2016 Annual Conference
American Montessori Society 2016 Annual Conference
March 10 – 13
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
About the Conference
"The laws governing the universe can be made interesting and wonderful to the child, more interesting even than things in themselves, and he begins to ask: What am I? What is the task of man in this wonderful universe? Do we merely live here for ourselves, or is there something more for us to do?" —Maria Montessori
Montessori has always offered an education for life, giving a child a strong foundation on which to build an authentic self, a robust community in which to discover an individual voice. In 2016, we’re gathering in Chicago, the City of Broad Shoulders, to discuss and reflect on the fundamental principles, values, and perspectives at the heart of Montessori. It’s an exciting time for the Montessori movement, and we’ll reaffirm our unity of purpose as our numbers grow and our approach gains rapidly increasing interest and recognition.
Join us at the American Montessori Society 2016 Conference as we build on our past and welcome the bright future of Montessori education. Our principles are solid: In a Montessori classroom, children are valued and respected as unique individuals, and given freedom within limits so they can become active learners. Our values are clear: Montessori students and teachers are respectful and responsible for self, others, and the environment. Our perspectives come from the diverse experiences and identities within our community, united in our commitment to understanding and adapting to a changing world and society while staying true to our Montessori roots.
Come meet colleagues and friends old and new to celebrate all we have achieved and to collaborate on new undertakings. There’s much for us to explore and discuss, from the physical design of our schools, to the best way to measure and assess our students’ progress, to the work we still must do to increase understanding and acceptance of Montessori principles, values, and perspectives in the general educational community. We’ll leave Chicago on a firm footing, clear in our understanding of what we stand for, renewed in our commitment to the path ahead of us.