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    GreenSheet: Legislative Update & Luncheon Photos

    Feb. 17, 2017  
    The February 17th issue of MABE's GreenSheet for the 2017 Legislative Session is now available on the MABE website. The issue includes:
    • MABE Legislative Luncheon Recap and Links to Photos 
    • Bill Highlights
    • Bill Tracking Report & Hearing Schedule
    • MABE's Advocacy Centers
    For complete information regarding state advocacy efforts, please visit the Annapolis Advocacy Center of the MABE website, or contact John R. Woolums, Director of Governmental Relations,
    621 Ridgely Avenue, Suite 300,
    Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1112


    Common Ground Conference Keynote Speaker, Ron Clark


    CG17 Keynote Speaker ~ Ron Clark

    Attendees of this year's Common Ground Conference will have the opportunity 
    to engage with Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy!  
    Register today for CG17!
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    Ron Clark will share his journey from teaching in a low-wealth rural area in North Carolina to the inner-city streets of Harlem in New York City. Along the way, Mr. Clark will share inspirational stories of how his students made outstanding growth in test scores, conducted projects that garnered worldwide attention, and were invited to the White House three separate years to be honor by the President. 

    Mr. Clark was the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, and he has been featured on the Rosie O'Donnell Show and also the Oprah Winfrey Show where Oprah dubbed him her first "Phenomenal Man." Mr. Clark has written three books about his teaching practices, "The 55 Essentials - Life Lessons for Teachers, Parents, Students and the Rest of Us", “The Excellent Eleven” which outlines qualities and characteristics parents and teachers should have to instill success in their children and students, and "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Kids Unstuck, 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers." This book offers the Ron Clark Academy's 101 Innovative and Classroom-Tested Ways for Improving America's Schools and Leading our Children to Greatness.

    Have you registered to attend this year's conference?

    Visit the Common Ground Website to register today!

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    J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Award

    The application window for the J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Award is now open. 

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    We are writing to inform you that BOMI International is now accepting applications for the J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Award.

    About the Scholarship:
    In recognition of J. Bradley Kennedy’s focus on excellence and his lifelong commitment to education, BOMI International has established the J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Award. Applicants must be currently entering, pursuing, or engaged in a career in the property or facility management industries. In addition, the recipient must demonstrate financial need. The one-time award will have a maximum value that applies to Course Registration and Computer Based Testing (CBT) fees.

    How to Apply:
    Step 1: Download and Review the J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Policies
    Step 2: Submit the following Documents:
    •  Completed Application Form
    •  Professional Resume
    •  Two Professional Recommendations
    •  A Personal Statement.
    Important Dates:
    To ensure official entry into the process, completed applications should be received by April 1, 2017. Recipients of the J. Bradley Kennedy Scholarship Award will be announced on or before June 1, 2017.

    Learn more about the necessary documentation and award requirements by clicking here, or by contacting one of our Education Coordinators at or 1.800.235.BOMI. We look forward to continuing to support you and your career development!


    Principals' Newsletter - January 23, 2017

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    Vol. 4, Edition 6
    January 23rd, 2017

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    The goal of the Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship of the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM) is to encourage and provide support for those working toward Administrator I Certification.  The scholarship is named in honor of the first Executive Director of CEASOM.

    For more information, click here!

    Maker Workshops - Digital Harbor Foundation

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    Digital Harbor Foundation's educators' workshops are designed to introduce educators to making tools and tech so that they can help their students to be creators and not just consumers. The knowledge gained in the workshops can be applied to a variety of age groups and across content areas, from math and science to art and technology. To view workshop details; contents of the take home equipment kits; dates; and registration, please visit:


    Edcamp Maryland March 25, 2017

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    As space is limited for the event, Edcamp Maryland will have educators sign-up for a lottery.

    Edcamp Lottery 

    Tickets for the event will be randomly selected from lottery entries. Emails will be sent after February 15th, 2017

    Participants will have 48 hours to accept the ticket before it is passed along to the next person on the list. 

    For information about future edcampMaryland events, please follow us on Twitter @edcampmaryland!

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    Help Maryland Students Embrace History

    Serve as a judge for Maryland History Day 2017 on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when nearly 700 students will compete with their projects. Training is provided. Register now to volunteer or judge for Maryland History Day 2017!

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    Register to Attend

    Learn.  Grow.  Share.  Join education colleagues from across the state and surrounding areas for the annual Common Ground, Maryland's top professional development event of the year. Thought-provoking speakers, inspiring sessions and demonstrations of the latest products and services will provide you the 21st century know-how you need.

    Common Ground will be held in Ocean City, MD in the Ocean City Convention Center on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th.

    This year's Keynote Speaker is Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy!

    Click Here to Register

    Please forward this email to teachers in your school. There are many professional learning opportunities for Maryland Educators.

    MSDE Online Courses for CPD Credits

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    Registration for MSDE online courses is now open until January 25th.  Space is limited, so register early.  All courses offer CPD credit.  Online courses offer an opportunity to collaborate and network with educators from around the state and provides flexibility for your busy schedule.


    To view the Spring 2017 course catalog, which includes information about MPT and college online programs, please go to ?


    Register for an MSDE online course at


    Don't miss out on your CPD credits! 

    Digital Learning Week on Wednesday, February 22nd

    DLD 2017

    The Maryland State Department of Education, along with the Digital Harbor Foundation, is hosting a special event for Digital Learning Week on Wednesday, February 22nd.  Students from all over the state will be able to collaborate on projects using MSDE web conferencing software to connect.  This year’s event will offer two levels of project making for students.

    • Younger level students – create an indoor game for recess (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    • Older level students – create a catapult that will be tested in 3 categories: accuracy, power, and distance (9:00 am – 10:00 am)

    School sponsors will need to provide materials for each project.  A list of suggested materials for each project can be found in the links below.  As funds allow, MSDE will provide a small kit for each participating school. 

    Suggested Supplies

    If you are interested in participating in this event, please click on the link:

    For more information, please email Casey Kirk at

    Meeting/Event Information Aspiring Leaders Workshop: Prepare for Leadership

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    February 25, 2017
    8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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    Century High School
    355 Ronsdale Rd
    Sykesville, MD 21784

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    This workshop builds on MASSP's spring, 2016 program that received rave reviews.

    Participants will explore how they might assess and develop their administrative skills as they prepare for a promotion.  Activities will be reflective, hands-on, and thought provoking and introduce participants to the various steps used in many District-based Assessment Centers. 

    Activities for the day will include:

    • In-basket exercise
    • Data analysis exercise
    • Instructional observation and creation of feedback
    • Measured group activity
    • Writing sample (with feedback)
    • Creation of your resume
    • Strategies/Tips for success
    • Personal interview (with feedback)

    We will share wisdom from over 80 years of experience interviewing and rating candidates for promotion. 

    Our goal is to provide aspiring leaders experiences in this workshop typically NOT offered in your local school district leadership development programs.

    Registration includes a continental breakfast provided in the morning beginning at 8:30 AM as well as lunch served on site provided by Columbia Chef Caterers.

    Please see website for ticket prices.

    Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month - February 2017

     Please visit the Maryland CTE Programs of Study website at to access the following CTE Resources:

    1. Sample Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
    2. “Your Future is Here” Fact Sheet
    3. Certificate of Participation Template
    4.  Sample News Release
    5. Career Success Story Profile Template

    Gifted and Talented Month

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    Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland

    You are cordially invited to a reception in recognition of the Governor’s Proclamation of February 2017 as Gifted and Talented Education Month Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland featuring our annual awards celebration and the recipients of the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards     

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    5 o'clock to 8 o'click in the evening

    (Reception with light refreshments precedes the Awards program at 6:00 p.m.)

    North County High School, 
    10 East 1st Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061        

                                          Sponsored by 

    Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and Maryland State Department of Education.

    Invited guests include:

    • Members of Maryland General Assembly
    • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    • Maryland State Board of Education
    • Local Boards of Education

    RSVP if you plan to attend go to: 
    Each person must register individually.

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.

    Anyone, principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades 7–12 for the 2016-2017 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at

    The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2017 and the Application Deadline is May 1, 2017, for secondary school teachers (grades 7–12). Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.


    Active Shooter Violent Intruder Response Training Hosted by Gilman School, March 13th - 14th, 2017

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    Active Shooter Violent Intruder Response ALICE Instructor Certification Training - Get Certified to Teach

    Gilman School invites you to become certified -
    March 13th and 14th, 2017

    This two day ALICE instructor certification training is on active shooter response management. The ALICE program was authored by a seasoned law enforcement officer to keep his wife, an elementary school principal, safe after the tragic events at Columbine. Since these humble beginnings, ALICE continues to be the leading active shooter response program in the country due in large part to the law enforcement community.

    Attendees will include neighboring law enforcement, local school officials, healthcare workers, and area businesses.

    Please Click Here to Register.

    OSHA'S General Duty Clause - Are you in Compliance?

    OSHA General Clause (click here): All employers have a duty to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm [General Duty Clause 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety & Health ACT]. Recent court rulings throughout the country have allowed negligence suits filed by victims of Active Shooters to proceed against employers for failing to provide defensive training to their employees.  In other words, companies can no longer avoid their corporate responsibility to provide training on how to react if confronted by a violent intruder.

    Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate – is a set of proactive strategies that moves beyond lockdown and increases the chance of survival during a violent intruder event.  ALICE is supported by more than 1800 law enforcement agencies around the country and complies with the new standard of care recently developed by the Federal Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    *If these dates do not fit your schedule, and you would still like to attend
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    If you're unable to attend a class, please contact us to learn about our web based training to quickly develop, implement, and monitor your violent intruder safety response programs.

    Stay safe,

    Joanna Lucas
    Program Manager
    330.661.0106 x 1015


    State Board Receives Charter School Funding Report

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    January 24, 2017    
    Board President Andrew Smarick noted that board members Chester Finn, Barbara Shreve, and Guffrie Smith would not be present; but a quorum was present.
    MABE President Joy Schaefer (Frederick), MABE Treasurer Nancy Reynolds (Harford), MABE Secretary Martha James-Hassan (Baltimore City), and MABE Immediate Past President Warner Sumpter (Somerset), were in attendance and recognized at the beginning of the meeting by President Smarick.
    Consent Agenda
    The State Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda consisting of the December 5, 2016 State Board Minutes; Personnel Items; Budget Adjustments for December, 2016; and Comprehensive School Teacher Incentives.
    Career Technical Education (CTE)
    President Smarick read a proclamation recognizing Career and Technology Education (CTE) in Maryland after an expression of support for CTE by State Superintendent Salmon. A contingent of CTE students and supporting staff members, both local and state, were introduced, expressed appreciation and had a picture taken with the State Board.
    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan Update
    The State Board next received an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan update by Dr. Mary Gable, who shared both a news video and a PowerPoint presentation about the feedback from the ongoing ESSA Listening Tour being conducted in Washington, Dorchester, Prince George's, Calvert Counties, and Baltimore City. Information was also provided about the 800+ responses to the online survey about the draft plan, along with achievement accountability measures, and the standard setting process. Questions and comments were forthcoming from most State Board members.
    ESSA update: memo and presentation
    Commission on Assessments Report
    A presentation on the recommendations of the Commission on Assessments Report was given by Dr. Salmon about some of the proposed testing legislation. There was a suggestion that any restrictions on testing needed to separate formative from summative assessments as they are fundamentally different. The need for additional consistent data from locals was stressed and Renee Spence, executive director of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) was encouraged by the State Board to gather more consistent testing data for the purpose of making good recommendations to the legislature. Cheryl Bost, vice president of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA),  was given the opportunity to speak, and she questioned whether the local school systems had responded appropriately to the assessments report.
    Charter School Funding Report
    A presentation was given by Dr. Jesse Levin and Dr. Drew Atchison of the American Institutes for Research on the Charter School Funding Report. A presentation of the three year study findings was presented, and it found a similar level of spending on charter versus other schools in most jurisdictions. The recommendations of the study report were as follows:
    1. Create consistent charter school financial reporting
    2. Prepare district financial data systems for uniform school site reporting
    3. Establish benchmarks for overhead expenses
    4. Model predicted expenses for schools
    5. Establish policies and practices for more equitable access to facilities.
    Questions and comments were made by several board members.
    Adequacy Study Report
    Dr. Kristy Michaels presented the Adequacy Study Report. Significant recommendations for changes to state funding formulas include:
    • Shift to an increased based funding amount (Foundation formula) and lower weights for the special needs programs (Compensatory Education, Special Education, and Limited English Proficiency)
    • Use the greater of current FTE or three year average FTE to calculate the Foundation Program
    • Include local wealth using a multiplicative approach rather than the wealth
    • Eliminate the State minimum guarantees and include a required local share of the special needs program
    • Use a three year average Comparable Wage Index rather than the current Geographic Cost of Education Index
    • Increase access to high quality prekindergarten for 4 year-olds
    In response to State Board questions and concerns, it was noted that the final findings are not due until December 31, 2017.
    State Superintendent Update
    Dr. Karen Salmon provided her update on a number of topics including:
    • Cecil County Innovative Practices - Cecil Superintendent, D'ette Divine, shared information about their CTE program and the new School of Technology
    • Framework for Support to Low Performing Schools - Dr. Williamson and Tiara Booker-Dwyer shared a brief PowerPoint demonstrating how the new framework has operated in the Baltimore City Achieves partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MSDE
    • Graduation and Dropout Rate Report - Highlighting that graduation rates are at all-time best levels
    • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Data - Dr. Williamson and Judy Walker shared a new booklet that demonstrates county-by-county results including subgroup data
    • Social Studies Data - Dr. Williamson shared preliminary data about Middle School Social Studies Assessment and Civics information as requested by the State Board ahead of a full Social Studies report next month
    • Equal Opportunity Schools Update - Initiatives to increase minority participation in AP and IB programs and courses
    The State Board approved final regulations, COMAR 13A.03.07, governing the recently established Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program.
    The State Board granted permission to publish in the Maryland Register the following proposed regulations:
    • COMAR 13A.02.01.01 - Amendments to the regulations relating to meetings of Local Boards of Education.
    • COMAR 13A.03.01.01 - Amendments to the Standards for Kindergarten Programs Operated by Public Institutions of Post-Secondary Education
    • COMAR 13A.12.01.03 - Amendments to formalize the process for denying certification to individuals who have a disqualifying cause that would result in a suspension or revocation if the individual already held a Maryland certificate.
    • COMAR 13A.12.02.15 and .16 - Amendments to Professional and Technical Education and Work-Based Learning Coordinator regulations to expand the pool of potential applicants for local school systems by adding the ability to use teaching experience for the professional and technical education regulations and revising the number of hours of work experience an individual may present for certification for the work-based learning coordinator.
    • COMAR 13A.05.01.08 - Amendments to regulations that govern the responsibilities of the IEP team, specifically with regard to blind or visually impaired students.
    The State Board voted to repeal the following regulations:
    • COMAR 13A.02.08 regarding the recognition of employee organizations due to these matters being within the jurisdiction of the Public School Labor Relations Board.
    • COMAR 13A.04.03, the regulations establishing driver education program requirements for local school systems and non-public schools that offered driver's education.
    The State Board also withheld action on COMAR 13A.03.04, proposed amendments Test Administration and Data-Reporting Policies and Procedures, until the February meeting.
    School Calendar Waivers
    The State Board next considered and approved school calendar waivers from the Allegany and Garrett County Boards of Education. The waiver requests qualified under the Governor's 2016 Executive Order establishing a statewide school year which must commence with a post-Labor Day start date and conclude with an end-date of no later than June 15.
    State Board Policy Considerations
    Legislative & Budget Update - Reports were provided by Kristy Michel about the Governor's Budget and the MSDE budget in particular. Tiffany Clark presented on HB 18 - Task Force to Improve PARCC Scores; HB 75 - Graduations Requirements - Fine Arts; and SB 153 - Length of School Year Adjustment - State of Emergency.
    Student Discipline Disproportionality Update -An update on Disproportionality was received from Dr. Lawson with a proposed model for measuring disproportionality as previously set forth in COMAR 13A.08.01.21 - Reducing and Eliminating Disproportionate/Discrepant Impact. A PowerPoint presentation shared and explained the proposed methodology via two measures: Risk Ratio and State Comparison. Phase I of implementation - Initial Data Review takes place now in January of 2017. Phase II includes root analysis, professional development by MSDE, and stakeholder engagement in the 2017-2018 school-year. Full implementation occurs in Phase III and includes public identification of schools, and the required submission of a local school system strategic plan to eliminate disproportionality.
    Public Comment 
    Public Comments were received by the State Board.
    State Board Business Items
    The Mental Health Subcommittee Update and the Strategic Planning Committee Update were both deferred until the February State Board meeting. Agenda planning for the February State Board meetings include an ESSA work session on Monday, February 27th and the regular State Board meeting on Tuesday, February 28th.
    Opinions & Orders:
    The State Board issued the following opinions:
    • A.M. v. Prince George's County Board of Education, remanding the student suspension decision to the local board for consideration of educational services.
    • Catherine H. v. Prince George's County Board of Education, remanding the student transfer decision to the local board for consideration of safety issues.
    • Gordon and Tamara M. v. Prince George's County Board of Education, affirming the local board's prekindergarten admission decision.
    • In re Prince George's County Travel Funds, interpreting the meaning of Section 3-1003(b) of the Education Article regarding the board's travel and expense fund.
    • Shanelle I. v. Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, reversing the local board's decision denying early entry for kindergarten.
    • J.B. v. Harford County Board of Education, affirming the local board's employment decision.
    The State Board issued the following opinions:
    • Board of Education of Howard County v. Renee Foose, directing both parties to brief the board on jurisdictional issues, and the superintendent to respond to the Board's Petition for Declaratory Ruling, on February 6, 2017.
    • J.B. v. Harford County Board of Education, denying the motion to waive transcription costs.

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    HHS Issues Out-of-Pocket Maximums

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    HHS Issues Out-of-Pocket Maximums


    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) limits the amounts that participants in non-grandfathered health plans can be required to pay out-of-pocket for covered services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released new regulatory guidance relevant to employers looking ahead to medical plan renewals for the 2018 plan year. Employers planning for upcoming renewals will want to be aware of the newly announced out-of-pocket maximums applicable to non-grandfathered health plans.

    Who is Affected:

    The out-of-pocket maximum applies to all plans which do not have grandfathered status as defined by the ACA, including full insured, self-funded, large and small group plans. The limits do not apply to retiree-only plans.

    Annual Out-of-Pocket Maximums for 2018:

    Self-Only Coverage: The 2018 out-of-pocket maximum for individuals with self-only coverage will be $7,350 for self-only coverage (an increase of $200 from the $7,150 limit in 2017).

    Family Coverage: The 2018 out-of-pocket maximum for family or other than self-only coverage will be $14,700 (an increase of $400 from the $14,300 limit in 2017).

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    Registration is Now Open for 2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo


    Register to attend the 2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo to advance healthy, high-performing green schools.
    Green Schools Conference and Expo
    March 21-22, 2017
    Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St. NW., Atlanta, GA
    Gather with green school champions for two days of learning and collaboration to support our shared mission of equitable, healthy, and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.
    Make plans to attend today! Hotel and travel information can be found at this link.  Registration information can be accessed by clicking the button below.
    GSNN Members receive a discount on conference registration. Not a member yet? Now is a perfect time to join! Check out this link for more information about membership.   
    We look forwarding to seeing you in Atlanta!