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School Support Materials

There’s a world of information available for Montessori professionals. Writers, researchers, and even our own Montessori colleagues add new wisdom to the field every day.

To help busy Montessorians stay up-to-date, AMS regularly surveys the field for “must read” resources. We’ve compiled the following list of recommendations for teachers and school leaders. We’re also pleased to offer a sample school handbook.

Other relevant resources can be found on our Teacher Support Materials Web page.


An up-to-date handbook outlining school policies and procedures is widely accepted as being vital to the running of a successful school. While every school’s handbook is different, there are usually common considerations addressed in all. The handbook on this page was generously shared with us by the head of an AMS-accredited school; references to the school have been removed. Feel welcome to use it as a template for your own.

Sample School Handbook

Sample Forms

From forms relating to Admissions & Exmissions to those addressing Health & Safety, Progress Reports, Field Trips, Financials, and more, it is not unusual for a school to have 20 or more documents on hand for capturing critical information. Here are some samples that have been sent to us by member schools. We will continue to add more as they become available.

Accident/Incident Report
Employee Exit Interview (version 1)
Employee Exit Interview (version 2)
Field Trip Permission
Pre-Arranged Absence


Chattin-McNichols, John. The Montessori Controversy.

Costa, Arthur L., and Liebmann, Rosemarie M., editors. The Process-Centered School: Sustaining a Renaissance Community.

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Eisler, Riane. Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century.

Evans, Robert. Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving.

Gordon, Cam. Together with Montessori.

Hallowell, Edward M. CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!

Lillard, Angeline Stoll. Montessori: The Science behind the Genius.

Marshall, Stephanie Pace. The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life.

Olsen, Walter R., and Sommers, William A. A Trainer's Companion: Stories to Stimulate Reflection, Conversation, Action.

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.

Robinson, Ken. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.
Robinson, Ken. Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative.

Shenk, David. The Genius in All of Us.

Sommers, William A., and Payne, Ruby K. Living on a Tightrope: A Survival Handbook for Principals.

Schumaker, David R., and Sommers, William A. Being a Successful Principal: How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning.

York-Barr, Jennifer; Sommers, William A.; Ghere, Gail S.; and Montie, Joanne K. Reflective Practice to Improve Schools: An Action Guide for Educators.

Zander, Rosamund Stone, and Zander, Benjamin. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.

Zhao, Yong. Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization.

Professional Development

AMS Webinars explore a variety of topics relevant to educators and parents. AMS members receive discounts on registration. 

Mining Magnificent Minds offers high-quality professional development about ADHD to teachers. The program, consisting of 10 videos and 9 Webinars, is intended to deepen educators' understanding of ADHD, and learn how to better support students affected by the disorder.

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