2022 Annual Global Meeting (Online)

Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, the 2022 AMI Annual Global Meeting was held fully online.

THEME: Changemakers - highlighting the work of changemakers worldwide and exploring Montessori’s great potential to contribute to social change.

DATES: Friday, 8 April & Saturday, 9 April 2022 

Programme Schedule

Friday, 8 April 2022 (CET Times)

14:00 – 15:00 Annual General Meeting

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:00 Keynote Speaker: Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Author of the Wellbeing Economy (2017) “Wellbeing and Sustainability: The Future of Education”

16:00 – 16:45 Keynote Speaker: Rukmini Ramachandran, AMI 3-6 Trainer "Preparing Young Children to be Changemakers"

16:45 – 17:00  Coffee Break

17:00 – 17:45  Parallel Sessions "Changemakers: Our Internal and External Landscapes"

  • Silvia Dubovoy, AMI 0-3 & 3-6 Trainer "The Inclusive Education Mindset: Evolving to Meet Today’s New Realities"
  • Jennifer Brush, AMI Dementia & Ageing Trainer; Sydney Kerschen, Interior Designer and Scott Hendrix, Project Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture; Penny McPeak, Photographer and Digital Artist, Carolyn Magnussen and Elisabeth Ryland, Co-Founders, Montessori Eldre Ressurs “New Innovations in Environments for Ageing”
  • Benjamin Stæhli, Architect, Arthur Waser Foundation “Architects and Teachers: The Silent Revolution of Montessori Architecture”

17:45 – 18:00  Lynne Lawrence, AMI Executive Director and Philip O’Brien, AMI President “Closing and Introduction to the Strategic Plan 2023-2028"

18:00 – 18:45  "New Strategic Plan 2023" Networking Sessions - come and have your say on what might be included in the following pillars:

  • Legacy: Hosted by Nico Vasseur, Chief of Staff, Joke Verheul, Managing Editor and Carolina Montessori, Archives 
  • Capacity: Hosted by Judi Orion, Director of Pedagogy and Emily Dew, Head of Pedagogy
  • Outreach: Hosted by Fay Hendriksen, Head of Outreach and Elske Voermans, EsF Coordinator

Saturday, 9 April 2022 (CET Times)

14:00 – 15:00 Corinne Momal-Vanian, CEO, Kofi Annan Foundation; Sophiyat Sadiq, Kofi Annan Changemaker; Jill Ryan Davis, Chief Revenue Officer, Share our Strength; Lakswhin Muruga, Chief Operating Officer, Women of Will “Young People and Women as Changemakers”

15:00 –15:45  Parallel Sessions "Changemakers: History, Action and Innovation"

  • AMI Global Research Group Presents:
    • Dani Cañigueral Viñals, AMI 6-12 Trainer “Montessori in Barcelona/Catalunya”
    • Christina Carroll, AMI Montessori 6-12 Teacher “The Possible Role of the Nature of the Teacher in Montessori Outcomes”
    • Laura Flores Shaw EdD, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University School of Education and Paige Bray EdD, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Hartford “Informing Practice with Scientific Observation”
  • Andre Shearer, Founder and Board Member, Indaba Foundation and Jasmine Jacob, Director, Indaba Institute “Community Mobilisation through the Educator – A South African Story"
  • Matteo Ferroni, President, Fondazione eLand “Perugia – Mobilising a District” ...the story of the way a whole town came to embrace its historical Montessori roots and prepare itself to be in the forefront of Montessori developments in Italy

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:30 Networking Sessions

  • "Meet the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group" hosted by Judi Orion, Director of Pedagogy, Ginni Sackett, SPG Chair and Lynne Lawrence, Executive Director
  • "AMI Affiliates – Building Engaged Communities" hosted by Candice von der Wehl, AMI Partnerships Manager and Elske Voermans, EsF Coordinator
  • Research Q&A – History (questions to Dani Cañigueral Viñals)
  • Research Q&A – Contemporary Outcomes (questions to Christina Carroll)
  • Research Q&A – Implementation (questions to Laura Flores Shaw and Paige Bray)

16:30 – 17:30 Parallel Sessions "Changemakers: Countries, Communities and Individuals"

  • Eder Cuevas, Executive Director and Gabriela Molinar, President, Montessori Mexico; Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa, Knowledge Management Chief, Colegio Montessori de Cartagena "Montessori Innovation in Mexico and Colombia"
  • Julia Hilson, AMI 0-3 Trainer and Michelle Martin, AMI 3-6 Directress “Torres Strait and Lockhart River Initiatives: Working with Indigenous Communities in Australia”
  • Sofia Tagliani Beltran, Eva Correard and Pamela Carbajal Perez, AMI Adolescent graduates, hosted by Laurie Ewert-Krocker, AMI 12-18 Trainer “Young Changemakers in the Third and Fourth Plane”

17:30 – 17:45 Coffee Break

17:45 – 18:30 Closing Thoughts: Philip O’Brien, AMI President

18:30  Final Words: Lynne Lawrence, AMI Executive Director



At this year’s AGM online event, in collaboration with our Chinese and Spanish affiliated societies, we provided live translations for the first time! 

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