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The Power of Community

January 11, 2019
Erin Doolittle Frederick County Teacher of the Year, 2015 My school is a truly special place.  We have the privilege to educate a population   ...Learn more

Using Every Tool in the Education Toolbox

October 30, 2018
Carol Detrick Garner Allegany County Teacher of the Year, 2013 The mighty Gymnogyps californianus was proving to be one tough bird. To make a long genetic bottleneck   ...Learn more

Teaching Kids, Not Classes

September 13, 2018
Sarah Desrosiers, M.Ed. Charles County Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016 Today’s children need so much more than we did when we went to school.  Society has   ...Learn more

Maintaining a Positive Learning Environment

July 6, 2018
Thomas Mills Dorchester County Teacher of the Year, 2014-2015 I teach chemistry and physics – two subjects which cause students to become intimidated and lose self-confidence.   ...Learn more

“Live, Laugh, Love & Learn”

April 30, 2018
Kimberly C. King Charles County Teacher of the Year, 2014-2015 Live.  Laugh. Love.  Learn. These words need to be at the heart of every teacher and   ...Learn more

We Are Teachers

March 16, 2018
Kelly O’Hara Elkton High School Social Studies 9-12 Grade Cecil County 2015 Cecil County TOY   During my first year of teaching, in the middle of an observation, a girl   ...Learn more

Maryland Classroom: Dinner is Served! A New School Holiday Tradition

December 22, 2015
By Jodi Risse Many parents choose at least one day a week to have a family meal where members can connect with each other and   ...Learn more

TOY Stories Blog: We Are Family – Thoughts on Teaching in an Open Space Classroom

November 19, 2015
By Dana Jo Reinhardt Open space school design gained popularity in the United States during the 1970s with the hopes of recreating the wholesome “one   ...Learn more

Superintendent Perspective: The Power of Public Education

November 3, 2015
By Dr. David Cox I know and fully understand the power of public education, and to it I owe a personal debt of gratitude as   ...Learn more

TOY Stories Blog: Connecting Students with the World Around Them

October 13, 2015
By Ryan Kaiser I come from a family of teachers. My grandmother taught elementary school and both my parents were teachers and educational administrators. It   ...Learn more

Principal Perspective: Eliminating Hunger at School Produces Happier, Productive Students

October 2, 2015
By Karen Gregory, Principal, Maryvale Elementary School, Montgomery County, MD Before our school was invited to participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program, many of our   ...Learn more

Principal Perspective: Breakfast and a Book: A Great Way to Start the Day

September 29, 2015
By Yolanda Stanislaus, Principal, Francis Scott Key Middle School, Montgomery County As the proud Principal of Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County, my   ...Learn more

Be the Refuge for Your Students

September 4, 2015
  By Laura Ann Collins   No matter what you think you know, you simply don’t really know, so don’t assume you do. Always, always, always give children   ...Learn more

Student Perspectives: Agriculture is my Passion

August 24, 2015
Recently, Gabrielle Morris, a student at Parkside High School in Wicomico County, was selected as a 2015 delegate to Global Youth Institute of the   ...Learn more

Maryland Classroom: Training the Next Generation of Exceptional School Leaders – For Best Results, Step out of Your Comfort Zone

August 6, 2015
By John Nori, Leadership Development Coach for Maryland’s Promising Principals Academy I was delighted to be a part of a meeting in July 2015 of   ...Learn more

Maryland Classroom: Training That Makes Teachers “The Experts in the Room”

August 6, 2015
Shaun Downey, Technology Education Teacher, Chesapeake High School, Baltimore County, MD Shaun Downey, Technology Education Teacher, Chesapeake High School I have taken two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses at   ...Learn more

Creating Positive Student-Teacher and Student-Student Interaction

August 5, 2015
By Derek Berger Posing a thought provoking question to high school students is often met with the same result – the sound of silence. Even   ...Learn more

Maryland Classroom: ‘Project Lead the Way’ Enriches Teacher Training

August 3, 2015
By Brian S. Bruneau, Technology Education Chair, Dulaney High School, Baltimore County, MD Brian S. Bruneau, Technology Education Chair, Dulaney High School, Baltimore County, MD I attended training many years   ...Learn more

TOY Stories Blog: Positivity is the Key – Encouraging Parental Involvement

July 10, 2015
By Jodie Hogan What is the first thing on my to-do list on Friday mornings?  You guessed it!  It is to make one positive phone   ...Learn more

Partner Perspectives: Building a Robust Pipeline of Talent

June 18, 2015
By Ted Imes, Sector Director, Talent Discovery & University Relations, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Ted Imes, Sector Director, Talent Discovery & University Relations Northrop Grumman   ...Learn more