The June 2018 Edition: MSDE Education Bulletin

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June 2018

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LaQuisha Hall, 2018-2019 Baltimore City Teacher of the Year and the State Board of Education.
LaQuisha Hall, 2018-2019 Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, proudly accepts a citation from the Maryland State Board of Education.

Welcome 2018-2019 Maryland Teachers of the Year!

The Maryland State Board of Education officially welcomed the newly nominated Maryland Teachers of the Year during their May Board Meeting. Top educators from all 24 local school systems were honored by State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, Board President Andrew Smarick, and the associated Board Member from their home county. The recognition ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

This celebration kicks off a year of networking, learning and fun for the 24 Local Teachers of the Year. Throughout this year, the teachers will participate in a host of educational events, in addition to a multitude of special recognition celebrations and awards. 

The teachers will close out the year at MSDE's annual Teacher of the Year Gala held in October, where this year's Maryland Teacher of the Year will be named. This event attracts scores of educators and dignitaries from around the state and is sponsored by Comcast, Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Maryland, and the Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Maryland Local Teachers of the Year, MSDE looks forward to the year to come!  

Image: Keynote Speaker of The 2018 Maryland Connections Summit, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple
Maryland Connections Summit keynote speaker, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, explains how she makes evidence matter.

Maryland Connections Summit: Linking Data with Student Achievement

This month, MSDE's Office of Research and Strategic Data Use, in partnership with Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Mid-Atlantic, brought together hundreds of educators from all of Maryland's local systems for a two-day Summit focused on data-driven results, practices, and procedures. The Maryland Connections Summit was a professional development opportunity for educators that focused on hard-hitting data and numbers, and what those numbers mean for Maryland students. 

Educators participated in a series of seminars and presentations, hosted by educators from across Maryland, that shared best practices and experiences in using data to improve student performance and educational outcomes, as well as closing achievement gaps. Among those presenters was keynote speaker, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple.

Ms. Farley- Ripple is a policy researcher, professor, and parent who's keynote presentation focused on Making Evidence Matter. Elizabeth touched on increasing expectations for using research and data and the challenges of turning that research and data into something tangible. Her presentation broke down the steps and roadblocks to using evidence in meaningful and appropriate ways.

For a quick recap of the 2018 Maryland Connections Summit, Check out our video

Jalen McNeely talks about Joppatowne High School's Geographic Information Systems CTE program

#CTE: Empowering the Workforce of the Future

Get to know Maryland's Career and Technology Education programs from the people who know them best. Check out MSDE's new video series "Empowering the Workforce of the Future". 

This week, get the inside scoop on Geographic Information Systems from Jalen, a senior at Joppatowne High in Harford County. 

Image Dr. Salmon welcomes the 2018-2019 Local Teachers of the Year during the May State Board Meeting.
Image Dr. Salmon welcomes the 2018-2019 Local Teachers of the Year during the May State Board Meeting.

State Board Actions

May 22, 2018

The following actions were taken at the May 22, 2018 State Board of Education meeting:

  • Granted permission to publish emergency and proposed actions to amend Regulation .03 under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.14.06 Child Care Subsidy Program.  The amendments update the child care subsidy income eligibility levels resulting in more        low-income families and children being served. 
  • Granted permission to publish amendments to COMAR 13A.15 Family Child Care, COMAR 13A.16 Child Care Centers, COMAR 13A.17 Child Care–Letters of Compliance; and COMAR 13A.18 Large Family Child Care Homes.  The State Board approved amendments to regulations under these subtitles at their December 5, 2017 meeting that included: (1) background clearances; (2) child abuse and neglect information; (3) reasonable accommodations; (4) medical information for child care providers and staff of child care centers; (5) reasons to deny an applicant/application and health and safety training requirements for staff; (6) lead testing; (7) counting students; (8) swimming pool security; (9) care of children; (10) child discipline; and (11) reasons and procedures to suspend a registration or license.  Due to the schedule of the General Assembly, the depth of the amendments to regulations, and an additional request, the regulations were returned to the State Board. The present change included adding “within 90 days of employment” to the Basic Health and Safety training requirement.  This will allow providers 90 days to complete the training while working in a child care program.
  •  Granted permission to adopt amendments to Regulations .03 and .04 under COMAR 13A.02.02 Emergency Plans, which incorporates by reference the MSDE Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools to accommodate students, staff, and visitors with disabilities on public school grounds in accordance with the federal American with Disabilities Act.
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to Regulation .04 under COMAR 13A.05.02 State Administration, which governs the identification of significant disproportionality under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Approved a request from Allegany County Public Schools to open for pupil attendance prior to Labor Day for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Approved a request from Baltimore City Public Schools to waive the post-Labor Day school start date and the June 15 school end date for the following schools for the 2018-2019 school year:

o   Baltimore Collegiate School

o   City Springs Elementary/Middle School

o   Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy

o   KIPP Harmony Academy

o   Lille May Carroll Jackson School

o   New Song Academy

  • Approved a request from Baltimore City Public Schools to waive the post-Labor Day school start date for the following schools for the 2018-2019 school year:

o   Harford Heights Elementary

o   James McHenry Elementary/Middle

o   Mary Rodman Elementary

o   Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE)

o   Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle

  • Recognized Maryland’s 2018-2019 local Teachers of the Year (link) who will represent their school systems in the State’s Teacher of the Year program and competition for Maryland and National Teacher of the Year.

The following Opinion and Orders were rendered: 

  • Chris K. v. Anne Arundel County Board of Education – student discipline – Opinion No. 18-16
  • Kathy Tamburo v. Baltimore County Board of Education – damages and calculations – Opinion No. 18-17
  • Mandy V. v. Anne Arundel County Board of Education – residency – Opinion No. 18-18

Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found here.

The next meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 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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    Image Dr. Salmon receives Youth Service Award
    Dr. Salmon recives a Youth Service Award from Scott Ganske, Vice President of Partnerships at Youth Service America.

    Congratulations, Dr. Salmon! Superintendent receives Youth Service Award.

    Dr. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, was presented the Youth Service Award by Youth Service America this past month. Youth Service America, or YSA, is an organization that supports a global culture of engaged children and youth who are committed to meaningful service, learning, and leadership.

    Dr. Salmon received the award on behalf of MSDE. MSDE has played a major  role in exhibiting leadership in preparing students to become active citizens through service-learning and civic education. 

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    Apprenticeship Maryland Program Expands

    MSDE and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) this month announced the implementation of the Apprenticeship Maryland Program (AMP) as a new Career and Technology Education (CTE) Program of Study.

    This program provides high school students with all aspects of an apprenticeship experience including paid work-based learning, related classroom instruction, and one-on-one mentoring from an industry professional.

    In addition to the traditional pathways, students will be encouraged to participate in youth apprenticeships leading to sustainable employment and further education in Manufacturing and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This program will allow educational and training opportunities to be available to all Maryland students. 

    Read More Here! 

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    Maryland Summer Meals Program!

    If you have a school-aged student in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, text “FOOD” to 877-877 (Spanish-speakers can also text “COMIDA” to 877-877) and receive a message back with the closest location that offers free summer meals. This is a service provided by the USDA No Kid Hungry program.

    MSDE and No Kid Hungry MD will be hosting several Twitter Q&A sessions on Summer Meals throughout the summer! Our next Q&A will be held Wednesday, July 11th at 1 p.m. Be sure to tune in!!!