Association Montessori Internationale (AMI): AMI is the original Montessori organization, founded by Maria Montessori herself in 1929, “to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.” Because of this history, AMI lays claim to true Montessori authenticity. AMI core functions include:
- overseeing and developing Montessori teacher training in training centers around the world
- guiding the manufacturers recognized by AMI in the production of approved Montessori materials
- overseeing the publication of Montessori’s work
- organizing study conferences
- organizing the quadrennial International Montessori Congress
- publicizing Montessori activities in the journal Communications, the AMI Bulletin, and the AMI website
- affiliating national Montessori societies
In addition, AMI sponsors Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF) (website), supporting innovative educational projects worldwide based on Montessori principles, and Aid to Life (website), a source of Montessori-inspired child development information.
AMI sponsors affiliate organizations in various countries. In the U.S., there are four:
- Association Montessori Internationale-USA (AMI-USA) • website
- Elementary Alumni Association (AMI-EAA) • website
- North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) • website
- Montessori Administrators Association (MAA) • website
A complete list of the AMI affiliates can be found here.