Vital to your chosen career path is continued professional development, there is no profession that does not demand regular updating and contact with experts in the field. AMI/USA endorses this commitment as well. AMI Refresher Courses for teachers and professional development workshops for heads of school and classroom assistants are offered annually on Presidents Day weekend at The Montessori Experience: Refresher Courses & More! This is an excellent way to examine current educational structures and strategies as well as delve deeper into your knowledge and understanding of Montessori pedagogy.

One of the most often voiced praises for this annual gathering is the opportunity to connect with old friends, forge new relationships, and be supported by the presence of so many others who share a common goal. AMI/USA organizes this event in partnership with the AMI Elementary Alumni Association (AMI-EAA).

Request certificates of attendance for previous The Montessori Experience: Refresher Courses and More here.  A $10 processing fee will apply for requests made 6 months or more from the end date of an event.

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Over the years there have been numerous successful and influential speakers:

Nikki Giovanni

American Poet



Ingrid Canady

Executive Director, State Education Resource Center

Nia Seale

Director of AMI Primary Training, AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group

Trisha Moquino

Education Director, Keres Children’s Learning Center

Tracey Cordero

Director of the Indigenous Montessori Institute

Dr. Joyce E King

Professor, Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Britt Hawthorne

Anti-bias/Anti-racist educator, PBS Children’s Media and Education

Alice Waters

Chef, author, activist and founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard Project

Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Director, Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

Sergey Brin

Co-founder of Google and Montessori alumnus

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D

Creativity Expert

Daniel Pink

Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

Bob Pianta, Ph.D

Dean of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

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 opportunity to provide thanks to those whose exceptional personal and professional contribution deserves special recognition.

2020 Honorees
Joen Bettmann
Barbara Gordon
David Kahn
Molly O’Shaughnessy
Judi Orion
Phyllis Pottish-Lewis

2021 Montessori Mentors