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AMI Going Global

ami logoThe Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) has a new website up: [edit:  Apparently it’s not meant to go live yet, so I’m taking down the link.  But I, and I guess a few others, got a sneak peek.] It’s the beautiful, modern, professionally produced, information-packed website the movement deserves.

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Interestingly, For now the old website, www.montessori-ami.org, is still up.  I suppose that eventually the old site will redirect visitors to the new, but for now you can you will soon be able to compare the two to see just how far AMI has come into the digital age.  It’s all there on the new site: comprehensive, authoritative Montessori information, AMI’s global perspective, teacher training and training of trainers programs, publications, video, and much more.  Someone put a lot of time and trouble into this, and it shows.

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AMI: The I is for International(e)

Their are many Montessori organizations in the U.S. and around the world doing great work—an overview from this website can be found here. But whatever your politics, you have to recognize that AMI has been doing international Montessori since the very beginning.

Apparently they’ve been keeping track. They posted this map this week on facebook and Twitter, marking their 100th international endeavor:

AMI map

(click the map for a larger image, or follow the link)

In other news, TMO will be offline this week as its editor goes with Montessori 7th years to the Appalachians.  More news, information, video, and links to come!

MontessoriGuide.org Video Has Live Turtle

At the 2013 AMI Refresher Course, AMI-USA previewed a video for a project called Montessori Guide—a professional development tool using “real footage of real classrooms and original articles to support best practices inside Montessori environments for trainees, teachers and administrators.”  

The project is still in the works, and it’s not clear exactly what it will be.  The video itself is outstanding.  A screenshot shows a website with articles on subjects such as Socialization and Cosmic Education, and the AMI-USA page mentions video and articles and the guidance of AMI teacher trainers.  We’ll have to wait and see the site when it launches later this year.

But the video is up now, and it stands on its own.  The bouncy, whistling soundtrack with acoustic guitar and handclaps sets just the right casual, optimistic tone.   There are some titles. “A Fresh Take on Montessori” is a little odd—do we need a fresh take?—but the video certainly feels fresh.  “Diverse Children—Diverse Teachers—Diverse Settings” is also a little oblique—is diversity our hallmark?—and “Standardized Practice” doesn’t quite have the Montessori magic, but these are quibbles. (And “Delving Deeper Into Our Practice” is spot on.)  

But he magic tis in the classroom footage.  It’s all there—beautiful, light, open classrooms full of purposeful, determined, adorable focused children, great moments of peer learning, individual work, big work, joy, cleaning up a spill, and carrying a turtle.  Everything you think of as Montessori, in other words.

As an administrator, I would use it at every parent night and recruitment event I could get away with.  Just press play, sit back, and watch the jaws drop and the smiles spread.  Then have questions and a “share something you liked” session.  Then play it again, starting and stopping.  Concentration. Repetition.  Independence.  Liberty.  Social learning.  It’s all there.

 I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole site.

 

AMI Summit USA

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The AMI Summit USA, held on November 10-12, was an intense and dynamic gathering of more than 150 passionate Montessorians focused on envisioning the future of AMI Montessori in the United States.  Representatives from AMI itself and from the four U.S. Affiliates (AMI-USA, NAMTA, MAA, and EAA), AMI Trainers, teachers, administrators, alumni, and parents took part in a sometimes contentious but in the end inspiring group process to confront organizational and mission issues within the U.S. AMI community and movement, and to begin concrete plans for the future.  The work of the Summit continues with the AMI Summit Stewardship Council, a group formed by open invitation at the close of the event.  The Stewardship Council recently held its first meeting by conference call with more than 40 participants, and expects to publicize its work as widely as possible as it moves forward.

AMI Summit November 10-12

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) is hosting the AMI Summit USA: Envisioning the Future of Montessori in the USA from November 10th through the 12th—that’s just a few weeks from now.  From the website:

The purpose of this summit is to identify strategic actions, and determine the next steps towards realizing a compelling future for AMI Montessori in the USA.

The summit will be open to all individuals committed to the future of AMI Montessori in the United States who are willing to engage constructively in the process.

Over 120 people have registered for the event, and it represents a bold step for strategic development of Montessori in the United States.  Registration is still available.