As Montessorians we have put so much energy into our classroom environments, and so much of that environment comes from the modeling of the teacher. This session will propose ways to bring that modeling to the public face of Montessori. MPPI is the policy arm of AMS and AMIUSA, and we advocate for policy change supporting the growth and accessibility of Montessori. We have been involved in exciting work in Virginia and invite you to come hear more about policy initiatives in your state and also learn how you can support and facilitate change as you interact with parents and others in your daily work and local communities. ~ ~ ~ Denise Monnier is a Montessori parent, advocate, and advocacy coach, striving for public policy that supports universal access to Montessori education. More than 15 years of teaching in and leading Montessori schools made her deeply aware of the need for equity in and access to high quality education. Denise‘s journey into education policy began when she founded an early childhood outreach program, securing funding for families to access Montessori early childhood experiences. As a head of school and through her involvement in the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools where she currently serves as Executive Director, her advocacy efforts turned to statewide and national advocacy. Her work with MPPI is centered around supporting our state advocacy groups and equipping them with the tools and training they need to be effective advocates for children.