Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - October 12, 2015

PARCC for Teachers!

Below is a recorded version of the MSDE "PARCC for Teachers" webinar from October 1. It reviews the score report that will be going home to parents. Below that is a score report video from PARCC.

Attached are some newly released resources for PARCC. Please follow MarylandPublicSchools for additional resources.

PARCC for Teachers Webinar #1
Understanding the Score Report

Connect and Collaborate

P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E - People Learning and Asking Y: Digital Age Teacher Exploration

  • Did you attend our College and Career Readiness Conferences?
  • Are you going to a conference or convention on October 16?
  • Are you attending the MAG Conference in October?

These opportunities are a great way to learn about new tools but do not always lend time to implementation and practice. Now comes, PLAYDATE!

At the Maryland PLAYDATE, you are invited to the Maryland State Department of Education with other educators to collaborate & connect. During this time you will explore tools you may want to utilize in your classroom and discuss with others the challenges and best practices for those tools in the classroom.

Register Now!

Is PLAYDATE right for you?

Creating a School Wellness Team - Online Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Did you know that a school wellness team can improve students' behaviors and performance in school? This webinar will familiarize participants with the purpose and duties of a school wellness team. Many variables affect a school wellness team and its duties. Resources, information, encouragement and tools will be shared to make it an easy transition from little or no wellness team to a thriving wellness team that gets results for the better!

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EverFi Blended Learning for Critical Life Skills Webinar

Presenter: Jenny Nakamura, Maryland Senior Schools Manager

Description: Would you like to offer support modules courses to your students for free? Would your kids like a STEM course sponsored by the National Hockey League? This webinar will tell you how to get access to life skills courses for students in areas such as financial literacy, digital citizenship, STEM education and career success at NO COST. In 2014-2015, over 178 schools and 27,000 students in Maryland participated in an EverFi course. Learn more about these engaging courses by attending this webinar!

Date and Time: October 29th, 4 PM

Intended Audience: Instructional Technologists, Library Media Specialists, Assistant Superintendents of Curriculum, and Classroom Teachers Grades 4-12

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Additional Professional Learning Opportunities

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

On November 17th, 2015, Salisbury University will host the renowned American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC8) 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, administrators, and chaperons).

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 week long teacher institute. For more information: Click Here!

NCTE’s Theme of Innovations in Assessment

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.

October 16th - Professional Learning Opportunities


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.

State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education

When: Friday, October 16, 2015 Where: 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

Maryland STEM Conference

Maryland's Annual STEM Conference is taking place on Friday, October 16 at the JHU Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to network with colleagues and attend great workshop sessions. We have an exiting agenda planned with over 50 presentations by top educators in Maryland. Registration between now and October 15 is only $50. For more information and to register visit

Maryland Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

The MDCSS is dedicated to supporting social studies education in all of its forms in order to promote an educational experience for young people that encourages cultural understanding and a fundamental respect for human dignity, while preparing students for success in the 21st century.

For more information:

Maryland Educational Affiliate Organizations

Maryland ASCD

Do you have a passion for leadership across the state? Do you believe in success for all learners by promoting effective leadership and providing quality professional development? Do you want to meet other educators with the same passions?

Don’t miss out on our annual membership dinner!

  • We will have the newly named State Teacher of the Year as our featured speaker.
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Reutzel

Every educator in Maryland is invited and encouraged to get involved!

October 14th, 2015

5:00pm - 8:00pm

MASSP Assistant Principals Conference sponsored by AXA and Balfour

Join colleagues around the state to experience NASSP's signature PD program this year: "Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders." Great networking, a great conference gift, a copy of the NASSP book Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders, a great lunch, and a celebration of the new Assistant Principal of the Year.

This program merges NASSP's signature "Assessment Center" initiative with its school improvement initiative "Breaking Ranks." You will learn much about yourself and your future. The program could easily span two days so we will taylor it to our AP conference program, but note that we do NOT plan to conclude till 4 pm. If distance demands require you to depart earlier than that, no problem, though you will miss some great content!

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October 22, 2015

8:30 - 4:00pm

Bridge Event: Improving Adolescent Literacy - Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

REL Mid-Atlantic and Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, are co-hosting an in-person Bridge Event designed for teachers, supervisors, and school and district administrators. This event will focus on research-based recommendations and strategies described in the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices (2008).

As a result of their participation, attendees will:

  • be familiar with the recommendations of the practice guide
  • be able to identify their school’s or district’s current level of implementation of each practice guide recommendation
  • be able to help develop a plan to implement practice guide recommendations in their school or district; and
  • be able to identify next steps in implementing practice guide recommendations.

See more about this event, click here!

October 23rd, 2015

9:00 - 2:30pm

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.