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Media Alert: Thousands Of Educators Sign Up For Summer Training On New Standards

Voluntary Regional Conferences Begin June 25

For Immediate Release                      Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (June 16, 2014)

More than 4,300 Maryland educators will take part in a new round of professional development conferences this summer to further strengthen implementation of the new College and Career-Ready Standards.  The first conference gets underway next week.

MSDE is offering eight voluntary “College and Career Readiness Conferences” this summer, providing educators with more than 100 different sessions on the new learning standards.  Educators can choose to attend the sessions that meet the needs of their schools.   Content was determined by feedback from site visits conducted by MSDE curriculum and assessment staff to every school district in the state during the 2013-14 school year.

MSDE staff met with district central office staff, school-based administrators, and teachers to determine individual needs so that professional learning could be designed to meet the needs of all Maryland educators.  This summer’s sessions build upon the Educator Effectiveness Academies held the past three summers to provide high quality professional development for the principal and 3-5 lead teachers from each of the approximately 1,600 schools statewide.

“Our educators have embraced Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards, and the registration numbers for this summer’s conferences demonstrates their commitment to strengthening classroom instruction,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery.  “These sessions offer practical information that teachers and administrators can put to use from the very first day of class in the fall.”

MSDE is offering these voluntary conferences free of charge to educators throughout the state. Each two-day conference begins at 8:00am and ends by 5:00pm.  Educators have scheduled the time-frame of their sessions to meet their needs.  They can earn 1-2 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits by attending conferences.

Locations and dates:

June 25-26

Washington College - Kent County

July 1-2

Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School - Prince Georges County

July 15-16

Towson University - Baltimore County

July 17-18

Towson University - Baltimore County

July 22-23

Hagerstown Community College - Washington County

July 24-25

Salisbury University - Wicomico County

July 29-30

Universities at Shady Grove - Montgomery County

July 31-Aug 1

Universities at Shady Grove - Montgomery County


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