Several months ago I corresponded with an AMI staff member regarding the 2017 Draft Goals. I feel a vested interest in looking at how AMI plans to grow in the next 10 years.
Draft 2017 Goal
- There will be 250 AMI trainers and training centres in 50 countries that ensure standards of Montessori pedagogical integrity and train 3000 teachers a year.
My first question was “How many current AMI trainers? and at what level?”
I was told that currently there are…
- 5 trainers for 0-3
- 40 trainers for 3-6
- 8 trainers for 6-12
47 in the training of trainers program
- 15 applications being processed
So there are currently 53 trainers with the potential to reach 115 within the next few years.
I also asked “How many current AMI training centres?”, “Currently in how many countries?” and “Current number of teachers trained each year?”
The answers were…
- “There are currently 36 International Training Centres around the world. The newest of which are New Zealand, China and Thailand. Both China and Thailand are developing with governmental assistance.”
“Countries served are: Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States” (20 countries if you’re counting).
- “approx. 900”
I like Math, so for fun I examined the numbers, and found some interesting questions…
If there are 53 trainers and only 36 training centres, and assuming there must be at least 1 trainer per centre, I wonder how many of the other 17 are not training, or training part time, or training at a centre with other trainers (like Washington D.C).
I notice that the number of current Primary trainers is 8 times that of A to I, and 5 times greater than the number of Elementary trainers. I wonder what factors influence this, and what can be done to balance these numbers?
Where will the 47 (or 62) future trainers go? Are training centers opening as quickly as trainers are graduating? What is the job market like for a trainer?
To reach the goal of 50 countries in 2017, they need to add 30 more countries. Which countries would be most attractive for adding a training center? Will there finally be training centers in Africa and South America?
If 36 training centers produce approximately 900 teachers each year, that is an average of 25 teachers per training center. At that rate, the goal of 3000 a year will only require 120 training centres, rather than the stated goal of 250 centres. Is the goal of 3000 teachers a year intentionally lower than the current rate?
Why are there no AMI training centers in major US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Boston? There are training centers nearby, but none in those major population centers. Many schools sponsor an individual through training if they agree to teach for a number of years after graduation. I wonder if a community could sponsor a trainer if they agreed to return and establish a training center.