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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023

On this day of service, the nation will honor the memory and tireless work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On this day, and after it passes, all educators, from all backgrounds, will be well served by

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In Memoriam Tribute: Martha Urioste

Dr. Martha Urioste

October 2, 1937 – December 8, 2022


With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Dr. Martha Urioste. She transitioned from this world Thursday, December 8, 2022. Dr. Martha was one of the first persons to bring Montessori to the public sector in Colorado.

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In Memoriam Tribute: Willa Mae Golden

Willa Mae Golden
October 10, 1938 – October 25, 2022

“Willa Mae Golden—inspired teacher and loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—passed away on October 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. She was 84.”

This heartfelt opening can be found in the 11/9/22 life celebration obituary for Mama Golden, as I affectionately referred to

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Gratitude for The National Day of Mourning

Gratitude for The National Day of Mourning

By: Siobhan Growing Elm Brown, Mashpee Wampanoag

As a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, my elders taught me that to be Wampanoag is to live in a state of gratitude. To me, walking in gratitude

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The 2022 JEDI Series

AMI/USA is excited to kick-off our 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

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Exciting Study – Montessori for Neurodivergent Students

AMI/USA wants to understand Montessori teachers’ and administrators’ experiences with supporting students with developmental disabilities or delays. So, you are invited to participate in a research study & take a FREE online course on the Use and Implementation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) in Montessori settings. Click the link

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 – Beyond Land Acknowledgements

How do we come to the circle? At AMI/USA we are intentional about how we hold space for our collective work.  On this Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize that we are on Indigenous land and give gratitude for the original stewards of the land. Moving beyond land acknowledgements is a journey

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Lawrence Vincent Schaefer, July 3, 1931 ~ September 29, 2022 (age 91)


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lawrence Vincent Schaefer on September 29, 2022 at 91 years.  A beloved member of the Montessori global community with a legacy that will be cherished and held close to heart by all who loved him.  AMI/USA sends thoughts of compassion

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Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters

Image and beadwork design by Tia Marie Pocknett©

Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

 This summer, I had the opportunity to meet my biological family in Canada–my Mi’kmaq family.  My homecoming was filled with a spectrum of

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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace, 2022

Peace Like A River: Inner Peace and the Prepared Environment


International Day of Peace is being observed today, September 21, 2022.  This is the day that the United Nations (UN) invites all countries and people to honor cessation of hostilities during the day

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National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

September 15th – October15, 2022

“Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our Nation, and National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together. Since the beginning,

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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


“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

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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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