AMS Announcements, Awards & News
Find out what’s happening at the American Montessori Society and in our community.
Change in Leadership at the American Montessori Society
JANUARY 21, 2020—Effective February 1, 2020, Richard A. Ungerer will assume the position of AMS Interim Executive Director. The change comes in the wake of the resignation of AMS CEO, Dr. Timothy Purnell. Many in the community know Rich from his previous service as AMS ED (2005 – 2017).
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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.
Announcing Our 2019 Living Legacy
MARCH 23, 2018—Marta Donahoe, the AMS 2019 Living Legacy, has been an integral part of the Montessori community since 1979. Among her many accomplishments is the founding of the nation’s first public Montessori high school—now a thriving community of 700 students.
Study Shows SC Public Montessori Students Outperform Peers
MARCH 8, 2018—Despite the growth and popularity of Montessori education, there has been a dearth of research on the topic. To help address this issue, the Riley Institute at Furman University developed and implemented a 5-year study of 44 Montessori and non-Montessori public schools in South Carolina— the most comprehensive evaluation of public Montessori to date.
CAPE Successful in Advocating for Changes to Tax Law Affecting Private Schools
JANUARY 19, 2018—Prior to the passage of the new tax law in December, the Council for Private School Education invited voters to contact Congress about several related issues, all of which were, according to CAPE, favorably addressed in the final legislation.
Montessori Communities in Puerto Rico Need Your Help
OCTOBER 17, 2017—Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria, the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire. To help area Montessori schools and the families they serve, Instituto Nueva Escuela, a local AMS-affiliated teacher education program that has trained over 500 Montessori teachers on the island, has started a GoFundMe campaign. Please donate if you can.
On Peace Education and Charlottesville
AUGUST 18, 2017—The tragic events in Charlottesville have once again brought matters of race, of religion, of thought, and of character to the forefront of the American discussion.