AMS Leadership Labposium 2024

Community. Collaboration. Creativity.

American Montessori Society is back in sunny San Diego for Leadership Labposium 2024!

Who: AMS member school leaders (including heads of schools, curriculum coordinators, and program-level directors) and teacher education program directors and coordinators
What: Leadership Labposium is part laboratory and part symposium
Where: Paradise Point Resort & Spa
When: January 10 – 13, 2024

A Must-Attend Event for Every Montessori Leader

A MONTESSORI EXPERIENCE: Enjoy four days of interactive programming. Your time will be spent in workshops and group projects with dedicated space for brainstorming and fruitful discussions with each other.

Why AttendAmerican Montessori Society Event Workshop Attendees

  • Connect with a diverse team of Montessori leaders who, like you, recognize the urgency of moving Montessori forward
  • Gain leadership strategies and techniques from a proven expert
  • Learn ways to amplify your unique voice and bring ideas for change to fruition
  • Take home practical techniques for immediate implementation at your school community or teacher education program
  • Work collaboratively with other leaders to develop an understanding of, and framework for, cross-institutional collaboration
  • Create an action plan for inspiring community and social action
  • And much more!

An Island Escape

Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego, Paradise Point Resort & Spa features comfortable bungalow-style guestrooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beach next door to SeaWorld. Scattered across our 44-acre island, you’ll find plenty of room to roam and relax at our Mission Bay, San Diego resort with five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, a marina, five dining venues, an award-winning spa and endless recreation options.

Paradise Point and its amenities offer a unique San Diego resort experience for both families and couples with a location that is secluded, yet centrally situated; the airport, downtown San Diego and top attractions including Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are all just minutes away from our Mission Bay shores.

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Rates: $235 per night
Deadline to book: Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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This event is for AMS member school leaders (including heads of schools, curriculum coordinators, and program-level directors) and teacher education program directors and coordinators only.


Labposium 2023 – San Diego, CA (Theme: Innovation)

In January, 2023, 170 school and teacher education program leaders met in San Diego, CA for the inaugural AMS Leadership Labposium 2023. Led by innovator and Google alum, Jaime Casap, the Labposium was designed to support Montessori educators in identifying and prioritizing goals and challenges, questioning their own practices, and establishing frameworks for the evolution of Montessori.

As Jaime said, we can expect “1,000 years of technological advancement in the next 100 years." The students we teach now will not only be living with change, they’ll be the ones creating it.

The question is: will we, as educators, properly prepare them?

Snapshots from San Diego!

Jaime Casap

2023 Keynote & Facilitator, Jaime Casap

You might recognize Jaime Casap’s name from The Montessori Event 2022. It was a pleasure to have him back as the keynote speakers and facilitator for the inaugural AMS Labposium.

Jaime Casap served as the chief education evangelist at Google for more than 14 years and was the second member of the Google for Education team. In that time, Jaime launched Google’s GSuite tools into higher education and K12 and Chromebooks into education. He is the creator of the Google for Education Transformation Framework, a holistic approach to education transformation.

Jaime is now partnering and collaborating with higher education institutions, school systems, and businesses around the world, helping them build transformational policies and practices to elevate education and bring equity, diversity, and inclusion into their policies and practices. Education is Jaime’s lifelong passion and he continues to impact transformation in the field and inspire a generation of young minds to pursue their dreams.

2023 Agenda

View the agenda from Labposium 2023.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Keynote Address & Dinner

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Attendees joined Jaime as he kicked off the week with an inspiration to innovation.


Thursday, January 12, 2023


9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The group explored how we can pave the way to success for our administrators, teachers, adult learners, instructors, and students, while staying committed to high-fidelity Montessori practice.


Friday, January 13, 2023


9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Attendees discussed the idea of Montessorians as innovators and brainstormed strategies for expanding innovation in schools and teacher education programs through cross-institutional collaboration.


Saturday, January 14, 2023


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Participants learned how to build frameworks that support innovation and enhance the Montessori ecosystem of collaboration. Special emphasis was given to how we can guide schools and teacher education programs into collective action.