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The American Montessori Institute (AMI) is a non-profit organization for the foremost advocate for high quality Montessori education and research, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMI sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMI-accredited schools and taught in AMI-affiliated teacher education programs. As a not-for-profit organization with thousands of members worldwide, AMI is also a hub of all things Montessori: an information platform for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events.

Mission

AMI provides leadership and inspiration to make Montessori a significant voice in education. The Institute advocates quality Montessori education, strengthens members through its services, and champions Montessori principles to the greater community.

1) Publish scientific education journals and magazines related Montessori education, including Montessori Education, and Montessori Newsletters,

2) Publish scientific education books and communications related with Montessori education,

3) Encourage basic and applied scientific studies of all aspects of Montessori education, including all of fields related with Montessori education from birth to adulthood,

3) Educate and promote the knowledge, technology and skill in the field of Montessori education, especially for AMI members,

4) Aid the dissemination of such studies through the organization of symposium, workshops, seminars or any other forms of assembly in the world, especially in North America and Asia,

5) Encourage and facilitate exchanges between worldwide educators, scientists and manufacturers working in the field of Montessori education,

6) Formulate recommendations and guidelines in the fields of standardization and nomenclature on Montessori education,

7) Affiliating Montessori education schools, institutes and Montessori societies, to link with other societies and communities,

AMI requires that all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs agree to comply with the AMI rules, i.e., commitment to the student, to the public and to the profession. AMI relies on self-compliance of these rules.

In pledging to accept the AMI rules, heads of schools and program directors agree that the educators in their institutions will strive to conduct themselves professionally and personally in ways that reflect their respects for others and for the children they serve; and that they will do whatever is within their talents to protect the right of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop his/her full potential.

Montessori Educators Rules

The Montessori educator should respect, encourage and protect all of students without regard to race, sex, color, creed, or national origin.

The Montessori educator shares in the responsibility for developing policy relating to the extension of educational opportunity for all and for interpreting educational programs and policies to the public.

The Montessori educator makes efforts to raise professional standards and conditions to attract persons worthy of trust to careers in Montessori education.

Teacher Education

Compared to the traditional method of education, Montessori is a distinctive form of education requiring special teacher preparation. Thus, anyone who wants to teach in a Montessori classroom has to first attend a teacher education center affiliated with a professional Montessori Institutes, such as AMI, AMS or CMS.

In order to give every child a consistent, high quality educational experience, it’s important for teachers to thoroughly understand and embrace Montessori philosophy and teaching method. The Montessori method of teaching is both subtle and complex. An AMI-affiliated teacher training programs are available to meet such high-level standards.

AMI awards credentials to teachers who successfully complete an AMI Montessori teacher training program, including both academic courses at an AMI-affiliated teacher education program and an internship at an AMI-approved Montessori school. Teachers could earn AMI teacher credentials for teaching infant & toddler (ages 0-3) and early childhood (ages 3 to 6).

The goal of Montessori education provided by AMI is to explore a road as “Innocent Children, Amicable Family, Friendly Environment, Harmonious Society, Stability Country, Peace World.” AMI requires that all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs agree to comply with the AMI rules above, i.e., commitments to the student, to the public and to the profession.

School and Institute Accreditation

Teachers who choose an affiliated Montessori training program hope to help them growing. Schools who choose Montessori education wish to provide children the most scientific educational approach for their success. Parents who choose Montessori education hope to give their children the best learning experience. However, any institute or school can call itself Montessori since the term “Montessori” is not trademarked, and schools vary in how they interpret the Montessori approach.

AMI has established its own high-level standards. Accreditation by the AMI is one benchmark that teachers and parents can use in evaluating a Montessori program. To promote consistency and high quality in Montessori education, AMI offers institutes or schools that meet these standards the opportunity to complete the accreditation process. AMI accreditation affirms that one institute or school meets the standard of excellence recognized by educators and Montessorians worldwide. Teachers and parents can rely on it.

AMI accreditation is voluntary but rigorous. Only institutes or schools that are full members of AMI are eligible to apply. Now AMI is a strategic partner of the Chinese Montessori Society (CMS) to promote Montessori philosophy and education in Chinese language, especially to help set up the Chinese-English bilingual schools in China and the English-Chinese bilingual schools in United States.

Educational & Professional Development

AMI is proud to promote Montessori education. We believe that Montessori is the best child education system to develop future leaders, the talented citizens, and critical thinkers who are conscientious and prepared for lifelong learning.

The strength of the Montessori Movement, of course, depends upon the educators who lead it—hundreds of thousands of individual teachers in Montessori classrooms and their heads of schools. AMI is committed to help all Montessori educators reach their potential for excellence.

Ongoing Education for All Professional Montessorians

Annual conferences and other events offer unparalleled professional development and continuing education options for heads of schools, program directors, teachers, and teacher educators at every level of expertise. AMI members pay discounted registration fees.

An expanding series of AMI seminars can brings experts from many fields directly to any Montessorian’s desktop, helping educators sharpen current skills and acquire new knowledge.

Evaluate Training for Accredited Schools Individuals from AMI-accredited schools have the opportunity to increase their expertise by joining a peer-evaluation team for another school seeking AMI accreditation. All evaluators could benefit from intensive on-site training.

 

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