Principals' Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - April 11

School Disaster Communication Project--Invitation to Participate in a Survey

Below is information regarding an important project related to disaster communication in schools. The superintendents were provided this information in a recent communication. Please complete the survey and also forward this information to anyone in the school who may be willing to participate. Participants will be provided an electronic disaster preparedness resource prepared by the research team.

Survey Information:

Researchers at the University of Maryland are conducting a study on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on effective school disaster communication. Specifically, they are interested in learning more about communication plans in school systems in order to better develop suggestions and plans for effective disaster communication in K-12 schools. The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Student, Family and School Support is supportive of this project.

To gather information on this topic, they are conducting an online survey, which should take no more than 30-35 minutes. Once the survey is complete, you will be eligible to receive a school related disaster preparedness resource for your school. You are invited to participate in this research project because you are a Maryland school superintendent, principals, teacher, health officer, or nurse coordinator and are above the age of 18. Your participation is optional and you may refuse to complete the survey; however, we encourage you to participate. Please feel free to forward this information to any colleagues who also meet those qualifications.

Below is a link to participate in the survey. I urge you to participate in this very important project. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl De Pinto, MD, MPH Medical Director of the Office of Population Health Improvement at DHMH. She may be reached at 420-767-5595 or

Follow this link to the Survey:

Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

On behalf of DHMH, MSDE and the University of Maryland, I thank you for supporting this research endeavor; I greatly appreciate your time.


Brooke Liu

Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Director of the Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START

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To submit a proposal please click here:

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!

Topical Webinar from US ED: "Using Data to Inform Instructional Practice"

Please join the SLDS program on April 13 at 3:30 PM EST for a topical webinar titled Using Data to Inform Instructional Practice. Corey Chatis of the State Support Team will facilitate the webinar, and representatives from South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin will share their strategies, resources, and lessons learned regarding how to help ensure educators have the capacity and supports to use data effectively. Topics include: developing user friendly data products; incorporating local data (including perceptual data) into SLDS reporting; data literacy and use courses; data interpretation guides; establishing a common inquiry process.

Please join us, and feel free to forward this invitation to anyone else you think may be interested in participating in this webinar!

To join the webinar, please follow the link below:

WebEx Link:

Meeting Number: 660 891 519

To call in, please dial: 1-877-668-4493, enter the meeting number (660 891 519) and your attendee ID #

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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 .

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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!

Maryland Artistry in Teaching Insitute

As an integration teacher, you can sign-up to increase your professional knowledge or create an arts integration team with colleagues from your school.

During these summer workshops, participants will expand their knowledge of:

  • Mindful Techniques
  • Developing your own creative habits
  • Fundamental Techniques
  • Studio Time
  • Inquiry Based Arts Integration

Register as an Art Educator:

Register as an Art Integration Team:

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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


During this session, we will discuss:

  • Use of ACCUPLACER to measure College and Career Readiness as part of SB 740
  • Account setup
  • Testing procedures
  • Reporting
  • Intervention opportunities

I am offering this session 3 times in hopes of fitting your busy schedules. Feel free to attend the one that meets your needs:

  • Tuesday, April 5 from 12:30 – 2:00
  • Wednesday, April 13 from 10:00 –11:30
  • Tuesday, April 19 from 1:00 –2:30

To register, click here. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions and reminders prior to the session.

Whether you’re new to ACCUPLACER or want a refresher, I hope you’ll plan to attend. Feel free to contact me with questions. Take care!

Opportunities for Teachers from the University of Maryland

The two professiional 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 Secondary School Principals - CONFERENCE

Spring Conference sponsored by AXA

April 14, 2016 7:00 PM to April 16, 2016 11:00AM

Clarion Resort Fontainebleu Hotel

10100 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD 21842

Join over 100 school leaders in Maryland and Delaware to experience the passion and insight provided by speaker and author Pedro Noguera as he discusses Courageous Leadership: Excellence and Equity in our schools.

For more information:

Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals - CONFERENCE

Click here to download 2016 MAESPConference details!

Click here to download the registration form!

We hope to see you there!

Early bird registration is now open!

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Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th

Ocean City Convention Center

Please visit 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!

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

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Learning Forward Award & Scholarship

Scholarship Information:

Application Due: May 20, 2016

Award Application:

Application Due: May 15th

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.