Elementary Writing Certificate Program

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The AMS Elementary Writing Certificate Program is designed to enhance your foundational understanding and shift the teaching of writing in a way that promotes collaboration and curiosity in the learning environment. At the same time, it will significantly increase your elementary students’ interest in writing. Participants will develop an understanding of the essential role of writing in recognizing students’ identity and intellect. The writing continuum and the Six +1 Traits of Writing framework, integrated with the Elementary Montessori curriculum make writing individualized, fun, and meaningful for each child. Participants will take on a child-centered approach to teaching writing as well as experiencing the writing process themselves throughout the course. Upon completion of the class, you will have effective tools and lessons that empower children by strengthening their writing creativity.

Class Length
6 Weeks

Time Commitment
36 – 40 hours

CPD Hours Earned

Deadline to Apply
July 10, 2024

The 2024 Summer/Fall cohort is now open!


Members: $650 | Non-Members: $800

What to Expect

The program consists of 6 modules of self-guided study and live experiences held via Zoom.  The class offers tools to explore student-centered writing strategies that are centered in Montessori theory and your own environments. There will be assignments that are designed to be reflective and to enhance your understanding of the essential role of writing for Elementary, both in theory and in action. You will be expected to do some personal writing during the live sessions. A culminating project will be designed to fit the needs of your classroom. This class meets for six weeks this summer and has additional assignments due in September and October when teachers are back in the classroom. 

  • For: Elementary I (6 – 9) and/or Elementary II (9 – 12) Montessori-credentialed teachers, school leaders, and interventionists
  • Format: A blend of live (synchronous) experiences held via Zoom and on-demand (asynchronous) content. Recordings of the live sessions are made available to participants.
  • Time Commitment: 36 – 40 hours total (please see timelines below)
  • CPD Hours: 36 - A certificate of AMS Professional Development hours will be emailed upon completion. An opportunity to purchase a CEU certificate for 3.6 CEUs will also be made available upon completion of the class at a cost of $28.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an AMS Elementary Writing Certificate attesting to your mastery of the program.

Program Modules & Outcomes

Using a Continuum

Adult learners look at connections among self, children, and the curriculum using the writing continuum.

Making Writing Engaging

Adult learners experience personalized writing practice as a way of understanding how to increase children’s writing engagement in their classroom.

The Six Traits of Writing Part 1

Ideas, Voice, Word Choice—Adult learners create a plan to bring fun, hands-on writing into their classroom using the Six Traits of Writing framework.

Writing Continuum and Assessment

Adult learners look at student-centered assessment data (self-assessment, peer feedback, individualized teacher conference) to connect it back to the writing continuum.

The Six Traits of Writing Part 2

Sentence Fluency, Organization, Conventions—Adult learners explore how to differentiate the use of the traits for each child.

Writing and the Arts

Adult learners explore writing through the Great Lessons, as well as using the arts to support the writing process.

Cohort 3 (Summer/Fall)


Modules 1 – 6

July 15 – August 25, 2024

Live Sessions held on Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 PM (ET)

Live Session Dates: July 15, July 22, August 5, August 12, August 19, 2024.

October 7, 2024, Capstone Project Support Live Session: 8:00 – 9:00 PM (ET)

October 21, 2024, Capstone Project Presentation Live Session: 7:30 – 9:30 PM (ET) 

Closing up for all assignments being due on October 31, 2024.


  • Registration Deadline: July 10 or until cohort is full.
  • Program Begins: July 15, 2024
  • Program Ends: October 31, 2024

This class meets for six weeks during the summer and has an additional capstone project due in October when teachers are back in the classroom.

Live sessions will be held via Zoom on Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 PM (ET).


Group Discounts Available

AMS is excited to offer a variety of discounted group packages for this class. Group registrations must first contact us to be discounted.

  • 5+ registrants: 5% discount
  • 10+ registrants: 10% discount
  • 20+ registrants: 15% discount
  • 30+ registrants: 20% discount

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Cost & Scholarships

  • Members: $650
  • Non-Members: $800

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The AMS Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Scholarship Program provides financial support for eligible applicants. Learn more.

Meet the Facilitator

Kim Anh Anderson

Kim Anh Anderson

Kim Anh Anderson is a leading writing expert and has taught for almost two decades to help students find their excitement in creative writing. She has a MEd in Literacy and Curriculum Design and is AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II).


Don't hesitate—today is the day to enhance your education career. Earn your certificate + 36 CPD hours.


Deadline to Register: June 12, 2024


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