AMS Announcements, Awards & News
Find out what’s happening at the American Montessori Society and in our community.
In Memoriam: Carole Wolfe Korngold (1935 – 2019)
NOVEMBER 8 2019—Honored as the AMS 2000 Living Legacy, Carole is acclaimed for bringing authentic Montessori education to thousands of children through independent, public, and charter schools, as well to childcare centers and Montessori teacher training programs.
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In Memoriam: John J. McDermott (1932 – 2018)
NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Professor John J. McDermott, 86, died Sunday, September 30, 2018. McDermott was a distinguished philosopher and educator who has been credited as the creator of the American Montessori Movement.
Open Positions at AMS
OCTOBER 26, 2018—AMS has several new positions open at our NYC office, and we are seeking new thought partners to fill them.
AMS Statement on Jeff Bezos's Initiative to Create Montessori-Inspired Schools
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018—We are thrilled to see the news of Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion charitable initiatives—the Day One Families Fund and Day One Academies—to fund existing non-profits that help homeless families and to launch high-quality, full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in historically under-resourced communities.
Meet Your AMS Board President and Vice President
AUGUST 17, 2018—Representing various constituencies of the Montessori community, board members determine AMS policy and guide the organization on matters related to mission, vision, values, and strategic goals. They play an integral role in the American Montessori Society, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce 2 of them to you: our President and Vice President, with whom I consult frequently.
AMS Awards $3,000 in Research Mini-Grants
JULY 11, 2019—AMS Mini-Grants are intended to encourage research that brings fresh insight to Montessori education. We congratulate the Spring 2018 recipients: Sarah Hassebroek, Sarah Hassebroek, and Hanako Shimamura.
AMS Awards $71,200 in Teacher Education Scholarships
JUNE 30, 2018—Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers in support of their professional growth. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year, we awarded 24 scholarships totaling $71, 200.
No More Forgotten Citizens
JUNE 19, 2018—The practice of separating children from their families at the U.S. border, and the treatment these children are forced to endure, is inconsistent with our Montessori values. To America’s leaders we say this: There is a better way!
Announcing New AMS Director of School Accreditation
MAY 25, 2018—On July 9, 2018, Melanie Thiesse will join the American Montessori Society as our new Director of School Accreditation.
Your Signature Needed on Letter to NAEYC
APRIL 17, 2018—Colleagues, there is strength in numbers. Along with the MPPI, AMS has serious concerns about NAEYC’s designation of Montessori teachers, which limits their ability to function as lead teachers in most childcare licensing frameworks or publicly funded Early Childhood programs. Thus we kindly ask that you allow the MPPI to include you as a signatory to the letter expressing these concerns, and asking that they and the P2P Task Force adequately classify Montessori teacher preparation.