• Archive of Professional Development Opportunities for 2014-15

    2015 MSDE College- and Career-Readiness Conferences

    Due to the overwhelming success of the 2014 Summer Conferences, MSDE will be holding the 2015 College and Career Readiness Conferences. Since only five regional conferences are planned, space is at a premium and registration is required, so watch for emails and check the MSDE Blackboard site for registration details. Free registration is open soon and all pre-k to 12 educators from the classroom to the Board Room are invited to this professional learning opportunity. 

    Please save the dates 
    Western Maryland - June 18-19: Hagerstown Community College 
    Southern Maryland - June 23-24: North Point High School 
    Eastern Maryland - June 25-26: Easton High School 
    Central Maryland - June 30-July 1: Reservoir High School 
    Northern Maryland - July 8-9: Edgewood High School
    (Expires: July 9, 2015)

    Maryland Principals Environmental Leadership

    Principals: Learn how to use environmental education to meet curricular objectives in a way that empowers staff and engages students. Activities include hands-on field investigations and discussions on how to implement a successful environmental education program at your school that will meet the new MSDE environmental literacy requirements. Participants will be able to network and share ideas with other principals from around the state. The program's costs are covered by the NOAA B-WET program and will be held July 6-8, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Port Isobel Island Study Center. Register online at www.cbf.org/principals(Expires: July 6, 2015) 

    Engaging Men of Color Workshop

    School and district staff who work with young men of color are invited to attend a workshop from the Cambio Group to better understand how to support these students. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Family League of Baltimore. Registration costs $100. (Expires: May 28, 2015)

    Session for Use of Language Resources

    This session will offer training and resources to secretaries, registrars, and guidance counselors. Participants will receive materials regarding translations and interpreting to help keep schools in compliance with state laws. The session will take place on Monday, May 18 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Professional Development Center, 2500 East Northern Parkway. RSVP to Maria Bianchi. (Expires: May 18, 2015)

    EGATE Professional Learning Community

    Want to learn more about supporting gifted and advanced learners? Interested in becoming an EGATE school? Attend the EGATE Professional Learning Community, Wednesday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 200 E. North Ave, Room 212. Register in PGS for EGATE PLC. To learn more about the PLC, read the answers to these frequently asked questions. Two City Schools, Cross Country ES/MS and Roland Park ES/MS, received the EGATE award this year. To read more about this honor, read this press release. Please contact Monica Hetrick with questions. (Expires: May 13, 2015)

    Chesapeake Classrooms: Baltimore's Urban Environmental Literacy

    Elementary and middle school teachers are invited to attend a five day hands-on course that focuses on urban land use issues and how our decisions affect the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will learn about Baltimore’s ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools through inquiry-based teaching techniques. This course will give teachers the tools to build students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the local school curriculum. The course is being held from June 22-26 at a variety of locations in the Baltimore area. Registration is open now. (Expires: June 22, 2015)
     

    Opportunity for Secondary Science Teachers 

    Middle or high school science teachers interested in learning more about the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 need to register for this summer's workshop by March 16. This 5-day workshop consists of a 4-day summer program (July 20-23), with a one-day follow up meeting in the Fall (Saturday, October 24) taking place at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore (701 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 21202). (Expires: March 17, 2015

    Using Behavioral Economics Concepts to Teach the Maryland Personal Finance Standards: An Institute for Grades 6-12 Teachers

    After reading the book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, teachers will attend a one-day workshop on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Towson University. Participants will receive 1 MSDE credit on completion of the course. Lunch will also be served. The deadline for registration is Thursday, September 25, 2014. Please contact Dawn Baker at dbaker@towson.edu for further information. (Posted: September 2, 2014)

    MSDE's courses on Maryland College and Career Ready Standards

    This summer MSDE is offering courses to help you master the instructional shifts of the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards! Earn credits and pay just $25.00 (non-refundable registration fee).   In order to register for courses, you must obtain an MSDE Blackboard username and password.  The available courses are:
     
    Maryland College and Career-Ready English Grade 10 for Teachers ADVANCED
    Dates: June 20 – August 15
    Credit: 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits #13-00-15
    Description: This new, rigorous course takes participants from the basics of understanding the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS) for English Grade 10 to developing a MCCRS-infused lesson. Throughout the course,participants will use a variety of tools to build their understanding of MCCRS integration, including discussion forums, videos and interactive resources.After building a foundation of understanding, participants identify a Grade 10 unit of study and design and create a well-structured, engaging, rigorous literary task analysis for their students.
     
    Grade 10 English Language Arts/Literacy
    Dates: June 27– August 8
    Credit: 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits
    Description: This new course assists English language arts and reading teachers to plan and deliver effective instruction in the Grade 10 classroom. It helps participants redesign lessons through the lens of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Universal Design for Learning. As part of the course, participants learn about the reading and writing standards for English Grade 10 and how to make the vital instructional shifts for text complexity,close reading, text-dependent questioning, analytic writing from sources,writing argument, and vocabulary instruction.
     
    Grade 11 English Language Arts/Literacy 
    Dates: June 27– August 8
    Credit: 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits
    Description: This new course helps Grade 11 English language arts and reading teachers plan and deliver effective instruction in their classrooms. It helps them redesign lessons through the lens of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Universal Design for Learning. As part of the course requirements, participants learn about the reading and writing standards for English 11 and how to make the vital instructional shifts for text complexity,close reading, text-dependent questioning, analytic writing from sources,writing argument, and vocabulary instruction.
     
    Middle School English Language Arts/Literacy
    Dates: June 27– August 8
    Credit: 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits
    Description: This new course helps middle school English language arts and reading teachers plan and deliver effective instruction in their classes. It helps participants redesign lessons through the lens of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Universal Design for Learning. As part of the course requirements, participants learn about the reading and writing standards for English Grades 6-8 and how to make the vital instructional shifts for text complexity, close reading, text-dependent questioning, analytic writing from sources, writing argument, and vocabulary instruction.

    African American Colonial and Antebellum America

    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is hosting a teacher workshop that will examine Maryland slavery from the colonial era to the mid-1800s. It runs July 30 - August 1 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Participants will hear from regional scholars, receive interactive instruction and take a field trip to the Eastern Shore to visit sites connected to the Underground Railroad. MSDE Credit Earned: 1 credit hour. Cost: $30 for trip expenses. To register, fill out this application and contact Terry Taylor at Taylor@maamc.org or 443-263-1829. (Posted: June 2, 2014)
     

    Algebra, number and quantity

    Registration for the 2014 Common Core Summer Institute for Algebra (CCSIA) and Common Core Summer Institute for Number and Quantity (CCSINQ) is now open. These programs are hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools but are open to all secondary math teachers, public and private, regardless of jurisdiction. The 2014 programs will be held at Towson University on the following dates:

    • CCSIA: July 7 to 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • CCSINQ: July 21 to 25, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Both programs will be led by Towson University faculty, and offer an opportunity for secondary math teachers to learn and apply instructional techniques, develop mathematical tasks, and network with other teachers from across the region. Participants who complete the entire summer program will earn a $366 stipend; one MSDE in-service credit can also be earned with completion of two additional hours of reflection surveys during the following school year. The attached application provides details on the programs. For additional information please email MEPP@nsa.gov. The application deadline is June 9. (Posted: May 22, 2014)

    Earth sciences 

    Improve your knowledge and teaching of Earth science with hands-on activities and supervised lesson planning in plate tectonics and rock cycle, natural disasters, Earth history and fossil record, and the global climate system, taught by Earth and Planetary Sciences faculty and researchers from the Johns Hopkins University. Earn MSDE credits and City Schools AUs; lunches and parking provided.
    • Who: Maryland teachers, K-12 (no science or math prerequisites) 
    • When: Monday, July 7, to Wednesday, July 16, 2014; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday 
    • Where: Olin Hall, Johns Hopkins University 
    • Cost: Free for Maryland teachers 
    • Registration deadline: June 30 
    Space is limited. Contact Teresa Healy to register. Find more information at http://openearthsystems.org/course/  (Posted: May 21, 2014)

    Urban environmental literacy

    Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a five-day, hands-on course that focuses on urban land-use issues and how our decisions affect the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about Baltimore’s ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools to cover STEM material. We will use inquiry-based teaching techniques to explore Baltimore City schoolyard habitats and land use. This course will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum. This course is designed for Baltimore City teachers, but open to all. 
    • Length and location: 5 local day-trips
    • Cost: $55 resource fee for City Schools teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
    Register here. Email John Tapscott for more information.

    STEM with a natural resource focus

    You can help your K–12 students become more engaged in STEM activities by being more engaged yourself. Notre Dame of Maryland University offers a graduate-level STEM Summer Institute, a weeklong program that provides teachers with the resources, knowledge, and methodology to engage their students with subject matter related to natural resources. Each day will focus on a different topic using guides created by the Department of Natural Resources, including Water Education for Teachers, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, The Wonders of Wetlands, the National Geographic Field Scope, and Climate Science 101. Earn three graduate credits for a reduced fee of $1,200, which covers registration and all books/materials (BTU members can be reimbursed for the fee).
    • Dates: July 28 to August 1, 2014
    • Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Location: Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore 21210
    • Course: ENV561
    For more information email Dr. Juliann Dupuis or call 410-532-5148. (Posted: May 15, 2014)

    Voices of the Holocaust

    The Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) present Keeping the Memories Alive: The Voices of the Holocaust from July 28 to July 30 at The Jewish Museum of Maryland. Participants are eligible to receive an MSDE credit. Download the registration form. For more information please contact Deborah Cardin at 410-732-6400 x236. (Posted: May 22)

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    The Holocaust and Human Behavior Seminar, run by Facing History, takes place from August 11 to 13, 2014. Teachers will receive two AUs for completion of this course. If you have questions or want to register, please email Molly Schen. (Posted: April 22, 2014)

    College and Career Readiness

    Seven new courses from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are available to help educators better understand and apply instructional shifts reflected in the Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards. Maryland Race to the Top grant funding permits any Maryland educator to take these courses for just $25 each.
     
    Also, registration is now open to all educators in the state of Maryland for the Maryland State Department of Education's College and Career Readiness Conferences. Conference dates suggested for Baltimore City educators are July 17 and 18, at Towson University. 
     
    • Sessions offerings include those for administrators, central office staff, and teachers of English/language arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies, science, special education, English Language Learners (ELL), and Gifted and Talented.
    • ELA and mathematics teachers have the option to participate in online courses. Registration announcements for the online courses will be forthcoming
    • An attempt will be made to offer each session as many times as needed to accommodate the number of participants who chose each one; therefore, specific session times and room numbers will not be assigned until the conference check-in.
    (Posted: March 16, 2014)

    STEM 

    The Bryn Mawr Summer STEM Institute offers a range of both conceptual and practical, hands-on approaches that include key topics in the foundations of STEM education; curriculum development and instruction; assessment; and contemporary issues related to the field.  Participants will have the opportunity to grow their professional network and present sample lessons for peer feedback.

    • July 14-18, 2014 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily)
    • The Bryn Mawr School
      109 W. Melrose Ave
      Baltimore, MD 21210
    • Cost: $450 (Includes lunch and materials)
    • Note: Participants may also receive up to five graduate credits at $127.50 per credit from Concordia University.

    For more information, please visit the website or email Eric Elton, Bryn Mawr STEM Director (eltone@brynmawrschool.org). (Posted: March 25, 2014)

    Bioinformatics

    Towson University and the University of Maryland at College Park are conducting an intensive three-day workshop that aims at injecting computational thinking, and bioinformatics concepts in particular, into high school biology curriculum. Topics will include biological databases and hands-on bioinformatics exercises that any high school student can do.

    High school science/biology teachers are invited to attend this workshop. The workshop will be held at the campus of Towson University from August 4 to 6. Participants will be compensated (up to $300) for the session.

    If you are interested, please send your resume to nalkharouf@towson.edu, in the subject line please include the words “Summer Workshop." Applicants will be accepted until all positions are filled. (Posted: March 24, 2014)

    FREE STEM Educator Training September 13

    STEM educators should take advantage of a free training session in project based learning hosted by the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, September 13 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Advanced registration is required and all supplies needed are provided.

    Elementary Math Leadership Seminar - REGISTER NOW!

    City Schools will be offering an Elementary Math Leadership Seminar starting in the Fall. Participants will learn how t 

    • Analyze the coherence of the content standards and will build a framework for guiding that work within their buildings 
    • Use district data to inform math instruction 
    • Develop a list of "look-fors" when observing math instruction 
    • Communicate to teachers, parents, and school communities the significance of the Common Core shifts in math 

    Register TODAY! Registration will be open through September 1st.

    School Leaders: Enrollment for the Elementary Math Leadership Seminar is now open

    The Elementary Math Leadership Seminar for school leaders, is now available in the Professional Growth System (PGS) for registration.

    This professional development course is grounded in the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards in mathematics and their shifts across all grade levels, connecting PARCC/district assessments, and provides guidance to school leaders on what to look for when evaluating and supervising math classrooms and the teaching of conceptual understanding, fluency, and application.

    Amplify Teacher Trainings 

    City Schools is offering trainings on administering the Amplify assessment. Trainings will be held at PDC, 2500 E. Northern Parkway in room 105. Teachers can RSVP using the following links. 

     
    Thursday, September 4: http://AmplifyThursday94.rsvpify.com
    Technical support from 3:00-4:15 pm; Training from 4:30-6:30 pm

    Tuesday, September 9http://amplifytuesday99.rsvpify.com/
    Training from 2:00-4:00 pm; Technical support 4:00-5:00 pm

    The diagnostic assessments provide the data needed to best meet the needs of City Schools students. The window for Amplify testing spans 3 weeks to allow for flexibility for assessing. We know that in early grades independent routines may not be in place during the first week, and we encourage teachers to test at various times throughout the day and use out of classroom support when appropriate. 

    Your school’s 2013-2014 literacy representative can provide support in completing the assessment at the beginning of the year. Additional guidance on recommending 2014-2015 literacy representatives is coming soon. Please contact your network literacy ACL for any additional questions. (Posted: September 2, 2014)

    Evening at the Fed 2014

    On October 16, 2014 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch, teachers are invited to a reception and a discussion about monetary and fiscal policies, how they work, and who is responsible for them. Teachers need to RSVP by September 15, 2014 to Dawn Baker at dbaker@towson.edu. 

    Kindergarten Readiness Assessment training and support session

    Early Learning will be holding a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) follow-up training/support session at PDC (2500 E. Northern Parkway) on Wednesday, September 10 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. We have identified several common issues and will group participants in different rooms depending on their specific need: 
    • Teachers who did not attend systemic professional development on August 20 who need support (the pre-requisite is that they complete the online training modules prior to Sept.10). This will essentially be a “crash course” in KRA. 
    • Teachers who need to pass the simulator and/or content assessment and would like support. 
    • KRA overview for administrators, support teachers (including PIELS group) and anyone else who would like more KRA information, but who are NOT administering the assessment
    Please register by filling out this form. (Posted: September 2, 2014

    Bully, Harassment, Intimidation Prevention Workshop: How to Investigate, Clear Up, Resolve Complaints  

    * gather relevant information and resolve conflict between students 
    * learn how to fairly and effectively submit forms to the Md. State Board of Education
    * understand the best ways to follow up to resolve conflicts and decrease reoccurring bullying complaints. 
     
    Registration cost: $85.00 Per Person
    Date/Time: Oct. 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Location: The Village of Cross Keys/Radisson Business Center, 5100 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21210
    Free parking, continental breakfast, catered lunch, and certificate of participation 
      
    The workshop is offered by a former detective with the Baltimore City Police Dept. who is trained in investigations, report writing and following up fairly and effectively. For more information, please contact Deborah Ramsey, Unified Efforts, Inc., 443-800-0566 or unifiedefforts@comcast.net. (Updated: September 8, 2014)