Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the questions we hear most often about The Montessori Event.
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Who can attend The Montessori Event?
The Montessori Event is open to the public. Attendees must be age 18 or over. All balances must be paid in full prior to attending the conference. Payments may be made onsite at the registration desk, prior to collecting your conference badge. 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 December 14, 2018.
Can I make changes to an existing registration?
Yes. Yes. The deadline for making changes is March 1, 2019. If you registered online, you can make the changes yourself by logging in to your conference registration. Or, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting March 2, changes may be made on-site at Badge Pickup.
Can I cancel a registration?
Yes. To receive a refund (minus a $50 cancellation fee) you must cancel by March 1, 2019. After that date, you may cancel but there is no refund. To cancel: email@example.com.
What is included with registration?
Full-conference registration provides access to all non-ticketed events Thursday, March 21, through Sunday, March 24, 2019. Ticketed events are clearly indicated on the registration form and the website, and require purchase to attend in addition your conference registration.
Non-ticketed events include: workshops in sessions 1-11, keynote addresses, networking events, the Welcome Bash, the Frist-Time Attendee Social, and the Exhibit Hall.
Weekend Only (Saturday & Sunday) registration entitles you to access to non-ticketed events and to the Exhibit Hall on those days only.
Not included in any registration type and must be purchased separately: meals, lodging, parking, Pre-Conference (Wednesday) Intensives, Montessori school tours, day of service, DC Cultural tours, 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?
No. To qualify for the group discount, your group must register and pay together at the same time, on the same invoice. The group discount will apply as follows: Every 6th person on your registration receives 100% off their registration fee (ticketed events are not discounted).
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?
No person under age 18, including infants and toddlers either handheld or in carriers, will be permitted at the conference/Exhibit Hall (unless part of the program). This policy is in effect to address safety concerns as well as to ensure the professional nature of the event. As sessions are frequently at capacity, this helps ensure that paid attendees have access to event content to the fullest extent possible. Children participating in workshops or general sessions must be pre-approved by AMS in writing; we will also need a Waiver of Liability Form signed by their by parents or guardians. Contact Heather@amshq.org. At the conference, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We love children—clearly!—and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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 contact Jennifer@amshq.org ahead of time, or see AMS staff at Badge Pickup 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 page.
Will there be interpretation into other languages?
The keynote addresses and 1 workshop in each of the 11 sessions will be interpreted into Mandarin. These workshops are listed on the schedule.
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 Marriott's facilities accessible?
Sessions are held in wheelchair-accessible facilities. If you need other services in order to participate in conference sessions, email Joseph Randolph, AMS meetings manager, before you register and no later than January 11, 2019. 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 charge my phone?
Charging stations will be indicated on the map and clearly visible once you’re on-site.
Is there an AMS Lost & Found?
Yes. Please turn over any found items to a staff person wearing a red vest or to staff at Badge Pickup. At the end of The Montessori Event, 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?
AMS staff will be on hand to record your missed session and have your CPD record updated after the conference. The issue of a missed scan must be addressed while at 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 27.5 CPD hours. CPD hours for ticketed events, such as Wednesday’s workshops, 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?
You can view job opportunities in our Connection Lounge. Postings for job opportunities must be directed to Carla Hofland, AMS director of member services.