Neurodiversity in the Montessori Environment: A Forum
April 24, 2023
April is Neurodiversity Awareness Month. Join this forum where we will share the process and content of the AMI/USA Statement of Inclusion devised by the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Ad-Hoc Group on Neurodiversity and Inclusion. For this final Spring JEDI session, we welcome:
Carrie Horwitz Lang, Moderator
Catherine Massie, Panelist
Dr. Andree Rolfe, Panelist
Erin Lopez-Brooks, Panelist
Read more about our presenters:
Carrie Horwitz Lang, M.Ed., has been devoted to Montessori Education since 2004. After spending over a decade working with Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School as the curriculum director and instructional coach, she continues to focus on constructivist theories of education and finding ways to connect theory to practice with assessment, data, inclusive education methodologies, and the continuity of care in education. A two-time graduate of the Loyola graduate program, Carrie holds both AMI Elementary and Primary diplomas. She currently serves as Director of Montessori Education and Associate Clinical Professor at Loyola University, Baltimore. Carrie serves as an Advisor with the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Group and is a member of the Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee.
Catherine Massie has been an advocate for children and youth who have developmental or learning differences for over 20 years. With a strong awareness that Dr. Montessori brought down the walls between medical and educational institutions, creating a transdisciplinary and holistic developmental approach based in Scientific Pedagogy, she co-founded and currently serves as the Director of Montessori Medical Partnership for Inclusion (MMPI) along with her colleague, Barbara Luborsky OT/RL. Catherine is an Orton-Gillingham tutor, multi-sensory math tutor, a trained Association Method practitioner that serves students who are deaf or aphasic. She holds a M.A.T. in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s University. Catherine serves as an Advisor with the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Group and is a member of the Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee.
Erin Lopez-Brooks lives for empowering children and strives to show adults how to see them in their best light by integrating the science of human behavior and the Montessori approach. She owns and operates a small independent therapeutic learning center and works with neurodivergent children and families daily. Erin is a Licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, and an AMI Montessori Elementary teacher with state certifications in General Education. She serves children that benefit from Special Education, English as a Second language (ESL), and Gifted & Talented education. Erin holds a Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham certification for educators and trains Montessori Behavior Intervention Assistants to support children in their self-construction by bridging any skill gaps they may arrive with. serves as an Advisor with the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Group and is a member of the Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee.
Dr. Andrée Rolfe is an educational consultant with 35 years of experience in public special education (teacher, diagnostician, administrator) and 10 years consulting with Montessori schools. She is the Educational Specialist at The Village School in Waldwick, New Jersey and teaches AMI guides about disabilities and inclusive strategies at Loyola’s Center for Montessori Education. Andree holds an Ed.D. in Special Education – Learning Disabilities from Columbia University and an AMI Elementary diploma. She is a contributor to the collaborative anthology, Montessori Inclusion (2020). Andree serves as an Advisor with the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Group and is a member of the Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee.
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