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AMI AGM and Montessori Forum 2015

Friday, 10 April

Historical Tour (Optional)

If you plan on coming to Amsterdam one or two days before, perhaps you would like to join Friday's historical tour (10 April)
to some Montessori sites of interest in the Netherlands, led by Montessori history buff Fred Kelpin.

The registration form includes an option to sign up for this great tour. (Costs : Euro 75, includes morning coffees and teas, and a lunch box.)


12.00 - 13.00 Presentation by Fred Kelpin, location Koninginneweg 161

13.00 Departure for Noordwijk

13.45 Arrival Noordwijk - Koningin Astridboulevard 54

13.45 - 14.15 Visit Het Huis aan Zee, the house on the boulevard where Maria Montessori vacationed when she died on May 6, 1952.

14.15 - 15.00  Visit grave Maria Montessori

15.00 Departure for Laren

16.00 Arrival Laren Burgemeester van Nispen van Sevenaerstraat 49

Walk to Naarderstraat 49

16.30 Departure Laren for Amsterdam, join Board Reception at Industrieele Groote Club

Industrieele Groote Club, 27 Dam Square, Amsterdam

17.30 - 19.30 Board Reception at the Industrieele Groote Club, with drinks and light snacks

Saturday, 11 April

09.30 - 12.15 Meeting of (AMI affiliated) Montessori Societies, which is open to everyone attending.

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, 9 Dam, Amsterdam

14.00 - 15.30 Annual General Meeting; our organisation's business meeting open to all AMI members

Industrieele Groote Club, 27 Dam Square, Amsterdam

15.30 - 16.15 Coffee and Tea break

16.15 - 17.15 Presentation by Keynote speaker

18.30 - 21.30 Buffet dinner

Sunday, 12 April

10.00 - 16.00 Montessori Forum

Montessori Forum is a full-day interactive event focusing on "The Forgotten Citizen" a term coined by Maria Montessori to refer to the child when advocating their rights in society.  On this Montessori Sunday, we will extend the notion of the Forgotten Citizen to include various populations that are underserved or at risk. These populations also represent all age groups. 

We will have a presentation on the risks to which pre-term babies are exposed and how a Montessori approach might be used to help their later development. 

Another presentation by Molly O'Shaughnessy and Connie Black will address the initiatives of Montessori Partners Serving all Children (St. Paul, USA), which has embraced working with children in underserved populations.

The day will close with a presentation by our newly established AMI Montessori Advisory Group for Ageing and Dementia (MAGAD) Group, which is developing a Montessori programme to support the aged and people suffering from dementia.  Speakers from the MAGAD Group are Michelle Bourgeois, Jennifer Brush, Gail Elliot and Anne Kelly. 

We will also enjoy several other presentations focusing on Montessori work carried out by and for adolescents, in various settings -- including a top sports environment (Ruben Jongkind).  Steve Hughes, chair of the AMI Research Group, will present some updates on current developments.