Principals' Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - May 9

Teachers of Promise Program

The Teachers of Promise Program (TOP) and Institute began in 2007 as an outgrowth of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, a program of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The goals of this program are to encourage our best and brightest college students to teach in Maryland and to provide a transition from student to first year teacher. The program capitalizes on the expertise of Teachers of the Year and other award-winning educators by matching them with promising pre-service seniors from Maryland colleges and universities. These are students that demonstrate high academic achievement and teaching skills as evidenced by their grades and student teaching.

Mentors and protégés work together online during the spring and summer transition period until the new teachers are placed in their schools. The Teachers of Promise Institute has grown considerably over the years and currently 22 colleges and universities participate. The program includes a one-day Institute, supported by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA), Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), and SMART Technologies. Institute costs are therefore covered for all participants.

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Powerful Connections: Research, Policy, and Practice

The Data Summit aims to connect education professionals from across Maryland to share implementation experiences, latest research, and local initiatives. Participants will hear from local, state and national leaders on ways to bridge research, policy, and practice and the power of using data to enhance education for every student.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in education data or decision making—from pre-K through postsecondary—will find sessions to enhance their skills and knowledge. Research and evaluation coordinators, institutes of higher education, superintendents, school and central office administrators, accountability coordinators, career and technology education specialists, curriculum specialists, early childhood specialists, special education specialists, and local education agency data specialists will all and workshops of value.

Register Today!

Edcamp Maryland - Registration Now Open!

Join us for a summer of free, participant driven, professional learning. Participants who attend will engage with other educators around Maryland. Participants will chose the topics for the day.

For more information about the Edcamp Model: Click Here

Register Today: Click Here

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Apply to be an EGATE School!!!

EGATE is an awards program to recognize PK- 12 Maryland Public Schools which have gifted and talented education programs that are aligned with Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and COMAR 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education.

The application can be found here.

MSDE Online Courses

Summer Online Course Booklet:

Registration for MSDE online courses will run from April 4-May 25. All courses offer CPD credit. These asynchronous online courses allow for learning in a flexible way. For more information, click here.

Follow the MSDE Instructional Technology and School Library Media Team on Twitter @md_digilearning and Facebook .

Registration still open for Peer Coaching Collaborative

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Maryland Collaborative Model for Peer Coaching (MdCMPC)

Maryland Collaborative Model for Peer Coaching (MdCMPC) is a new effort designed to spread a culture of professional growth by empowering teachers to use their expertise without leaving the classroom. At the end of the pilot year, we will roll out a state-wide teacher developed peer coaching model that can be customized for districts and schools with the purpose of improving 21st century teaching practices, supporting deeper learning, and fostering collaboration.

For more information and/or to apply for the pilot year, click here!

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Career Research and Development (CRD) 3rd Annual Summer Teacher Training Institute

Stevenson University (SU) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are pleased to invite CRD teachers from local school systems to participate in a Summer Teacher Training Institute focused on new curricular materials for the Career Research and Development Program of Study. This Teacher Training Institute compliments the mission of both Stevenson University and the Maryland State Department of Education to provide high quality teacher professional development to help teachers excel in their careers.

June 27-28, 2016

Click Here for more information!

Additional Opportunities

Put Some STEAM in Your STEM

Leading national experts from science, art, law and policy will present "PUT SOME STEAM IN YOUR STEM! A New Multidisciplinary Workshop on Teaching Climate Change” on June 27, 2016 at the idyllic Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in Jefferson, Maryland (west of Baltimore or about a 1 hour drive northwest of Washington, DC). The 1-day workshop is sponsored by Honoring the Future, a nonprofit climate education project that has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and college, high school and middle school programs to create inspiring educational programs on climate change:

Here is a link to the webpage with more information about the workshop: Teachers & Climate Change | Honoring the Future

To register, send an email to and you will be sent the form. (It’s a simple, 1 pager). Registrations are due no later than May 25, 2016, but early applications are encouraged to ensure space. The $50/person registration fee includes lunch and all workshop handouts.

Letters about Literature (LAL) Writing Contest

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national writing contest for students in grades 4 through 12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Every year, thousands of Maryland students submit a letter to the contest. LAL encourages young readers to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. Fans of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, dystopian fantasies or the classics, are invited to participate.

Opportunities for Teachers from the University of Maryland

The two professional learning opportunities below are being facilitated by Maria Salvadore, who has served on and chaired various book award committees, including the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, and the Caldecott Committee. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, a reviewer for School Library Journal and Capitol Choices, and a former member of ALA’s Notable Children’s Book Committee.

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Maryland Association of School Business Officials

May 22-25

The 64th Annual ASBO MD&DC Spring Conference in Ocean City.

The committees have been working hard to plan a conference that is full of learning opportunities – 48 top quality, thought-provoking education sessions; an expanded exhibit floor with opportunities to learn about the latest products and services offered by our valued business partners; dynamic General Session speakers; and keynote speakers Sam Glenn and Willow Sweeney. There will be networking opportunities to catch up with colleagues and to meet new ones.

For more information:

Reading Summit for Educators

Join us for a one-day, professional-learning conference, designed to inspire educators with a fresh view of independent reading strategies for their school communities. Network with nationally recognized educators and authors, participate in two professional development workshops of your choice, and earn CPE credits.

July 14th, 2016

For more information: Click Here!

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The Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) has finalized its spring and summer Educator Workshops schedule!

DHF’s Maker Workshops for Educators are designed to introduce educators to emerging technologies so that they can help their students to be creators, and not just consumers. The knowledge gained in the workshops can be applied to a variety of age groups and across content areas from math and science, to english and technology. Teach storytelling and entry level coding after Interactive Games for Educators, learn how to collect and analyze data about the surrounding world using simple electronics and networks in Internet of Things (IoT) for Educators or help your students visualize and start making in three dimensions (and bring home a 3D printer for your school) in 3D Printing for Educators*. Prepare your students for a creative, technical world, and have fun learning how to do it! Workshops generally take place Friday evening and Saturday during the school year, and are held mid-week during the summer. To view workshop details, dates, and registration, please visit

*This workshop, along with our Making for Educators is approved for MSDE CPD credit.

Scholarship/Award Information

Learning Forward Award & Scholarship

Scholarship Information:

Application Due: May 20, 2016

Award Application:

Application Due: May 15th

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CEASOM Scholarship

The goal of the Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship of the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland is to encourage and provide support for those working toward Administrator I Certification. The scholarship is named in honor of the first Executive Director of CEASOM.

Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to those professionals pursuing advanced course work/programs at institutions of higher education. Up to two scholarships per year will be awarded. Applications must be submitted in time to reach our organization before the deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Complete applications must include the form, two letters of reference, official transcripts, and educational goal essays.

For the 2015-2016 year an honorable mention scholarship in the amount of $500.00 was awarded thanks to profits received from our Common Ground 2015 Conference. It is hoped we will be able to continue this practice in future years.

To apply for the scholarship:

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.