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2017 Annual Conference FAQs

This page was designed to answer some of the questions we hear most often about the American Montessori Society 2017 Annual Conference. In many cases you will find more detailed information about a given topic on the related webpages listed in the blue navigation box at the left.

Who can attend the AMS Annual Conference?

Can I bring my child to the conference?

Must I wear my name badge at the conference?

I’m not from the U.S. and need a visa in order to attend the conference. Can you help?

When is the Early Bird registration deadline?

What is included with registration?

Can I make changes to an existing registration?

If I add an attendee to my group registration after having already registered, will that person get the group discount?

Can I cancel a registration?

How are networking sessions organized and who can attend?

How many CPDs can I earn at the conference?

Can I purchase CEUs for my contact hours at the conference?

The conference hotel is fully booked. How can I find a room?

Are the Town & Country’s facilities accessible?

Is there a place at the conference to post (and find out about) job opportunities?

Is there a place to post general messages at the conference?

Who can attend the AMS Annual Conference?
The AMS Annual Conference is open to the public. Attendees must be age 18 or over. Every attendee must have (and wear) a valid name badge throughout the conference.

Can I bring my child to the conference?
Due to the professional nature of the program, children under the age of 18, including infants and toddlers either handheld or in carriers, are not permitted at the conference, including in the Exhibit Hall, unless they are part of the official program. While AMS “considers the child” in all circumstances, we are also aware that the inclusion of children can be a distraction for conference participants. Please arrange childcare as necessary.

Must I wear my name badge at the conference?
Yes, to gain entry to conference events (workshops, keynotes, etc.) and the Exhibit Hall you must be wearing a valid name badge.

I’m not from the U.S. and need a visa in order to attend the conference. Can you help?
Yes. We can prepare a letter of invitation that you can deliver to the appropriate consulate. We have information about this (and more) on our International Attendees webpage.

When is the Early Bird registration deadline?
The Early Bird registration deadline is November 18, 2016.

What is included with registration?
Full conference registration provides access to all regular workshop sessions, keynotes, and networking events Thursday afternoon through Sunday, and to the Exhibit Hall. Day-pass registration entitles you access to events and to the Exhibit Hall on that day only. Not included: meals, lodging, school tours, pre-conference workshop intensives, and tickets to the Springtime Fancy.

Can I make changes to an existing registration?
Yes. The pre-conference deadline for this is February 24, 2017. If you registered online, you can make the changes yourself by logging in to your conference registration. Or, e-mail registrations@amshq.org. Starting March 8, changes may be made on-site at the Registration Desk.

If I add an attendee to my group registration after having already registered, will that person get the group discount?
Yes. New additions receive the group discount, as well as the rate that the group originally registered at.

Can I cancel a registration?
Yes. To receive a refund (minus a $50 cancellation fee) you must cancel by February 24, 2017. After that date, you may cancel but there is no refund. To cancel: registrations@amshq.org.

How are networking sessions organized and who can attend?
Networking sessions are organized in response to expressions of interest from our members and are open to anyone who is interested and is registered for the conference on the days they are being held.

How many CPDs can I earn at the conference?
You will be awarded hours of continuing professional development based on your registration and attendance. Full Conference registration makes it possible to earn a maximum of 15.25 CPD hours. CPD hours for Thursday events are awarded separately. See the Continuing Education webpage for more information.

Can I purchase CEUs for my contact hours at the conference?
Yes. Continuing education units can be purchased during or after the conference. See the Continuing Education webpage for more information.

The conference hotel is fully booked. How can I find a room?
When our conference hotel sells out, we secure overflow space at nearby hotels. You can find information on our Conference Hotel webpage.

Are the Town & Country’s facilities accessible?
Sessions are held in wheelchair-accessible facilities. If you need other services in order to participate in conference sessions, e-mail Carol Starmack, AMS associate executive director, before you register and no later than January 15, 2017. While we are committed to making our conference sessions as accessible as possible, we cannot guarantee that requested services will be available. We will assess the service needs and determine whether they can be reasonably accommodated but make no representation that we will provide or pay for requested services.

Is there a place at the conference to post (and find out about) job opportunities?
Yes, there is an Employment Ops bulletin board. AMS member schools, AMS-affiliated teacher education programs, and MSAC-accredited schools may post job listings on it. For information: Carla Hofland, AMS director of member services. Non-members may post job openings on the general message board.

Is there a place to post general messages at the conference?
Yes, there is a general messages bulletin board. Any conference attendee, regardless of AMS membership status, may post messages, fliers, advertisements, and even job ops on it.

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