Applicable to: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and Administrators
Summary: Please join us for a workshop in our new Barrie Montessori Makerspace. You will get the chance to participate in a design hunt to explore our space up close and personal. We’ll share the process we went through to get the space and program going. Finally, we will dip our toes into the different types of making and dream up what that could look like in your own classrooms.
Presented by: Erin Springfield and Anouk van Aanholt
Erin Springfield is Barrie’s Director of Technology and Innovation. She teaches several classes across the Montessori and Prep divisions, including coding, filmmaking, and Web Design. She was implemental in all areas of the development of the Montessori Makerspace. Erin has 20 years of experience in the Educational Technology field, and has provided professional development and support for incorporating project-based, interdisciplinary lessons into the curriculum.
Anouk van Aanholt is Barrie’s STEAM Makerspace Director and Teacher K-5. She has worked at Washington International School for 15 years, where she served as a homeroom teacher in the Dutch dual-language program, and more recently as the Primary School Learning and Technology Coordinator. In this role she immersed herself and the school community in the world of design thinking, leading the Design Studio and collaborating with faculty to bring maker-centered learning into classrooms.
Helping Your Students Improve their Executive Functioning Skills
Applicable to: Educators, Administrators, teacher trainers, learning specialists and counselors of children ages 3-18
Summary: Judith M. Stern will discuss ways that teachers can help their students become more organized and develop better study skills. This presentation will take a look at the variety of skills that are involved in good executive functioning, and how they can be taught and reinforced in the Montessori classroom. Ideas will also be shared for use with children who have organizational difficulties that impact their work and learning. A question and answer session will be included.
Presented by: Judith Stern
Biography: Judith Stern, M.A. is an experienced classroom teacher and Learning Specialist at Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a Maryland State Certified Special Education teacher and Reading Specialist. Ms. Stern is the co-author of four children's books on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. She is also the co-author of The Dyslexia Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers
Unlock the Potential of Montessori to Help Students Understand How Fractions are Connected to the Universe
Applicable to: Elementary
Summary: Montessori educators have different ways to guide and to motivate children through their own self-discovery in a prepared environment. In this session, participants will better understand how fractions are integrated and connected with geometry, decimals, angles, art, music, language, history and science. Participants will understand why Dr. Montessori referred to educators as Renaissance Teachers.
At the end of the session, participants will have access to materials that they can share later in the classroom with their students.
Presented by: Margarita Diaz
Biography: Margarita Diaz, AMS Montessori certified Elementary I and II. Bilingual Montessori teacher at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School (LAMB-PCS) where she founded the elementary program for ages 6-12.
LAMB-PCS, an immersion program in Spanish and charter school in DC, made her believe and experience that with passion and leadership her students were able to succeed not only academically but also to become real peace ambassadors and citizens of the world.
Children of Resistance: Navigating the Journeys of Identity, Equity, and Justice in the Classroom and Beyond. A Systematic Study for Educators and Activists.
Applicable to: All Levels and Administration
Summary: As we find ourselves in an increasingly diverse world it is imperative that Montessorians develop a critical consciousness for diversity, equity and addressing bias in our classrooms. Creating brave spaces for such dialog requires an intentional reflective practice that is grounded in social justice and Montessori philosophy. No matter the age/grades taught, if you are committed to anti-bias education and inclusion in the classroom and beyond this hands-on session is designed for you. The work that we engage in will be interactive and is designed to be thought-provoking while providing practical tools that can be implemented with ease.
Biography: Maati is a culturally responsive Montessori educator and advocate for equity in the classroom. A social worker by training, she is committed to promoting identity development and social justice education in both public and independent school settings. Maati is a Lower Elementary teacher and serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Barrie School. She is interested in researching the impact of cultural responsiveness in the classroom and teacher training programs.
Maati received a B.A. in Psychology from Fisk University and Masters in Social Work from Howard University. She earned AMS Montessori credentials (Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Administration) from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.
Dr. Jeff Menzise’s approach to coaching, training, and education is based upon the notion that every human being can further develop their natural gifts and talents beyond the sub-average to average levels at which many tend to function. Dr. Menzise has facilitated several workshops at local Montessori conferences that integrate and highlight understandings of child psychology and child development in the Montessori classroom. Montessori guides have found his perspective powerful and easy to implement in the Montessori prepared environment.
Jeff Menzise has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and works as a researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
Public and Charter Montessori Teachers: Networking
Applicable to: Teachers and Administrators from Public and Charter Montessori Schools
Summary: Collaboration is essential amongst educators in the Montessori community. It is particularly critical for public Montessori schools to come together, share resources and ideas, and have our voices heard.
Come to this session to begin building communication amongst the Maryland Montessori public schools and support each other in our efforts to provide quality Montessori public education.
Presented by: Katie Mosquera and Marilyn Horan
Biography: Katie Mosquera is the Montessori Teacher Specialist at CCMPCS and a Montessori field consultant. She is an experienced Montessori Elementary teacher, in both public and private setting, and a Montessori teacher trainer.
Marilyn Horan has presented at UMSI state conferences in Indiana and AMS national conferences. She presented to the public Montessori administrators during the 2016-2018 conferences with a goal of this session being an ongoing option.