MSM Membership Information

Member Benefits

Being a member of MSM comes with many benefits. We look forward to having you as a member. Our benefits include:

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

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 - To renew, log into your school’s account by clicking here and selecting Renewal 21/22 under the School dropdown menu.

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 and post open positions 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.

Welcome Back to School and MSM Membership

Dear Fellow Montessori Leaders,

One of the key lessons learned by so many of us over the past challenging months has been the central importance of working together in a sense of shared community through crisis. The value of this sharing and pulling together has been expressed by so many of our members. We continue to revisit the lesson that, despite each school’s uniqueness in personality and history, we have so much in common; that commonality of values and resulting sense of community creates strength, cohesion, and forward momentum.

We on the MSM Board believe that diversity is an inherent value. We also believe that only with a strong and expressed sense of shared vision and purpose, can we move forward and strengthen as a Montessori movement.

The Montessori Schools of MA Board salutes your essential work as Montessori school leaders. Kudos on your success in creating examples of Montessori excellence in our communities, and thank you for advancing the Montessori movement in our region. MSM exists to support you in your leadership work by offering opportunities for networking and professional development, broadcasting the unique benefits of Montessori education to a wide public audience, and advocating for Montessori schools as regards public policy.

The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to renew your school’s membership with the Montessori Schools of MA for the 2021-22 school year. If you have already done so, thank you!

Why join MSM? There are so many reasons!

Professional Development:

  • We offer an outstanding regional Annual Conference each January that includes professional development opportunities for novice and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as the opportunity to network with colleagues. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, January 22. For the second year, this will be a virtual experience, as this arrangement feels safer given the uncertainties that Covid continues to offer. The conference committee is planning a wonderful event, following last year’s stellar success. Stay tuned for the announcement of exciting keynotes and breakout sessions for every level.
  • As a follow-up to last year’s successful 3-part Speakers’ Series, and by member request, we are planning two such series for this year. Our first session, led by Lynne Griffin, RN/MEd and focusing on Connection: The Power of Observation of Social/Emotional Learning in Montessori Classrooms, begins on Wednesday, October 20 and continues through mid-November. At only $65 per participant (member pricing), this is an incredible value. Please sign up asap! We plan a second 3-part speaker series for the spring, with speaker Dr. Jennifer Bryan offering sessions on gender and sexual identity inclusivity in our schools. Stay tuned for specifics.
  • Having become aware of many members’ concerns regarding EEC licensure regulations, QRIS standards, and the impact of each on our Montessori schools, particularly smaller schools with largely early childhood populations. the MSM board formed an Advocacy Committee which continues to achieve important results:
    • We continue to work toward the implementation of a state-wide Montessori Validation Project through which schools can receive public recognition (validation) for documenting and demonstrating their adherence to core Montessori standards. This project was temporarily delayed due to the disruption of Covid; we plan to restart these efforts soon.
    • Montessori early childhood teaching credentials issued by MACTE accredited teacher education programs continue to be accepted with full credit toward receipt of a MA EEC teaching credential.
    • We continue to engage in conversations with key players within EEC’s administration, making a strong case for understanding and recognition of Montessori early childhood programs.
  • Through our advocacy work, it is our intention to create a strong and unified public voice for Montessori education in our state and region. This can only strengthen the Montessori “brand” and public perception of what constitutes high quality Montessori, and its outcomes.
Vision for the Future:
  • In 2019 the MSM board, with your input, forged a strategic blueprint for our future. We sought and received input from you, our members, then worked toward creation of a vision for MSM’s future, creating a road map toward achieving that vision. Central pillars of the plan are: Advocacy, Professional Development, Membership and Membership Services, Governance, and Outreach. More recently we have decided to include DEI work as an essential strand. Much progress has been made. Please stay tuned for a full report, coming soon.
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