The New York State Montessori Alliance represents individuals, teachers, families and schools who are passionate advocates for authentic Montessori practice in New York State. By supporting favorable public policy, we encourage, educate and serve those who provide the highest quality Montessori education to children throughout the state.
The NYSMA is dedicated to furthering the educational objectives, methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori in the State of New York by achieving the following goals:
- To speak with one, unified voice for Montessori education.
- To advance and protect the educational vision formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori in both private and public schools in the state.
- To support the administration of Montessori schools.
- To offer ongoing education and guidance to the Montessori community in New York State.
- To use its best efforts to ensure that all government entities within the State of New York understand and support the Montessori community’s mission.
- To keep the Montessori community informed of all actions and events that might affect the community’s ability to achieve its goals.
- To address issues of public policy that may affect education in general and, more specifically, Montessori education.
- To advocate for the recognition of Montessori Teacher Certifications across the state.
For more information about Montessori, see the Montessori Public Policy Initiatives document Montessori Essentials.
History of the New York State Montessori Alliance
In May 2010, Dr. Kathy Roemer invited directors of Montessori Schools in New York City to meet to network with one another. The intention was to be inclusive of all Montessori schools in the 5 boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. Schools would volunteer to host meetings 4 times per year. The name of the group was The New York City Montessori Network.
The first meeting was held at Riverside Montessori School, hosted by Dr. Kathy Roemer and Brooklyn Heights Montessori School hosted the second meeting on October 29, 2010. At that meeting, the group began to talk about organization and goals and objectives. Upcoming professional development was shared in addition to collaborations that schools could participate in. The consensus was to keep the organization loose and informal while gathering a database of all of the Montessori schools in the area. A survey was conducted in January 2011 to gather information about schools and the issues that we most important to them.
In an effort to have a stronger public policy presence and one voice to represent the Montessori School community for the state of New York, we incorporate and the group voted on a name that changed in the fall of 2015 to New York State Montessori Alliance. Another survey was conducted in January 2015.
With the help and support of Marco Ciocca, the organization became a 501c3. Bylaws were adopted in November 2016. The first officers were Dr. Kathy Roemer, President, Marco Ciocca, Vice President and Lisanne Pinciotti, Secretary/Treasurer.