AMS and National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector to Collaborate as Separate Entities

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

September 28, 2015. The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, which the American Montessori Society conceived and launched almost 3½ years ago, has now achieved the size and stability to enable it to become an entity independent of AMS—a change that was made effective late summer 2015.

The move to independence was the result of a joint decision of AMS and the NCMPS, and reflects AMS’s commitment to the judicious seeding of projects that are deemed likely to have a significant impact on the Montessori Movement—in this case, on the growth and sustainability of Montessori programs in public, charter, and magnet schools countrywide—and can complement AMS’s efforts in similar arenas.

AMS executive director, Richard A. Ungerer, and NCMPS founding (and current) director, Keith Whitescarver, EdD, will remain closely allied as the two organizations pursue how best to harness their strengths and resources to continue and expand on their work of making Montessori education an option for all families, including our country’s most vulnerable families.

Original funding for the NCMPS was provided by a major grant, in 2012, from the New York Community Trust, made at the request of longtime AMS supporters Judy Scheide and her now-late husband, Bill Scheide. Recently, the NCMPS was awarded additional major grants from the Harold Simmons Foundation and from an anonymous donor.

From the time the NCMPS was conceived by AMS, it was understood that funding from external sources would be critical to its sustainability.

Those wishing to meet NCMPS staff in person will have an opportunity during the AMS 2016 Annual Conference: Jackie Cossentino, EdD, senior associate and director of research for the NCMPS, and Elizabeth Slade, NCMPS lead Montessori coach, will co-present a preconference workshop on “Measuring Student Assessment the Montessori Way,” Thursday, March 10, in Chicago.

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