AMI Heads of Schools

Heads of school play a vital role in the effectiveness and vitality of the AMI-Montessori program. It is the head (or administrator) who must lead faculty, parents, and children to a common understanding: a common vision of the program’s purpose and mission for children and the larger community.
AMI/USA supports heads of school in their administrative efforts with the Administrative Workshop held annually in February in conjunction with the AMI Refresher Course. To learn more about this professional development opportunity click here.

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Resources for Administrators

Recommended Books for Administrators

Recommended Websites for Administrators

  • The Montessori Administrators Association (MAA) is an organization that supports the administration of Montessori schools by providing opportunities for renewal, networking, continuing education, and the exchange of ideas and experiences.
  • BoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is an organization and website that caters to the needs of not-for-profit boards of directors across the country. Highlights include the Leadership Forum and the Books & Tools section.
  • The National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) mission is to be the national voice of independent schools, and the center for collective action on their behalf. NAIS exists to represent and sustain schools that are self-determining in mission and program, free from government control, and governed by independent boards.
  • Independent School Management (ISM) is a comprehensive management-support firm for private-independent schools in the United States and abroad. ISM is dedicated to the advancement of school management and provides creative strategies by combining extensive research, proven management techniques, and personalized service.
  • Free Management Library: Free Complete Toolkit for Boards is a remarkably thorough resource for every issue an administrator or board might encounter. This site also offers information that is valuable to for-profit school administrators as well as non-profit organizations.
  • This diagnostic assessment document developed by Jim Collins, author of From Good to Great, presents information and worksheets that give you the opportunity to assess where your school is on the journey from being good to great. There is also an interesting companion section to Jim Collins’ diagnostic assessment document: Conversation with Jim Collins presents interesting reading on building a visionary organization.
  • This series of essays from author and EAA speaker Maren Schmidt offers ideas for creating a fresh approach to education.