The Mission of the American Montessori Society

Empowering humanity to build a better world through Montessori.

The American Montessori Society leads, empowers, and serves the global community of Montessori educators as the foremost advocate for research and policy, ongoing teacher education, and standards of school accreditation through opportunities for mentored individual growth, collaboration, and member engagement.

As a hub of all things Montessori, AMS strives to anticipate and respond to the needs of our 18,000+ members along with varied constituents. Among our many areas of involvement:

  • Standards for Montessori schools and teacher education programs
  • School accreditation
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Research
  • Public policy
  • Peace and social justice
  • Scholarships, awards, and grants
  • Montessori in the public sector

Our Board of Directors

Amira D. Mogaji


Our Board of Directors

It is my distinct pleasure to lead the AMS Board of Directors, a passionate group of dedicated volunteers working to advance the mission of the organization.

Meet our Board of Directors

Mission, Vision & Values


Empowering humanity to build a better world through Montessori.


Montessori for all, embraced around the globe.


All of the work that we do is founded on values of respect, integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, responsibility, and enthusiasm.

American Montessori Society Nondiscrimination Statement

The American Montessori Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, culture, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origins, or any other legally protected status.

American Montessori Society Anti-Bias, Antiracist Statement

The American Montessori Society is committed to interrogating ourselves and investigating our past practices, recognizing, addressing, and eradicating all current forms of racism and systemic oppression within our organization, and supporting our members in doing the same in their schools, programs, and practices. We recognize that an understanding of racism and bias varies across individuals, and engaging in transformational change requires courage, trust, empathy, and understanding.

Strategic Priorities



AMS will model and ensure the advancement of principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion by creating an environment in which all feel welcomed, respected, valued, and empowered.



AMS will define, promote, advocate for, and help its members deliver quality Montessori education and services.



AMS will provide a professional environment, rich in services, so that members grow and thrive as a strong and expanding global Montessori community.



AMS will raise awareness and understanding of the organization’s mission, vision, and actions to all stakeholders for the purpose of strengthening the Montessori collective voice.


Institutional Advancement

AMS will ensure that it has significant resources, practices, programs, and facilities to deliver services and cultivate relationships in order to expand and strengthen its position as a voice for Montessori.

AMS Community Impact Report (June 2024)

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