The February 2018 Edition: MSDE Education Bulletin

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February 2018

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Image State Superintendent Dr. Salmon with Allison Felton, Milken Educator Award Winner.
State Superintendent, Dr. Karen Salmon, congratulates Allison Felton, Maryland Milken Educator honoree.

Algebra Teacher Allison Felton Receives 2017-18 Milken Educator Award

Allison Felton, an algebra teacher at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, was named the surprise recipient of a prestigious 2017-18 Milken National Educator Award. Felton is the only Maryland educator receiving a Milken honor this year, and one of only 44 in the nation. Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon attended the award ceremony.

Hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching,” the award is sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation and includes a $25,000 cash prize.

“Our administration is working hard to ensure that every child in Maryland is given the opportunity of a great education, and a big part of that is to have great, talented, and enthusiastic teachers in our classrooms,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to congratulate Allison Felton on this very well-deserved recognition and thank the Milken Family Foundation for this incredible program which honors our nation’s educators.”

Dr. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, noted that Ms. Felton’s primary goal is to make certain every student succeeds.

“Allison Felton is the quintessential mathematics teacher: someone who sets a high bar and works tirelessly with her students to make sure they meet every expectation,” said Dr. Salmon. “Her creative teaching methods inspire her algebra students to understand complex material, master concepts and most importantly learn to love math.” Continue reading here.

Image Allison Felton receiving prize for Milken Education Award

Allison Felton-    Milken Educator 

Click the link above to view a video of Allison's surprise award unfold!

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MSDE, in partnership with Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory, is hosting the 2018 Maryland Connections Summit. This summit brings together education professionals and highlights the vital role data plays in education decision making. 

We are currently accepting proposals for presentations. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, March 5, 2018. Click the link above! 

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Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival!

The Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival celebrates the impact of arts education. On April 20, 2018, select solo artists and small ensembles from all 24 Maryland school districts will present performances and artwork in historic Mt. Vernon in Downtown Baltimore for the day! 

For more information, or for student presentation submissions and volunteer information, click the link above!

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State Board Actions

January 30, 2018

The following Actions were taken at the                      January 30, 2018 meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education: 

·         2017-2018 Identification of “Comprehensive Needs” Schools for Purpose of Awarding Quality Teacher Stipends.

·         Recognized Ms. Debra O’Byrne as Maryland Secondary School Assistant Principal of the Year for 2017.

·         Granted permission to adopt amendments to COMAR 13A.03.02 Graduation Requirements for Public High Schools in Maryland.  These amendments replace the science assessment for HSA biology, removes cut scores, and clarifies language throughout. 

·         Granted permission to publish amendments to COMAR 13A.03.04 Test Administration and Data-Reporting Policies and Procedures. The proposed amendments (1) clarify that “local school system” includes special schools and nonpublic schools that use tests administered on behalf of the State Board of Education; (2) prohibits the use of electronic devices (unless used for testing or administrative purposes) in testing rooms during testing; and (3) clarifies that local school systems must designate a Local Accountability Coordinator and a School Test Coordinator and outlines general duties of each.

·         Granted permission to publish amendments to COMAR 13A.12.01.04 Options for Obtaining Initial Maryland Certification.  The proposed amendments provide both a direct pathway for initial certification for those individuals who have achieved National Board Certification as well as those content experts seeking an adjunct teacher certification.

·         Granted permission to publish amendments to COMAR 13A.12.01.05 General Requirements for Professional Certificates.  The proposed amendments allow those individuals seeking certification who do not hold a bachelor’s degree (i.e., specialized professional areas and professional technical education candidates) to have the ability to present credit bearing coursework to fulfill the basic skills requirements in lieu of an assessment.

Continue Reading Actions and Orders rendered              January 30, 2018

Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found at:

The next meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held on February 27, 2018 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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    Spread The Word! Call For Student Artists and Volunteers!

    Image Call for Artists and Volunteers

    Seeking solo artists, small ensembles and volunteers  from all 24 Maryland districts for the Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival! 

    There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available! Selected artists will present performances and artwork, gain statewide exposure, and will be able to attend masterclasses led by top professional artists. 

    All forms of artwork are welcome from, Middle & High School students, faculty and alumni! Sign Up TODAY!  

    February is CTE Month!

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    Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation recognizing February as National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. High schools and community colleges throughout Maryland are celebrating CTE Month, promoting their programs and spotlighting their students’ successes! Continue Reading

    Kindergarten Readiness Data Released for 2017-18

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    Results from Maryland’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) reveals that nearly half of Maryland’s incoming students in the fall of 2017 were fully prepared for learning.

    The report, Readiness Matters, Equity Matters!, found that 45 percent of incoming kindergartners were fully ready to begin learning, compared to 43 percent in 2016-17. Continue Reading