Introduction to Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI)
In the Spring of 2012, with the assistance of educational strategist Jaye Espy, AMI/USA conducted pilot Montessori coalitions in six states. By 2013, it had grown to 20 states. This effort included webinars, state support, and steady opportunities for policy participation. As advocacy efforts (and the need for them) grew, leadership from both the Association Montessori International/USA and the American Montessori Society began to work together to strengthen and unify the Montessori Community's response to widespread policy developments.
By the Winter of 2013, the Montessori Public Policy Initiative was underway to serve as a platform for collaboration and coordination of efforts on behalf of the membership in AMI/USA and AMS. In early 2014, an Executive Council was established, comprised of the Executive Directors of both organizations and two additionally appointed members. Two part-time staff were hired, the MPPI Forum was created, and the current organizational structure followed.
The work started under MPPI has only begun to organize and connect our active and involved community members. As MPPI’s organizational structure solidifies, and as state groups and advocacy coalitions across the country build their foundations, we can expect unique opportunities for Montessori interests and investments to continue to grow exponentially.