Peace & Social Justice in Action
Ideas for how you and your students can get involved.
AMS Peace & Social Justice Committee
The AMS Peace & Social Justice Committee serves as an inspiration and resource for weaving concepts of peace, equity, humanitarianism, and world citizenship into Montessori venues and beyond.
From spearheading relief efforts that assist local or global crises to helping teachers make connections that build understanding, friendship, sharing of experiences, and more, committee members are active, agile, and responsive—and welcome your participation.
Members of the Peace & Social Justice Committee know that as engaged and compassionate citizens of the world, Montessorians contribute to their communities in myriad ways. Here are some of their suggestions for how you can get involved.
Find Your Tribe
Aligning yourself with advocates and activists who share your convictions can bring focus to your vision and help galvanize your actions.
- The Children’s Defense Fund provides a voice for the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves, paying particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color, and those with disabilities.
- Educolor seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.
- Global Citizen is a community of people who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges.
- The Global Oneness Project offers multicultural films, photo essays, and articles that “explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens.” Sign up to get their lesson plan of the week, stories, and more, sent to your inbox.
- GLSEN is a national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students.
- The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace. Their network includes volunteer grassroots teams in cities, towns, colleges, and high school campuses nationwide.
- Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans that promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity, as well as a free newsletter.
- The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people; there are many opportunities for getting involved.
- World Citizen designates International Peace Sites to promote a more just and harmonious world. AMS is an International Peace Site, and your school can apply to become one as well.
- DoSomething.org mobilizes young people worldwide to sign up for a volunteer, social change, or civic action campaign that will have real-world impact.
- Global Citizens Action Project is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030.
- Great Kindness Challenge is an annual event based on the belief that everyone has the power to change the world.
- Kids for Peace focuses on youth leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness.
- March for Our Lives is a student-created, student-led movement with a mission to effectively address issues of gun violence. There are opportunities for starting local chapters, participating in rallies, and more.
- Peace First provides grants, networking opportunities, and other resources to help young people around the world become powerful peacemakers.
- Sandy Hook Promise’s “Start with Hello Week” is a program that teaches students skills for reaching out and including peers who may be dealing with chronic social isolation, and for creating a culture of inclusion and interconnectedness in their schools. It can be delivered via student ambassadors (as well as in classes or assemblies).
A Teacher's Perspective
The AMS Peace Retreat is an event hosted by the AMS Peace & Social Community. It brings educators together, in a natural and tranquil setting, to experience values of compassion, loving-kindness, and equanimity. During the retreat, participants also gain tools for self-exploration and discover ways to enhance their schools’ culture of peace.Learn More About the Peace Retreat