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    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.