AMS Affinity Groups
Safe, brave, and inclusive environments for our members.
Are you looking to come together for courageous conversations with others in the Montessori community with whom you share a similar identity, background, experience, and/or goals? Consider starting, or joining, an AMS Affinity Group. Affinity groups may form to drive change, provide a space for safe and open dialogue, and offer opportunities to solve particular issues.
Current AMS Affinity & Discussion Groups
AMS en Español Affinity Group
This group serves to unite, promote, and support Montessori education among Spanish-speaking populations. Zoom meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM (ET). Please register for this group or email AffinityGroups@amshq.org for more information.
AMS LGBTQIA+ Advocates Affinity Group
Comprised of LGBTQIA+ educators and their allies, this group serves as an educational, networking, and support group for LGBTQIA+ educators and their allies.
There will be thematic monthly group meetings designed to offer a safe space to connect with aspiring allies and non-binary Montessori educators and leaders to deepen personal and professional practice. The group will focus on facilitated discussions that support anti-bias teaching practices, personal reflection, and community building.
Montessorians of Color Affinity Group
This group centers and amplifies the work and lives of Montessorians of Color. Zoom meetings are held every other Thursday at 6:00 PM (ET). Please register for this group or email AffinityGroups@amshq.org for more information.
White Antiracist Discussion Group
This forum is a place to find support with other white-identifying Montessorians as you evolve in your anti-bias/antiracist journey. Together we will begin conversations, find and examine tools for educating ourselves, and discuss challenging topics. Zoom meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM (ET). Register for this group or email AffinityGroups@amshq.org for more information.
Starting an AMS Affinity Group
The opportunity to start an AMS Affinity Group is open to all current AMS members.
The application asks for such details as your desired group name, description, objectives, and anticipated size. You’ll also need to include a mission statement and describe the ideal impact the group would have on the AMS community, and how it would foster AMS’s mission, vision, and values.
We will review your application and get back to you with thoughts about the viability of the group, as well as information about next steps. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a response.
AMS Affinity Group Guidelines
To join or start an AMS Affinity Group, you must:
- Be a member of AMS
- Identify as a member of the group for which it was formed
- Support the group's mission
All AMS Affinity Groups must have:
- An AMS-approved mission statement
- At least 3 members, including a chairperson
- At least 4 meetings per academic year. One meeting must be in person at The Montessori Event. The others may be virtual or in person.
AMS Affinity Groups must share with us:
- Name and contact information of each member upon the formation of the group
- For every upcoming meeting:
- Day, time, and place
- Names of any new members
- Names of any speakers who are not AMS staff
- Copies of materials they anticipate circulating to the group
- In addition, information about upcoming meetings must be shared on AMS Connect in the appropriate affinity group community, so that others who are interested may attend
- Meeting minutes (within 10 days after the meeting)
- An annual report summarizing their activities (must be filed within 2 weeks after the academic year)
An AMS Affinity Group is a forum for open dialogue where attendees should be comfortable.
To that end, during any AMS Affinity Group meeting/program, we ask that members be respectful of one another’s opinions and beliefs. If there is ever a disagreement or confrontation, it must be documented and immediately forwarded to us at AffinityGroups@amshq.org.
We are here to support our affinity groups! For each approved group, we will create a dedicated AMS Affinity Group community space on AMS Connect, so that members may connect with one another virtually. We will also ensure a meeting space at The Montessori Event.
In addition, we will promote our affinity groups to AMS members at large.
AMS reserves the right to audit any AMS Affinity Group and, if deemed appropriate by the AMS Board of Directors, to dissolve any AMS Affinity Group if it is not acting in accordance with these and any other existing and future requirements and mission of AMS and AMS Affinity Groups.