AMS Elementary Reading Certificate Program

The AMS Elementary Reading Certificate Program is designed for Montessori teachers who are interested in applying the most recent research-based strategies for teaching reading in their Montessori classroom. Participants will develop an understanding of the essential components of reading and reading continuums that allow Montessori teachers to follow children’s development as readers. Matching children to their developmental stage on the continuum leads to an exploration of literacy strategies that support individual children. Participants will leave with a toolkit that enables them to extend the Montessori curriculum and enhance the reading development of children.

What to Expect

You will join a cohort of up to 30 individuals for a 6-week, 5 module program that includes self-guided study as well as live experiences. Live experiences will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM (ET).

  • For: Any 6 – 12 credentialed teachers, school leaders, and interventionists

  • Format: A blend of live (synchronous) experiences and on-demand (asynchronous) content

  • Time Commitment: 6-weeks; 36 – 40 hours total

  • CPD Hours: 36

  • Cost: $800 non-members | $650 AMS members

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an AMS Elementary Reading Certificate attesting to your mastery of the program.

Group Discounts Available

AMS is excited to offer a variety of discounted group packages for this course. Group registrations must first contact us to be discounted.

  • 5+ registrants: 5% discount
  • 10+ registrants: 10% discount
  • 20+ registrants: 15% discount
  • 30+ registrants: 20% discount

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Program Modules & Outcomes


Essential Components of Reading

Define the five essential components of reading


Continuum of Reading

Describe the purpose of the continuum of reading


Assessment Tools

Recognize the purpose of commonly used classroom-based assessment tools


Strategies and Science

Name instructional strategies supported by the science of reading


Montessori and 5 Essential Components

Use the Montessori curriculum to support the five essential components of reading


  • Monday, August 2, 2021: Registration opens     
  • Wednesday, September 15 , 2021: Registration closes
  • Monday, September 27, 2021: Program starts
  • Sunday, November 7, 2021: Program ends

Meet the Facilitator

Linda S. Zankowsky

Linda S. Zankowsky, EdD, is the director of the University of Delaware Montessori Teacher Residency in Professional and Continuing Studies. Linda has 33 years experience as a reading specialist, classroom teacher, school principal, and head of school at Wilmington Montessori School, DE. Her focus is on literacy and assessment, social curriculum, and building professional learning communities. Linda serves as board chair of Sussex Montessori School and as chair of Montessori Works. She has consulted nationally with many Montessori schools and been a frequent presenter at The Montessori Event on the topics of reading and writing.

Special thanks to Dr. Vanessa Rigaud, Xavier University, for her service to the development of this program.