AMS Secondary Symposium

A virtual event taking place November 6 – 7.

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Live: November 6 & 7, 2020
On-Demand Content: Available October 30 – December 7, 2020
Includes complimentary registration to The Montessori Event 2021, March 5 & 6

CPD Hours: 13
Additional CPD Hours: Earn more CPD hours when you attend The Montessori Event 2021 (complimentary registration)
Registration: Open now through October 28

Dr. Montessori left us a map for Secondary education, but never lived to see it widely implemented. Thus, practitioners of Montessori at the Secondary level are pioneers—breaking new ground, exploring the ever-changing social landscape of humanity, and defining the field with each passing day. As we seek new ways to support the valorization of our adolescent students, building a foundation for future growth and support is essential. 

In our first-ever symposium focused on Montessori at the Secondary level, we invite you to come together with your fellow Montessori educators and advocates for on-demand content and live programming made up of workshops, keynotes, panels, participant-selected “unconference discussions,” and a multi-part featured workshop on Erdkinder.

In addition, your registration for the symposium includes complimentary registration to The Montessori Event 2021, taking place virtually March 5 & 6.

On Demand

A keynote presentation and workshops will be yours for 5 weeks of easy access:

  • Keynote Speaker: Rachel Ignotofsky | “Art & Identity”
  • “Preparing the Adolescent Environment” | Gideon Smith
  • “Tying It All Together: The Three Period Lesson in Secondary STEM Classes” | John Branch
  • “The #thisiscovid Journalism Project” | Sandra Stevenson & Susan Kambrich
  • Featured Workshop | “Erdkinder: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Part 1
  • Featured Workshop | “Erdkinder: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Part 2


Community leaders


Inspiring talks


Connect with your peers


The Montessori Event free

Live Program

Friday, November 6

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote Q&A

12:00 – 12:50 PM

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Breakout 3

Breakout 4

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Featured Workshop | “Erdkinder: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Part 3

3:10 – 4:00 PM

Unconference Discussion 1

Unconference Discussion 2

Unconference Discussion 3

Saturday, November 7

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Featured Workshop | “Erdkinder: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Part 4

12:00 – 12:50 PM

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Breakout 3

Breakout 4

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Keynote Q&A and Farewell

All times are Eastern.

Featured Workshop: “Erdkinder: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Join Montessori Secondary experts and other veteran educators for a holistic look at the concept of Erdkinder, from Dr. Montessori’s initial writings to the innovative implementations happening today. Learn More>>

Unconference Sessions

Prior to the symposium, you will have the opportunity to submit a topic for group discussion during the “unconference” sessions. All attendees will vote on submitted topics, and the 3 with the most votes will be added to the program.


Jamie Margolin

Jamie Margolin is an 18-year-old Colombian-American climate activist, former Montessori student, and current film and television student at New York University.

She is cofounder of Zero Hour, an international youth climate justice movement that grew out of frustration she and her friends were experiencing at the fact that youth voices were almost always ignored in the conversation around climate change and the profound impact that it would have on young people. They decided that a national day of mass action, led by youth, would be an ideal platform to ensure that young voices were not only centered in this conversation, but heard, moving elected officials and other adults to action—and out of that, Zero Hour was born.

Since those initial conversations in 2017, Zero Hour has grown into a movement with over 200 chapters worldwide. Among its initiatives are the Youth Climate Marches in Washington, DC, and 25+ cities around the world (2018); Youth Climate Lobby Days on Capitol Hill (2018 and 2019) and a Youth Climate Summit (2019).

Jamie is a plaintiff on the Our Children's Trust Youth v. Gov Washington state lawsuit, Aji P. vs. State of Washington, suing the state of Washington for denying her generation their constitutional rights to a livable environment by worsening the climate crisis. 

In September 2019, she testified before the U.S. Congress alongside fellow youth activist, Greta Thunberg, holding her leaders accountable for taking urgent climate action.

A prolific writer, Jamie has authored countless op-eds for publications including The New York TimesTeen Vogue, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, DAZED, Refinery29, and The Guardian.

Her debut book, Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It, with a forward by Greta Thunberg, serves as a guide to organizing and activism.

Jamie is one of Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21” girls changing the world in 2018, one of People Magazine’s 25 women changing the world in 2018, Fuse TV’s Latina Trailblazer of 2018, one of The Today Show’s 18 under 18 Groundbreakers of 2019, MTV EMA Generation Change winner of 2019, one of the BBC's 100 most influential women of 2019, and one of GLAAD’s 20 under 20 LGBTQ+ people changing the world.

Rachel IgnotofskyRachel Ignotofsky

Rachel Ignotofskyis a New York Times-bestselling author who creates educational artwork promoting scientific literacy and historical inclusivity. 

Her first book, Women in Science, highlights the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of STEM from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. 
Her second book, Women in Sports, covers the achievements and stories of 50 female athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than 40 sports, from Billie Jean King to Simone Biles. 

Ignotofsky’s newest book, Women in Art, continues the series and highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts—from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, to lesser-known names like 19th-century African American quilter Harriet Powers and Hopi-Tewa ceramic artist Nampeyo.  

Ignotofsky has also published The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth, a beautifully illustrated tour of our planet that reveals ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to ponds, backyard gardens, and even a drop of water. Through exquisite drawings, maps, and infographics, she makes earth science accessible and entertaining, explaining how our planet works, from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the carbon cycle, weather cycles, and more.
Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated from Tyler School of Art’s Graphic Design program in 2011, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.


Your registration also includes complimentary registration to The Montessori Event 2021, taking place virtually March 5 & 6. This complimentary registration will be processed after the AMS Secondary Symposium concludes.*



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*This event does not quality for AMS PD vouchers. Vouchers apply to webinars, online classes, and PD bundles only. Read more about how to use AMS PD vouchers.

** CPD certificates for up to 15 participants.

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