Professional Experiences

Michele Baisey

Putting Ideas into Action

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,

do more and become more, you are a leader."

~John Quincy Adams

Collaboration allows us to identify needs, generate ideas and take action in order to eliminate the achievement gap and promote positive outcomes for all students (AG1). Working together with all stakeholders including school staff, central office, community partners and families is critical to ensure all students experience school success (AG4).

MSDE Course Instructor

I enjoy the opportunity to facilitate MSDE courses as a way to further support teachers in professional learning experiences. I most recently wrote and facilitated an MSDE course on executive functioning in the ECE classroom which is the first of it's kind across the state. I have also been the instructor for Constructing Meaning In Pre-K and Kindergarten Mathematics, Literacy Centers and Differentiated Learning courses. Samples of presentations, course syllabus and planning outlines are highlighted below.

Executive Functioning in the ECE Classroom (Session Presentation)

Executive Functioning in the ECE Classroom (Syllabus)

Constructing Meaning in Pre-K and Kindergarten Mathematics

Primary Literacy Centers

Differentiated Instruction

Interagency Early Childhood Council

As a member of the Interagency Early Childhood Council (IECC) I've worked to support narrowing the achievement gap for all students and improve school readiness in Frederick County. An aspect of our work focused specifically on improving outcomes for children with disabilities. My work towards this project centered on gathering data on inclusive opportunities in FCPS and sharing research on recommendations for best practices.

FCPS Survey on Inclusive Practices

Present Picture of Pre-School Special Education & Survey Results

IECC Stakeholder Presentation

In January 2017 I collaborated with members of IECC to provide professional learning to all pre-kindergarten teachers and 1 kindergarten teacher from each school focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Our goal was to raise awareness regarding trauma many of our young learners have experienced and support teachers in providing safe, stable and nurturing environments.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Presentation

FCPS ACEs Presentation

Ready for Kindergarten Grant Experience

Managing the Ready for Kindergarten grant allows for workshops to be offered based on performance gaps by subgroup populations and in specific domains of learning as identified by Kindergarten Readiness Assessment data. Additionally, trainings to support kindergarten teachers in effective implementation of KRA were also provided.

Making the Most of the Math Block (March 2016)

Supporting Social Foundations (February 2016)

Planning for Differentiated Learning Experiences Based on KRA Data (Fall 2015)

Utilizing Technology for KRA Administration

Kiddee Kollege

Kiddee Kollege is a 6 week program offered in 3 schools each year for children ages birth-5 and their families which I coordinate and oversee. Based on the work of Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children's Zone outreach efforts are aimed at bringing children and families together to start building home school relationships and establish positive preschool practices. Each session incorporates language and literacy experiences, child development information and nutrition education. Children enjoy a healthy snack during each session and receive a board book to begin building their personal libraries. The program has been offered at Monocacy, North Frederick, Emmitsburg, Spring Ridge, Orchard Grove, Ballenger Creek and Thurmont Primary.

Early Childhood Education Website

Providing teachers access to information, materials and resources is necessary in order to position them to best support students. In order to meet the specific needs of ECE teachers I created and maintain a website housed through FCPS Curriculum Now.

Early Childhood Education Website