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Juneteenth 2022: Educate, Celebrate, Activate

Whether it is Martin Luther King Day of Service, Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veteran’s Day, behind most national recognition days lies a history of struggle, evidence of perseverance and courage, and most importantly, a story of resilience.  The historic Juneteenth holiday, a commemoration of the end of slavery, is a

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Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June is Caribbean-American Heritage month.  Over 13.4 million Americans claim Caribbean heritage. The thirteen Caribbean countries are all islands. (Operation World). About 90% of Caribbean-Americans come from five countries: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.  “Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society

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Pride is More Than a Parade

Pride is More Than a Parade
By: Angela Ma


I want to share the joy of Pride–the elation of living and loving out loud, the color, and the unabashed queerness in the streets. I want to share the joy, I do, but it’s

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AMI/USA is Growing!

AMI/USA is growing! We are adding three brand-new positions to our team and are looking for qualified candidates to apply. Come join a dynamic team dedicated to advancing inclusive Montessori education in the United States. Click on the links below to review the job descriptions and instructions for applying. We look

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An Open Address and Collective Position Statement: Critical Race Theory

The undersigned Montessori organizations challenge the national, state, and local legislative policies and laws that serve to regulate, limit, and intentionally omit what is taught about an honest history of the United States of America, the roles that all citizens played in its development, and exploration and discussion of racism and

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AMI/USA Solicits Guest Essays on Topics of Equity and Inclusion

We are so grateful for the diverse skills, knowledge, cultures, and human experiences of the AMI/USA community. There are many talents and voices within our membership that can be amplified via AMI/USA platforms. We are extending an invitation to our members to collaborate with the AMI/USA team to pen statements for

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of National Service: January 17, 2022

From the Desk of the Human Rights & Social Justice Advisor

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of National Service

January 17, 2022

 

“The Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism”

 

Summer came, and the weather was beautiful. But the climate, the social climate of American life, erupted into lightning flashes, trembled with thunder, and vibrated to the relentless,

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AMI/USA Launches New Coaching Program

Coaching and mentoring offer effective support for high fidelity practice and teacher retention. Individualized growth paths, especially early in a teacher’s career, can make a significant difference in job performance and satisfaction. AMI/USA’s Coaching Program assists our schools in achieving excellence and stability. We have a pool

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Thanksgiving – An Indigenous Perspective

 

On behalf of AMI/USA, I welcome Sinuda Kapalczynski as our guest writer during Indigenous Heritage Month.  Please enjoy her eloquent and rich story about what we know as Thanksgiving. Sharing our stories helps us arrive at understanding and to create a shared human narrative.  We are grateful for you, Sinuda! 

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Spotlights

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, we interviewed a few Latinx Montessorians to hear their unique perspectives on what the month means to them personally and how to respectfully and inclusively incorporate celebrations and reflections into the Montessori classroom. Click on the images below to read the full spotlights.

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Fall 2021 Virtual Events for Administrators

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 complex matters. For one, the continuing and resurgent

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2021 AMI/USA JEDI Series

AMI/USA is excited to continue learning alongside our community through a series of webinars focusing on issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion through a Montessori lens. Listen, learn, share and connect with experts and peers as we work to make Montessori spaces more

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July 4th, 2021 Message

From the Executive Director’s Desk
– Guest Essay –

Sheri Bishop
AMI/USA Human Rights & Social Justice Advisor

The Truths are Self-Evident

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the thirteen colonies declaring the “United Colonies of

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Call for Proposals

We are so grateful for the skills, knowledge and experience of the AMI/USA community. Your unique perspectives are valuable. We are extending our annual call for proposals differently this year. In addition to inviting submissions for The Montessori Experience, we are expanding this call on a rolling basis for

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Equity Statement Forum – June 9, 2021

Click here to access the recording from this session!

Date : June 9, 2022

Join us on Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm ET (4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT) as we discuss the AMI/USA Equity Statement that was released in February and serves as our commitment

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Memorial Day Blessings and 100th Tulsa Remembrance

From the Executive Director’s Desk


Memorial Day Blessings and 100th Tulsa Remembrance

As Executive Director, I am humbled to send blessings on behalf of AMI/USA to all of our nation’s fallen soldiers, on this Memorial Day.* Memorial Day is a time when many within our nation show gratitude and reverence

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Uplifting History and Standing in Solidarity

With the recent events around the AAPI community, AMI/USA is collaborating with WMI, Virginia Montessori Association and Loyola University to host an evening featuring a viewing of the short film Asian Americans: Part 5 and a panel discussion with Asian colleagues. This is a free event and it will be held

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Earth Day 2021 Updates

Meet the Earth Day Event Speakers!

Join us on Earth Day April 22 starting at 7pm ET for a diverse panel of community leaders who will share on topics related to environmental education, environmental justice and sustainability. After the speakers share, we will have a Q&A and a casual conversation space.

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Women’s History Month 2021 “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”

From the Executive Director’s Desk

Guest Essay – Sheri Bishop


Women’s History Month 2021
“Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”

The presidential proclamation for Women’s History Week in 1982 read, “American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made

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Black History is Not Optional

 Black History Is Not Optional 

We, the undersigned Montessori leadership organizations in the United States of America, are responding to the recent actions of the leadership of the Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden, Utah, which allowed parents to make the decision regarding their children’s participation in Black History month

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AMI/USA Equity Statement

Dear AMI/USA Colleagues, Members, Collaborators and Montessorian Community Members At-Large,

Since the first day of the 2020 AMI/USA Refresher Course in Seattle, many of you have been speaking to issues of equity and have called for organizational analysis and

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“The Butterfly Effect” by Koren Clark

We are thrilled that Koren Clark is part of our distinguished speaker line up for the upcoming Virtual Montessori Experience. Koren will be sharing on the topic of Montessori as a healing tool for our liberation.  In preparation for her workshop, we are excited to share a link to an article

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AMI/USA Welcomes New Board Members

Dear AMI/USA Community:

The AMI/USA Board of Directors would like to announce the selection of Dallas Nelson, Jacqui Miller, and Barbara Williams to serve on the Board of Directors. We had a robust response to our call for nominations and these individuals were selected from a pool of excellent candidates.

Dallas, Jacqui

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From the desk of AMI/USA Executive Director Ayize Sabater, Ed.D.

“As I arose this morning I had deep thoughts about the American political upheaval which recently transpired on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. My primary question and concern as a father, educator, and educational leader is, “How are we addressing the #AttemptedCoup on the #USCapitol” not only with our own

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Call for Success Stories in Family Engagement

 Share Your COVID-19 Success Story at The 2021 Virtual Montessori Experience (February 12-15) 

We want to celebrate you and all of the amazing things happening in your school community! We know this year has been a challenge mainly because of this pandemic but your ability to adapt

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Registration is now open for The 2021 Virtual Montessori Experience

Join AMI/USA & EAA February 12-15, 2021 for The Virtual Montessori Experience

The year 2020 has been full of transitions — on a local, national and global scale. Many of these transitions have required unfathomable feats of adaptability. Join us February 12-15, 2021 as we explore these two concepts, through a justice lens, over the course

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In Memoriam Estela Palmeri

The following was shared by John Page –

Good Afternoon,
I had an extended conversation with Queta Harlan this afternoon, Estela Palmeri’s sister, who informed me that Estela passed away on November 5.

I was a former student of Estela’s in Los Angeles for the school year 1971-1972. At that time she was unmarried

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Social Justice Webinar Series

AMI/USA is excited to learn alongside our community through a series of four free webinars focusing on issues of race, bias and injustice through a Montessori lens. Listen, learn, share and connect with experts and peers as we work to make

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Fall 2020 Online Conference

Montessori Leadership for Tumultuous Times: Embracing Our Cosmic Task in Support of Universal Solidarity

OCT 9 – 11, 2020

INTRODUCTION

“Human Solidarity in Time and Space” (San Remo Lecture II, 1949) is a rallying call for Montessori school leaders,

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AMI/USA Human Rights & Social Justice Adviser

Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA) is dedicated to bringing the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori to the education of children through its support and advancement of the AMI Montessori community in the United States.

AMI/USA has committed to strategically examining and dismantling institutional racism and other social justice issues

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Applications Open for 20-21 AMI Recognition Process

Applications for AMI Recognition Status and Recognition Consultations 2020-21 are open! The program will take place wholly online and provides opportunities for supportive discussions with Montessori experts. Consultations will be relevant to the conditions currently affecting schools and focused on ensuring schools maintain the recognition status their hard work and dedication

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AMI/USA Announces Human Rights and Social Justice Committee

AMI/USA recently established Human Rights and Social Justice Committee provides insights, guidance and recommendations to the AMI/USA Board.  A diverse group of advisers to the Committee provide a voice for the wider Montessori community in establishing goals and strategies as well as offering direct input into developing areas of equity, diversity and

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AMI/USA Announces New Chair and Board Expansion

AMI/USA is pleased to announce that Mary Levy has become Chair of its Board with immediate effect.  Previous Chair, Gretchen Hall, has accepted the position of Vice Chair.

Further changes at the recent Board meeting included a resolution to extend the number of Board seats from eight to ten persons.  The expansion will enable

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BBC StoryWorks Features Montessori Education

We would like to share with you two beautiful, short documentaries, which have been produced by BBC StoryWorks. BBC StoryWorks is part of BBC Global News. They specialize in producing short documentary style films, focusing on creating beautiful stories to inspire and educate audiences.

AMI had the opportunity

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AMI/USA Bookstore Open; Limited Shipping Schedule

In accordance with Phase I of Virginia’s “safer at home” re-opening plan, the AMI/USA Bookstore is once again open for business and operating on a limited shipping schedule. Orders will be shipped every other Friday starting Friday, June 19th. Please plan to place your order by the end of the day

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The Circle of Distinction Nominations & Call for Abstracts

The Circle of Distinction

The Circle of Distinction acknowledges an individual’s lifelong dedication, inspiration, creativity, resilience and passion within the AMI/USA community. We share a sense of commitment to the continuation of Dr. Montessori’s work and there is deep appreciation for the efforts of every individual. The Circle of Distinction offers an

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Webinar recording available & bonus audio!

If you missed our March 26 webinar with Jesse McCarthy and Karin Ann, the recording is available for purchase, including bonus audio in which both presenters answer additional questions that were posed by attendees during the live webinar. Jesse and Karin took the opportunity to augment the parent communication

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2020 Administrators Retreat Update

It was with great difficulty that the decision was made to cancel the upcoming AMI/USA Administrators Retreat originally scheduled to take place in July in Traverse City, Michigan. We understand, however, that administrators may have been especially looking forward to this year’s retreat as a respite from the challenges of today, therefore, alternate plans

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COVID-19 Resources

With the spread of COVID-19 impacting our communities, AMI/USA is sharing resources (below) to ensure that everyone is supported during this unique crisis. We understand that the situation, challenges, and questions are changing with what seems like each passing moment, so we are learning with the rest of the country about how

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2020 Administrators Retreat

We are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and will communicate if the event is postponed or cancelled with as much advance notice as possible. At this point in time, we are still moving forward with the July dates listed below.

We greatly appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time and will

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Seattle Overflow Hotel

Overflow Hotel for “The Montessori Experience”

Additional sleeping rooms for “The Montessori Experience: Refresher Course & Workshops” 2020 in Seattle are now available at The Westin Bellevue, just a quick 6-7 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, where the event

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Upcoming Consultant Training – June 2020

Consultant Training

Yes, the time has come to announce the opening of applications for the Primary and Elementary consultant training THIS JUNE (2020)! We couldn’t be more excited that the Consultation Committee in partnership with the AMI/USA office is conducting this much needed training. Click here for more information and application materials.

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Baltimore/Columbia Workshop Brochure

Baltimore/Columbia Workshop
Montessori: Learning for All 

October 11-12, 2019

Join us in Columbia, Maryland, for our first of two regional workshops in 2019-2020. We look forward to partnering with NAMTA for what will be their final regional workshop as well as with EAA, our continuing partner for major professional development events.

Advanced registration is now

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Webinar: Supporting the Natural Development of the Will

Webinar Description:

Supporting the Natural Development of the Will

Live Event:
September 19
7:00 p.m. ET 

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

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MPPI Conference Registration

Montessori Public Policy Initiative

Through the Montessori Public Policy Initiative(MPPI), AMI/USA and the American Montessori Society are working collaboratively to communicate, influence, and participate in policy developments. We believe that by sharing a common voice with our AMS colleagues, the entire Montessori Movement will be strengthened. 

Registration

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Children at Our Borders: One Year Later

A little over a year ago today, AMI/USA issued a statement on the detrimental effects of separating children from their parents in response to the United States’ practice of removing children from their families and placing them in custody at the U.S./Mexico border.

A little over a year later, and things are

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Baltimore Regional Workshop – Save The Date!

AMI/USA and NAMTA, in partnership with EAA, are pleased to announce the upcoming regional workshop Montessori: Learning for All. We look forward to offering this exceptional professional development opportunity once again in beautiful Columbia, Maryland. Registration opening soon. Stay tuned for updates by connecting with us on social media or checking our website.

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New 401(k) Benefit Now Available!

AMI/USA is proud to announce the availability of a new 401(k) plan designed to be affordable and easy to administer.  Please, see the attached informational flier with a link to more information or contact Brian Prasifka directly at 972-567-4012 or bp@rsi2.com. For additional collateral materials that might be helpful for your use, click below.

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In Memoriam Kay Baker PhD

On April 20, Kay Baker died peacefully after a short illness. AMI wishes to pay tribute to our friend and colleague Kay Baker.

Please see AMI’s tribute here.

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AMI Administrators Course

AMI will be offering an Administrators Certificate for the first time in the United States July 7-12 in Houston, Texas! Click here to be directed to the Houston Montessori Institute for more information.

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AMI/USA Administrators Retreat

Registration for this year’s AMI/USA Administrators Retreat, formerly held by the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA), is now open!  The retreat will follow the opportunity to add knowledge gained through the first AMI Administrators certificate course in the United States.  The certificate course and retreat will be held in Houston, Texas this

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Seattle Affiliates Conference

Montessori Guidance for Adapting to the Global Digital Culture
April 4-7, 2019

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma Washington

The acceleration of technology and the complexity of changes in our current society will define the future for today’s children. Montessori educators will partner with leaders in the newly emerging field of “human technology” to examine

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Refresher Course Certificates

Refresher Course certificates of attendance are available by email (free) or regular mail (incurs a $5 processing fee). To request your own certificate, please click here. If you are requesting a number of certificates for a school, please download this certificate request form to your desktop and return it

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AMI/USA and MAA Merger

On Friday, February 15th at the opening of the 2019 Refresher Course, AMI/USA Board President, Gretchen Hall, and MAA Board President, John Churn, announced plans to consolidate into one organization.

Read their joint statement here.
Questions? See below:

AMI/USA and MAA Consolidation FAQ

Following years of active collaboration to consider more opportunities for

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Onsite Registration Available

Forgot to register for next week’s Refresher Course & Workshops? Just decided you’ll be joining us? Get a head start on your on-site registration:

  • Register here by Thursday, 2/14 at 5 p.m. CST
  • Stop by Central Registration at the Sheraton New Orleans to finalize the
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Update from the AMI/USA Board

Greetings from your AMI/USA Board!

In an effort to better communicate and connect our membership with the work of the board, we will be including brief quarterly meeting updates in this and future newsletters. We hope that they serve you as intended.

Our July board meeting was held in Simsbury, Connecticut. The location

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