Dear Colleagues: As the new school year approaches and educators statewide head back into the classroom, MSDE would like to share with you a new video and handout that answer Teachers' Top 10 Questions about Race to the Top (RTTT).
The 15 minute long video addresses questions related to the four RTTT assurances (higher standards, robust data, effective educators, and strategic help for struggling schools) with responses coming from our National Teacher of the Year, local Superintendents, an Assistant Superintendent, and a Local Accountability Coordinator. We encourage all Maryland principals to show and discuss the contents of this video with their faculty members as they prepare for the opening of school.
The August 2011 issue of Maryland Classroom was created as a companion to the video, offering additional details about these questions and answers. We hope this document will become a resource that teachers can reference as reform programs take root in their classrooms.
You can find links to both the video and companion issue of Maryland Classroom on MSDE’s Race to the Top website, at www.MarylandPublicSchools.org/rttt.
For a direct link to the August 2011 issue of Maryland Classroom follow this link,
To download the video follow the instructions below.
The links to fullscreen (downloadable for presentation) versions in QT(mov) and Windows Media(wmv) are:
A standard streaming size version in wmv (400x225 screen size) also is posted at
We hope that this video and companion handout will provide teachers with much needed information and prompt a discussion on the four RTTT assurances. Wishing all Maryland educators the best as you prepare for the new school year.
Bernard J. Sadusky, Ed.D.
Interim State Superintendent of Schools
MD State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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