• 2011 Summer Learning Training

    Elementary school principals, please select your coordinator  for the 2011 k-5 Summer Learning Program.

    The 2011 Summer Learning Training for elementary-level coordinators is on Thurs., April 14 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Northwood Elementary School (5201 Loch Raven Blvd. Balto., MD 21239). Principals, please identify a coordinator to represent your school and ensure that they attend this training. If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Flemming-Ashe by calling 443-642-6689 or e-mail cnashe@bcps.k12.md.us.

    RSVP Today to Promote Social-Emotional Well-Being in Students

    Principals, please consider attending an event on April 12 to preview a free, online resource to foster social-emotional well-being in students.

    On April 12, Mariposa Child Success Programs invites all principals and assistant principals in City Schools to an afternoon to preview an exciting new resource for teachers and families. The resource is an online version of a program developed by Mariposa and offered as a workshop in City Schools’ Family Institute, Promoting Social-Emotional Competence: Protecting Children from Bullying. Now, for the first time ever, all City Schools teachers and families can benefit from the program online—for free! It offers a robust, practical set of tools and resources to foster social-emotional well-being among students. Please click here to learn more about the program, here for the invitation to the preview event and here to RSVP. Please invite any other staff members you think should attend, including teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and school security officers. Also note these details about the event:

    Date and Time: Tuesday, April 12
    4 to 5 p.m. - Online program demonstrations at workstations
    5 to 7 p.m. - Main event begins; appetizers and refreshments provided

    Location: Living Classrooms
    Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum
    1417 Thames Street Baltimore, MD 21231

    In addition to the free online program, you will have a chance to learn about ready-to-go, in-person training programs offered by Mariposa that work in tandem with the online program. These supplemental programs will help you further build social-emotional well-being in students and improve the learning environment in your schools and communities. If you have are seeking to meet your parent engagement objectives for the 2010-11 school year, this is a great chance to make a huge difference!

    Declaration of Intent Forms

    Permanent full and part-time employees, please complete your declaration of intent forms by April 8.

    Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) is planning for the 2011-12 school year by working to project staffing requirements. So that projections are as accurate as possible, City Schools needs all permanent full and part-time employees to complete a Declaration of Intent form between March 21 and April 8, which indicates whether employees plan to remain employed with City Schools, resign or retire. Please see the Chief Human Capital Officer, Shawn Stokes, full message to employees,  which includes directions for completing the declaration form. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 410-396-8885.

    MSDE Educator Effectiveness Academies

    Principals, please register for the MSDE Educator Effectiveness Academies by April 15.

    School teams from every Maryland public school will participate in the Educator Effectiveness Academies this summer to prepare for the transition from the current state curriculum to the new Common Core Standards. Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) will host an Educator Effectiveness Academy at Heritage High School (2801 Saint Lo Drive Balto., MD 21213) from June 27 through June 29. Principals, please register your school team, which includes the principals, one english teacher, one arts teachers, one math teacher and one STEM teacher. Principals, register here by April 15. For questions, please contact Keith Dysarz (kdysarz@bcps.k12.md.us).

    End-of-Year Teacher Evaluation System


    Principals, all electronic evaluations are due by June 10. Please keep in mind that all unsatisfactory evaluations must be completed by April 29, as the contractual date of May 1 falls on a weekend. If applicable, Principals must submit input forms for related services providers to the Office of Related Services no later than April 15.

    The End-of-Year teacher evaluation system is now active. You may access the tool through the ERP page and has the names of staff members who need evaluation pre-populated. Principals may enter teacher-specific data and a rating for each domain. The deadline for completing input of electronic evaluations is June 10, however, principals are reminded that all unsatisfactory evaluations must be completed before April 29, the contractual date of May 1 falls on a weekend.

    Further instructions on tool navigation, guidance, PBES handbook, and the Attendance Reliability and Analysis Program are available on the initial sign-in page of the End-of-Year Teacher Evaluation tool. Further details can be found in this memo.If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 410-396-8885 or e-mail Leo Freyre (lfreyre@bcps.k12.md.us).

    School Counselors Training

    School Counselors and Counselor Interns, please be sure to attend the professional development training on April 26 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

    On Tues., April 26, all Baltimore City Public Schools counselors and counselor interns are required to attend professional development training from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lake Clifton Complex (3801 Saint Lo Drive Balto., MD 21213) Counselors will receive updates on student drop-out and chronic absence data, the summer school registration process, the HSA waiver process as well as other important topics. For more information, including the full list of topics covered, see the training flier. Please contact Dr. Everett Garnett (443-642-4640) or Deborah Gibson (443-642-3921) with questions.

    Nominations for the 2011 Teacher of the Year


    Principals, please consider submitting nominations for the 2011-12 City Schools teacher of the year by Tues., April 26.


    Nominations are now accepted for the 2011-12 Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) Teacher of the Year. This exceptional teacher will represent Baltimore City in the Maryland Teacher of the Year program. Maryland’s choice is also a candidate for National Teacher of the Year. The national winner is feted in a round of press and network television interviews, meetings with members of Congress, and a White House ceremony with the President of the United States. The National Teacher of the Year leaves the classroom for a year to act as a national and international teacher spokesperson. Please consider nominating an outstanding teacher for this honor. For details about the nomination process, submission forms and other requirements, click here.

    21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

    Title I school principals, please consider applying for funding of after school programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

    The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced the latest competition for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This grant supports Title I schools working with non-profit community partners to provide innovative after-school programs in their schools and communities. Community learning centers must also offer families of participating students literacy instruction and related educational development. Grants range from $50,000 to $400,000. Proposals are due to MSDE by 2 p.m. on April 4. This is a competitive grant, therefore, no extensions will be granted.

    If you are an eligible Title I school and want to apply for this grant, you must do the following:

    • Apply in partnership with a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The non-profit will be the lead fiscal agent. The school will be the partner. You may have additional partners (both non-profit and for profit), but you must pick one non-profit to be the lead applicant.

    • Send a representative to the Technical Assistance meeting on Mar. 4. (This step is optional, but it is highly encouraged for new applicants)

    • Complete the intent to submit form and send it to MSDE by Feb. 25 .

    • Have your non-profit partner complete the City Schools partnership form and submit it to the Office Of Grants Administration by March 17th in order to secure a letter of support for your non-profit partner from the CEO.

    Questions about this grant can be answered by Lisa Wiseman, Grants Acquisition Administrator, 410-361-9032 or e-mail lwiseman@bcps.k12.md.us. Ms. Wiseman will also be available at the MSDE meeting on March 4

    PBIS in Your Schools

    Principals, please read this post about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and, if interested, sign up by April 30 to implement PBIS in the 2011-12 school year.

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based behavior management framework that has a three-tier model of prevention and intervention. This initiative is used state-wide and sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Sheppard Pratt Health Systems and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health’s Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Ninety-two schools and programs in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) currently implement PBIS, and a number of our schools have used this framework since 2002. 
    Schools interested in implementing PBIS for the 2011-12 school year can sign up now with the Office of Student Support and Safety. Schools will receive a two-day training for a team of five as an introduction to the system, plus ongoing support, professional development, collaborative meetings and trainings throughout the school year. For more information, including upcoming information sessions and events, see this PBIS flier for new schools. And contact Pat Brabazon (pjbrabazon@bcps.k12.md.us) by April 30 to begin the process of becoming a PBIS school.