AMS Announcements, Awards & News
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Congratulations to the Recipients of AMS 2021 Peace Seed Grants
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021—The AMS Peace & Social Justice Committee awards annual Peace Seed Grants to help fund projects that promote peace and social justice education. The grants are presented in memory of educator Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to the concept of peace and social justice through children inspired many to advance this education in their classrooms and communities.
Applications Sought for AMS Board of Directors
September 1, 2021—If you are an energetic and engaged member of the AMS community and would like to deepen your commitment and involvement, we invite you to apply for our board of directors. As a director, you would be part of a working board that devotes substantial time to seeing through projects and policies for the betterment of AMS and the global Montessori community. You would also be helping to chart the course of AMS—the world’s largest and most influential Montessori organization.
Critical Race Theory: Talking Through the Confusion
AUGUST 19, 2021—We joined AMS, AMI/USA, and MPPI as we learned from Dr. Valaida (Val) L. Wise, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Wendy Shenk-Evans, executive director of MPPI, who provided insight from an academic and policy perspective on Critical Race Theory and the implications of the current dialogue for the Montessori community.
Recognizing Juneteenth at the American Montessori Society
June 14, 2021—The American Montessori Society office will be closed on Friday, June 18, in recognition of Juneteenth (June 19). This intentional time will support staff members in their continual education, reflection, and self-development in matters related to race, social justice, and respect for all cultures. Together, we can build a more just, fair, and equitable world.
Announcing the Recipients of AMS 2021 Research Awards
MAY 25, 2021—Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s research awards: Solange Denervaud (dissertation) and Ian Daniel Becker (thesis).
Submit a Workshop Proposal for The Montessori Event 2022
MAY 11, 2021—We are thrilled to be opening our Call for Proposals for The Montessori Event, taking place March 17 - 20, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The submission deadline for workshop proposals is Sunday, June 6.
Announcing the AMS 2022 Living Legacy: Juliet King, EdD
APRIL 7, 2021—Juliet has spent over 5 decades working as a teacher, teacher’s union steward, school administrator, and community leader in South Florida. Throughout this illustrious career, her leadership has garnered respect and united teachers from varied racial and ethnic backgrounds to work toward the common goal of benefiting all students.
AMS Statement on the Shootings in Atlanta
MARCH 19, 2021—The American Montessori Society mourns the tragic and senseless loss of 8 people in shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday. Although the motivation for the crime is unknown, this vicious act of violence, regardless of motivation, is abhorrent. Brutality, regardless of cause, has no place in our society and in our world.
American Montessori Society 2021 Recognition Awards
JANUARY 15, 2021—AMS recognition awards honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our organization and the Montessori Movement. We offer our congratulations to the 2021 recipients, and profound thanks for all that they have so selflessly accomplished in pursuit of our shared mission to build a better world through Montessori.