Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - November 30, 2015

Time is Running Out on These Opportunities!

Virtual Edcamp Maryland

The Maryland State Department of Education is excited to announce our first online EdCamp. Virtual edcamp MD will be hosted on January 9th from 9:00-11:30 AM.

Register Now: Click Here

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Spring 2016 Virtual Learning Professional Development Opportunities

Begin Registration on December 1st for online courses offered through MSDE, Maryland Public Television, and McDaniel College.

To view Spring 2016 catalog: Click Here

To register for courses: Click Here

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Additional Opportunities

Maryland Hour of Code Contest for 2015

The contest will award a $10,000 technology donation to a public school that ensures that every student has at least a one-hour coding experience during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13. The Northrop Grumman Corporation has generously provided the funding for the contest.

Teachers, principals, and other school staff members are encouraged to participate. One application per school will be accepted. The deadline is 11:59 p.m., December 5.

More information on the Maryland Hour of Code, as well as an application for this year’s competition, is available here.

Call for Proposals! Common Ground Maryland!

Learn. Grow. Share. PRESENT. Join education colleagues from across the state and surrounding areas for the fifth 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.

Together, fifteen non-profit educational organizations are focused on creating an unforgettable learning experience rich in innovative ideas, best practices and sharing what works. Don’t miss this opportunity to submit a proposal to present at CG16. Visit, click on the Proposals to Present tab, and submit your proposal today. Proposal are due by December 30, 2015. No late submissions will be accepted.

Professional Learning for Educators from the National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium, Baltimore, offers several professional development opportunities for educators, including day-long teacher workshops, an annual teacher overnight and an intensive week long teacher institute. For more information: Click Here!


Please encourage your teachers, your parents, and your community to participate in this national survey. Schools and school districts have been able to leverage data results to lobby for much needed digitally related resources. Data has also been used to inform steps in planning for the purchasing, implementation and sustainability of technology.

The survey runs from October 1 to December 18.

Scholarship/Award Information

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

The 2016 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on April 1, 2016.

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Maryland Professional Learning

The Office of Professional Learning fosters continuous professional growth that empowers Maryland educators to develop world-class students, who are life-long learners and productive, responsible citizens of a global society.