December, 2019 Print

Executive Director Report

 

 

From the Executive Director’s Desk

Happy Thanksgiving!  It is hard to believe that one semester is complete, and we are amid the holiday season.  As you know, this year marked the start of my term as Executive Director of MASSP; I spent the summer attending conferences and meeting with MASSP sponsors and exhibitors.  My on-the-job training was fruitful and educational.  At the first Board meeting in September, I shared my vision for utilizing 21st century tools to enhance conferences, meetings, and workshops.   Providing administrators with current information and practices in the field of educational leadership is tantamount to success!

Understanding the importance of serving educational leaders in the best way possible, board members have embarked on a review and revisions to the MASSP Mission Statement, Goals, Constitution and Bylaws, all of which will be presented at the annual Spring Administrators’ Conference in March 2020.  This is an exciting time for our organization as we move forward and reassess the future of MASSP.  The importance of our membership can not be understated, and it is my sincere hope that you will recruit your colleagues and encourage them to participate in MASSP events.  Membership alone does not sustain our organization; however, it is a vital part of MASSP’s future and sustainability. 

To help increase membership and attendance at workshops and conferences, I set a goal to visit all 24 districts in Maryland.  During my 15-minute presentations, I introduce myself and share the benefits of MASSP membership and the resources available to administrators through MASSP and NASSP.  From Principal Leadership and Building Ranks to programs such as the National Honor Society and the National Student Council Organization, MASSP/NASSP provides resources for administrators and student leaders.  Additionally, MASSP/NASSP offers liability protection and support.  Thank you to the administrators in Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and Wicomico counties for scheduling my presentations.  Additionally, I look forward to meeting administrators in Washington and Prince George’s counties in January.  Those of you in other districts can help me by providing the names and phone numbers or e-mail addresses of the contact people in central office.  I would like to visit the remaining counties by June 2020, and I look forward to meeting administrators in the districts I have yet to visit.

I appreciate the confidence that the Executive Board and MASSP members have placed in me.  With help from board and committee members, I will ensure that MASSP offers excellent and timely professional development that meets the needs of our constituents.  I am very excited about the future direction of our organization and working with all of you as we embark on new adventures and entertain new ideas. 

Exciting things are happening at MASSP, and with your continued support and willingness to enlist new members, the organization will continue to grow and flourish.  Stay involved, get others involved, and share ideas.  It’s the journey, not the destination that is important right now!  Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Addie Kaufman

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President's Report

Dear MASSP Members,

I hope that everyone has had a smooth and successful start to the school year.  As we move into the holiday season, I hope that each of you gets an opportunity to unplug and break from work and spend time with your family and loved ones.  The job that you do for our students is unparalleled! 

As we have started the year, the MASSP Board has embarked on a process to refine the mission and goals of our organization.  The purpose of this – to better serve our membership with a modern association that meets the needs of our members.  Through this process, we will continue to focus on high quality professional development offerings, opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues, and being the voice of school administrators across the state through effective advocacy.  If you have any suggestions for how to continue to grow our organization, please share them with any member of the Board.  We are here to serve you!

Thank you again for the opportunity to be your President.  MASSP membership has been such a valuable part of my own professional learning, and it is an honor to be able to serve in this capacity.

Thank you for all that you do for our schools and our students.

Sincerely,

Rob Willoughby

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Legislation update

 

Advocacy Corner

Updates from Your State Coordinator

Greetings!  I hope everyone is off to a great start this school year and happy holidays!

As State Coordinator, each newsletter I will provide you with the latest updates as they pertain to advocacy, in addition to ways you can get involved and support NASSP’s advocacy efforts.   In-between newsletters, as NASSP pushes out “Action Alerts”, I will pass them along to you. 

I hope you all felt recognized during National Principals Month.  Your tireless efforts, as well as your day in and day out to support your staff, students and communities are appreciated by so many in so many ways. Thank you for your service, and for your unwavering commitment to the success, happiness, and well-being of your students.

Below you will find a list of NASSP initiatives for advocacy on the national level.  Feel free to be involved in any way, and at any level in which you feel comfortable.

Sincerely,

Melissa Shindel

NASSP ADVOCACY UPDATES

Federal Policy Updates

  • Appropriations
    • The senate is still working through its allocations for appropriations bills, but nothing is confirmed yet.
  • After the Senate passes their version of the bill, they will then have to go to conference with the House where these numbers may be brought closer to the middle.
  • With the limited amount of time left for the senate to complete all 12 appropriations bills and for both chambers to conference on each bill, we will most likely see a continuing resolution before September 30 to provide Congress with additional time to deliberate. How long that CR goes for is unknown, but sometime to mid-December is typically a safe bet.
  • School safety/violence prevention
    • Senate Leader McConnell asked the chairs of the Judiciary; Science, Space and Technology; and HELP committees to come up with new ideas to promote school safety following the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
    • HELP chair Alexander reached out to all members on the committee seeking their input on this. So far, nothing has been proposed from HELP.
    • Judiciary chair Sen. Lindsay Graham, is considering marking up bills around extreme risk protection orders and red flag legislation. The House Judiciary Committee is planning to mark up their own bills on the same issues, but they will be taking much stronger stances on them in the hopes they can conference with the Senate to get stronger language agreed to in the final negotiations.
    • Trump’s support will be needed for more legislation, otherwise the likelihood of legislation passing diminishes greatly.
  • 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference – March 23-25

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Assistant Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Catherine Sutton, 2020 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year

Mrs. Catherine Sutton was named as the 2020 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year at the MASSP Assistant Principals' Conference in October.  In attendance at the Awards Luncheon were Catherine's husband and son; Cathy Page, Supervisor of Accountability/LAC/PIO; and Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent in Calvert County.  Dr. Curry, Superintendent, said, “She is a change maker at Calvert High and a very creative problem solver. We are so proud of her.”

Mrs. Sutton has been at Calvert High School for four years.  Dr. Steven Lucas, the principal at Calvert High School writes, Mrs. Sutton is the primary advocate for students at Calvert High School.  Her impact has been immense. 

As the leader of Calvert’s PBIS Student Leader Club, which has over 120 students and the school’s Equity Leader, Mrs. Sutton has a major impact on school culture.  She established a monthly student-led advisory period using lessons from the Believe in U curriculum and facilitated a student run CommUNITY Day.  A student wrote, An innovative learning opportunity I had was with PBIS when we had a field trip where we learned about the importance of leadership…This opportunity, led by Mrs. Sutton, really opened my eyes on how important it is to have… effective leaders when trying to solve problems...  Mrs. Sutton’s facilitation of restorative practices and training of peer mediators help students solve those problems. 

Academically, Mrs. Sutton is known for her work with “detracking”.  Using the books Detracking for Excellence and Equity and Teach Like A Champion 2.0, Ms. Sutton has focused on the inequitable enrollment of minority students in rigorous courses.  Knowing that a change must begin with teachers, Mrs. Sutton started CAV U where teachers can receive professional development credit for learning that meets their needs.  Mrs. Sutton models that learning; she has her National Board Certification and is currently enrolled in an Educational Leadership doctoral program at the University of Maryland.  Mrs. Sutton refers to her students as “Changemakers.”  Mrs. Sutton is a “Changemaker” who is leaving her imprint and improving the world one student at a time.

Cathy's greatest goal is to empower her students to become advocates for change in the world. To that end and as a new administrator at Calvert High, she worked with  the MAC scholars, a mentorship organization with an academic focus for African American males. Among other activities, she coordinated visits to feeder middle schools so that the high schoolers could inspire younger students to strive for success.

Last year, Ms. Sutton began a “Believe in You” student advisory program. She meets regularly with student leaders, who then develop and deliver monthly mini-lessons to their peers, with a goal of helping them see life’s challenges as a platform to rise to the next level. She works with students to view the school as a community, not as pockets of groups. Under her guidance, the number of student leaders involved in the program doubled this year.

Because she understands the importance of a successful first year in high school, several years ago Ms. Sutton initiated and continues to coordinate a four-day Freshman Bootcamp for a group of incoming ninth graders. She also developed a freshman orientation day with pep rally spirit to help students feel excited and comfortable on their first day at Calvert High.

Ms. Sutton’s work is not confined to the walls of the school building. She organized the first back-to-school neighborhood block party for students and their families to celebrate the start of the year and meet school staff. She plans to make it an annual event, with the party held in a different area each year. She also initiated the Cavalier Scholars to recognize first-time AP students and students who earned a high score on the Maryland assessment. She found sponsors, had signs printed, and traveled the region to place Calvalier Scholar signs in students’ front yards. 

Ms. Sutton’s colleague Michelle Stover, a former English teacher who is now the Student Services Team facilitator, said, “Cathy has huge ideas and does the work to make them happen. She changes the narrative of kids’ lives.”

Ms. Sutton earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program, and her Master’s degree at McDaniel College. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the field of English Language Arts.

Ms. Sutton is the first assistant principal in Calvert County Public Schools to receive this award. She is now eligible to apply for the National Assistant Principal of the Year.

 

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Aspiring Leaders Workshop

Working in conjunction with the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP), MASSP and MAESP held its first Aspiring Leaders' Workshop.  The two organizations chose to hold the first workshop in western Maryland at the Washington County Board of Education.  Thank you to the Superintendent, Dr. Michael and Richard Akers, Executive Director, Secondary Instruction for allowing MASSP/MAESP to use their beautiful new facility for this workshop.

As he has for many years, Tom Evans, retired secondary school administrator facilitated the leadership activities and workshop for approximately twenty participants.   The hands-on activities included data analysis, problem solving, a leaderless group activity, interview experience, and a discussion with a panel of school principals representing K-12 schools.  It is a day filled with activities, as opposed to lecture, and a terrific learning experience for educators moving into administration.  Using an array of experiences that aspiring leaders may encounter in their district's interview process, Tom Evans guides attendees through processes and offers pointers that will lead to success.

Considering that this was the first time, in a while, that MASSP/MAESP held the workshop in the western part of the state, we were thrilled to conduct the workshop with this small but eager group of aspiring leaders.  Participants came from Baltimore City to Washington County and many districts inbetween.

The next Aspiring Leaders' Workshop will be held at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County, 938 York Road, Baltimore, MD.  The workshop will be held on February 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The third Aspiring Leaders' Workshop will take place in Queen Anne's County on April 18, 2020 at Matapeake Middle School, 671 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville, MD from 8 - 4 pm.  

If you know of aspiring leaders who would benefit from this workshop, please pass the information along.  Members should look for flyers in their e-mail from MASSP.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Addie Kaufman at [email protected] or call 443-545-9988.

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Ass't Principal Highlights

According to Erin O'Hara

Chairperson, 2019 Assistant Principals' Conference

Attendees at the 2019 Assistant Principals' Conference, at the Maritime Conference Center in Lithium Heights, participated in an opportunity that many assistant principals rarely take the time to do.  Assistant Principals spent the day investing in themselves, which is always important to growth and continuous learning!  Imagine a full day of professional development and self-improvement.  Imagine taking the time to set goals, think about career advancement, and network with others in a similar position.

Starting the day with energy and a reality check, Dr. Gina Massella, Loyola University Graduate School professor and administrataive intern supervisor, provided a dynamic and honest view of the true work assistant principals deal with on a daily basis. The keynote address spoke to the critical role of the AP as a 21st century school leader and breakout sessions included topics on instructional leadership, school safety, school culture, team development, social-emotional learning and trauma-based instruction.

During lunch, MASSP celebrated and recognized the extraordinary work of the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year from Calvert County, Catherine Sutton.  While networkingIwith colleagues across the state, participants' conversations lead to connections and friendships, sparked ideas, and allowed for time to enjoy each other’s company. 

Closing speaker, Stephen Bounds, Esq., Director of Legal & Policy Services at MABE, shared information on current educational legal topics.  Covering topics from A-Z, Mr. Bounds offered a plethora of stories and examples pertaining to legal situations assistant principals experience during the school year.

According to the evaluations, the MASSP 2019 AP Conference from not only met, but exceeded expectations.  While I know it is difficult to leave the building, spending one  day to learn, network, set goals, and even sit down for lunch is always a win win situation. 

Mark your calendars for October 12, 2020 to invest in you!  It will be worth your while and it is a day not to be missed!

 

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MASSP Partners with MSDE

This year, MASSP and MAESP are partnering with the Leadership Development Office at MSDE to provide quality professional development aligned with the PSEL Standards and leadership development work at MSDE.  The partnership enhances MASSP's presence at the state level and provides members with additional opportunities for professional learning.  Thank you to Mr. Ed Mitzel, Executive Director of Leadership Development and School Improvement and Dr. Brian Eyer, Coordinator of Leadership Development for encouraging and welcoming this important partnership.  

In October, MASSP and MAESP worked with MSDE to promote and sponsor the Alumni Event for the Promising Principals' Academy held at Turf Valley in Howard County, Maryland.  MASSP was invited to send board members to the conference and President, Rob Willoughby represented MASSP quite well.

Ed Mitzel and Brian Eyer presented, on the topic of principal evaluation, at the Assistant Principals' Conference in October, at the Maritime Conference Center.  Their presentation was well received and evaluated highly.  They will also present at the MASSP Annual Spring Administrators' Conference on March 19 - 21, 2020 in Ocean City, MD.

Additionally, the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement is  supporting MASSP financially by assisting with the contract for Keynote Speaker Jimmy Casas.

Finally, MAESP and MASSP are discussing combined efforts with MSDE for the Aspiring Leaders' Workshops held three times a year.  As MASSP moves forward with this important partnership, school leaders will benefit significantly, remain current in the profession, and continue to lead with a focus on school improvement and student success!

Terry Ball, Executive Director of MAESP and I are excited to partner with the Leadership Development Office at MSDE.   Thank you to Ed and Brian for your outstanding work with leadership development throughout the state.

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State Board of Education recap

October State Board of Education recap by John Woolums, MABE

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Update:  Dr. Jennifer Judkins, Assistant State Superintendent for Assessment, Accountability and Information Technology, provided a status report on the continued revamping of the State’s comprehensive testing program. This follows the termination of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests administered for the last time in the 2018-2019 school year.  She informed the board of the status of work with ETS on content development and Pearson on Administration, Scoring, and Reporting.  These tests include:  Mathematics 3-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) 3-8, 10, Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) 5, 8 & HS, Social Studies 8, Government, and Alternative Assessments including: Alt Mathematics 3-8, 10; Alt ELA/L 3-8, 10 ; Alt MISA 5, 8 & 11, and Access for ELLs K-11.

The State Board also received a status report on the work of the Assessment and Curriculum branches charged with designing shorter assessments in mathematics, English language arts and science that adequately measure the breadth and depth of the Maryland state content standards. Staff emphasized that educators from around the state have been a part of both the design and development of these new assessments. MSDE continues to build the item bank to support the new assessments and will administer fixed form assessments in 2019-2020 and move to computer adaptive testing (CAT) in ELA and most mathematics assessments in 2020-2021. Dr. Judkins explained that there will be extensive field testing in spring 2020, on the computer adaptive administration of assessments, to better prepare for statewide implementation of math and ELA in 2020-2021 and assessments in other subjects in future years. 

Board members raised questions regarding the comparability of these new assessments to those used in other states, and for more information on the decision-making process regarding test question selection toward the goal of reducing the time required for test administration.  Board member Justin Hartings asked whether another standard re-setting will be required following the full shift to the computer adaptive assessment in 2 years. Dr. Judkins and Dr. Salmon responded that they are working on communications around this complex topic.

Algebra Assessment Cut Scores: The State Board received a briefing from Dr. Jennifer Judkins and Mary Gable, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Academic Policy, on the Algebra I passing score required for students graduating in the Class of 2024 and beyond. In October 2017, the State Board determined that the Algebra I assessment passing score required for graduation would be 750, beginning with students in grade 6 and below during the 2017-2018 school year. These grade 6 students in the 2017-2018 school year are scheduled to graduate in the 2023-2024 school year. The required score for students graduating before the 2023-2024 school year is 725. 

Dr. Gable explained that, considering the transitional issues raised in the previous presentation, the department is requesting that the score remain 725 for the graduating class of 2024, and not be raised to 750. Board members Steiner and Hartings voiced their concerns and opposition to the proposal, and other board members asked clarifying questions. Dr. Gable responded by further explaining and reiterating that the change is requested considering the many ongoing changes impacting the assessment program. In response to the discussion and concerns raised, Dr. Salmon pulled the item from consideration. 

Career Technical Education (CTE) Four-Year State Plan: Dr. Tiara Booker-Dwyer, Assistant State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness, presented an overview of the four-year career and technical education (CTE) plan for Maryland, which is required to be submitted to the U. S. Department of Education for release of Perkins CTE funds. She highlighted that the entire plan has been re-oriented toward providing programs of study leading to high skill, high wage, and in-demand careers. Dr. Booker-Dwyer noted the creation of a new state advisory committee and stressed the need for stronger participation of businesses to complement the work of school counselors. 

Board members asked whether this plan will set the state on a path to achieve the ambitious goals to have high percentages of students graduating with CTE certification, and Dr. Booker-Dwyer responded that it absolutely would. Dr. Salmon highlighted that several school systems are already excelling in this area, with Garrett County having over 70% and Kent County having over 60% of high school students participating in CTE.  

Health & Human Sexuality Education Regulations: The State Board approved final regulations, under COMAR 13A.04.18, governing Comprehensive Health Education Instructional Programs for Grades Prekindergarten – Grade 12.  Assistant Superintendent Gable presented the regulations for final approval, following the board’s approval for publication at the board’s June meeting. Significant changes include adopting the national health education standards and adding special requirements on abuse and assault, opioids, and boundaries and consent. In addition, the regulations add inclusive language reflecting the equity lens, to ensure that family life and human sexuality education represent all students regardless of ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Further, the opt-out for disease prevention instruction is removed; information on contraception is moved from 8th to 7th grades, and the requirement for advisory committee approval for human sexuality instructional materials is maintained, but the requirement for local board approval is removed. 

Student Member of the Board Badwi voiced her concerns with the lack of student input on the development of these regulations and her concerns that all school systems should be uniformly required to implement the proposed regulations. Board members also discussed the need for clarification on the scope of drug education. 

Educational Equity Regulations: Assistant Superintendent Mary Gable and Susan Spinnato, Director of Instructional Programs, presented, for final adoption, the repeal of the regulation entitled “Education That is Multicultural” (COMAR 13A.04.05) and it’s replacement, “Educational Equity” regulation (COMAR 13A.01.06).  Dr. Gable identified the changes made in the proposed regulations in response to the public comments received. Board vice-chair Halle and members Li and Steiner spoke to their concerns with the regulations, including Dr. Steiner’s concern with the potential constitutional challenges. The board approved the final regulations on “Educational Equity” with one member opposing and one abstaining.

 

 

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MCAP Update

This information is taken from the presentation made by Dr. Jennifer Judkins, Assistant State Supt. Assessment, Accountability and Information Technology at the October 22nd State Board meeting:

Assessments under MCAP:  Mathematics 3 - 8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II; English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) grades 3 - 8, 10; Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) grades 5, 8, & HS; and Social Studies 8 & Government.

Alternative Assessments: ALT mathematics, grades 3-8 & 10; Alt ELA/L grades 3 - 8 & 10; Alt MISA grades 5, 8 & 11.

Access for ELLs K-11 and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

For the new assessment contract, content development is with Educational Testing Service (ETS) for Math, English, Science, Social Studies and HS MISA as written above.  Administration, scoring and reporting (ASR) will be done with Pearson.  HS MISA and Government remain with Cognia.

For the new assessment design, local content supervisors provided input and guidance into the development.  All designs were presented and evaluated by the state Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and all TAC recommendations were addressed.

The TAC has expressed the importance of continuity over the years and made recommendations to equte previous assessments with the new assessments.  MCAP assessments measure student performance against the same college and career readiness standards that were measured by the previous assessments.  The level of student comprehension necessary to achieve proficiency is the same.

The standard setting process will ensure that performance cut score levels align to the previous assessment and the same scale scores as the previous assessments will ensure that trends are followed.

Decreased testing time was presented with total test time as 160 minutes for all tests except ELA/L3 and ELA/L 4-10 which will be 280 minutes.  Local school systems will have the flexibility to administer multiple units in a day.

In 2019-2020, the mathematics and ELA/L assessments will be fixed form due to the limited item pool in the first year.  Subsequent to 2019/2020, all grades in ELA/L and mathematics 2-7 and algebra 1 will be computer adaptive.  A fix form test covers the full range of performance allowing measurement of all students.  Items are spread along the spectrum from easy to hard with a greater number of items around the cut score for proficiency.  Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) offers a student an initial set of items.  Depending on whether the student gets items incorrect, a mix of items that are answered correctly and incorrectly or all items correct, the next item will be at a specific level of difficulty moving from easy to hard.  Students will be assigned items that fall in a range of performance where they are getting some items right and some items wrong.  This will narrow the student's performance level.

MSDE is excited to be developing Maryland's own assessments.  Maryland will be able to make choices that reflect the needs of our state.  Additionally, the involvement of Maryland educators in this process is an excellent professional development experience.

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Commentary in The74Million

I am pleased to direct your attention to the following op-ed that appeared in the education trade publication The74Million. This published piece began as a conversation in response to a researcher’s comment that “we still don’t know much about specifically what principals do that leads to student success.” As you’ll read, I make the case that such comments are not just false, but they actually hurt the profession by suggesting that leadership is a “mysterious black box” that cannot be reduced to specific skills/knowledge and replicated. The conversation turned into an invitation from the executive editor to submit an op-ed, which was placed on the fast track for publication.  I hope you enjoy the read!

(It was published in time for National Principals' Month)

HELPING PRINCIPALS BECOME LEADERS: Research confirmed long ago that leadership is among the most important school-based factors in student achievement, second only to instruction. As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “Show me a great school, and I’ll show you a great principal.” But when we try to explain what makes a principal great, writes contributor JoAnn Bartoletti, we become unsteady. Our language defaults to generalities about how much principals care about their school, or that they’re just a steady, reliable presence, or a natural leader. These descriptions, flattering though they are, do the field of school leadership a disservice, she says: Perpetuating the notion that effective principal leadership is a mysterious black box suggests that we don’t know how to replicate it, and the born-not-made model provides no direction for leadership development. In fact, she writes, a great deal is known about the principal behaviors that lead to student success. “We must align our budget priorities appropriately to build the knowledge and skills that make a principal effective. Fortunately, we know enough about effective leadership to identify the targets. All that remains is for us to summon the will.”

JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director

NASSP | National Association of Secondary School Principals

 

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Calendar of Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

December 2, 2019 - Spring Conference Committee Meeting, Mt. Airy M.S.

December 3, 2019 - Maryland State Board of Education Meeting

December 5, 2019 - Meet with Cecil County Assistant Principals

January 14, 2020 - Meet with Washington County M.S. Principals

January 15, 2020 - Meet with Washington County H.S. Principals

January 15, 2020 - CEASOM Meeting

January 16, 2020 - Meet with Prince George's County H.S. Principals

January 16, 2020 - Meet with Cecil County Secondary Principals

January 23, 3020 - Meet with Prince George's County M.S. Principals

February 8, 2020 - MASSP Executive Board Meeting

February 22, 2020 - Aspiring Leaders' Workshop - Baltimore County

March 12, 2020 - CEASOM Meeting

March 19 - 21, 2020 - Spring Administrators' Conference, Ocean City

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In recognition of

This summer, at the National Principals' Conference in Boston, I met some amazing people while walking around the Exhibit Hall.  Houston Kraft, co-founder of Character Strong, stood out among many!  I was immediately drawn to the product and the person who exhibited incredible energy and enthusiasm.  I subsequently recruited Houston to not only be an MASSP Sponsor but to also present at the Annual Spring Administrators' Conference in March.  

CharacterStrong helps schools tackle the challenge of integrating relevant and engaging character development and social-emotional learning concepts in the classroom and the school. With a incredibly easy-to-use, vertically-aligned Advisory Curriculum (grades 6-12) and world-class professional development and trainings, CharacterStrong partners with campuses and districts to most effectively teach the Whole Child and serve the Whole Educator.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Conference, March 19 - 21, 2020 at the Princess Royale Resort & Conference Center and make sure you attend the Character Strong session.  It is one you won't want to miss!

 

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Recognizing IXL Learning

Sixth through eighth graders engage in skills related to mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies.  Ninth graders engage in learning activities related to algebra 1 and language arts while tenth graders excel in skills for geometry and language arts.  Eleventh graders focus on algebra 2 and language arts while seniors engage in learning activities for precalculus, calculus, and language arts.  Finally, students can engage in curriculum for Spanish as well.

Please make sure you visit the IXL booth at the Annual Spring Conference on March 19-21, 2020 at the Princess Royale Resort and Conference Center in Ocean City, MD.

"Discover how IXL supports success for every learner. IXL gives teachers everything they need to personalize learning."

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