Magazine article Montessori Life

Membership Matters

Magazine article Montessori Life

Membership Matters

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The 50th anniversary of the American Montessori Society - 50 years dedicated to the pursuit of excellent Montessori education for all children - prompts reflection on why people have been, continue to be, and will want to be part of the AMS community. Over my past 5 years as executive director of AMS, I have been struck by how many of my most exciting experiences have occurred at our Annual and Fall Conferences. I also have enjoyed hearing professional and personal stories from AMS members, shared when we meet at conferences, during phone calls, or via e-mails.

When I think about why someone would (or should) become a member of AMS, the following adjectives come to mind:

Passionate: AMS is a mission-driven society. As Montessorians, you each are passionate about your commitment to children and youth. It is not only what you think about the power of Montessori, but it is what you feel about your life's purpose with Montessori. You strive for excellence. Your passion and love for learning are contagious and inspire those with whom you communicate.

Engaged: Something special distinguishes AMS from other associations: the intense sense of community. When you volunteer to work on a committee, you help further the Society's core purposes. When you join together on advocacy work, you make a difference in public policy.

Connected: You relish reaching out to other teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators to support one another. Networking is central to your involvement in the AMS community. …

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