AMS Statement Regarding Complaints against Columbus Montessori Education Center
August 6, 2019—The American Montessori Society champions the health, well-being, and education of every child.
As a professional membership organization, we require our member schools to agree to self-comply with our Code of Ethics. In our role, we provide schools with resources, professional development, and support to help them implement high quality Montessori practices. We do not own or operate our member schools, and thus cannot make local decisions regarding their budgeting, staffing, and other operations. When challenges arise, we offer advice and leadership to schools to help them improve practices and serve their students.
We are in active conversations with the leadership team of Columbus Montessori Education Center and will review and support the steps they are taking to grow their program, including, but not limited to:
- The creation of an equity assessment with the respected Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, which will identify areas for future growth.
- The adoption of social emotional and bullying curriculum via Second Step.
- Engaging their entire staff in Kirwin-created anti-bias/anti-racism training.
- The creation of a new school counselor position, to help support the social and emotional well-being of all students.
Additionally, AMS is in communication with CMEC about their existing policies regarding the health and safety of their students to assure that they meet our Code of Ethics. We have asked CMEC to supply us with all documents leading up to, and including, Kirwin’s assessment.
The dignity and safety of every child—regardless of race, sex, color, creed or national origin—is our top priority.