AMS Book Club

The Future of Smart Book Club

The AMS Book Club is designed to bring together members of the Montessori community to read and discuss thought-provoking literature, build connections with other educators, and grow from one another as we evolve in our learning journeys.

Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen, author of The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive, will be hosting live discussions of her book featuring panelists from the “Montessori Philosophy: 115 Years Later” presentation at The Montessori Event 2022.

We are now teaching children who will be alive in 2100, and as educators we have a responsibility to prepare ourselves for a future we cannot predict and equip our students with adaptable life skills for whatever tomorrow brings.

Please join us as we discuss the values that make up our education system and learn how we can prepare the next generation for an evolving society. We will also address how Montessori philosophy remains timeless while also growing for our changing world.

The panelists at “Montessori Philosophy: 115 Years Later,” at The Montessori Event 2022. From left to right, Munir Shivji; Maati Wafford; Gina Lofquist; Josh Vogt; Teresa Ripple; Vanessa Rigaud; Biff Maier; Gulzar Babool; Ulcca Joshi Hansen


Please note: We invite you to join the book club, even if you cannot attend every session or fall behind on the reading. We welcome you to join the conversation.

  • Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 PM (ET) | Chapters 1 & 2
  • Friday, June 24, 7:00 PM (ET) | Chapters 3 & 4
  • Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 PM (ET) | Chapters 5 & 6
  • Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 PM (ET) | Chapter 7

Continue the Discussion on AMS Connect

Continue the conversation online on AMS Connect. Throughout the book club, discussions will be facilitated on AMS Connect.

About the Book

The Future of Smart Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Our Education System Is Failing Because It Is Doing Exactly What It Was Designed to Do!

Our best efforts at improving education have failed to improve the lives of children, or change society for the better. This is no accident: the current system ignores our deepest knowledge about how human beings thrive. Being “smart” today is still about sorting kids based on how well they absorb and retain knowledge. We need education to reflect a different set of values: interdependence, community, diversity, and deep, dynamic learning.

We need it to align with human development, facilitate learning for different kinds of brains, and prepare young people for a changing society and evolving workplace. Blending history and science with stories from inside, The Future of Smart is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of education.

A passionate advocate for transformation in our education system, Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen explains the disconnect between what we want for our children, and what education today provides. The Future of Smart shows how we can build an education system to nurture the unique, human capabilities of each child, and lay the groundwork for a more equitable, just, and humane future.

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Meet the Faciliator

Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Author, "The Future of Smart"

Meet the Faciliator

Dr. Joshi Hansen is an advocate for transformative education and serves as the chief program officer at Grantmakers for Education. Dr. Joshi Hansen has a BA in philosophy from Drew University, a PhD from the University of Oxford, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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