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FAQs

These are some of the questions we hear most often about the American Montessori Society 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 to the left.

Registration

Who can attend the AMS Annual Conference?

When is the Early Bird registration deadline?

Can I make changes to an existing registration?

Can I cancel a registration?

What is included with registration?

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

Must I wear my name badge at the conference?

How are networking sessions organized and who can attend?

Children

Can I bring my child to the conference?

Do you offer private lactation accommodations?

International

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

Will there be interpretation into other languages?

Facilities

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

Are the Sheraton facilities accessible?

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

Is there a place to charge my phone?

Is there an AMS Lost & Found?

Professional Development & Employment

What if I forget to have my badge scanned for a session I attended?

How many CPDs can I earn at the conference?

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

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


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 in order to attend any and all scheduled conference events.

When is the Early Bird registration deadline?
The Early Bird registration deadline is November 17, 2017.

Can I make changes to an existing registration?
Yes. The pre-conference deadline for this is March 2, 2018. If you registered online, you can make the changes yourself by logging in to your conference registration. Or, email registrations@amshq.org. Starting March 21, changes may be made on-site at the Registration Desk.

Can I cancel a registration?
Yes. To receive a refund (minus a $50 cancellation fee) you must cancel by March 2, 2018. After that date, you may cancel but there is no refund. To cancel: registrations@amshq.org.

What is included with registration?
Full conference registration provides access to all regular workshop sessions beginning Thursday 4:00 PM through Sunday, keynotes, networking events, the Friday night party, and the Exhibit Hall. Day-pass registration entitles you to access to events and to the Exhibit Hall on that day only. Not included in any registration type and must be purchased separately: meals, lodging, school tours, workshops beginning before Thursday 4:00 PM, and tickets to the Springtime Fancy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you offer private lactation accommodations?
If you are not staying at the conference hotel and need private lactation accommodations, a room will be available. Please see AMS staff at AMS Central for more information.

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.

Will there be interpretation into other languages?
Mandarin interpretation will be available at select events. Read more here.

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 Sheraton facilities accessible?
Sessions are held in wheelchair-accessible facilities. If you need other services in order to participate in conference sessions, email Carol Starmack, AMS deputy director, before you register and no later than January 15, 2018. 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 to post general messages at the conference?
Yes, there is a general messages bulletin board located near the Ask a Local desk. Any conference attendee, regardless of AMS membership status, may post messages, fliers, advertisements, and even job ops on it.

Is there a place to charge my phone?
Charging stations will be indicated on the map and clearly visible once you’re at the conference.

Is there an AMS Lost & Found?
Yes, at the Ask-a-Local booth, located in the Plaza Foyer. At the end of the conference, AMS staff will turn over any remaining items to the hotel.

What if I forget to have my badge scanned for a session I attended?
No worries! AMS staff will be on hand to record your missed session and have your CPD record updated after the conference.

How many hours of continuing professional development (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 20 CPD hours. CPD hours for Thursday pay events are additional. See the Continuing Education webpage for more information. Attendance to earn CPD hours will be tracked utilizing scanning technology in order that our CPD hours are acceptable to as many states as possible.

Can I purchase continuing education units (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. Attendance to earn CEUs will be tracked utilizing scanning technology.

Is there a place at the conference to post (and find out about) job opportunities?
Yes, there is an Employment 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, located near the Ask a Local table.

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