Hello Friends from North Carolina!

If you are attending the American Montessori Society National Conference in Denver, CO in March 2018, the Montessori Association of North Carolina (MANC) would like to offer this opportunity to meet, get to know or catch up with one another:   Let’s plan to have breakfast together on Friday morning, March 23, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. at the “15/FIFTY" Restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel Lobby.   http://www.sheratondenverdown town.com/15FIFTY    '

Each person will be able to purchase their own buffet breakfast or order off the menu at the table.  We hope to meet you!  If you can make it on that Friday morning, please RSVP as soon as possible to Patrice Britz at: patricebritz@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!


*  March 24, 2018 - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


If you are in or near Charlotte, NC, here's a great Montessori Professional Development Opportunity:

The Write Stuff

The Montessori Exchange

Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00-11:00 am

Keystone Montessori School

 2830 Dorchester Place

 Charlotte, NC 28209

  • Join other Montessori teachers, assistants, and administrators in a morning discussion about writing in the primary and elementary classes.   Share best practices, ideas, and anecdotes about supporting the children as they develop their mastery of writing.

  • Please be kind and RSVP if attending so we can buy enough coffee, juice, and donuts:



*  News from the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector:   The Montessori Census

The Montessori Census is set up for a long-awaited relaunch.                     Register your school at  https://www.montessoricensus.org



As the nation’s premier statistical agency on Montessori, NCMPS provides a vital national resource.

The national collection of data contains a wealth of information about the people and schools involved in Montessori — information that can be used by the general public and researchers, as well as federal, state, and local governments, in making important decisions about education reform and the proper role of Montessori in that reform effort.
Check out the redesigned web site at montessoricensus.org and make sure your school is listed, claimed, and up to date. This is best done by a member of school administration.
Let's have all North Carolina schools listed on the census by April 1st!

*   Announcement and Offer From Indaba Wines:      

  • The world’s most famous wine critic, Robert Parker, from The Wine Advocate wrote,
  • “It would be hard to imagine a better-balanced or more succulent ten dollar wine than Indaba.”


*  Did you know you could support Montessori in South Africa and enjoy a glass of this gorgeous wine at the same time?  Here’s how:

                       Buy a bottle (or two) of Indaba wine, regularly.  That’s it!

  • When you enjoy that glass of wine after a hard day’s work –which you deserve - you will be also doing something great for the Montessori movement in South Africa.
  • You see, Andre Shearer, a Montessori parent from South Africa, founded Indaba Wines which produces wine in the beautiful WineLands of South Africa, and distributes it globally:  https://indabawines.com/
  • Out of his concern for all children in South Africa, coupled with his deep commitment to Montessori education, his company assigns a portion of the proceeds from all Indaba Wine sold globally to fund the Indaba Education Fund (IEF), a 501C(3) non-profit which supports the first and only AMI teacher training center in South Africa.  Its called the Indaba Montessori Institute (IMI).
  • So - South Africa, and the world, needs Montessori and Montessorians need good wine!
  •  It’s a win/win for all!                  
  • Background Information:
  • Indaba Wines were founded more than 20 years ago by Andre Shearer and his brother Gary.
  • Overwhelmed by the repercussions of fetal alcohol syndrome on the future of South Africa’s children, his company decided to dedicate proceeds from Indaba wine sales directly toward high-quality early childhood Montessori education through the Indaba Education Fund (IEF).
  • The IEF has created the Indaba Montessori Institute (IMI), a world-class, AMI-accredited Montessori teacher training center in the South African WineLands.  IEF’s goal is to uplift the educational and life outcomes of the youngest and most vulnerable children in South Africa and beyond.
  • In addition, Indaba wishes to support the Montessori movement in the USA by donating wines for school fund-raising events, teacher or parent meetings and all educational conferences and events.  Contact Indaba Wines for details:  https://www.indabaeducationfund.org/contact/  
  • In keeping with the meaning of the word “Indaba” – ‘meeting of like minds’ or ‘important news’ – Indaba Wines are available to support all conversations and collaborations to inspire growth in high-quality Montessori worldwide.
  • Indaba Wines aims to secure official partners to help up us expand our work in the USA, including
  1.   Major universities and academic institutions who can use Indaba wines for their banqueting and catering purposes;
  2.   Hotel groups, who can feature Indaba wines at any educational events or conferences
  • Indaba Wines are produced in a sustainable manner.  We partner with conscientious farmers to make balanced wine accessible for all.  Indaba wines are highly respected and highly rated by the world’s best wine publications (Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate).
  • By uplifting educational outcomes for the youngest and most vulnerable children, Indaba Wines aims more broadly to alleviate poverty, improve health standards, develop entrepreneurship and ultimately drive real improvement in the world, beginning with education.
  • Indaba Wines truly appreciates your support in our life-changing endeavor.
  • “The World Bank will tell you the single best investment we can make is in pre-primary education. This is an evolutionary process. Our main focus at Indaba is to prepare educators to support the greatest assets that we have – young children. Imagine the outcomes of a flourishing early childhood education.  What would society look like?   
                                                                          - Andre Shearer, Chairman and CEO Indaba Wines                 __________________________________________________________________________________        

*   Announcing:  Recognition of the Primary Montessori Credential by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education  (NC DCDEE)


*   Announcing:  The Montessori Classroom and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) Star Rated License Announcement