A Joint AMI/USA and AMS Project
We are increasingly focusing on advocacy to improve the regulatory environment for Montessori education, to acquaint and obtain the endorsement of the mainstream academic world with Montessori education, and educate the public about the fruits of Montessori education according to Dr. Montessori’s standards.
In March 2012 AMI/USA hired Jaye Espy as the Public Policy Project Manager. Jaye’s initial task was to conduct a pilot project in six states—Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas—to map out state Montessori coalitions that will raise Montessori awareness in key sectors of society. Having established those coalitions, Illinois and South Carolina were added in January 2013. Jaye has helped the coalitions communicate with elected and regulator officials in order to present the case for widespread recognition and establishment of Montessori education in both the public and private sections, with an eye towards both removal of legal obstacles to Montessori education and affirmative support of it.
Early in 2013 the advocacy network was built out to include tier II states– Arizona, Florida, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Tennessee. The pilot state coalitions that were open and willing to share their strategies for success passed along their best practices to the new group of states.
AMI and AMS representatives met in Cleveland early May 2013 to discuss the way forward for the State Public Policy Project. Expanding the coalitions of pilot states to include schools, teachers, parents, and community members was the goal agreed upon, with efforts being focused on the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that concentrates on using rating and improvement strategies to increase and support the quality of care in state education systems.
The work that each state is currently engaged in is outlined below.
- South Carolina
Tier II States
- New York
- North Carolina
Tier III States
- Washington D.C.