Our Mission & Vision
We envision a policy landscape that ensures children of all ages have access to authentic Montessori education. To create this landscape MPPI promotes policies to protect authentic Montessori implementation.
What We Do
Convene and Connect
Since the majority of education policy is at the state level, we support the formation and development of state advocacy groups so Montessori supporters can coordinate advocacy efforts in their states and speak with one voice. In addition, MPPI connects the policy work across states to ensure that a consistent body of policy around Montessori education is being developed throughout the country.
Train and Advise
MPPI offers workshops, develops resources, and provides technical support to state groups and Montessori advocates to empower their advocacy efforts. Our annual conference provides a deep dive into effective advocacy strategies and newly developed resources.
Unify and Define
The Montessori community recognizes that speaking with one voice and articulating what unites us is critical to policy work and the advancement of Montessori education in the United States. As the policy arm of the Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA) and the American Montessori Society (AMS), MPPI serves as the national unified voice for Montessori policy and equips the Montessori community with advocacy skills and tools to effectively change the policy landscape. MPPI’s Montessori Essentials align with both AMS and AMI/USA standards and define Montessori for policy makers and form the foundation for state advocacy strategy
Collaborate and Coordinate
On a national level, MPPI collaborates both with Montessori organizations to advance policy on behalf of the broader Montessori community, and with other national education groups working to increase quality in early learning and promote child-centered education.
Why We Do It
Montessori education is one of the best models to foster children’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Combining an excellent academic foundation with the cultivation of each child’s independence and curiosity, Montessori education empowers students to become lifelong learners. It’s an educational experience that all children deserve and one that prepares them to become confident global citizens capable of collaboration and problem-solving.
Education is a social justice issue and MPPI seeks to remove policy barriers to fully implemented Montessori education so that more children will have access to and benefit from this time-tested, evidence based, holistic approach to education. Our policy and advocacy work is not ultimately about any one school; it is about children and advancing an educational model that not only meets each individual child’s needs but also unleashes their potential. We want as many children as possible to have access to the rich array of benefits an authentic Montessori education provides and work to ensure that high-fidelity Montessori schools are available and accessible to all students.