Girlato, will focus on the central importance of the art and science of observation for teachers of ALL age levels.

•Over the past two falls MSM has offered a Heads of Schools Retreat on the Cape in order to support Heads in networking, gaining leading edge knowledge about school administration, and renewing our energies. This year's Head's Retreat is planned for November 30-December 1. Please see details, below.

•MSM continues to offer yearly workshops for Admissions Directors who are seeking tips on techniques of admissions and enrollment management. We plan to offer another such session this spring.

•Several years ago we became aware of many of our members' concerns regarding EEC licensure regulations, QRIS standards, and the impact of each of these on our Montessori schools, particularly smaller schools with largely early childhood populations. Our MSM Advocacy work now includes:

               •The ongoing engagement of a Montessori consultant who has a track record of success in other state organizations that have dealt with regulation issues.

               •A very productive meeting with the EEC Commissioner, Tom Weber, in January, with the outcome that we are now working with two of his key lieutenants as we advocate for full recognition of Montessori teaching credentials, and for a closer alignment between ECERS standards and Montessori early childhood learning environments.

•Every other year we conduct a salary survey that is open for participation to all of our member schools.

•We plan, also every other year, to survey our membership regarding your needs, concerns, and ideas for our further action.

On behalf of the MSM board, I sincerely hope that you will take the opportunity to join the thrust and momentum of the Montessori movement in Massachusetts and surrounding states by renewing your membership in MSM today.

We are honored to serve you, and look forward to our continued collaboration.

Best regards
Martha Torrence
Board President, Montessori Schools of MA
Head of School, Summit Montessori School

MSM Mission

The mission of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Montessori methods of education in Massachusetts and to provide a framework for communication and cooperation among Montessori schools within Massachusetts and other New England states, and between these school and other private and public schools, government agencies and organizations concerned with education.

MSM Membership

Membership is open to any public or private Montessori school or teacher training program in Massachusetts or New England that agrees to abide by the standards and code of ethics of AMI and/or AMS. MSM currently has 89 members in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Student enrollment at member schools range from 6-550. Annual membership dues are based on student enrollment.

New Member Schools interested in becoming MSM members must agree to abide by the standards and code of ethics of AMI and/or AMS. New member applications will be reviewed and voted on at the MSM Board of Directors meeting following the receipt of membership application (typically meetings occur monthly). New members will not be added to the website or be able to post positions until a vote has been. Interested schools should contact Todd Covert, MSM Membership Committee Chair, at to discuss member benefits and receive a new member application.

Renewing Schools - Please click on the link below to renew your membership. We are using a new system for the 2017-2018 school year and hope that this addition will make the membership renewal process smoother for our schools.

Renew your school here.
Membership renewals are due to October 31st. Membership renewals received after that date will be charged an additional 20%.

Members will continue to update their information, post open positions, and register for the Annual Conference using their MSM login. Click here to be taken to the log in area.

If you have questions about renewing your memberships, feel free to contact Todd Covert, MSM Membership Committee Chair, at to discuss.

Member Benefits

• School listing on MSM website with links to individual schools and other Montessori organizations

• Job postings on MSM's website

• Annual Conference

• Networking meetings for teachers

• Scholarships for teacher training

• Non-Discrimination Ad with school listings published

• Head of School Retreat

• QRIS Advocacy

• Montessori Advocacy