Charles Abelmann

Lecturer, Committee on Education


Charles Abelmann is the former director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Previously, he served as head of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, an independent K-12 school. At Barrie, Dr. Abelmann strengthened academic programs by promoting pedagogical innovation and integrating coordination among divisions. He developed teaching fellows and internship programs, and formed partnerships that attracted guest artists and visiting teachers from across the United States and abroad. Prior to beginning his work at the Lab Schools and at Barrie, Dr. Abelmann served in a variety of roles for the World Bank, including the overseeing of investments in education programs in Indonesia, China, and Mongolia. He conducted policy analysis and aided in capacity-building in ministries of education across East Asia, Latin America, the Baltic States, and sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier in his career, Dr. Abelmann served as a special assistant to the superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Selected Conference Presentations

Workshops for teachers, school heads, local education authorities and parents about early childhood education, school quality standards, and leadership. Demay School, Nanjing China, July 2016.

“Barrie and Use of Personalysis.” The Greater Washington Montessori Conference, 2015.

“Creating a Culture of Leadership.” American Montessori Society Annual Conference, 2015

“Defining the Future of Montessori Education.” The Greater Washington Montessori Conference, 2014.

Leadership Workshop for Barrie Teaching Fellows, December 2014 and September 2013.

“Creative Learning Environments: Rethinking the Classroom.” National Association of Independent Schools, February 2013.

Workshops for teachers, school heads and parents about early childhood education, school governance, and parent engagement. Demay School, Nanjing China, December 2013 and March 2015


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