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2017 Annual Conference Sponsorship

Spotlight your product, service, or organization to thousands of Montessori friends and educators worldwide by becoming a sponsor of the American Montessori Society 2017 Annual Conference.

For more information, e-mail Kristine Cooper, AMS director of development, or call 212-358-1250 x311.

Benefits of Sponsorship

As a conference sponsor, you will signal your support for the largest Montessori gathering of the year and receive the following entitlements:

  • A link to your organization's website on the AMS website
  • Your organization's logo on conference signage
  • Your organization’s name and/or logo in the printed on-site conference guide, the AMS Prism e-newsletter, and post-conference communications
  • Visual projection of your organization’s logo at all keynote addresses

All sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsorship Opportunities

New for 2017

Hotel Key Cards — SOLD. Thank you to Wisdom International Education Group
In and out! Attendees who stay on-site visit their rooms frequently throughout the day, and every time they reach for their key, they’ll see your logo. Printed in full color, your logo will get maximum exposure throughout the weekend.

Sunscreen — SOLD. Thank you to Montessori Outlet
Fun in the sun! Between workshops and breaks attendees will be outdoors exploring the beautiful hotel grounds, where your sunscreen will come in handy. Add your organization’s 1-color logo to these bottles, handed out to all conference attendees, and your brand will be visible both during and long after the conference.

Coffee Breaks
Everyone needs a cup of joe. Sponsorship will feature your logo displayed in full color on an easel next to each coffee table, along napkins with your logo imprinted. This sponsorship opportunity will give your brand a perfect pick-me-up.

Afternoon Breaks
Workshop after workshop! We all need a little snack between sessions of learning and discovery, and that’s exactly what attendees will get during our allotted afternoon breaks each day. Become a sponsor and your logo will be conveniently displayed on an easel in the area along with napkins imprinted with your logo.

Directional Signs — Thank you to Wisdom International Education Group, Shanghai Montessori Education Academy, and Bowman School
Stand out from the crowd! Your brand recognition will increase with these large, eye-catching displays. Your full-color logo will be featured on signs placed in central locations to help thousands of attendees navigate the conference site.

Networking: Montessorians of Color — Thank you to Montessori Training Center and Walton Family Foundation
Join us to share and reflect upon experiences as educators of color, and to support each other and the diversity of the Montessori community. As a sponsor, you’ll be recognized with your full-color logo displayed on an easel at the event and verbal acknowledgement.

Tote Bag Item

Flavored Lip Balm — SOLD. Thank you to West Side Montessori School - Teacher Education Program
The cool, salty breeze of the Pacific Ocean can leave your lips in need of some relief. That’s where these handy tubes of flavored lip balm come in! Your logo will be printed in 1 color, leaving your brand’s name on everybody’s lips. This item will be included in every attendee’s tote bag.

Spiral Notebooks — SOLD. Thank you to Independent School Management
This small and sturdy notebook, which will be included in each attendee's tote bag,  was requested by attendees. Your organization’s logo will be imprinted in 1 color on the cover. With over 130 workshops, this notebook is sure to get plenty of use.

Highlighters — SOLD. Thank you to Houston Montessori Center
Your brand will really stand out with this eye-popping highlighter. Your 1-color logo will be printed on the highlighter, included in each attendee’s tote bag, and will live on after the conference.

Lanyards — SOLD. Thank you to Montessori School of Shanghai
Name-badge lanyards, which must be worn by all attendees throughout the conference, are among the most visible sponsorship items and will literally keep your organization’s name in everyone’s line of vision. Your 1-color logo, along with the AMS logo, will be printed on lanyards made from environmentally friendly, 100% recycled material.

Pens — SOLD. Thank you to Andrew and Dora McGhee Montessori Foundation
Put your name right at people’s fingertips as they jot notes in workshops throughout the conference. Your organization’s logo, phone, and web address will be emblazoned in 1 color on the barrel of a high-quality ball-point pen included in each attendee’s conference tote bag.

Reusable Water Bottles  SOLD. Thank you to Shanghai Montessori Education Academy
Keep conference participants hydrated in San Diego! This item is 1 of our attendees’ favorites. The sturdy bottle, imprinted with your 1-color logo, will live on long after the conference concludes, giving your sponsorship a lengthy shelf life.

Sticky Notes Booklet  SOLD. Thank you to Hudson Country Montessori School
Your logo will make a noteworthy impression when you sponsor this item, which will feature your 1-color logo on the cover of this booklet of sticky notes. A booklet of sticky notes will be included in every attendee’s conference tote bag and have use beyond the conference.

Tote Bags — SOLD. Thank you to Heutink, The Montessori Children’s Academy, Montessori Center for Teacher Development, and Twin Parks Montessori Schools
Imagine your logo printed in full color on the beautiful, sturdy totes given to conference attendees when they arrive, excited for a long weekend of learning, community, and inspiration. These ever-popular bags are used throughout the entire weekend to hold conference materials and more—and often for years after. Your logo will be featured prominently along with the AMS conference logo.

Keynotes & Receptions

AMS 2017 Opening Ceremony & Living Legacy Address — Thank you to Wisdom International Education Group and Montessori Workspace
Make a splash by sponsoring the ceremonies as AMS rings in the conference and celebrates our 2017 Living Legacy, Alice Renton. This Thursday evening program will feature a special performance by local Montessori students and a presentation by Alice. Become a sponsor and your logo will be spotlighted on a large screen both before and after the presentation. Additionally, your logo will be included on slides preceding all 3 of our keynote addresses along with those of all other conference sponsors.

Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Lecture: Nicholas Kristof — Thank you to Twin Parks Montessori Schools, Montessori School of Shanghai, Whitby School, Metropolitan Montessori School, Princeton Center for Teacher Education, Alexander Montessori, Maria Montessori School, Montessori Center for Teacher Education San Diego, Summit-Questa Montessori School, Shelton School & Evaluation Center, Montessori Workspace, and Bowman School
Each year we honor AMS’s founder, Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, with a lecture delivered by an eminent educator or child advocate. We are proud to present Nicholas Kristof as this year’s Rambusch speaker. Mr. Kristof is a best-selling author and a columnist for the New York Times, with special areas of interest in human rights, women’s rights, and global affairs. His address, "Why Your Students Should Care About the World—And Change It," will be the can’t-miss event of the conference. Become a sponsor and your logo will be spotlighted on a large screen before the presentation. Additionally, your logo will be included on slides preceding our other 2 keynote addresses, and at the Living Legacy lecture, along with those of all other conference sponsors.

Saturday Keynote Address: Jessica Lahey
Jessica Lahey is author of the New York Times bestseller, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She has been an English, Latin, and writing teacher for over a decade; is a correspondent for Atlantic magazine and commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and she writes the “Parent-Teacher Conference” column for the New York Times. Her keynote presentation, “The Gift of Failure,” is certain to be heavily attended. Become a sponsor and your logo will be spotlighted on a large screen before Jessica’s presentation. Additionally, your logo will be included on slides preceding each keynote address along with those of all other conference sponsors.

Welcome for International Attendees — Thank you to Montessori School of Celebration, Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies, Shanghai Montessori Education Academy, and Mon's Educational Institute
The International Attendees Reception is a gathering of conference-goers from around the globe. Help us welcome our guests while expanding awareness of your brand to new markets. As a sponsor, your logo will be displayed during the reception and your organization will receive a verbal thank you.

Friday Night Lively — Thank you to Montessori School of Denver, Bowman School, Montessori Country Day School
This informal party is arguably the most fun event of the conference, with nearly 1,000 attendees dancing, laughing, and having the times of their lives. This year we will have live music, dancing, a cash bar, and scrumptious snacks. As a sponsor, your company's logo will appear on either print or digital signs during the party.

Sunday Keynote Address: Sonia Manzano  — Thank you to Walton Family Foundation
Sonia Manzano, better known as “Maria” from her 44-year run on Sesame Street, is an award-winning writer, actress, and child advocate. In this heartwarming and inspirational keynote address, “From the South Bronx to Sesame Street: A Story of Human Potential,”Sonia will trace the story of her life—from her upbringing in a troubled family to becoming a cultural icon to millions worldwide. Become a sponsor and your logo will be spotlighted on a large screen before her presentation. Additionally, your logo will be included on slides preceding each other keynote address, along with those of all other conference sponsors.

Teacher Education Programs Reception — Thank you to The Montessori Children's Academy, Montessori Center for Teacher Development, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Montessori Training Center, University Without Walls – UMass Amherst, and Shanghai Montessori Education Academy
AMS-affiliated teacher education program excel in preparing highly skilled AMS-credentialed teachers and leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to recognize those programs with this reception at our Annual Conference. As a sponsor, your company's logo will appear on printed signs during the reception and you will receive a verbal thank you. This sponsorship is ideal for those wishing to support future Montessori educators and the high quality programs that prepare them for their careers.

School Accreditation Reception — Thank you to Walnut Park Montessori School
AMS school accreditation is the ultimate signal of quality Montessori education. We are proud to celebrate those schools which have achieved this milestone with a reception at our Annual Conference. As a sponsor, your company's logo will appear on printed signs during the reception and you will receive a verbal thank you. This sponsorship is ideal for those wishing to support future Montessori accredited schools and to prepare them for future success within their community.

Advertising Opportunities

Conference E-mails — Thank you to Independent School Management, Casa Dei Bambini Montessori School, and Xavier University Montessori Institute and Lab School
Become a sponsor and we’ll place your logo on our conference blast-e-mails, each of which reaches 32,000 inboxes! Our e-mail marketing efforts are optimized to achieve high open rates, ensuring that your message will be seen by those who matter most, worldwide. Sponsor these blasts by September 30 and we'll guarantee placement of your logo on a minimum of 5 e-mails before the conference and 1 e-mail after—a total target reach of over 150,000. The excitement will build as we approach program launch in early October and the Early Bird registration deadline on November 18.

Printed Conference Program Guide — Thank you to The Montessori Children’s Academy, Montessori Center for Teacher Development, California Montessori Project, Nature’s Classroom Montessori School, Maitri Learning, Intracoastal Audio & Music, Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies,  Bruins Montessori, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Eton Kids, Montessori Outlet, University Without Walls – UMass Amherst, Shanghai Montessori Education Academy, Mon's Educational Institute, STEMKids Learn, Bowman School, St. Catherine's University, and Walton Family Foundation
Throughout our conference, attendees refer to the maps, schedules, and other essential information in the printed program guide that we distribute on-site. Full-page color ads are available on the inside front cover, inside and outside back covers, and in an 8-page special color centerfold section of the book. You can also make your mark with a quarter-, half-, or full-page black-and-white promotional spot inside the guide.

Current Sponsors

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