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We are excited to announce that the International Montessori Congrees (IMC) Organisation Committee will host an exclusive online session for our members and those interested in attending the Congress! The IMC team will share more about the... Read More
Delegates at the Montessori Experience 2023
Below is the transcript of the opening remarks of AMI President Alain Tschudin at this weekend's AMI/USA Montessori Experience conference in Baltimore, Maryland USA - a rallying call for Montessorians around the globe: If you want Peace,... Read More
Book Release: The Montessori Potential
Book release of The Montessori Potential and author interview with Paula Lillard Preschlack. Read More
Global Diffusion of Montessori Schools
On International Day of Education, celebrated on 24 January, we shared the article highlighting the impact of Montessori education on peace and development. The article "Global Diffusion of Montessori Schools," published in the Fall 2022... Read More
Alain Tschudin
Alain Tschudin, AMI President, shares this message to the global Montessori community as we start the new year. Read More
AMI has supported the development of the Montessori Ukraine United (MUU) Foundation. An inaugural Board meeting took place on Wednesday 7 December with a website launching on Friday 16 December. MUU was established following wide-ranging... Read More
2022 AMI Trainers Meeting
From 23 to 28 October the Trainers Meeting took place at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, in Italy. It was a delightful time, full of great discussions and companionship after such a long time. The theme of the meeting was “From... Read More
The book Perspectives on Montessori is a collection of personal perspectives written by a range of authors who look at the core practices and outcomes of Montessori education. With contributing authors from across the world, the book... Read More
Children and teacher in Montessori classroom in Africa
The two Corner of Hope schools in Nakuru, Kenya, are both operating at full capacity. You can see the children working with focus and joy at both schools. The school in New Canaan has 170 children at the 3-6 level and 57 at the 6-12 level... Read More
Evelyn Greenberg at the Transforming Education Summit
The United Nations Transforming Education Summit took place in New York on 16, 17 and 19 September 2022. It introduced Thematic Action Tracks — key levers to transform education by focusing on specific areas that need attention. Action... Read More
Larry Schaefer
The AMI community is saddened by the passing of Larry Schaefer on September 29, 2022, at 91 years old. Larry was an educator, historian, humanist, visionary and, in terms of his granddaughter Linnea, "the happiest person in the world."... Read More
Montessori teacher training
In 2016 Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and Wend (then the James Walton Fund) collaboratively announced a grant opportunity and called for proposals to develop a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university... Read More
Maria Montessori statue
The Italian city of Perugia has a special connection to Maria Montessori and her pedagogy. It was here that she delivered one of her last teacher training courses, cherishing many hopes for a study centre in that location. The Montessori... Read More
Casa Montessori Chiaravalle
Montessori Road is the video showcase of the opening of Casa Montessori Chiaravalle, Maria Montessori's childhood home in Chiaravalle, Italy. On 11 December 2021, Carolina Montessori, Maria Montessori's great granddaughter, was the... Read More
2022 Annual Global Meeting Videos
We are delighted to share with the community selected video recordings of the online 2022 Annual Global Meeting held in April. The theme "Changemakers" highlighted the work of changemakers worldwide and explored Montessori’s great... Read More
Educateurs sans Frontières Book
Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company is delighted to have added to its online bookshop the title Educateurs sans Frontières by Renilde Montessori. Although Renilde was the originator of Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), do not expect this... Read More
Louise Livingston - Let's Radically Rethink Education
The Montessori approach naturally offers elegant solutions to the many issues raised by The Times Education Commission , published this week says Louise Livingston, Head of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute. The Times Education... Read More
Montessori teacher Judy Mugambi with students
Meet Judy Mugambi From teaching under the shade of a tree in a camp for Internally Displaced People, to becoming head of the Nomadic Montessori Schools program for the Sarara Foundation in Kenya, Judy’s story is nothing short of inspiring... Read More
Ukraine Classified Cards
AMI continues to add new sets of Classified Cards to AMI Digital.  We are pleased to announce that the Classified Cards are now available in Greenlandic. A big thanks to the translators. The cards are now available in no less than 28... Read More
Adolescent in field: Growing the Future
Growing the Future. Download AMI's 2021 Annual Report. Read More
Young child looking at flowers
Financial donations are needed urgently to provide resources for the Montessori community supporting children and families affected by the situation in Ukraine. AMI is liaising with UNHCR and other organisations as well as the broader... Read More
Heads talking
At this year’s AGM online event , we are excited to announce that AMI, in collaboration with our Chinese and Spanish affiliated societies, will be providing live translations for the first time! What will be translated? The plenary... Read More
Corner of Hope Montessori child in classroom
The classrooms and compound of Corner of Hope New Canaan look beautiful after recent renovations. There is a great variety of different activities done and the children work independently, with support from the teachers where required. The... Read More
Baby staring up at a mobile of coloured balls
AMI is delighted to announce additional translations to the Aid to Life website and resource materials, now available in German and Japanese. Aid to Life is a parent website resource, founded on the idea that children develop optimally... Read More
Two children in a Montessori classroom reading together
In the recent edition of MontessoriPublic (Fall 2021) David Ayer and Angeline Lillard gave details on the availability of rigorous studies showing reading/writing/language arts outcomes for students in Montessori schools versus other... Read More
Jennifer Brush Awarded Fulbright Specialist
Jennifer Brush, AMI Montessori for Dementia and Ageing Trainer, has just been awarded the Fulbright Specialist Program award. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement,... Read More
Maria Montessori School Classroom
Montessori Architecture is a design instrument for learning environments. The project was seeded by Montessorian Hilla Patell in the early 1990s when she asked for a few key architectural constituents of a Montessori school. Her question... Read More
Research paper figure
A new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology provides more evidence that a Montessori education may be more effective than conventional methods of education, especially when relating to students’ long-term psychological health and well... Read More
Victoria Barres speaks at UNESCO
Last year, UNESCO held several events in which AMI participated. UNESCO’s 75th anniversary celebration, which took place in 2021, highlighted Montessori’s historic connection in several ways, including an outdoor photo exhibit. It also... Read More
Philip D. O’Brien
AMI President Philip D. O’Brien shares his New Year's message for 2022. Read More
Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care Book Award
We are delighted to congratulate Jennifer Brush who has won a silver medal in the book category in The National 2021 Mature Media awards for Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care . The National Mature Media Awards is the nation’s largest... Read More
MINT team
We are happy to announce that the Montessori Institute of North Texas is this year’s recipient of the Ann R. Cox “Innovation in Education Award”. Established by the Alcuin School, the Edwin L. Cox family, and the Berry R. Cox Family... Read More
The newest EsF Stories Podcast is now available! Listen to the captivating story of mother and daughter Luming and Lora Woellhaf to learn about their work in the Philippines and their foundation Mithing Pangarap. Their initiative is two-... Read More
Ruben Jongkind, Montessori Sports, TED Talk
Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. It is a game for all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Especially young children embrace football because it is an accessible sport and it provides the possibility to move, express... Read More
Maria Montessori 1938
On this day, 21 September, we mark forty years of the International Day of Peace. This day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and has been designated as a day of non-violence and cease-fire. This year’s theme is... Read More
Finland and Jennifer Brush
The first From Can’t to Can do! workshop in the Nordics will take place on September 30th and October 1st in Helsinki, Finland. Together with Jennifer Brush, a small group of Finnish enthusiasts have worked for 2 years in order to bring... Read More
Maria Montessori and Mario Montessori 31 August 1940
On 31 August the Montessori community celebrates Maria Montessori’s birthday, the one to conclude the 150th anniversary year. By far the most emotional birthday gift ever for Maria Montessori may well have been Mario’s presence on her 1940... Read More
Montessori Classified Cards for Paralympic Games
Paralympic athletes constantly inspire us: they are resilient, they raise awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world, they are always moving forward, and they never give up. In celebrations of the Tokyo 2020/1 Paralympic... Read More
The Best Weapon for Peace book cover
The Best Weapon for Peace - Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights is a recently published book by Erica Moretti that examines Montessori's lifelong pacifist work. Moretti shows that Montessori's educational theories and... Read More
Maria and Mario Montessori with children
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Baiba Krumins Grazzini speak about how Montessori became Montessori, a revolution that radically changed how the world viewed education and human development, at the webinar held on Saturday, 17 July 2021... Read More
Elderly woman and carer reading memory book
An interview with Anne Kelly, Head of Montessori for Dementia and Ageing, AMI. At AMI we are further developing our work in ageing and dementia, and we are so pleased to welcome Anne Kelly to the global team as Head of Montessori for... Read More
Maria Montessori bio
What if the Brussels metro map was reinvented to pay homage to some of the great women who helped shape Europe through the centuries and the European Union over its lifetime? As an artwork, conversation piece and educational tool, the... Read More
The Maria Montessori building of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Radboud University
The Maria Montessori building of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) was officially opened on 27 May 2021. The opening ceremony was live-streamed, with special guest speakers providing their... Read More
The Spirit Machine: AI Artwork
In the lead up to Radboud University's upcoming opening of their specially designed Maria Montessori Building, one of the university's alumnus has created a stunning artwork which will be featured there. Jeroen van der Most , an Artificial... Read More
2021 AMI AGM Proceedings
Video of the proceedings of the AMI Annual General Meeting held on 10 April 2021. Read More
Representatives signing the Framework of Cooperation
AMI is extremely pleased to announce a formal partnership with the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) in Thailand to support Montessori education in OBEC schools. The formal Framework of Cooperation was signed at an online... Read More
Photo of child drawing rainbow
A Year of Resilience and Connection Read More
Montessori set of flags classroom materials
We would like to invite you to a series of online sessions that will be hosted by AMI throughout 2021. Anyone with an interest in the social mission of Montessori is more than welcome to join the session which will be hosted on Zoom. In... Read More
African child in Montessori classroom
What began a decade ago as the focus of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in Amsterdam - to spread Montessori educational principles worldwide - has launched a spin-off organization in the United States, with a new name and... Read More
Corner of Hope EsF Logos
The first Corner of Hope school was established in 2010 in an Internally Displaced People camp in New Canaan, close to the city of Nakuru, Kenya. The violence after the 2007 elections had caused widespread displacement in Kenya and many... Read More
Delfina Tommasini's student card from the 1950 Montessori training course
“To build a better world was Montessori's lifelong mission. Her pedagogical approach was a way to reach that goal, to transform humanity. She showed us to help children uncover their own potential. Each child has a great responsibility... Read More
Fossil fuel emissions from human activity are driving up Earth's temperature—yet something else is at work. The warming has set in motion nature’s own feedback loops which are raising temperatures even higher. The urgent question is: Are... Read More
EsF Talks Flags and Globe
On 6 January 2021 AMI's Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF) held a unique online session which focused on the social mission of Montessori. This was the first of a series hosted by AMI EsF, where they reflected on the legacy of Maria... Read More
Philip O’Brien
The winter solstice of the Northern Hemisphere is behind us: longer days and more sunshine are coming. 2020 is also behind us, though the scars wrought on the lives of millions of children, particularly those living in disadvantaged... Read More
First Casa dei Bambini
In 1942, on 6 January Maria Montessori shared the story of San Lorenzo and the first Casa dei Bambini with her students: “Today is the anniversary of the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini. Quite often people ask if this method is... Read More
Corner of Hope School Teacher with Children
As this year marks the 10th anniversary of Corner of Hope, we would like to take the opportunity to look back and highlight the incredible work and dedication of everyone who has contributed to Corner of Hope. We have launched a special page where we will share stories from Corner of Hope. Read More
East Pokot Montessori Teacher in Training
We are raising funds to train members of the Pokot community in Kenya to become Montessori teachers. Skilled and motivated teachers from the local community are the key to increasing access to quality education. Read More
Vidya Shankar
Vidya Shankar is the founder of CASCADE Montessori Rural Research Centre in India. They have centers in the rural villages Narasingapuram and Jamunamarathur. Vidya found that one of the key causes of juvenile delinquency was the lack of... Read More
New Book: Creative Development in the Child
Maria Montessori lectured in Italian during the first International Montessori Course in 1939 at Madras, India. These 75 lectures were translated into English by her son Mario, as she spoke. The lectures are left in the same order as they... Read More
André Roberfroid
Interview with André Roberfroid, previously Deputy Director of UNICEF and President of AMI, and now AMI Global Ambassador André Roberfroid has worked in the area of child rights for most of his life, having worked for UNICEF for more than... Read More
Reimagining Learning Spaces for Uncertain Times
Eder Cuevas, Executive Director of Montessori Mexico and Director of Development of Montessori de Chihuahua School, has an article featued in The Blue Dot magazine, published by UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and... Read More
Lynne Lawrence
A birthday message from Lynne Lawrence, Executive Director of AMI. What an incredible year it has been to mark the 150th birthday of Maria Montessori, yet what a perfect opportunity to reflect on her work and show us how relevant it continues to be today and into our future... Read More
Maria Montessori
Today, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Maria Montessori's birth, we are sharing exclusive archival footage of an interview with Maria Montessori upon her return to Italy after the years spent in India (1947). In the garden... Read More
Save Our Future Website Logo
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in all countries and all continents. AMI is partnering with a global coalition of diverse voices, to amplify... Read More
School Children Eating Thailand
Across the world, schools and early years childcare providers are facing the challenge of returning to school, in a constantly changing global picture of Coronavirus response. Particularly in the case of young children, keeping the... Read More
Montessori Approach to Music
One of the (many) brilliant aspects of Montessori education is that it includes an integrated approach to Music. We are delighted to announce the publication of the title “Montessori Approach to Music” with key contributions from Maria... Read More
Ruben Jongkind & Lynne Lawrence
Youth sports experts, Montessori Sports, have launched an online platform to allow greater access to training on how to integrate Montessori principles within schools’ sports programmes. The aim is to bring a student-centred approach to... Read More
Maria Montessori 1949
“In my opinion there is only one remedy by which future generations can be protected against the woe which burdens us: let us forget the problems and concentrate on the person!”. Maria Montessori gave this speech at the first meeting of... Read More
EsF Stories: Junnifa Uzodike
Visit the Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF) website for the latest EsF Stories, featuring an interview with Junnifa Uzodike, who is qualified in three levels of Montessori education, and who has developed her own beautiful school in Nigeria... Read More
2019 AMI Annual Report Cover
Pioneering the Principles Read More
Maria Montessori headshot
To mark 150 years since the birth of Maria Montessori, we have collaborated with BrightVibes who have made this wonderful film about Maria Montessori and her inspirational life. We would like to thank Carolina Montessori for giving her... Read More
Monica Kleiner-Deu
Monica Kleiner-Deu is a Spanish AMI 0-3 Auxiliary Trainer. What has been your most memorable teaching/learning experience during the TOT programme? Education is a long path of learning that should never end. Throughout this time completing... Read More
Online and downloadable Montessori resources for educators, schools and families. Classified cards in over 28 languages, plus other language materials. Free access for a limited period. Read More
We would like to thank our AMI community for all of the work they are doing to help teachers and schools during these extraordinary times. We continue to seek ways to support those who are currently participating on AMI Courses around the world, and to respond to the needs of those who are facing different challenges due to the impact of Covid-19 in their communities. Read More
I hope that all of you are staying safe and well in these turbulent unsettling times, and our thoughts are with those who know people suffering from the virus or indeed, from its harsh economic impact which is causing hard times for so many. We will, together, have to face these troubles with fortitude and creativity. Read More
Jamie Lawrence is a 27-year-old professional footballer, playing for RSC Anderlecht in Belgium and currently on loan to FC St. Pauli in Germany. Jamie started playing football as soon as he could walk. After playing in some high profile... Read More
Adolescent students gardening
AMI, Great Work Inc. and NAMTA are pleased to announce that the new AMI 12-18 Diploma will be launching in 2020. The first component of this pilot programme will be offered in July/August 2020 in Ohio and Sweden. The AMI Diploma 12-18 will... Read More
Right to Education
On the 30th anniversary of the adoption of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, AMI adds it voice to the wide support for the Convention, as a recognition of the foundational work of Maria Montessori in support of the rights of the child. Read More
The 31st August 2020 marks 150 years since the birth of Maria Montessori. Montessori was ahead of her time in her research, educational approach and pioneering work for social reform. The work of Montessori today continues to motivate people to change the world for the better. Read More
Association Montessori Internationale Executive Director, Lynne Lawrence, was invited to be part of the UK’s BBC Radio 4 programme: “Great Lives” about Maria Montessori. The Great Lives series invites guests to focus on someone who has... Read More
Montessori friends inspiring each other
This year during our Amsterdam Annual Global Meetings, we spoke to some of our wonderful global community on the inspiration Montessori education brings them. Here is a small representative selection. Answers come from parents, trainers,... Read More
To celebrate the 2019 International Day of Families. AMI co-drafted a statement with some NGO/UNESCO partners. It highlights the paramount importance of families as the first and most significant unit where children learn values of respect... Read More
AMI friends from around the world
We are on Instagram now! Follow @ami_montessori and support us by liking and sharing our content, joining discussions and tagging us in your posts. Read More
Helen Henny next to portrait of Maria Montessori
Helen Henny, great-granddaughter of Maria Montessori, entrusted to AMI's care the oil painting of the young Maria at age 13. Helen's was an incredible gesture, and AMI is deeply honoured. Read More
A happy moment from the weekend.
AMI's 2019 Annual General Meeting, themed "Core Principles, New Horizons", was held at the Metis Montessori Lyceum, Amsterdam; this new venue perfectly suited the diversity of the programme and our fast growing number of participants. The... Read More
AMI and Tomorrow's Youth Organization
On April 3, 2019, Lynne Lawrence, Executive Director of Association Montessori Internationale, and Hani Masri, President and Founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, signed an agreement to implement an innovative Montessori initiative in... Read More
In 2018 Dr Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, AMI Trainer and author, passed away. Dr Montanaro was a pioneer in spreading globally the insights of Maria Montessori and her close collaborator Gianna Gobbi, enlivening this knowledge with her... Read More
Annual Report
A Natural Engagement with Life Read More
Among AMI's most important tasks are first of all, to maintain the vitality of the method and to contribute on a continuing basis, now and in the future, to the growing universal awareness of the needs of the child, thereby actively... Read More
Mario Montessori Junior described the power and influence of the movement over the years on the occasion of our 60th birthday. It still rings all very true. Read More
We believe that creating opportunities for the young to grow to the fullness of their potential will yield an adult population whose life choices will veer to non-violent conflict resolution, tolerance of the other, and protection of the... Read More
Kronberg Today
The Association Montessori Internationale was founded by Dr Maria Montessori in 1929. The initiative to form AMI was taken at the first International Montessori Congress, which was held as part of the Fifth Congress of the New Education... Read More
AMI 90 Years Logo
2019 — a year in which AMI will modestly celebrate 90 years! Not quite a hundred yet, but certainly a good number of years that we are happy to be sharing with you. A lot has happened in all those years — and especially the developments,... Read More
AMI Training of Trainers: You can transform lives one teacher at a time by becoming an AMI Teacher Trainer Read More
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, pledges $2 billion and focus on two areas: funding existing non-profits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, non-profit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities. "Education is not... Read More
AMI is pleased to announce that an AMI Training of Trainers Programme, Seminar Format, will be held in Hangzhou, China from 2019 to 2021. The seminar, which forms part of the comprehensive training of trainers programme, will be given in... Read More
2018 AMI AGM Proceedings and Photos
AMI’s 2018 Annual General Meeting, themed “Community, Confidence and Curiosity”, was held from the 13th to the 16th of April in Amsterdam. The 2018 AGM marked a number of milestones, as attendance has never been this high with over 300... Read More
AMI Annual Report 2017 Bold Steps
Confidence, Curiosity, Courage & Community Read More
From 4-18 August 2018, educators from around the world will gather in South Africa for two weeks, to revisit Montessori principles and practices in order to find innovative solutions and build sustainable initiatives for underserved... Read More
AMI will use its internationally recognised authoritative voice regarding the unique nature of childhood and natural human development to advocate for the rights of children and adults to have access to nurturing, developmentally... Read More
News Bold Goal
AMI’s Bold Goal project launched to increase social impact in U.S. education The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) launched a Bold Goal project in February 2016 to increase our social impact by tripling AMI’s presence in U.S... Read More
If you are one of the 1200 people that attended the 2018 Refresher Course & Workshops in Phoenix, AZ and were able to attend the Friday night Keynote Address, you know how inspiring AMI/USA Board President Gretchen Hall’s speech was... Read More
Representatives from Funders, University and AMI at opening
Walton Family Foundation Awards $4.8 Million Grant to the University of Hartford and Montessori Training Center Northeast to Create Montessori Bachelor’s Degree Program. The award is one of the largest educational grants in the University’... Read More