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Montessori Associations

American Montessori Society

Since its formation in 1960, the American Montessori Society has grown to be the largest Montessori organization in the world. AMS is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the use of the Montessori teaching approach in private and public schools. Member-supported, its funding comes mainly from Montessori-credentialed teachers, schools, administrators, teacher education programs, parents of Montessori schoolchildren, and interested friends. Ten thousand members strong, they are committed to furthering Montessori philosophy, making it a growing educational alternative, and promoting better education for all children regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or geographical location.

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Association Montessori Internationale

Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life's work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death. The objectives of the Association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being.

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Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

MACTE is the premier, internationally recognized, standard-setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE administers the process of program evaluation and accreditation, and provides information and consultation to applicant institutions and programs. MACTE staff maintain a pool of qualified evaluators, assign on-site teams, evaluate compliance with the standards and criteria, maintain records, and monitor the activities of accredited institutions and programs.

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North American Montessori Teachers' Association

The North American Montessori Teachers' Association is a membership organization open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education. NAMTA provides a medium of study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education through its publications, audio-visual collection, electronic communications, conferences, and research and service projects throughout North America and the world. NAMTA endeavors to provide real services in response to the needs of teachers, schools, and parents. NAMTA was founded in 1970 and is an affiliate organization of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

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