Celebrating Montessori Innovators

Teacher. Innovator. Montessorian.

Montessori Innovator is a multiyear project designed to support our members in transformation. It is our hope that engaging with the content on this page sparks creativity and serves as a refresher for the important work you do in your classrooms and programs each day.

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2021 Montessori Innovator Award

The American Montessori Society’s Montessori Innovator Award honors up-and-coming individuals for their original contributions to the practice and experience of Montessori education. This year’s Montessori Innovator Award honors all Montessori educators worldwide, in recognition of their impassioned and inventive contributions to the practice and experience of Montessori education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this special presentation Catherine McTamaney shares her thoughts on Montessori teachers as innovators.

Teacher. Innovator. Montessorian.

We've created something special for you that gets to the heart of "Who am I as a Montessori teacher?" Flip through the pages of Teacher. Innovator. Montessorian. to reignite your passion for Montessori education.

Teacher. Innovator. Montessorian: A Professional Development Study Guide and Journal

Designed to be used year-round in your programs and classrooms, our new Teacher. Innovator. Montessorian: A Professional Development Study Guide and Journal contain twelve workshops, mirroring the Twelve Facets of the Innovative Teacher. Use them as lesson plans, or as inspiration for your own innovative professional development.

Access the first few pages for free! AMS Members: Log in to read the entire publication.

A Special Keepsake

We have designed a template that you can use to create a 3-dimensional dodecahedron that displays a different facet of a Montessori innovator on each of its 12 planes.

Each plane also includes a question for reflection. We hope when complete it will bring you joy and inspiration.

Dodecahedron   Dodecahedron   Montessori Innovator

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Coming in 2022: A New Innovator Publication

It’s the administrator who finds a more effective way to communicate with families; the adult learner who makes a discovery in their studies; the guide who uncovers a breakthrough in the classroom. Every day, Montessori Innovators surround us. From the cafeteria to the playground, the research lab to the gymnasium, transformation is happening… and we want to recognize it.

Now through January 31, 2022, submit your #MontessoriInnovator story for a chance to be featured in an upcoming publication.