Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - December 14th, 2015

PARCC for Teachers Webinar

The webinar will continue to look at home reports and scores from the PARCC assessment. All educators are encouraged to register!


Previous webinars highlighted the PARCC home reports and the Maryland results for high school. For links to all PARCC resources including the recording of the first two Webinars in the PARCC for Teachers series, please go to the Maryland Public Schools link below.

Collaboration and New Learning Opportunities

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Maryland State-Wide Book Study

Registration is now open for a book study around the book, "Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development". A book study is about a conversation; a conversation intended to stretch thinking and influence practice. Book studies are an effective form of professional learning and can be used by educators at all levels for their personal and professional growth.

The book study will begin January 11th. You will need to purchase your own copy of the book.

The book study will be offered on four platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo or Voxer).

Each month will include a discussion around a topic related to the book:

January - Teacher's Perspective

February - Flipped PD

March - Empowered Learner

April - Celebrations and Next Steps

Monthly topics will include an overall idea, questions for discussion, activities for the individual teacher, and a challenge activity involving other educators from your schools/district.

CPD/MSDE credits will NOT be awarded for completion of the book study. However, at the end of the study there will be an opportunity to learn about earning "points" toward CPD/MSDE credits.

Register for Book Study: Click Here

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

"Innovative Instructional Strategies" Online Collaboration Series

Beginning January 6th, every Wednesday through February 4th will be a live online collaboration session around best practices and ideas in the classroom. You are welcomed to sign up for webinar in the series or all of them at the same time.


2016 edCamp Maryland Registration is NOW open!

Registration for Edcamp Maryland is now open! On February 15th, we are hosting four locations across the state to support teachers in discussion, collaboration, and networking! You are cordially invited to attend an Edcamp at a location of your choice. Space is limited.

If you are interested, please register:

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

Additional Opportunities

ASCD Maryland Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016 at 8am

Stevenson University 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd Stevenson, MD 21153

Establishing a Growth Mindset and Social Emotional Competencies

This session focuses on the important role of a growth mindset and social emotional learning as an essential part of our core instruction.


8:00–9:00: Registration and Breakfast (provided)

9:00–11:30: Center for the Collaborative Classroom: Teaching the Whole Child

11:30–12:30: Lunch (provided)

12:30–2:00: Presentation by Magnolia Elementary School, ASCD Whole Child School, Harford County Public Schools

Space Is Limited

For more information and to register online, please visit

Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non- members

(fees will be collected at the event)

Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (MAEOE) Annual Conference

Join us for the 31st annual MAEOE Conference! This year Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and MAEOE are hosting a new Conference Welcoming Happy Hour! After Happy Hour, we welcome for the first time, Mamie Parker, the keynote speaker during our opening ceremony. This year we are introducing a Science Strand and an Agriculture Education Strand on Saturday. Check out all of the workshops and other activities. We are very excited about the new additions and we hope to see you there.

February 4-6, 2016

Ocean City, Maryland

For more information:

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!


Learning Forward Maryland Workshop: Using protocols to create productive and meaningful work groups.


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

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.