Virtual Pass

If attending The Montessori Event (March 21 – 24) in Washington, DC, is not an option for you, we invite you to join us from the comfort of your home or workplace via the Virtual Pass. It’s a unique opportunity to earn hours of continuing professional development and experience a taste of the Event—at a fraction of the cost of attending live.

We have hand-selected 5 of the most coveted workshops, and included all 4 of our keynote addresses, ensuring your utmost satisfaction in this digital classroom extravaganza. You will come away with new insights into your role as a Montessori educator, tools for enhancing the classroom experience, and ways to spark positive change for a better tomorrow.

The Virtual Pass has options for attending events live or watching them on-demand.

How It Works

  • When you register for a Virtual Pass, you will gain access to live events as they happen.
  • Instructions will be included for how you can join the Q&As.
  • You will also gain access to recordings of the events immediately after they happen, for viewing on-demand.
  • On-demand access is for 90 days.
  • The Virtual Pass is designed to fit your busy schedule—start and stop the recordings at any time.
  • You’ll be able to download all presenter handouts and notes.

CPD Hours

You will earn 11 CPD hours as a virtual attendee.

Contact Information

If you have questions, email:


Individual and group virtual passes are available.

Group passes are perfect for staff development days, as they afford you CPD hours for up to 20 people.

  Individual Group
AMS Adult Learner $155.00 (Register) N/A
AMS Member $205.00 (Register) $725.00 (Register)
Non-member $255.00 (Register) $925.00 (Register)


Registration is open until March 20. Please register using the links above. 


Note: All sessions are available for on-demand streaming, for 90 days, starting date.

Thursday, March 21

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
“Montessori Voices”
Event Type: Keynote
Presenters: Anna Perry, Catherine McTamaney, William Maier, Brandt Smith, Sandra Stevenson
CPD Hours: 1.00

A diverse group of Montessori masters and aficionados will motivate, move, and delight you as they share personal stories from their life and work. Their diverse experiences, as educators and parents alike, will bring core Montessori principles and practices to life, and paint a picture of what a future with Montessori can look like. This will be a celebration of Dr. Montessori’s vision and your work in making that vision a reality in schools all across the world.

Friday, March 22

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
“Deciphering Fake News from Fact”
Event Type: Workshop
Presenters: Susan Kambrich, Sandra Stevenson
CPD Hours: 1.25

In an age of soundbites, social media, and new technology that can easily manipulate content, it is harder than ever to separate what’s real from what’s not. Join a New York Times photo editor and a Montessori educator to explore ways you can sort through the noise to best prepare yourself for the classroom. You will dive into applications, tools, and news sources, and explore lesson plans, curriculum resources, and opportunities for provocative conversation. You will leave feeling confident about your news intake and knowing what to trust to consume, and imparting the same abilities to your students. There will be a presentation and several breakout discussions.

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
“Mindfulness, Poetry & the Spirit of the Teacher”
Event Type: Workshop
Presenter: Catherine McTamaney
CPD Hours: 1.25

Join us as we consider Montessori as an aesthetic practice of mindfulness, and explore the mindful practice of observation that underlies the Montessori Method. Knowing the precise position of your fingers when you're presenting a lesson matters, but not as much as knowing the child to whom you're presenting it. In this workshop, you will learn how to consider and alter your spirit when in the classroom. We will also offer you ways to adjust the pace and focus of your classroom to better serve children.

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
“Focus & Emotional Intelligence”
Event Type: Keynote
Presenter: Daniel Goleman
CPD Hours: 1.25

It is becoming more and more difficult to function in this busy, distracted, and complex world. But if we are to survive—or even thrive—we must learn to manipulate 2 essential components that guide our every thought and action: focus and emotional intelligence.

Daniel Goleman will present cutting-edge research with practical findings from a variety of case studies to illustrate how focus is a powerful mental asset that helps us navigate life. He’ll show us how focus is like a muscle; it atrophies if unused, but strengthens if properly worked, improving our overall awareness and attention span.

Dr. Goleman will also explain the 5 components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy, and social skills. He’ll discuss how striking a balance of each enforces success in relationships, at work, even our physical well-being. Dr. Goleman will also demonstrate how curriculum that centers on focus and emotional intelligence can change the future for our children, by instilling brain-positive practices such as mindfulness, meditation, flexibility, and stress recovery.

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
“Board Elections Candidate Forum”
Presenter: Munir Shivji
CPD Hours: 0
An opportunity to get to know the candidates running for office in the AMS Board of Directors elections.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
“AMS Community Night & Annual Meeting”
Presenter: Dr. Timothy Purnell
CPD Hours: 0

The AMS Community Night & Annual Meeting is an opportunity to recognize some of the movers and shakers who are changing the course of the Montessori Movement—including 2019 Living Legacy Marta Donahoe, founder of the nation’s first public Montessori high school. Marta will share perspectives gleaned from her 40 years as a Montessori educator and administrator.

We will also pay tribute to the recipients of the Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award and the Douglas M. Gravel Benefactor Award, for contributions they’ve made to the advancement of Montessori education and the sustainability of AMS, respectively.

We will then kick it into high gear when AMS CEO Tim Purnell, along with our board president and treasurer, take the stage to report on the financial health of our organization, and share their vision for the future. They cannot wait to unveil their roadmap for where we are headed, much of which was inspired by Tim’s learning and listening tour of member schools and teacher education programs over the past year.

The event will conclude with an inspiring musical performance by students from some of our local member schools.

Saturday, March 23

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
“Teacher as Conductor, Voice as Baton”
Presenter: Brandt Smith
Event Type: Workshop
CPD Hours: 1.25

Often one of the most underutilized tools in every educator’s toolbox is their voice. Your voice has the potential to orchestrate the very climate of the classroom, to bring energy up or down, to inject lightness, and focus the attention of others. Competency with any instrument requires practice, and your voice is no different. In this session, you’ll practice using your classroom voice more effectively and learn how to use your voice as more than just an instructional tool or management device.

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
“To Educate the Human Potential”
Event Type: Workshop
Presenter: Biff Maier
CPD Hours: 1.25

Biff will explain how his academic roots in psychology led him to a career in Montessori education, which he viewed as providing environments that offer “preventative therapy.” He will describe how his years of experience in the field have supported this vision, and why this is what he feels most passionate about in Montessori. He will offer perspectives on how Montessori helps children normalize and achieve their human potential, and draw from his own life, with warmth and his inimitable humor, to bring his insights to life.

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
“Building a Foundation for Early Learning: Maximizing the Potential & Power of Preschool”
Event Type: Keynote
Presenter: Pedro Noguera
CPD Hours: 1.25

Early childhood education has incredible value and benefit to all children, and particularly those from historically under-resourced and disadvantaged backgrounds. In this keynote, Pedro Noguera will present a vast body of research that supports this claim and demonstrates how early childhood education unlocks lifelong doors of opportunity.

His research will show that quality matters, and that the wide disparity of fidelity to pedagogy among our preschools can lead to false assumptions about the efficacy of primary education. Dr. Noguera will describe why Montessori education contains many of the critical elements that must be present in high-quality preschool programs. He’ll share case studies from his new book, The Crisis of Connection, that show how early learning experiences can be used to lay a foundation for empathy, curiosity, and solidarity among people of different backgrounds.

You’ll come away deeply considering what you can do as an educator to develop effective partnerships with parents to further efforts to support children.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
“The Montessori Community as a Prepared Environment for Adults”
Event Type: Workshop
Presenter: Anna Perry
CPD Hours: 1.25

In Montessori education we have a solid understanding of how to create an aesthetically beautiful, emotionally balanced prepared environment in which to welcome the children. However, sometimes a key aspect of this concept of the “prepared environment” doesn’t receive the attention that it deserves: school as a prepared environment for the adults in our communities. In this session, we will explore the top 10 ways where we, as a community, can apply the prepared environment to adults. We will then discuss ways to cultivate experiences in normalization, respectful interaction, and true experiences of community and collaboration that are necessary for the full concept of Montessori to take place in our schools and programs. Montessori works for our students—let us explore using this beautiful philosophy to make it work better for the adults!

Sunday, March 24

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
“Empowering Young People to be Agents of Change”
Event Type: Keynote
Presenter: Scilla Elworthy
CPD Hours: 1.25

Our world is more peaceful and prosperous than at any point in human history, yet the media and many voices in the political sphere insist on presenting a view of a world that is chaotic and violent. Too often, the latter message settles into our psyche and the former is lost—especially on children.

As educators it is our job to present the facts. Scilla Elworthy joins us to share thoughts on how we can assist children and youth in developing skills that effectively defuse anger and aggression in school—skills they can use beyond the classroom to transform the world for the better. Dr. Elworthy will show you how her work, which aligns with Montessori principles, fits seamlessly into a whole-child education philosophy. She will explore how including physical, spiritual, social, cognitive, and emotional development as part of students’ education poises them to enable the child to face the deluge of negative stimuli all around her with clarity and composure. Scilla will explain why it is vital for children to learn about the world through discovery, and give you tools to pass on to your students for conducting their own peaceful conflict resolution. In this keynote you’ll explore the power of listening as the fastest way to turn an argument into an understanding. You’ll learn how to help children combine their innate idealism with their newly learned skills so that they can make positive changes in their community.