Every day, teachers experience a wide range of emotions, from joy and love to sadness and anger. Yet, some emotions are not appropriate to show or to express in the classroom. Unfortunately, suppressing emotions has many costs, including increased levels of burnout. Dr. Sanden will focus on understanding our
Patrick Harris II, author of “The First Five: A Love Letter to Teachers”, will share his wisdom and love for the teaching profession. If you are approaching the end of your 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 20th year of teaching in the classroom, the ideas offeredRead More +
If teachers are to be fully present and effective in our work, it is vital that we feel safe in all respects in the environments in which we work. Features of a culture of belonging include recognizing and respecting the voices of colleagues that present with social and personal
The term “woke” is an adjective derived from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and has been used within Black culture for decades. Over the last few years, the word “woke” has been given different meanings, especially in the educational world. Being “woke”
Administrators and educators are invited to hear Dr. Elyse Postlewaite, an independent researcher who recently completed a development screener study (ASQ) that may interest educators who work with potentially neurodivergent students. AMI/USA supported this study and is inviting you to learn about the findings and possible implications.
AMI/USA is proud to celebrate the book Montessori in Action: Building Resilient Montessori Schools by Elizabeth G. Slade.
In this session, Dr. Ayize Sabater and several participants of the U40: Montessori for the Future Summit of June 2023 will discuss the process and outcomes of the collaborative work with the American Montessori Society (AMS). The panel will share the culmination of theRead More +
Uduak-Abasi Akpabio embraces the idea that if peace is the capacity to interact and engage positively and creatively for meaningful co-existence and growth, then it should be considered a life skill and a capacity to be built. If conflict is aRead More +
There are many “parts” to health.
Of all the parts to health, breath and laughter may be the greatest…maybe!
Being a teacher is no joke! The yearly school calendar never seems to let up. Opening preparations, learning about the children and their needs, lesson plans, parent interactions, fundraising activities, decisions, decisions…on and onRead More +
This National Poetry Month, AMI/USA is proud to celebrate the new book release Blue Ink Tears: A Collection of Poems by Roberto German.
Roberto is a Dominican AmericanRead More +
April is Neurodiversity Awareness Month. Join this forum where we will share the process and content of the AMI/USA Statement of Inclusion devised by the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Ad-Hoc Group on Neurodiversity and Inclusion. For this final Spring JEDI session, we welcome:
Carrie Horwitz Lang, Moderator
Catherine Massie, Panelist
Dr. AndreeRead More +
Please join us as Sara Bloomberg moderates an open discussion with Olli Lehman, M.A. and Ashley McLean, both Montessori colleagues who are personally and professionally close to this important topic.
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In response to the expressed needs of our members, we are happy to announce the launch of our AMI/USA Teacher Workshops Series. These virtual professional development sessions are designed for classroom guides and assistants and focus on supporting them in their professional growth and helping them meet the needs of theRead More +
Please join our AMI/USA Fund Development Team in a brief discussion about small grants for your school. In our weekly research meetings, our team examines all grant opportunities in education. We are finding small grants that could help support activities in classrooms and schools. All of the opportunities presented are forRead More +
We are happy to provide this year’s Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion Series virtually to help bring the global Montessori community together!
In honor of Dr. King, his educational philosophy and work to bring equity into all schools, join a diverse panel to discuss how power and privilegeRead More +
AMI/USA’s 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Webinar Series
As our 2020 Racial Equity Statement declares, “We acknowledge that building and maintaining an inclusive, racially equitable culture will be never-ending and that ever-lasting transformation requires courage, persistence, unwavering commitment, and individual and collective accountability. We encourage allRead More +
At AMI/USA we are intentional about how we hold space for our collective work. We recognize that we are on Indigenous land and give gratitude for the original stewards of the land.
November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a celebratory time to acknowledge the unique contributions made by Indigenous Peoples.Read More +
Fireside Chat: Funding for Your School
A Benefit for AMI/USA Members
AMI/USA is dedicated to serving members and the community with as much access to information as possible. Our Fund Development Team provides a list of grant opportunities each month via our E-Newsletter and we’d like to take a closer lookRead More +
AMI/USA is excited to kick-off our 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Series
As our 2020 Racial Equity Statement declares, “We acknowledge that building and maintaining an inclusive, racially equitable culture will be never-ending and that ever-lasting transformation requires courage, persistence, unwavering commitment, and individual and collective accountability. WeRead More +
AMI/USA is pleased to offer an introductory session on supporting neurodivergent learners in the inclusive Montessori classroom. Paula Flanders will offer an overview of Neurodiversity. Included in this overview will be a description of common terms used in special education, details about disability categories protected under Individuals with Disabilities EducationRead More +
Join us as we celebrate the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “World Day for African and Afro-Descendant Culture Seminar” on January 24, 2022. On thisRead More +
Join Sheri Bishop and Andrée Rolfe for discussion on serving neurodiverse children in Montessori Schools
On October 24, Dr. Andrée Rolfe, a special educator who is AMI elementary-trained, led an exploration of the terminology related to neurodiversity and disability. She also discussed the real and significant differences between Montessori education and theRead More +
Join us on November 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a webinar that will walk through the process of getting signed up and registered for The 2022 Montessori Experience: Refresher Course & Workshops, “Beyond Resilience: Creatively Redesigning Our Future.” via our event platform in detail.
This session will be recorded and provided asRead More +
Dr. Maria Montessori was a devout Catholic. This is apparent in her writing and stories meant for children. This is an aspect that is not often acknowledged and explored by many in the current day Montessori Movement. Join us for this rare discussion about how the Montessori philosophy serves to nourishRead More +
As we work to make Montessori spaces more equitable and inclusive, we must consider how we serve children with disabilities. Dr. Andrée Rolfe, a special educator who is AMI elementary-trained, will lead an exploration of the terminology related to neurodiversity and disability. She will shine a light on theRead More +
BBMW and AMI/USA Community Town Hall
October 14, 2021
Town Hall Program Overview
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. CT – The first hour was simulcast live on Dr. Ayize’s #UMustLearn weekly radio broadcast WPFW FM 89.3 in DC (globally at www.wpfwfm.org).
Dr. Ayize led a panel dialogueRead More +
Ready? Well, ready or not, another school year has already begun. As with the start of school years in the past, there are many things to grapple with in order to be prepared. Yet this school year’s readiness is particularly challenged by some complexRead More +
Montessori in Action: Building Resilient Montessori Schools is a new book that explores applying the Montessori method to the whole school. This session will be a discussion with the author, Elizabeth Slade, and three school leaders who are building resilient schools through implementation of the Whole School Montessori Method. HannahRead More +
Thank you to the sponsors of the 8/19 #UMustLearn #LiberatoryRadioShow show: International Montessori Council (IMC), Mountain Montessori, Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), and Virginia Montessori Association (VMA) for joining us for the special #CriticalRaceTheory #CRT two-hour radio programming.
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To kick off this year’s series, come celebrate the Black Montessori Education Fund (BMEF)’s 1st Anniversary on Friday, July 30 at 5:00 PM EDT. All are welcome as this will be a virtual event to celebrate BMEF’s anniversary and support Montessori education for the Black child. Click here toRead More +
On Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm ET (4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT) we held a free community event commemorating Juneteenth. Juneteenth marks the end of the enslavement period in the United States as on June 19th, 1865, federal troops finally arrivedRead More +
|On Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm ET (4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT) we discussed the AMI/USA Equity Statement that was released in February and serves as our commitment to building
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Earth Day Event
On Thursday, April 22, 2021 we had the pleasure of hearing from a diverse panel of community leaders who shared topics related to environmental education, environmental justice and sustainability in celebration of Earth Day. After the speakers shared about what they are doing in their communities, we had aRead More +
Preparing Ourselves Spiritually and Mentally for Revolutionary Social Change
We are living in another revolutionary situation. The 1960’s civil rights movement was a struggle to eliminate segregation and establish equal rights under the law. Our current social justice movements aim to gain universal equity and accountability. This will require consciousRead More +
The Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Administrator
Take a moment to think about what a fully functioning ABAR school would look like and feel like. For me, It is a place where every family, learner, and staff member feel celebrated and seen. The community holds each other in love andRead More +
Remembering Indigenous Voices in the Classroom
This webinar touches on why we forget to include the Indigenous voice in our classrooms and reminds us all of some concrete actions and vocabulary to take in the classroom so as to not beRead More +
De-centering Whiteness in Montessori Spaces
On Sept. 21, 2020, we explored some of the ways in which whiteness informs and limits our ability to fully realize Dr. Montessori’s vision for justice. We learned about the historical construction of whiteness, the legacy of racism in schooling, and the waysRead More +
So how do we get better — for the benefit of everyone, child and adults alike? This webinar helps to answer that question. Using challenging real-world examples and scenarios, combined with simple yet effective principles and practices, it will put attendees on the road to mastering parent communication and connection.
The emphasisRead More +
The will is a psychic power that humans are not born with, but one that develops over time through experience following natural laws. The child’s development of will; therefore, is a gradual process that is dependent upon an environment that supports its growth. Unfortunately, misunderstandings abound regarding how best to supportRead More +