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Public Policy

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The American Montessori Society is a vigorous advocate for the Montessori community, working to influence  policy makers on issues related to education and the well-being of children and families.

To this end, AMS is working in collaboration with the Association Montessori International/USA on an effort called the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI). We believe that by sharing a common voice with our AMI/USA colleagues, the entire Montessori Movement will be strengthened.

MPPI components—

1. A Council, which serves as the steering committee and decision-making body and guides the MPPI’s overall mission, vision, and goals. Sitting on the Council are the executive directors of AMS and AMI/USA, 2 additional representatives from each organization, and up to 3 individuals with public policy experience, who serve as at-large members.

2. The Montessori Public Policy Forum, which serves as an advisory group to the Council and plays an important role in cross-organization communication and collaboration. The Forum includes representatives from other national organizations.

3. A Public Policy Coordinator and a Special Project Consultant, who serve under the direction of the Council to establish and strengthen state groups for their engagement in advocacy and policy work in support of Montessori education.

A current area of focus of the MPPI is creating local state support groups; for more information, contact AMS executive director, Richard Ungerer, or AMI/USA executive director, Bonnie Beste.

You can read more about Montessori public policy on the Montessori Forward website.

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