Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - September 29, 2015

New PARCC Resources! (Attachments)

Attached are two newly released resources for PARCC. The first is titled, "Preparing Our Students for a Changing World," and the second is "The PARCC difference." Also, attached are two documents from our last newsletter, "Talking Points Q & A," and "PARCC Timeline."

Flyers can also be found:

Online Collaboration and Workshops

Career and Technology Education (CTE) /Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Counselors' Conference (Attachments)

Attached please find a memo from Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., Assistant State Superintendent, Career and College Readiness, that includes detailed information about this year's Career and Technology Education (CTE)/Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Counselors' Conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel (formerly the North Baltimore Plaza Hotel). Directions to the Radisson are included with the memo along with a draft agenda. A registration form is also attached. It is the Excel document. Registration and payment must be received by October 19, 2015. All participants must pre-register. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

"Unconference" Opportunities

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities

Salisbury University hosting the AMC8 American Mathematics Contest 8 for middle school students

On November 17th, 2015, Salisbury University will host the renowned AMC8 American Mathematics Contest 8 for middle school students. This prestigious competition is designed to engage and challenge young minds. Salisbury University (SU) will pay the cost of all test materials and provide lunch for all participants (including teachers, specialists, admins, and chaperones).

The 2015 AMC8@SU Event Day will include:

· The AMC8 competition

· Teacher Workshops in Problem Solving

· Lunch (at no cost to all participants)

· Fun math talks, given by SU Faculty

· Tours of the Salisbury University campus

Please visit the official website for more information about the test itself:

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 weeklong teacher institute. For more information: Click Here!

NCTE’s Theme of Innovations in Assessment (See attachment)

See the attached flyer for an invitation to participate in NCTE’s Theme of Innovations in Assessment this October during Connected Educator Month and the Challenge that will follow

STEAM Teacher Workshop at the Walters Art Museum

This is a series of four workshops. Walters conservators, scientists, and educators explore the many connections between science and art. Each session will introduce participants to the examination techniques used by conservators and scientists in the care and treatment of works of art from the Walters’ collection. Register for the series and save!

Wednesdays, 4:30–7 p.m.

· September 30,2015; Part 2: How Old is it?

· October 14,2015; Part 3: Pigments and the Science of Color

· October 28, 2015; Part 4: Italian Painting - Is it Real?

Maryland Educational Affiliate Organizations

Don’t miss out on our annual membership dinner! We will have the newly named State Teacher of the Year as our featured speaker. See attachment for more information!

State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education (See Attachments)

Friday, October 16, 2015 at Reservoir High School in Fulton, Maryland (Howard County). This is an outstanding professional learning opportunity, as you strive to provide rigorous instruction for the high potential and high performing students in your classrooms and schools. Explore best practices shared by colleagues from around the state, and attend a keynote presentation and follow-up sessions by Dr. Johnathan Plucker, University of Connecticut, on creativity and research as an advocacy tool for advanced-level learners. Register now at

Scholarship 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.