July 2017 Edition: MSDE Education Bulletin

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Maryland's First Lady, Yumi Hogan, recieves The Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education during the 2017 Maryland Arts Education Conference

Maryland Arts Education Conference

The Maryland Arts Education Conference was held this past month at the University of Baltimore. Sponsored by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) and MSDE, the event helped to outline the vision of the next five years in art education for art education teachers and administrators.

Participants heard from art education experts from across the state and nation to glean their experiences, ideas and initiatives. One such expert was Athanasia Kyriakakos, 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year and National Finalist. Athanasia is an art educator for Baltimore City Public Schools and shared the effect art has had on her personal life as well as on her students. Anthanasia shared how after the conclusion of the Baltimore riots, she used the beautiful and cathartic art of looming, a craft taught to her by her grandmother, to help her students unwind and open up about their feelings and experiences during the riots.

In a highlight of the conference, Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan was presented The Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. An accomplished artist herself, First Lady Hogan was nominated for the award for all of the amazing work she has done in the name of arts education, advocacy and awareness.

The 2017 Maryland Arts Education Conference was an inspirational event and opportunity for art educators, administrators and enthusiasts to share their goals and visions for the future of art education in Maryland. For information and resources on arts education in Maryland click the link below.     

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State Board Actions: June 27, 2017

The following actions were taken at the June 27, 2017 meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education (State Board):

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Decisions were made regarding: (1) calculating scores and differentiating among schools; (2) updates to selected measures; (3) English Learner proficiency; and (4) identification of CSI and TSI schools. These decisions were included in the most recent ESSA plan, pages 25-28.  For an overview and the entire draft plan, please visit http://marylandpublicschools.org/ESSA
  • Granted permission to publish amendments to regulations under COMAR 13A.04.16 Programs in Fine Arts to incorporate the new National Core Arts Standards that focus on the artistic process of creating, presenting, responding and connecting. 
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to regulation .01 under COMAR 13A.02.01 Local Boards of Education.  These amendments remove the language, Rules for Executive Session, since it is now covered in the Open Meetings Act.
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to regulations .03 and .14 under COMAR 13A.05.02 Administration of Services for Students with Disabilities.  These amendments replace “Local coordinating council (LCC)” with “Local care team (LCT)” under terms defined and update statutory and regulatory references.
  • Recognized the 2016-2017 Milken National Educator of the Year, Thomas Dennison.          Mr. Dennison is a 5th grade teacher at Havre de Grace Elementary School in Harford County.

The following Opinions were rendered on June 27, 2017:

  • Erin C. v. Montgomery County Board of Education – student transfer – Opin. No. 17-21
  • Jamaarr M. v. Montgomery County Board of Education – student suspension – Opin. No. 17-22
  • James Curtis v. Prince George’s County Board of Education – employee termination  –  Opin. No. 17-23
  • Antoinette D. v. Montgomery County Board of Education – student suspension  – Opin No. 17-24
  • Catherine H. v. Prince George’s County Board of Education – student transfer  – Opin No. 17-25

Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found at: www.msde.maryland.gov/stateboard/index.html

The next meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, 7th Floor Board Room, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Eight business days notice prior to the event is required. Please contact Charlene Necessary at (410) 767-0467 or TTY at (410) 333-6442 so arrangements can be made. 

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Students Presenting Maryland History Day Project to Board

Maryland History Day!

Tyler Cassidy and Edward Williams, of Plum Point Middle School in Calvert County, proudly appear before the Maryland State Board of Education to present their award winning Maryland History Day project. The students won the Outstanding State Entry Award for their project based on Brown v. Board of Education of Calvert County: Taking a Stand for African-American Teachers. 

Check out our video highlight below to learn more about this wonderful project and the students behind it! 

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Maryland State Board of Education Takes Next Step on State ESSA Plan

The Maryland State Board of Education approved the State’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law requiring state action on school improvement.

The ambitious plan sets into place targets for schools and systems and outlines assistance programs for schools that are not meeting the grade. Maryland developed its plan after unprecedented outreach to citizens across the State.

The Governor, General Assembly, and the general public will weigh in on the plan over the next month. The State Board in August is set to review feedback and take its final vote. Maryland will submit its plan to the US Department of Education by September 18.

We are currently seeking feedback on our proposed ESSA accountability plan. Give us your thoughts by clicking the link below!  

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Summer Teachers Institute: Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century

MSDE, The Baltimore Jewish Council and The Jewish Museum of Maryland will sponsor a three-day Teachers Institute focused on teaching and learning about the Holocaust in the 21st century. 

The Summer Teachers Institute is open to all interested teachers and educators. Students working towards a degree in education, Holocaust studies and other relevant fields are welcome to apply.

To apply click the link below, please note that the deadline for applications is August 1, 2017.

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