Dr. Maria Montessori founded Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1929. The objectives of the Association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practices formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being. AMI’s pedagogical integrity maintains the level of excellence that Maria Montessori envisioned in the application of Montessori pedagogy in practice. AMI pedagogical standards ensure AMI recognized schools offer programs that allow children to develop their physical, intellectual, social and emotional potential and ensure the approach is consistent with the content presented in AMI training courses worldwide.

AMI is recognized internationally as an authoritative voice regarding the unique nature of childhood, natural human development and the rights of the child. AMI is identified and sought after nationally and internationally as the custodian and cultivator of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy.

AMI is invited to assist international and national humanitarian and government authorities in addressing social and educational problem situations where positive change can be effected through the education of children.

AMI/USA represents the Association Montessori International in the United States. As the primary operational affiliate, AMI/USA oversees school recognition and consultation programs, conferences and events, the Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Scholarship Fund and individual membership opportunities. AMI/USA supports the work of AMI training centers, Montessori parents, teachers, administrators and schools in the United States. The mission of AMI/USA is to bring the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori to the education of children, to help them attain their full potential in our society.

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