Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program
Develop skills to take your Montessori commitment to new heights.
Do you see yourself as a future leader in the Montessori community? We can help support your goals. AMS’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is a professional development initiative that provides a year of structured learning, mentoring, and networking opportunities to Montessori-credentialed teachers who have not yet assumed leadership positions in the Montessori community—but would like to.
Fellows develop the skills and confidence to raise their commitment to Montessori education to the next level. They also earn 60 hours of continuing professional development, which can be applied to the AMS Professional Development requirement.
The selection process for each year’s cohort of fellows is a competitive one.
What You Will Experience
- You will be paired with a mentor who offers learning experiences tailored to meet your unique needs, interests, and qualifications.
- The program launches with an intensive 2 days of professional development immediately before the AMS Annual Conference in that year’s conference city.
- The program concludes a year later with another 2-day learning experience in the next conference city. (Fellows are expected to attend the conferences; registration is complimentary.)
- You will participate in monthly video conference calls that offer opportunities for collaboration and problem solving.
- You will have access to an online forum that provides further opportunities for facilitated discussions.
- You will be guided in creating a capstone project that addresses a need at your current organization—and a potential solution.
Intensive learning experiences at the start and end of the year.
Regularly scheduled calls with mentors who provide guidance and resources.
Address a need or challenge in the fellow’s current Montessori community.
Networking and mentorship continue after the program year.
Fellows who successfully complete the program receive:
- An AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program certificate attesting to their participation in a rigorous, 60-hour course of study*
- Name recognition in AMS publications and at The Montessori Event
- Ongoing opportunities for mentorship and networking with their cohort group
* Note, the certificate is neither a substitute nor a replacement for an AMS Administrator or Teacher credential.
In addition, fellows may be encouraged or invited to:
- Serve on AMS committees.
- Participate as volunteers on a school accreditation visiting team or a visiting team for AMS teacher education program affiliation/MACTE accreditation.
- Volunteer for a leadership role within their state/local Montessori association.
A Teacher's Perspective
Being a part of the Fellowship Program felt like a vote of confidence from AMS since day one, and I am truly grateful for their effort to support the next generation of Montessori leaders. Since participating, I have used the knowledge and skills I gained to develop a partnership with the Elementary education department at my local university, so that aspiring teachers have the opportunity to learn about and choose Montessori at the start of their teaching careers. I’ve been mentored by “the best of the best” and will continue to pay it forward.Email AMS about the Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program
Are you interested in taking next steps toward participating in the Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program? Please complete a formal application and send it to AMS by the specified deadline, along with a résumé and 3 letters of recommendation.
Who may apply? Any individual who seeks to become a leader in the Montessori community, is a current member of AMS, and holds an active AMS-recognized Montessori teaching credential is eligible. AMS recognizes credentials from AMS, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and any other program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
AMS is committed to diversity within the Montessori community, including the backgrounds of its leaders. To that end, we encourage applications from global AMS members, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized communities.
Timeline for the 2020 – 2021 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program
September 16, 2019: Application period opens.
October 3, 2019: Application submission deadline.
December 2, 2019: AMS notifies candidates of acceptance.
March 10 –11, 2020: Program launches (Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX).
March 2 – 3, 2021: Program concludes (Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA).
Selection of Fellows
The AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Advisory Committee will evaluate and rank each applicant’s written responses and letters of recommendation. Total scores are then considered alongside various demographic criteria to ensure a diverse, well-rounded group.
Fee & Expenses
Fellows selected for the program are responsible for the expenses detailed below. If a fellow’s employer will be covering the expenses, the arrangement must be made directly between the fellow and his/her employer.
- Program fee: Watch for details this spring.
- Travel, meals, and lodging for attendance at 2 in-person professional development events and The Montessori Event 2020 and 2021 (AMS provides complimentary Full Conference registration)
- Any expenses incurred for the fellow’s yearlong project, such as books and supplies