Magazine article Montessori Life

Common Goals

Magazine article Montessori Life

Common Goals

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FROM THE AMS PRESIDENT

All humanity that works for the common good, even though it may be unaware of it, is creating the new world that must be the world of peace.

-Maria Montessori

Education and Peace

Montessori in Action: The Seeds of Stewardship brought Montessorians from across the nation together as the American Montessori Society celebrated its 431 National Conference in Covington, KY. The conference was graciously chaired by Lisa Klus and Jenni Roark in the convention center, which allowed an expanded program offering over 100 workshops. The Nancy McCormick Rambusch Lecture featured educator Lisa Delpit, who brought thought-provoking ideas for cross-cultural relations. Thank you to all the volunteers and schools that made the conference such a meaningful experience to everyone in attendance. The feeling of fellowship was clearly evident throughout the entire weekend.

In the days prior to the conference your AMS board of directors spent time reviewing the 5-year strategic plan drafted 2 years ago. Moving forward, we will continue the important work on five broad goals:

AMS will be its members' primary resource for Montessori education, professional development, and knowledge exchange.

AMS will be the recognized public voice and leading source of information on Montessori education.

AMS will be a strong supporter for outcome research that validates the Montessori education philosophy and success.

AMS will be financially secure and stable in order to achieve its strategic purpose and goals.

AMS will be a growing public policy advocate for the Montessori education community and the constituents it serves.

Progress has been made during this past year toward the visualized AMS, thanks to many volunteers plus Eileen Ast and her staff. Helping us to chart our financial future has been tremendous effort by our treasurer, Joyce Gersten Pariser, and Carol Monroe, vice-president of finance and operation. Exploring options for future funding are Marie Dugan and the Fund Development Task Force.

Areas of particular focus this coming year will be improving various facets of membership services. We plan to accomplish this through surveying our membership. Concurrently, we will be redesigning the AMS web-site, supporting unity between Montessori groups, working on the research projects, and continuing fund development to support all the strategic plan projects. I appeal to you to play an active role in helping us to understand how best we can support you with membership services. Mary Macintosh is serving as chairperson of the Membership Task Force.

The AMS Board of Directors welcomes our newest member, Penny Cichucki, as heads section chair. Penny previously served as the heads of schools secretary and I know she will be an invaluable resource as we look at our membership services. Congratulations to re-elected members Judi Bauerlein and Kristen Whitlock, as they pledge to serve for 3 more years. Patti Tepper-Rasmussen, who led the way as the board reorganized over the past 2 years, deserves a heartfelt thank you from all of us. Her last official act as chair of the Leadership Committee was to nominate Martha Torrence as president-elect. The Leadership Committee is currently chaired by immediate past president, Connie Murphy. Also serving out her term was Pamela Zirko, who has given generously of her time over the past 8 years on the board, as well as Marie Pendleton, retiring as heads of schools chair, and Nancy Fletcher, our family representative. …

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