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Congratulations to our Recent Graduate!

Congratulations to recent MNW Elementary Graduate, Robert Rivera, for receiving a scholarship from the AMI MES Fund!

AMI/USA established the MES FUND, INC., the first financial aid fund to benefit AMI teacher trainees, in honor of Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson, who devoted her life to AMI teacher training in the United States. The fund, which is administered and supported by AMI/USA, honors her legacy and extends her contribution to touch future teachers.

The fund awards partial scholarships in the form of tuition reduction towards AMI training in the United States to selected students. AMI/USA hopes, through their support of this fund, to ensure that qualified individuals seeking AMI training will be able to pursue that dream, regardless of their financial circumstances.

We found his quote particularly inspiring:

“I’ve had the privilege to create a community who strives to prepare children to create our world’s future. My trainer, Elise Huneke-Stone, was trained by Miss Stephenson, and I’m honored to continue this cosmic legacy. Dr. Montessori’s vision, Miss Stephenson’s dedication, and Elise’s passion have shaped my love for our work. As I join the community at the International Montessori School Hong Kong, I hold in my heart that the MES fund has made this dream possible.”

Interested in learning more about this scholarship and there other recipients? http://amiusa.org/financial-aid/

Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam

Just over two weeks ago, close to two hundred international AMI members enjoyed a wonderful Annual General Meeting (AGM) Montessori Weekend in Amsterdam. Many people enjoyed getting to know colleagues from over 30 different countries and learning about the innovative Montessori work being done around the world. If you follow this link, you can read about the major activities of that weekend and get a visual impression from the many photographs that are included.

MNW employees, Ginni Sackett, Jennifer Davidson, and Glenn Goodfellow standing with new AMI president Philip O'Brien

MNW employees, Ginni Sackett, Jennifer Davidson, and Glenn Goodfellow standing with new AMI president Philip O'Brien

The weekend also saw a major change to the Board of the organization: André Roberfroid stepped down as president. The 10 years of his presidency have been very significant for the organization, and we are most grateful for his groundbreaking work. In recognition he was awarded honorary membership of AMI.

As new president we welcome Philip O'Brien, and in the bulletin you will find a short introduction to his background, and a message from Philip to the AMI membership.

We hope you will enjoy browsing the bulletin and connecting with your fellow Montessorians around the globe.

MNW Announces an AMI Assistants Course for June!

- Downloadable Flyer and Registration Form

June 16-27, 2014 / Monday - Friday

We are delighted to once again offer the AMI Assistants Course here at Montessori Northwest! Not since 2004 has this training been presented in Portland and we couldn't be more excited to bring it to your attention.

The AMI Assistants Course: An Introduction to Montessori Education is an ideal foundation for assistants at every level, administrators, parents, educators, and anyone interested in a general overview of Montessori Education. This training course will emphasize Montessori theory and principles, rather than specific classroom practices.

The course will help interested adults understand the importance of their role as well as the developments that take place in young children. (Pricing information here)

Sponsored by Montessori Northwest, Presented by Polli Soholt

Montessori Northwest is pleased to sponsor and welcome Polli Soholt as the instructor of the upcoming AMI Assistants Course: An Introduction to Montessori Education. Ms Soholt is an AMI Primary trainer and consultant, currently working at the Montessori Teacher Training Center of Northern California. She is a highly- regarded author and experienced Montessorian of over 40 years. Her writings on the classroom, parent education, and Montessori have been published in numerous journals. She has been a primary Montessori teacher for 29 years, and was owner and administrator of the San Jose Montessori School for 36 years.

Please help us spread the word about this great course!

For information on pricing, deadlines, and registration, download this flyer.

Hotels that are located near Montessori Northwest

Inn at the Convention Center, 420 NE Holladay St, Portland, OR ‎ 97232

Inn at the Convention Center, 420 NE Holladay St, Portland, OR ‎ 97232

Red Lion Hotel Portland Convention Center, 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Red Lion Hotel Portland Convention Center, 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Doubletree by Hilton Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232

Doubletree by Hilton Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232

Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Ave Portland OR 97232

Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Ave Portland OR 97232

News from the AMI Stewarding Council USA

The AMI Stewarding Council USA was formed in November 2012 as a result of the AMI Summit, with an aim to better facilitate the working of the Association Montessori Internationale across the formal and informal Montessori communities in the United States.  It comprises representatives of all AMI stakeholders in the United States.  Its overall aim is to significantly increase access to quality Montessori programs for more children, families, and communities. Learn more about the AMI Stewarding Council USA here.

Montessori Northwest, as represented by Executive Director Jennifer Davidson, is honored to be part of this ambitiously comprehensive work.

The Stewarding Council most recently met in February at the 2014 AMI Refresher Course in Houston, Texas. At this meeting the Council took time to ground itself in its mission and goals identified as outcomes of the Summit. They also discussed the vision of future work and adopted several action items.

A Communiqué was recently released, outlining the progress and process of that last Summit meeting. It's a lengthy document, but worth the read. It can be read in its entirety here.

Posted on March 17, 2014 and filed under Staff, Resources.