Continuing Education & Employment
The AMS 2014 Annual Conference offers valuable opportunities for professional development and career advancement.
MACAR Workshops & Transcript
We are pleased to once again offer a special-education track presented by instructors from Shelton School & Evaluation Center. Focused on educating children at risk for learning differences, these carefully designed workshops are designated “MACAR” (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk/Learning Differences) in the conference program.
MACAR workshops are open to all conference attendees. Attendees who attend all 8 of the MACAR workshops (Thursday-Sunday) will be awarded a transcript by Shelton School & Evaluation Center. The bearer will be considered by Shelton to have completed the first half of the MACAR Level 1 course and may register for the second half of the MACAR Level 1 course that will take place at the Shelton School, July 7-16, 2014.
Conference attendees who plan to attend all workshops for the transcript will be given a sticker to wear on their badge which will give them access to reserved seating at each MACAR workshop. Stickers will be distributed to individuals registered for both the full conference and the MACAR workshop on Thursday Pre-Conference Day.
The first workshop (on Thursday) is off-site at the Shelton School. Transportation will be provided between the hotel and Shelton, but attendees MUST be registered before boarding the bus Thursday morning. Missing this first workshop will automatically disqualify you from earning the transcript.
For all registration related questions, please contact Leah Zak. If you have further questions about the transcript, please contact Pam Brockway, Administrative Assistant at Shelton School.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
In cooperation with Xavier University, AMS is offering CEUs for conference attendees. CEUs are awarded in increments based on the number of clock hours completed. Each hour equals .1 CEU, with 10 hours equaling 1 CEU. These are the maximum clock hours/CEUs you can earn each day:
- Thursday pre-conference sessions and Living Legacy Address = 7 hours (Tours do not count towards CEUs.)
- Friday attendance = 7.25 clock hours = .725 CEU
- Saturday attendance = 6 clock hours = .6 CEU
- Sunday attendance = 3 clock hours = .3 CEU
To purchase CEUs, complete the CEU order form (available at the conference registration desk and in attendee tote bags and submit it with payment at the Registration Desk. Or if you prefer, send the completed form with payment via postal mail, postmarked no later than April 16, 2014, to: American Montessori Society; 116 East 16th Street; New York, NY 10003-2163; Attention: CEUs.
CEU transcripts will be mailed by Xavier University by July 9.
Fees: $35 for up to 10.5 clock hours (1 CEU); $45 for up to 20 hours (2 CEUs); $55 for up to 30 hours (3 CEUs).
Continuing Professional Development Hours (CPDs)
Participation in the AMS 2014 Annual Conference enables you to earn up to 22.25 contact hours toward the AMS Certificate of Continuing professional Development, as follows:
- Up to 6 hours for Thursday pre-conference sessions and school tours
- 7.25 hours for Friday
- 6 hours for Saturday
- 3 hours for Sunday
Contact hours are not transferable as college or university credit hours.
Documentation of American Montessori Society Continuing Professional Development Hours will be included as part of the name badge you receive at registration. If you lose or misplace your documentation of CPD hours during the conference, the replacement fee will be $35. After the conference, reprints will be available for $20; Contact Leah Zak.
Individual State Professional Development Fulfillment
State Departments of Education and state licensing agencies may accept attendance at the AMS conference as approved professional development hours as required by these agencies. AMS recommends that you check with the individual agencies or department in your state to determine eligibility. We regret that we are unable to request approval from individual states.
If you’re looking for a new position, be sure to visit the Employment Opportunities Bulletin Boards, where you will find postings from Montessori schools worldwide. AMS member schools and teacher education programs, as well as MSAC-accredited schools, may post listings. There is no fee. For more information, e-mail Carla Hofland, AMS director of member services.