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All Montessorians!

Expecting a Sold Out Conference This Year

The conference is expected to sell out this year after moving to a larger facility just 3 short years ago.  We encourage you to register soon if you wish to attend.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post The Huffington Post, El Tiempo Latino and on NPR, The Brian Lehrer Show, and 60 Minutes. Dr. Gay has also produced two TEDx Talks: "The Double-Edged Sword," which explores the irony that the word diversity often undermines diversity goals ; and "Why Elephants Hold the Key to Success in the 21st Century," which explores the nature of racial discourse in the United States.

In addition to his direct work in the nursery-12th grade world, Dr. Gay also advises Sesame Street; KIPP Foundation and American Montessori Society. He also serves as a Board Member at The Caedmon School in NYC, Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT; and The National Guild for Community Arts Education, in NYC.

Dr. Gay is a proud graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School; Merit School of Music; Oberlin College (BA in Romance Languages); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM in Opera); Columbia University (MA, Klingenstein Program, Educational Leadership in Independent Schools); and The University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D Educational Leadership).

Within the education world, Dr. Gay is equally comfortable and effective working with students, faculty and staff, parents, administrators and boards. He has partnered with scores of schools in wide-ranging work including facilitating parent meetings and workshops; conducting Inclusivity Climate Assessments; guiding administrative teams and Boards through Strategic Planning; presenting student workshops to Lower School, Middle School and Upper School students; training Boards on issues of community life; delivering keynotes to regional consortia; and providing faculty and staff professional development.

Recognizing the 21st-century reality of an interconnected global society, Dr. Gay partners with organizations around the world, curating Global Citizenship work through various national frameworks. Dr. Gay intentionally deepens his own cultural competency through language study and extensive travel.

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    • Friday, February 21, 2020
    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • Benedictine University in Goodwin Hall, 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532


    Friday & Saturday, February 21st & 22nd


    All available conference and schedule information can be found on our Sched conference website: (click here)


    Friday for Heads, Administrators and Teacher Leaders: $159

    Saturday for All Montessori Professionals: $119


    • This year's conference is expected to sell out.
    • Current AIMS Members will receive a registration code via email on Monday, November, 25th.
    • If space is still available, registration will be opened to non-members.


    • The first email address you enter should be for the first attendee. Register additional attendees from your school (e.g. teachers) as "guests" and provide an email address for all attendees, if at all possible.
    • Please keep in mind that Friday is for Heads of School, Administrators, and Teacher Leaders only.
    • Payments may be made via check or credit card. If paying by check, your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. Therefore, please submit payment promptly.


    Special accommodations and rates will are available at the Hyatt Regency Lisle.  Please use the following link to secure your room at the discounted rate:


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