Principals' Newsletter - March 30, 2017

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Vol. 4, Edition 8
March 30, 2017

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Help Maryland Students Embrace History

Serve as a judge for Maryland History Day 2017 on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when nearly 700 students will compete with their projects. Training is providedRegister now to volunteer or judge for Maryland History Day 2017!

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.

More information:

MSDE would like to know if you have nominated a teacher. Please email if you have nominated a Maryland Educator.

Register to Attend

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Learn.  Grow.  Share.  Join education colleagues from across the state and surrounding areas for the annual Common Ground, Maryland's top professional development event of the year. Thought-provoking speakers, inspiring sessions and demonstrations of the latest products and services will provide you the 21st century know-how you need.

Common Ground will be held in Ocean City, MD in the Ocean City Convention Center on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy!

Click Here to Register

Core Coaching: Amplify the Rockstar in you and others!


Do you ever wonder what a core coach does? Are you curious about how core coaching fits into K-20 education? You are probably thinking… or While you may be thinking… Come to this highly interactive, pre-conference session split into two parts.

During Part I, you will experience coaching for yourself and strengthen you – the whole you – through a variety of coaching activities. For Part II, we will explore what this style of coaching entails and how it connects to your work, your impact in education and your overall life fulfillment. For participants, please bring paper to write on, a pen or pencil to write with, and as always, a growth mindset.

Join Jen Lara and Learning Forward Maryland for a Common Ground Preconference session that will leave you feeling empowered and energized!

Register today:


Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship

The goal of the Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship of the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM) is to encourage and provide support for those working toward Administrator I Certification.  The scholarship is named in honor of the first Executive Director of CEASOM.

For more information, click here!

Digital Harbor Foundation

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Digital Harbor Foundation workshops are designed for educators who want to incorporate the maker mindset and STEM tools in their space. The two-day workshops introduce the technology and pedagogy of the maker movement, while providing hands on experience with tools from 3D printers to Raspberry Pi's. Whether you want your students to code, create electronics, or go low tech and make with cardboard, tape, and popsicle sticks, DHF provides the tools and expertise to help you make in your space. To view workshop details, please visit

Please forward this email to teachers in your school. There are many professional learning opportunities for Maryland Educators.

Educator Professional Learning Survey

Please take this brief survey so that MSDE can determine ways that we can better assist you in meeting your professional learning needs and preferences.

Click Here for Survey


Edcamp BCPS


The Baltimore County Public School Office of Digital Learning is hosting an Edcamp on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30-1:00.  Although BCPS educators are our primary target audience, just like every Edcamp, the more educators that attend, the better the experience!

Register to attend today!

Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program (MVLO)

Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program (MVLO) is an educational service managed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that provides access to challenging online professional learning and student courses throughout Maryland. MSDE is currently looking to procure qualified educators to facilitate these asynchronous web-based courses. Those individuals who meet all essential qualifications and the required experiences, will have their name placed on an MSDE facilitator database. As needed, facilitators will be called upon to provide required online facilitation services.  Those interested in facilitating both student and PD courses must apply to each RFQ.



Connecting the Dots: STEM Academy - MAESP & Discovery Education

Teacher Leadership Summit


MAESP in collaboration with Discovery Education is pleased to offer Connecting the Dots, STEM Academy - Learn to effectively plan, develop, and lead a STEM strategy to transform teaching and learning in your school.

Join us May 10th from 8 - 3 at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, MD

Explore STEM instructional strategies connected to the demands of the NGSS and CCSS
Develop action steps for immediate application
Maximize student achievement and engagement

 Continental Breakfast and Lunch included in registration fee!

MAESP Members - $75.00 each

Teams of 3 or more, Each person $75.00 with one MAESP Member

Nonmembers - $99.00 each

Registration Deadline - April 28th

 Register by using this link.

Any questions?  Contact Stephen Hagenbuch

Hope to see you at The Meeting House on May 10th!

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The Maryland Teacher Leadership Summit is a two-day summit designed to promote and develop teacher-led initiatives across the state. Modeled after the successful National Teach to Lead Summit, the Maryland event will:

  • Spotlight and support a selective group of teacher-led initiatives across Maryland;
  • Provide teacher-led teams hands-on training to refine their program models, identify supports, and communicate their initiatives to key stakeholders
  • Promote teacher leadership among key local school system stakeholders… including superintendents, principals and national and local partners engaged to advise and support teacher-led teams to refine innovative proposals;

The Maryland Summit will be held on Tuesday, July 19th and Wednesday July 20th for teacher-led teams selected by peers through an application process. The Summit will include critical friends and partner organizations that will support teacher-led teams to refine their program/proposal designs and advocate for their initiatives locally.

For more information:

 The deadline for idea submissions for the Maryland Teacher Leadership Summit is Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. All idea submissions must be completed and submitted by this date and time. 

Register for Maryland Arts Education Conference!

Arts Conference

Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms

Art Summer


Insect Investigations:  Using 'bugs' to engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence is offering a summer professional learning workshop for elementary teachers of grades 3-5 focused on using insects to engage students in the NGSS science and engineering practices.  

Participants will spend three days in July engaging in model lessons aligned with NGSS that focus on incorporating insects into classroom instruction and learning more about insects and the NGSS.  Participants will be challenged to create and then implement their own NGSS-aligned lessons that utilize insects in their classrooms.  We'll meet again in October to share the results of the lesson implementations.  All participants will receive a classroom insect 'starter kit' that contains live insects and the materials necessary to keep them in the classroom.  Successful participants will receive 3 CPD credits from MSDE.  You can read more about the workshop here.  

The workshop will take place from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm the following days:

  • Wednesday, July 5
  • Thursday, July 6
  • Friday, July 7
  • Saturday, October 28

Contact with questions.