AMS Announcements, Awards & News
Find out what’s happening at the American Montessori Society and in our community.
An Open Letter to Maria Montessori on Her 150th Birthday
AUGUST 31, 2020—On Dr. Maria Montessori’s sesquicentennial birthday, we pause to recognize, honor, and celebrate her influence on our world. This letter to her serves as a thank you note on behalf of the entire Montessori community and all those who have been impacted by the transformative nature of her teachings.
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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.
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.