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Individuals, Teams, Schools Honored for Commitment to Safety

August 16, 2017
2016-17 Maryland School Safety Awards Presented BALTIMORE – The Maryland Center for School Safety this week presented awards to leaders, teams, and law enforcement professionals that have put a special focus on student safety. The 2016-17 awards winners are: School Safety Administrator of the Year Award • Principal Kristy Snyder, Glendale Elementary School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools • Principal Helen Shaken, Brooklyn Park ... Learn more

Howard County Receives National School Health Award

August 14, 2017
Schools Recognized for Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs BALTIMORE – Seventy-five public schools in Howard County recently gained national recognition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for achieving honors in the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL). Overall, the district earned one gold, seven silver and 67 bronze awards. The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms is a voluntary certification ... Learn more

Maryland Center for School Safety to Hold Summer Conference, August 14-15

August 11, 2017
Conference will focus on School Safety efforts, experiences and procedures BALTIMORE – The Maryland Center for School Safety will hold its 2017 School Safety Summer Conference August 14-15, 2017. This two-day conference will feature presentations, discussions and experiences all in the name of improving school safety. Throughout the conference various national and local school safety experts will present and initiate discussions on ... Learn more

New MSDE-Baltimore City School System Collaboration to Set Course for Improvement

July 26, 2017
Priority School Leadership Team Retreat Set for Aug 2-4 BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Baltimore City Public Schools will convene leadership teams from Baltimore City’s lowest performing schools next week to begin a yearlong partnership designed to jump-start academic improvement. Over the course of three days, school leadership teams will complete a comprehensive needs assessment ... Learn more

MSDE Announces Expansion of Maryland Autism Waiver

July 21, 2017
2018 Budget Provides $2.2 million for 100 New Slots BALTIMORE – Maryland’s Autism Waiver program has been expanded to provide services and supports to an additional 100 children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in communities across the State. Governor Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2018 budget included $2.2 million in added funding to support the 100 new slots. The new budget ... Learn more

Andrew Smarick Re-Elected Maryland State Board President

July 18, 2017
Chester Finn Re-Elected Vice President BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education today unanimously re-elected Andrew R. Smarick as president, and re-elected Chester Finn as vice president. Smarick is the Morgridge Fellow in Education at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In addition, Smarick has been an education aide at the White House Domestic Policy Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary at ... Learn more

New Guidelines Announced for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

July 18, 2017
USDA Announces Adjustments in Income Eligibility BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced revised Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for free and reduced-price school meals. The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by the MSDE. Guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals in the child nutrition programs for the period July ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, July 18

July 14, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 18 at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. The State Board will not be holding a Monday work session this month. Items ... Learn more

Maryland Students Score Top Recognition at FBLA National Conference

July 12, 2017
BALTIMORE, MD – During the recent National Leadership Conference and Competition held in Anaheim, CA., Maryland’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) delegation brought home fourteen (14) awards, including four top-three medal winners. More than 240 students and advisers from Maryland attended the National Leadership Conference, held June 29-July 2. The conference brought together more than 12,000 participants from throughout the ... Learn more

New Income Eligibility Guidelines Announced for Child and Adult Care Food Program

July 11, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced revised Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG) for free and reduced-price meals in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by the MSDE. The guidelines are used in the process of establishing reimbursement for agencies ... Learn more

MSDE Offers Professional Development Events for Teachers and Administrators

July 7, 2017
Events Will Be Held During Several Summer Sessions BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will sponsor two Professional Development events for educators this summer including a Teacher Leadership Summit and Pre-K-2nd Grade Educator Symposiums. The Maryland Teacher Leadership Summit is a two-day summit designed to promote and develop teacher-led initiatives across the state. Modeled after the successful National Teach ... Learn more

Maryland Career & Technology Student Organization Sweeps Louisville at National Leadership and Skills Conference

July 5, 2017
More Than Half of Maryland Competitors Finish in National Top Ten BALTIMORE – Maryland’s SkillsUSA delegation brought home 22 medals from the 53rdAnnual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), held in Louisville, KY, last week. In addition, former SkillsUSA Maryland State President, Laila Mirza, a rising senior at Worcester Technical High School, was elected to the SkillsUSA National Officer Team and ... Learn more

Gifted and Talented Students to Explore Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem, Space, and Global Languages at Maryland Summer Centers Program

July 5, 2017
Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence: First Three of Five Summer Programs Launch This Month BALTIMORE – The RAMS Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Research, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Center for Space Science, and the Anne Arundel County Schools Center for Global Languages will begin this month. These programs are the first three of five Maryland Summer Centers for ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education Takes Next Step on State ESSA Plan

June 29, 2017
School Accountability and Improvement Proposal Delivered to Governor, General Assembly BALTIMORE –The Maryland State Board of Education yesterday approved the State’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law requiring state action on school improvement. The ambitious plan sets into place targets for schools and systems and outlines assistance programs for schools that are not meeting the grade. ... Learn more

Sunderland Elementary To Be Honored By State Superintendent on June 6

June 2, 2017
Calvert County School Is Blue Ribbon Recipient WHO: Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent of Calvert County Schools Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Guffrie Smith, member, Maryland State Board of Education Dr. Darla Strouse, Director, Maryland Blue ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, May 23

May 18, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 23, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. Please note there will be no Monday work session this month. Items on this ... Learn more

Maryland’s New Seal of Biliteracy Making Its Debut in Washington County

May 16, 2017
Acknowledges Students with Proficiency in Two Languages Baltimore — Top language students in Washington County tonight will be the first Maryland students to receive the State’s new Seal of Biliteracy. The seal is being awarded for the first time this spring to Maryland graduates who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency in English and one or more other world languages. The ... Learn more

Proposals Sought to Administer Maryland’s New Next Generation Scholars Program

May 16, 2017
Grants to Local Nonprofits Will Help Support Program BALTIMORE – Nonprofits are eligible to apply for a new grant to administer the Next Generation Scholars of Maryland (NGSP) Program. Nonprofits are eligible to apply for the program to serve students in the following school systems: Allegany County Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, Caroline County Public Schools, Dorchester County Public Schools, Kent ... Learn more

Two Montgomery County Elementary Schools to be Honored by State Superintendent on May 17

May 15, 2017
Schools Are Blue Ribbon Recipients WHO: Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools Mike Durso, President, Montgomery County Board of Education Stephanie Iszard, State Board Member Dr. Darla Strouse, Director, Blue Ribbon Schools Mary Bliss, Principal, Farmland Elementary School Sherilyn Moses, Principal, Ronald McNair Elementary School Other Elected Officials Blue Ribbon Sponsors: Susie Brady (Rudolph’s), Bonnie Phelan (Microsoft), Neav Abramov (Microsoft) ... Learn more

Deadline Extended to Peer Coaching Collaborative Applications

May 10, 2017
Teachers Have Until Friday to Apply for Professional Development Program BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has extended the deadline for applying for the Peer Coaching Collaborative Program until this Friday, May 12. The Peer Coaching Collaborative Program, now in its second year, will provide stipends, substitute pay, tools, resources and support visits to schools throughout school year 2017-18. ... Learn more

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