Montessori Education for All Children
AMI seeks to increase its capacity to serve children around the world by increasing access to AMI training, supporting the professional development of Montessori teachers, providing a comprehensive support system for Montessori schools and programmes, tools for the implementation of research and increasing our human, financial and technological resources.
AMI Teacher Training
The Association Montessori Internationale accredits training centres throughout the world. These centres offer AMI diploma courses that are internationally recognised for their high standard and authenticity. The courses offered by the Association Montessori Internationale prepare adults to work with children at the following levels: Assistants to Infancy (0-3), Primary (3-6), First Plane (0-6) and Elementary (6-12). Work is also underway to document the current body of knowledge relating to Montessori education for the 12-18 year age group and an Orientation for teachers (in collaboration with NAMTA) is available.
Training of Trainers Programme
The high standard of AMI training is ensured through a formal training programme for AMI trainers. The AMI Training Group is responsible for the programme content and selection of trainers-in-training, their academic guidance and continuous assessment as they progress through their training programme. The Training of Trainers Programme is a rigorous and challenging experience, providing participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ideas and principles of Maria Montessori and develop the skills to pass the knowledge gained to future generations of Montessori teachers. Applicants must have an AMI diploma, five years teaching experience directing a class where the Montessori principles and practice are fully implemented, and a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Further details: The Training Group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive Education Course
A key goal of the course is to provide the Montessori teacher with additional training and resources to assist the child in growing and developing a strong sense of self, despite emotional, behavioural, and academic difficulties. A key element of such a course is to follow Maria Montessori’s mandate to know and discover the child—so as to better identify and provide what the special-needs child requires. The course is open to qualified Montessori teachers and is an important and invaluable source of professional development. Further Details: www.montessoriintervention.org/special-course.php
International Montessori Congresses provide an opportunity for Montessorians to come together from around the world to share and further their work in aid of the child. The Congresses are open to all and are designed to promote the ideas of Maria Montessori to the wider public. They have been held since 1929 and it was during the first International Montessori Congress that the Association Montessori Internationale was founded. The next International Montessori Congress under the auspices of AMI will be held in Portland, Oregon in August 2013. As well as such major international events, regular national conferences, study conferences and Trainers’ Meetings are held. Refresher courses are organised by local AMI training centres and some national affiliates (by agreement with AMI), enabling AMI graduates to revisit more deeply and with the benefit of practical experience, the key principles and practices of Montessori education.
Consulting services are offered through various divisions of AMI including Teacher Training Institutions, AMI Affiliates and Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF). The consulting services include customised programme design, curriculum development, training workshops, and presentations.
An AMI Affiliated Society is an autonomous body working in adherence to AMI’s aims and objectives. Affiliated Societies work within their country to further the aims of AMI and to promote Montessori education.
The Association Montessori Internationale publishes the AMI Journal, which includes articles by Maria Montessori as well as scholarly papers on Montessori and related topics. AMI also produces a newsletter ‘The AMI eBulletin’ which features Montessori news and articles from around the world. Messages, articles, and selected lectures given by Maria Montessori as well as other notable Montessorians are also published and distributed by AMI. Montessori DVDs, conference proceedings and pamphlets are also available.
Maria Montessori’s books have been translated and published in many languages. The Association Montessori Internationale continues to oversee their publication. Books are currently available in the following languages: Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Urdu, Vietnamese. If you are interested in publishing a Montessori title in your language, please contact AMI-Publishing@montessori-ami.org for more information.
Materials and Resources
AMI guides the manufacturers recognised by AMI in the production of approved Montessori materials. The AMI Material Committee continues to oversee the development and manufacture of the Montessori materials, maintaining the blueprints for the materials and continuing to refine and improve their design. The following companies manufacture materials according to detailed blueprints provided by AMI. In their catalogues/price lists, each piece of material which is manufactured according to the AMI blueprints is identified by an AMI logo. Nienhuis: www.nienhuis.com, Gonzagarredi: www.gonzagarredi.it and Matsumoto Kagaku Kogyo: www.mk-k.com.
AMI Digital is an initiative of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) designed to make available quality and affordable resources for Montessori programmes throughout the world. https://montessoridigital.org
The AMI school recognition programme (established in the USA and Canada) was initiated for the benefit of parents to assist them in making choices about Montessori schools and classrooms. It accords recognition to Montessori schools that adhere to Montessori principles with authenticity, integrity and completeness. AMI is currently working on an international Montessori Quality Assurance Programme. The programme will provide a framework of guidelines and support offering a positive means of continuous improvement by which schools and centres strive to ensure quality and best practice.
Montessori National Curriculum
In conjunction with the Montessori Australia Foundation and the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, AMI pedagogically reviewed a comprehensive national curriculum document. The document begins with an overview of the history, principles and practice that are the foundation of Montessori practice and from which all elements of the curriculum are derived. The subsequent curriculum sections of the document are organised according to the three ‘planes’ of child and adolescent development as understood by Montessori educators.
Montessori Observation and Record Keeping System
AMI is working with a team of developers on an online Montessori Observation Record Keeping System. Underpinned by Maria Montessori’s original observation principles and enhanced through latest technology, the system will enable staff to easily record observations on mobile, tablet and computer apps. The system will feature integrated record keeping, planning and reporting linked to the Montessori National Curriculum.
AMI supports the process of Government Liaison around the world. Recent achievements include:
- The approval of the National Montessori Curriculum in Australia
- Support from the Basic Education Commission in Thailand including commitment to train hundreds of teachers and the establishment of over 200 Montessori programmes in public schools. Government research has indicated the children in Montessori programmes achieved vastly superior literacy and numeracy outcomes than children attending the traditional education programme.
- Collaboration with the Chinese Society of Education to research the integration of Montessori and Chinese culture. This ambitious programme includes supporting the establishment of hundreds of Montessori programmes, training of teachers and teacher trainers, parent support programmes and the development of Montessori Chinese language programme.