Events

    • Friday, February 19, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Virtual
    Register


    The Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) is a non-profit professional association with the following mission:

    • Encourage and promote standards of excellence and ethical business practices.
    • Monitor and disseminate pertinent educational legislation information.
    • Conduct a consolidated public relations program.
    • Act as a catalyst for harmonious interaction between members and other educational organizations.
    • Support best practices in Montessori education.

    The AIMS Regional Annual Conference

    The AIMS annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of Montessorians in the country, drawing teachers and administrators from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. For 2021, the event will be held virtually.

    Attendance at these conferences has topped 500 for a number of years.

    The conference is held over two days. Day one (Friday, February 19) is for school administrators. Vendors interested in supporting this day can become sponsors, as explained below.

    Day two (Saturday, February 20) is intended for all Montessorians, and contains sessions of interest for virtually every individual working in a Montessori school.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    You are invited to participate in the 2021 AIMS Conference by sponsoring this exceptional gathering of Montessori professionals.

    The Association’s primary goal is to provide a network of support for Illinois Montessori Schools. As the face of American education continues to evolve, Maria Montessori’s theories become more relevant than ever. Last year’s conference attracted over 500 teachers and administrators who enjoyed presentations and panel discussions on diverse topics relevant to their unique roles in the educational community.

    On Friday, February 19, administrators representing public and private schools will participate in an “Admin Day,” with speakers talking about leadership in Montessori schools.  The virtual conference continues on Saturday with break-out sessions on best practices for teachers and administrators of Montessori schools and is expected to draw well over 500 attendees. 

    The AIMS Conference offers an opportunity for your business or organization to increase exposure to this regional network of Montessori schools.

    Exhibitor Opportunities

    The event includes a virtual exhibit hall. Exhibitors can post video and photos, offer discounts and downloads, and chat (video or text) with attendees.

    Businesses exhibiting at the conference are subject to all applicable state laws regarding sales and use tax. It is strictly your responsibility to determine your tax status.

    To apply for a booth, you must fill out an application and be accepted by AIMS as an exhibitor. Solely at their discretion, the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools reserves the right to determine what vendors may exhibit.

    The cost of an exhibit booth is $150. Payment in full is required, which can do done via credit card or by mailing a check within five days of submitting your registration.

    You will be notified within two weeks of receipt of your registration if you have been accepted.  

    Cancellations must be received via email or mail by January 22, 2021.  A refund of 50% will be made up to that date. No refunds will be made after that date.

    Questions?

    Contact sponsors@ilmontessori.org or exhibits@ilmontessori.org.

    • Friday, February 19, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Virtual
    Register


    HEADS AND ALL MONTESSORI PROFESSIONALS

    Friday & Saturday, February 19th & 20th


    OUR FIRST VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

    To enhance your online experience and make it as social as possible, we have upgraded our online conference website and tablet/smartphone app to Whova this year.  After registration and prior to the conference, you will receive an invitation to join the Whova conference site and app.


    PLANNED SPEAKERS

    If you would like to see the planned speakers prior to registration, visit the conference page of our website at http://ilmontessori.org/conference.  Please note that the speakers are still subject to change and times will be added later.


    DISCOUNTED FEES FOR 2021

    Friday - Heads, Administrators and Teacher Leaders, this year with expanded attendance capability, we are welcoming anyone interested in leadership: $75

    Saturday for All Montessori Professionals: $60

    Both Friday and Saturday Sessions: $125


    REGISTRATION NOTES

    • 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.
    • This year Friday's Heads of School, Administrators, and Teacher Leaders Day is open to all who are interested in leadership!.
    • 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.


    QUESTIONS

    Registration process? registration@ilmontessori.org

    Other conference questions? conference@ilmontessori.org

Past events

Thursday, December 17, 2020 December Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2020 2021 AIMS Conference Call for Proposals
Thursday, October 22, 2020 October Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 May Membership Meeting
Monday, April 13, 2020 HOS Discussion of School Policies and COVID-19 Closures
Monday, April 13, 2020 IT E-Learning Forum
Friday, April 10, 2020 3-6 E-Learning Forum
Monday, April 06, 2020 Invitation to Heads Discussion with Brian Weinthal
Friday, March 27, 2020 3-6 Forum | 3-27-2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 HOS Discussion of School Policies and COVID-19 Closures
Monday, March 23, 2020 IT E-Learning Forum
Friday, March 20, 2020 3-6 E-learning Forum
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 AIMS E-learning Forum HOS Discussion
Thursday, March 05, 2020 March Membership Meeting
Friday, February 21, 2020 School Sponsorship of AIMS Conference
Friday, February 21, 2020 2020 AIMS Conference
Friday, December 06, 2019 Chicago Parent Ad
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 December Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 October Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2020 AIMS Conference Call for Proposals
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 AIMS Membership Annual Meeting
Friday, February 22, 2019 2019 AIMS Conference
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 AIMS Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 AIMS Membership Meeting
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 Potential AIMS Member/DCFS License Exemption Info
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 April Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 24, 2018 2018 AIMS Conference for All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 23, 2018 2018 AIMS Conference for Heads, Administrators, and Teacher Leaders
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Membership Meeting
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Montessori Consortium of the Great Lakes Symposium
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 AIMS Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 25, 2017 2017 AIMS Conference for All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 AIMS Conference for Heads, Administrators, and Teacher Leaders
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 AIMS Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 AIMS Membership Meeting
Friday, October 07, 2016 Integrating Art Into the Montessori Classroom
Friday, September 30, 2016 Wisconsin Montessori Association 1st Annual Administrator's Retreat
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 AIMS Membership Meeting
Sunday, July 24, 2016 AMS Summer Symposium
Saturday, March 12, 2016 AMS Teachers Networking Event
Friday, March 11, 2016 AMS-AIMS Gala
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 AIMS General Meeting
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 AIMS Officer Meeting
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Montessori in Illinois: Pathways to Favorable Political and Regulatory Impacts
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 AIMS Lunch and Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 AIMS Board Meeting
Friday, September 25, 2015 Test
Monday, August 03, 2015 UMI Summer Institute: August 3-7
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Engineering
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 AIMS Member Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Engineering
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Engineering
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Wisconsin Montessori Association Conference
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Earth Sciences
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2015 Conference WAIT LIST for All Montessori Professionals
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2015 AIMS Conference for All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 20, 2015 2015 AIMS Conference for Heads, Administrators and Teacher Leaders
Thursday, February 19, 2015 The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Know From You About Sex," featuring guest speaker Dr. Sharon Maxwell
Thursday, February 12, 2015 De-Mystefying Montessori Outcomes
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 AIMS Meeting
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Birth Order and Its Influence on Marriage and Parenting
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Earth Sciences
Saturday, December 13, 2014 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Earth Sciences
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 AIMS Meeting
Saturday, November 22, 2014 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Science Process Skills
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Montessori STEM Prof. Dev. for the 3-6 year old Classroom: STEM Science Process Skills
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 AIMS Meeting
Friday, September 26, 2014 Nature's Classroom Institute and Montessori School Fall Retreat
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AIMS Meeting
Saturday, March 22, 2014 Seton's Annual Spring Seminar
Saturday, February 22, 2014 MCC 2014 WAIT LIST for All Montessori Professionals
Saturday, February 22, 2014 MCC 2014 for All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 21, 2014 MCC 2014 Parent Night for Parents and All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 21, 2014 MCC 2014 for Heads and Administrators (only)
Saturday, February 08, 2014 A Day in Montessori
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AIMS Meeting
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 AIMS Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AIMS Meeting
Saturday, February 23, 2013 MCC 2013 WAIT LIST for All Montessori Professionals
Saturday, February 23, 2013 MCC 2013 for All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 22, 2013 MCC 2013 Parent Night for Parents and All Montessori Professionals
Friday, February 22, 2013 MCC 2013 for Heads and Administrators (only)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 AIMS Board (10 AM) and Conference Committee Meeting (11:30 AM)
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 AIMS Meeting
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Head of School Meeting