NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
Recent themes have included Montessori frameworks for adolescence; language, creativity, and culture; parent education; nurturing the human potential; all-day Montessori; future challenges; school administration; nature and aesthetics; and moral and character development.
Journal topics for the 2015-2016 membership year are:
Winter 2016—Self Expression: The Foundation of Language Development (Legacy Journal)
Children who become confident and articulate writers must first become confident and articulate speakers. Montessori educators at all levels have endless opportunities to develop the power of language through materials and orations that inspire the externalizing of both the social and emotional life of the child.
Spring 2016—Observation: A Comprehensive Orientation to a Classical Montessori Approach (Legacy Journal—to be confirmed)
This journal is a classic synopsis on the power and role of Montessori’s scientific observation of children as they freely interacted within their varied environments in meaningful ways. Molly O’Shaughnessy’s lifetime command of Montessori’s most profound discoveries will explore observation as the essential practice that guides and sustains the child through development.
Summer 2016—Inventing the Montessori Birth-to-Six Community Center
Jacquie Maughan’s AMI leadership team will define a framework for education and parent support that is centered on the child’s first stage of life. This handbook on the Montessori birth-to-six family community center will highlight the multiple services that can be partnered with a Montessori environment to provide far-reaching social and economic results to vulnerable populations.