The NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (Ages 12-18)

The NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (Ages 12-18)


The 2018 Orientation to Adolescent Studies in the United States is Now Closed 

Great Work Inc has hosted three orientations during the summer of 2018: 

June 18-July 20 at Beacon Academy in Chicago, IL

June 25-July 27 at Hershey Montessori Farm School in Huntsburg, OH

July 1-August 3 at The Grove School in Redlands, CA 

Need more info? Contact Julia Richards ( or 720.458.3086) 


The NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies offers an overview of Montessori's approach to adolescents within the framework of human development. By exploring Montessori theory in depth for this age group, participants will come to understand the contributions of the third plane as crucial to the development of the individual and will be significantly prepared to aid the development during this important time in life. All interested educators are invited to attend.


Beginning in the summer of 2018, the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies will have a new base of operations: Great Work Inc. (GWI) in Denver, CO. GWI will be facilitating the adolescent orientation, including managing the application process, and will be the point of contact for any questions regarding the orientation. GWI is a non-profit that is committed to supporting the quality, stability, and expansion of Montessori education through high-fidelity teacher training and professional development, innovative programming with an emphasis on the adolescent years, and the cultivation of tools, curriculum, and resources that will better support educators and education institutions to serve the needs of students.  Click here to learn more about the work of GWI and the future of the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies; you will be redirected to the GWI website.


Orientation Alumni Support

Graduates of the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies are invited to join the orientation alumni group. The goal of the orientation alumni group is to share Montessori third-plane practices aligned with sound Montessori theory and authentic sources. As of 2017, the orientation alumni group is being managed by our partners at Great Work Inc. in Denver, CO.


Past orientation graduates are invited to attend NAMTA's adolescent workshop at the AMI/USA Refresher Course on February 2018.


Learn More

 Watch a video about the January 2016 orientation program in Australia.

In November of 2010, The Association Montessori Internationale agreed to an evolving relationship with the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. Together with the Scientific Pedagogical Group (formally Committee), NAMTA will contribute selectively to the AMI body of Montessori pedagogy, allowing for the preservation and propagation of adolescent research and practice within the context of AMI-approved teacher education. The NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies will be renamed The NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, recognizing NAMTA’s program as the current AMI adolescent pedagogical offering. 


The NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies builds an integrated holistic view of the Montessori adolescent in relation to Montessori psychology, methodology, and philosophy.  Content is presented within the context of Montessori’s educational syllabus. Participants can shape their specialized backgrounds (in math, science, humanities) as part of a total Montessori vision, allowing them to design an adolescent program that addresses their unique combinations of students, faculty, site, and administration at their schools. AMI Montessori training in early childhood or elementary levels will enhance the orientation experience, but is not a prerequisite.



Program Description & Schedule Reading List Speakers
NAMTA's Role in the History of Montessori Adolescent Programming



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