Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - March 28, 2016

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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!

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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

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Additional Opportunities

State of Maryland International Reading Council - Conference

Forty-fourth Annual Conference

April 6-8, 2016

Hunt Valley Inn, Wyndam Grand, Baltimore

For more information:

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.

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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

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.

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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.