Principals' Weekly Newsletter

Maryland State Department of Education - January 2, 2016

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PARCC Updates and Resources

We’re excited to announce the launch of the GreatKids Maryland Test Guide for Parents—a free, online tool organized by grade and subject to help parents use their state test scores to support their kids at home.

The Guide fills a critical need: specific, actionable information for parents and teachers, customized to the grade level of their students and described relative to the sections of the tests. It is available in English and Spanish for grades 3-8. To learn more, and use the guide, visit

For links to all PARCC resources, please go to the Maryland Public Schools link below.

Collaboration and New Learning Opportunities

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Virtual Edcamp Maryland

The Maryland State Department of Education is excited to announce our first online EdCamp. Virtual edcamp MD will be hosted on January 9th from 9:00-11:30 AM.

Register Now: Click Here

Spring 2016 Virtual Learning Professional Development Opportunities

Begin Registration on December 1st for online courses offered through MSDE, Maryland Public Television, and McDaniel College.

To view Spring 2016 catalog: Click Here

To register for courses: Click Here

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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!

Join the Maryland English/Language Arts team Tuesday afternoons, to explore how Technology and ELA can be used together in the classroom with students.

For more information about each webinar - CLICK HERE!


"Innovative Instructional Strategies" Online Collaboration Series

Beginning January 6th, every Wednesday through February 4th will be a live online collaboration session around best practices and ideas in the classroom. You are welcomed to sign up for webinar in the series or all of them at the same time.


The first webinar in this series is this Wednesday! Register today!

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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:

Additional Opportunities

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 to register. Space is limited. Don’t delay

Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (MAEOE) Annual Conference

Join us for the 31st annual MAEOE Conference! This year Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and MAEOE are hosting a new Conference Welcoming Happy Hour! After Happy Hour, we welcome for the first time, Mamie Parker, the keynote speaker during our opening ceremony. This year we are introducing a Science Strand and an Agriculture Education Strand on Saturday. Check out all of the workshops and other activities. We are very excited about the new additions and we hope to see you there.

February 4-6, 2016

Ocean City, Maryland

For more information:

ASCD Maryland Super Saturday Event!

Saturday February 27th


Stevenson University

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:

Breakfast and Lunch Provided!

Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non- members (fees will be collected at the event)


Learning Forward Maryland Workshop: Using protocols to create productive and meaningful work groups.

March 16th, 2016


Stevension University

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.

Nominate a Teacher:

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Common Ground 2016

April 28 & 29 - Common Ground 2016! Join us in Ocean City for professional learning!

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.