Principals' Weekly Newsletter
Maryland State Department of Education - February 1, 2016
Collaboration and New Learning Opportunities
“Assessment is the bridge between teaching and learning”- Dylan Wiliam
You are invited to the SECOND meeting of the new Maryland Assessment Literacy Collaborative (MALC). The purpose of the MALC is to develop the assessment literacy of all Maryland educators to improve student learning with regionally based support and professional learning.
The theme of this meeting is "My Assessment and What it Means to Me” and you are invited to attend, along with your colleagues. These meetings will be held regionally from March 3-9; please RSVP here to the location that is most convenient for you.
Our goal is to foster connections and dialogue between a variety of education stakeholders. If you know of education professionals in higher education, non-profits, and other partner organizations whom you think should attend, please send me their information.
If you would like to present about work happening in your school or office around assessment or FAME, please share your proposed presentation in the RSVP form. We look forward to increasing the level of collaboration and supporting educators assessment learning needs.
Spring 2016 Virtual Learning Professional Development Opportunities
To view Spring 2016 catalog: Click Here
To register for courses: Click Here
Special Course Highlight:
CFIP—Supporting Data Dialogue in the Classroom through the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process
Dates: February 24—April 26 This course is an introduction to the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process (CFIP) and is recommended for school-based educators. CFIP is a school-based data analysis process that empowers teachers to make data-based decisions that will increase student learning. Course outcomes focus on understanding the underpinnings of the protocol, the steps in the process, and Implementation insights. Instructional materials include analysis of current school data processes, completed CFIP templates, and embedded videos of Maryland educators using and commenting on the CFIP process. It is recommended that you attend with a school content or grade-level team, but this course is also appropriate for individuals.
Maker Mondays Webinar Series
Learn more about the Maker Movement and how Makerspaces can be used in the school setting. Webinar topics include the following:
- An introduction to the Maker movement
- Implementation in elementary school, middle school, and high school
- Alignment to the standards
- Implementation based on budget
For more information about each webinar - CLICK HERE!
English Language Arts Presents: Technology Tuesdays!
For more information about each webinar - CLICK HERE!
"Innovative Instructional Strategies" Online Collaboration Series
World Languages & Financial Literacy Webinars
Register Now: http://bit.ly/MSDE-2
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: edcampmaryland2016.eventbrite.com
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Scholarships for Students
Get Out And Lead (GOAL) is an Outward Bound scholarship program that has been developed to cultivate budding leaders through the unique challenge of a 10-day wilderness expedition. Students learn the skills that are critical to success and often not learned in the classroom- leadership styles, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making. The ideal GOAL applicant is a 12-14 year old who already shows natural leadership abilities. Time is running out to apply! Applications are due by February 6! For more information, click this link to the website.
Join Jay McTighe in Columbia on February 9 at this MASSP sponsored workshop on Essential Questions:
A good essential question serves as a doorway for engaging student inquiry, helps teachers in “uncovering” the big ideas of the curriculum, and lead students to deeper understanding. In this session, we will examine key ideas from the new ASCD book, Essential Questions: Opening Doorways to Student Understanding (McTighe and Wiggins, 2013).
Go to www.mdmassp.org to register. Space is limited. Don’t delay
Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (MAEOE) Annual Conference
February 4-6, 2016
Ocean City, Maryland
For more information: http://maeoe.org/conference/
ASCD Maryland Super Saturday Event!
Saturday, February 27th
This session focuses on the important role of a growth mindset and social emotional learning as an essential part of our core instruction.
For more information: http://www.marylandascd.org/events/supersaturdayconference/
Breakfast and Lunch Provided!
Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members (fees will be collected at the event)
March 16, 2016
Power of Protocols
Protocols are powerful designs that allow teams of teachers to enhance their collaborative efforts to deepen reflection, heighten thinking and strengthen professional learning. Structures such as these, when selected with precision, equip facilitators to guide teams through opportunities that improve collaboration and delve deeper into teams' collective learning.
This interactive workshop is suited for those who lead or support those who lead teacher teams exercising collaborative inquiry as professional learning.REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/LFMD-March
Saturday, March 19th
Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals - Annual Conference
Thursday, April 14th, 3pm to Saturday, April 16th, 1pm
10100 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD
Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th
Ocean City Convention Center
Please visit www.commongroundmd.org for conference details!
Learn. Grow. Share. Join approximately 1,500 education colleagues from across the state and surrounding areas for the fourth annual Common Ground, Maryland's top professional development event of the year. Thought-provoking speakers, hundreds of inspiring sessions, and demonstrations of the latest products and services will provide you the 21st-century know-how you need.
Together, fourteen 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 join your fellow educators and be teaching, leading, and learning in the digital age!
Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning (MACPL) "Connecting Innovative Educators"
Monday, Feb. 29th, 9pm to Wednesday, March 2nd, 4pm
700 Aliceanna Street
This conference will serve as a premier conference for those transforming education in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions. More than 60 sessions focused on personalizing learning for K-12 students will be offered.
The conference is jointly organized by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) and is supported by the Maryland State Department of Education. iNACOL is known for offering relevant and high quality sessions.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
The 2016 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on April 1, 2016.
Nominate a Teacher: https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate
Additional Information: https://www.paemst.org/