The BAMA Grapevine
The BAMA Grapevine is our weekly or semi-weekly e-newsletter. It is filled with information about our upcoming workshops, job postings and other local events. It is a great resource if you are looking for a new job or looking to fill a position. It also features occasional local Montessori news, updates from other organizations and training information. To receive The BAMA Grapevine, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Montessori?
Finding a Qualified Montessori School
Are you in the San Francisco Bay Area? Click here for BAMA's list of Montessori schools in this area, including schools in Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and Napa.
Looking for a school elsewhere in the US, or in another country? Some Montessori organizations keep searchable lists of schools affiliated through them. For example, AMI/USA offers a list of their accredited schools. The Montessori Foundation has a global school directory, and NAMTA has their own list of Montessori schools in North America. These lists may not be comprehensive, so searching Google and Yelp for schools in your area can also be of help, as well as asking friends and colleagues for recommendations.
It is always a good idea to visit a school yourself and take a tour to get a feel for the environment. Below are two articles with tips for what to look for in a school for your child:
Find a Substitute Teacher
Are you interested in working as a substitute teacher or assistant for Montessori schools in the bay area? Please add your information to our list by clicking here. School directors and teachers who wish to receive a copy of this list can simply contact BAMA for access. We hope this will make it easier for schools to find substitute teachers, both for when teachers or assistants need time off and also to encourage teachers to visit and observe in other classrooms.
Become a Montessori Teacher
There are many organizations and training programs to choose from, starting with AMI and AMS as the best-known. Training programs range from 1-3 year academic programs with observation and student teaching hours at local schools, to summer intensive programs, to classes by mail. Click this link to view a list of Montessori training centers around the SF Bay Area.
For those outside the bay area, check these national and international Montessori organizations for information on their training options (listed in alphabetical order):
The list of wonderful books on Montessori is nearly endless, but here are a select few as a first recommendation. We also recommend perusing the Maria Montessori blog as it is filled with many great articles.
Montessori Madness by Trevor Eissler
How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing
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Resources & Needs Survey
Part of BAMA's mission is to provide resources and assistance to Montessorians across the Bay Area. We have created our Resources & needs survey to help connect members who have skills or ideas to share, with those who could use them. For example, do you have special tricks or practices in your classroom that you want to share with others? Are you a seasoned teacher or administrator interested in mentoring new teachers to help show them the ropes? Do you have knowledge in any other area or subject you wish to share? Please fill out our survey to become part of our resources network.
To gain access to this database of talent, send us an email at email@example.com and we will share the results link with you.