On Friday, February 12, please join us in Long Beach for the 2016 Advocacy Workshop. Presented by the Montessori Public Policy Initiative, the Advocacy Workshop is an opportunity to learn about the MPPI’s work and to practice your own advocacy skills.
This year’s workshop has three components:
Rich Ungerer, Executive Director of the American Montessori Society, and Bonnie Beste will share updates on the MPPI’s State Advocacy Retreat this past fall and provide exciting information on the group’s strategic planning process.
Rebecca Pelton, President of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), will provide a short overview of the Association’s work on teacher licensure, and how MACTE and the national organizations are working to support Montessori teacher education nationwide through their outreach in the various states.
Following Rebecca’s presentation, RB Fast, vice president of the Colorado Montessori Association and an AMI representative to the MPPI Council, will lead a session on Advocating for Montessori to legislators, providing participants an opportunity to learn from her expertise as well as from each other. RB’s extensive experience with state advocacy will help guide this workshop, as she takes attendees through the steps of contacting policymakers, lobbying, and advocating for Montessori thoughtfully and effectively.