McCall Kulak Family Foundation Convenes Meeting of Montessori Leaders

McCall Kulak Family Foundation Convenes Meeting of Montessori Leaders

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 212-358-1250 x308

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

December 13, 2011

A small meeting of leaders from the Montessori Movement was held on December 5 and 6, 2011, in NYC. Representing AMS were Richard Ungerer, executive director, and Ginny Riga, AMS Board director.

Following the meeting, the participants issued this statement: The Education Leadership Forum and the McCall Kulak Family Foundation invited a small group of Montessori leaders, from various organizations, to meet in New York City for 2 days. The purpose of the meeting was to explore common ground and to identify specific ways to align and strengthen the Montessori movement in the US. This groundbreaking meeting set a fresh, collaborative tone. It was intimate and productive.

  • We identified the varied constituencies that have a stake in the advancement of Montessori.
  • We began to explore how to better understand and meet the needs of these constituencies.
  • We discussed specific strategies for advancing the Montessori movement and to prioritize next steps.
  • We identified some steps towards a collective research strategy, mapping Montessori groups across all 50 US states, and towards unified messaging.

We are excited to take this first step and look forward to the unfolding of this effort to change US education to focus on the development of the whole human being. We would like to thank the Foundation and the Forum for bringing us together and facilitating our conversation.


Trevor Eissler
Steven Hughes
David Kahn
Janet McDonell
Virginia McHugh
Mark Powell
Sue Pritzker
Ginny Riga
André Roberfroid
John Snyder
Richard Ungerer

Conveners and Consultants

Laurie McTeague
Marianna McCall
Stephanie Miller
Michael Randel
Sally Colella

McCall Kulak Family Foundation

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