Programmatic Support and Technical Assistance Branch

​The Programmatic Support and Technical Assistance (PSTA) Branch focuses on building the capacity of local school systems, public agencies, and institutions of higher education, to narrow the performance gap and enable all students with disabilities to exit education career and college ready. The Branch works collaboratively with other Divisions within the Maryland State Department of Education to improve performance on statewide accountability measures and achievement of the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Standards. Differentiated program support and technical assistance is provided based on State and local needs related to implementing a high quality, seamless, evidence-based early childhood intervention and special education system of services, birth through 21. The Branch facilitates data informed systematic planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidenced-based professional development to enhance the quality of instructional practices including assessment, instruction, interventions, accommodations, modifications, and family engagement.

PSTA Spotlight


MSDE's "Stages of Professional Development"(Revised in 2013 to align with the new CEC and INTASC standards.)

The Maryland State Department of Education’s "Stages of Professional Development for All Teachers Teaching Students with Disabilities" is a roadmap that teachers can use throughout their careers, ideally beginning in the final year of a teacher-preparation program through to retirement. "Stages" is specifically geared to help teachers improve the performance of their students with disabilities in both the general and special education environments.

Stages of Professional Development for All Teachers Teaching Students with DisabilitiesClick on the image to go to
The Stages of Professional Development: A Resource for All Teachers Responsible for the Achievement of Students with Disabilities Webinar.



Contact Information

Daniel Martz, Branch Chief
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0237
Fax: 410-333-8165
Email: daniel.martz@maryland.gov