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Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program

Emerging Leaders Fellowship

The American Montessori Society’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is a professional development initiative designed to nurture the next generation of individuals highly qualified to assume leadership positions in our Montessori community.

The program gives a year of structured learning and networking opportunities to a diverse cohort group of fellows. Fellows are Montessori-credentialed teachers who are AMS members at the time of the application process (they are also required to maintain their AMS membership throughout their fellowship year). And, they have not yet begun assuming leadership positions—but would like to.

Fellows are selected through a competitive application process; details can be found further down on this page.

Key Features of the Program

  • Each fellow is paired with a mentor and provided with learning experiences tailored to meet his/her unique needs, interests, and qualifications.
  • The program launches with an intensive 2-day line-up of professional development immediately before The Montessori Event in The Event city. AMS covers the cost of registration for The Event.
  • It concludes a year later with another 2-day learning experience immediately before Montessori Event, and in the same city. Fellows are expected to stay in the city and attend The Event. AMS covers the cost of Event registration.
  • Monthly virtual meetings (video-conference calls) offer opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving.
  • An online forum provides further opportunities for facilitated discussions.
  • Fellows are guided in creating a yearlong project that addresses a need at their current organization—and a potential solution.

Fellows may be encouraged/invited to:

  • Serve on AMS committees
  • Serve as volunteers on a school accreditation visiting team or an AMS TEP affiliation/MACTE accreditation visiting team
  • Volunteer for a leadership role within their state/local Montessori association

At the conclusion of the program, fellows receive:

  • An AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program certificate attesting to their participation in a rigorous yearlong course of study that includes 60 hours of continuing professional development. (Note, an AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program certificate is neither a substitute nor a replacement for an AMS Administrator or Teacher credential.)
  • Name recognition in AMS Publications and at The Montessori Event
  • Ongoing opportunities for mentorship and networking with their cohort group

Applying for the Program

Any teacher who strives to become a leader in the Montessori community, holds an active AMS-recognized Montessori credential, and is a current AMS member may apply for the Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. AMS recognizes credentials from AMS, AMI, NCME, and any other programs accredited by 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: 2019 – 2020 Cohort

September 21, 2018: Application period opens
October 31, 2018: Application submission deadline
December 1, 2018: AMS notifies candidates of acceptance

To Apply

  • Complete and submit this Application.
  • Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don’t see it, check your spam mail. If it’s not there, contact
  • Ask your immediate supervisor to complete this Supervisor Affirmation.
  • Ask your 3 references to complete this Recommendation Form. One reference must be your current head of school or direct supervisor.

Review Process

All applications are reviewed by the Emerging Leaders Fellowship Advisory Committee. The Committee is looking for candidates that have a strong commitment to Montessori education, can clearly and concisely articulate their ideas, and have recommendations from their references that confirm their potential for leadership. The Committee reads, evaluates, and ranks each of the applicant's written responses and letters of recommendation. Total scores are then considered alongside various demographic criteria to ensure a well-rounded, diverse group.


If selected, the fellow is responsible for the following expenses. If the fellow’s employer will be covering the expenses, that arrangement must be made directly between the fellow and his/her employer.

  • Program fee: $1,900
  • Travel, meals, and lodging, both at the start of the cohort year and at the end. This includes all expenses incurred during The Montessori Event except full-conference registration, which AMS covers.
  • Any expenses incurred for the fellow’s yearlong project, such as books and/or supplies

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