AMI Refresher Courses

Refresh your Montessori knowledge

These advanced courses are an opportunity to refresh and revive your Montessori training and to connect with fellow Montessorians. The AMI Refreshers are on a different topic each time but always focus on key elements of the Montessori approach. We hope you can join us for this useful and inspiring course and take the opportunity to meet with old and new Montessori friends.

AMI Refresher courses are open to those who hold a Montessori Diploma.

Our AMI Refresher 2023 courses are now closed to registrations. Keep me up-to-date on future AMI Refresher 3-6 courses or  AMI Refresher 6-12 courses. We will be in touch when new dates are announced.

“It brought a fresh layer to my Montessori knowledge and practice. A pleasure to learn and further appreciate Montessori’s genius. I was buzzing with ideas and plans after each session.”

AMI Refresher 3-6: Diverse Learners in the Montessori Children’s House

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2023

Maria Montessori’s pedagogical approach started with working with diverse learners. However, even though the Montessori approach has its origin in special education, many teachers struggle to find appropriate ways to identify and meet the needs of today’s diverse learners. This AMI Refresher Course aims to offer insights in how developmental differences can manifest in children and how we can support them in a way that honours who they are.

During the course we will explore:

  • What neurodiversity is and how children’s development can differ from child to child
  • How to recognise developmental differences through observation in the Montessori classroom
  • How to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • How the learning environment and community can best support diversity

Trainer – Madlena Ulrich
Madlena is the Program Director for the AMI 3-6 Teacher Training Course at the University of South-Eastern Norway.  She has a degree in Preschool Teaching in Norway and took her AMI 3-6 training in Dublin, Ireland in 1994-95. She worked as the lead teacher in the Children’s House of Tønsberg Montessori, a 0-15 environment situated in Eastern Norway, for more than 15 years and was actively involved in the school’s development. She did her AMI Training of Trainers with Molly O’Shaughnessy in Minnesota, USA and Ulla Wikefeldt, Sweden. Since 2010 she has been training students in Norway, China, Thailand, Russia and Romania and frequently lectures in various countries.

Dates and Times: Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 9am-5pm (Registration 8:45am)

Venue: Maria Montessori Institute, 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE

Early bird fee: £105 – until 30th September 2023

Standard fee: £120 – from 1st October 2023

This course is open to all Montessori 3-6 diploma holders. AMI Diploma graduates will receive an AMI Refresher certificate and other students will receive an AMI Certificate of Attendance. To be awarded either certificate you must attend all sessions.

Registrations are now closed. Keep me up-to-date on future AMI Refresher 3-6 courses. We will be in touch when new dates are announced.

“Highly recommended. So professional.”

AMI Refresher 6-12: From Interpretive Reading to Reader’s Theatre to Performances

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2023

Key lessons in drama, dance and song can be integrated into the work with Biology, Geography and History to help children participate fully in the writing, staging and performing of plays fully grounded in the work they do in the 6-12 class.  Throughout the weekend we will also explore the role of the adult in celebrating the whole learning community through the dramatic arts.

During the course we will explore:

  • How the dramatic arts can support other areas of the curriculum such as Biology, Geography and History
  • Examples of key lessons in drama, dance and song
  • Ways in which teachers and assistants can encourage and support engagement with dramatic arts
  • How to help children write and stage plays and other performances in a way that is grounded in the Montessori approach

Trainer – Carla Foster
Carla is Program Director for Elementary Studies at the University of Southeast Norway in Vestfold. Carla holds AMI Diplomas at the 3-6 and 6-12 level and has been an AMI Elementary trainer since 2011. She has worked with children at the 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 levels in both private and public Montessori schools.

Dates and Times: Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 9am-5pm (Registration 8:45am)

Venue: Maria Montessori Institute, 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE

Early bird fee: £105 – until 30th September 2023

Standard fee: £120 – from 1st October 2023

This course is open to all Montessori 6-12 diploma holders. AMI Diploma graduates will receive an AMI Refresher certificate and other students will receive an AMI Certificate of Attendance. To be awarded either certificate you must attend all sessions.

Registrations are now closed. Keep me up-to-date on future AMI Refresher 6-12 courses. We will be in touch when new dates are announced.

“Very inspiring to meet fellow Montessorians from all over the globe.”