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Celebrating 100 Years of Advocating for Children

 Banneker Middle School Parent Involvement Committee with Governor O'Malley.

                           

   

Press Release: Dr. Karen Salmon Named Next Maryland State Superintendent
State Board Selects Dr. Salmon After National Search; Term Begins July 1                                        

Baltimore, MD (May 24, 2016)

The Maryland State Board of Education today selected Dr. Karen B. Salmon as the State’s next State Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. 

Dr. Salmon will begin serving as Acting Superintendent on June 1, and take the helm as State Superintendent one month later.  She will succeed Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith, who earlier this year was named the next Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

The State Board voted unanimously to elevate Dr. Salmon to the State Superintendent position, pending final contract negotiations. 

"I am committed to collaborating with all of our stakeholders to ensure a world-class education for every Maryland public school student," Dr. Salmon said. "I want to build on Maryland's past accomplishments, streamline programs at the Maryland State Department of Education, and articulate a shared vision for educational excellence." (Click here to read the entire press Release).


Advocacy and the ESSA

As you continue to advocate on behalf of students in our state, Maryland PTA wants to bring to your attention the following information. 

The U.S. Department of Education recently posted an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The Department has prepared these FAQs to support states and school districts in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA.  They recognize there are questions that are still not addressed in this document; but will continue to update and add to these FAQs over the coming months.

The FAQs are posted on National PTA’s ESSA webpage – www.pta.org/essa along with other materials to help you, PTAs, and parents understand the law and how they can be involved in the implementation process moving forward. 


2016 Maryland PTA Proposed Bylaws Amendments

The following bylaws amendments will be voted on at the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention being held August 5-6, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Silver Spring, MD.   Be prepared to discuss and vote on these amendments during General Session by reviewing them on advance.   VIEW AMENDMENTS HERE

      Proposed Amendment 1 - Article II - Purposes - Section 1a,c,d,e and f (new)

      Proposed Amendment 2 - Article VI - Councils - Section 1j - 2nd Sentence

      Proposed Amendment 3 - Article VI - Councils - Section 2c

      Proposed Amendment 4 - Article Vi - Councils - Section 12 - 1st Sentence

Proposed Amendment 5 - Article IX - Officers and their Elections - Sections 1a and 2 e

Proposed Amendment 6 - Article VXI - Convention - Section 1d - 2nd Sentence

Proposed Amendment 7 - Article XXI - Amendment of Bylaws - Section 1c - 2nd Sentence

 


Is Your Local PTA Unit in Compliance with Maryland PTA Standards

of Continuing Affiliation?  

COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST

1) Are the local PTA unit's bylaws on file with Maryland PTA? 

2) Is the local PTA unit up to date on membership dues payments to Maryland PTA?

3) Has the local PTA unit paid their 2015-16 insurance? 

4) Has the local PTA unit filed the Annual Renewal of Registration Form for Maryland

Charitable Organizations?

5) Has the local PTA unit filed a Form 990 with the IRS? 

6) Has the local PTA unit completed an audit for the 2015 year and sent a copy to Maryland PTA? 

7) Does Maryland PTA have the current officer contact information for the 2015-2016 school year? 

If you can say, "yes," to items 1-7 above, Congratulations!  Your local PTA unit is in good standing with Maryland PTA Bylaws!

If your local PTA unit has not completed each of these Maryland PTA requirements, they are not in good standing according to the Maryland PTA Bylaws. Please call our office 1-800-707-7972 or e-mail OfficeAdministrator@mdpta.org, for assistance.

MARCH 31, 2016  - DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE ACCORDING TO MARYLAND PTA BYLAWS.


We are excited to share with you the story on Beverly Cleary running on the TODAY Show this morning at about 8:30 a.m. You’ll find at the end of the clip, Brock Bridge Elementary is featured to show the unveiling of the E-readers and a couple shots of students using the devices.


 

It has come to our attention that effective February 29, 2016, the IRS launched a new website for submitting the Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filings.  Any Form 990-N filings that was not completed and submitted by 11:59 pm (ET) on February 28, 2016, will need to be re-entered into the new IRS system.  To access the new IRS website please click: www.irs.gov/990n.  You will be required to create an account and profile.  Please contact the MD PTA office if you have any questions. 

 


The Maryland State Education Forum sponsored an Education Policy Forum in Annapolis to discuss education topics, policy and the upcoming Legislative session.  President Elizabeth Ysla Leight was part of the first panel which helped to set the tone for an excellent forum with educators, legislators and PTA members. 

The education policy forum can be viewed using the link below.  

http://marylandeducators.org/2015-education-policy-forum


Maryland Parent Involvement Awards Program Issues call for Nominations

BALTIMORE (November 24, 2015) – The Maryland State Department of Education today announced a call for nominations for the ninth annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Awards (PIMA).  The unique awards program honors parents and others with legal responsibility for a child whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs and/or policies... (Click Here)

 


PTA parents, want to know how to help your child and about the changes happening in classrooms across the country? Do you want tips to help your child prepare for the upcoming state test?  Learning Heroes can help! Learning Heroes just released their Family Playbook which is designed to ensure that parents have the information and resources at their fingertips to get ready for the upcoming state test. The guide provides basic facts on what to expect, tips and tools for helping your child prepare and links to the practice test so you can become familiar with the types of questions that will be asked. Learning Heroes mission is to equip parents with the information they need from partners such as National PTA to support your child at home. For more information and personalized tools visit BeALearningHero.org
 
This is an article from Ed Week: ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices. The article highlights National PTA and family engagement provisions in ESSA.  National PTA is a supporter of the Testing Bill of Rights.   We are asking that people sign the Testing Bill of Rights.

 

 

Understanding Assessments

The http://www.greatschools.org/gk/sbac-test-guide/ provides an explanation of the skills and content in both math and English, broken down by test categories. For example, to better understand a 5th grade math score, a parent can unpack the score by selecting their child’s grade, state and subject and reading about the types of skills that need to be mastered in each of them. Easy and parent-friendly language is then used to show ways to support your child's school success. 

·  The Learning Heroes Skill Builder is a search engine that parents can use to uncover learning activities specifically tailored your child's area in need of improvement.  Just like the GreatSchools tool, parents can select a state, grade, subject and category.  The search engine then finds targeted exercises and resources you can use with your child to help improve those skills.  

 

Score Report Support

Last spring, your child took a new state test focusing on the critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills that students need, which replaced the previous test taken in your state.  Results from the new tests are important because they will help teachers better understand where your child does well and where he/she may need some help.  

 

As parents, we all have lots of questions about what score reports from the test means for our children. That’s why in this month’s newsletter, we’re focusing on resources to help you understand your child’s score report, and learn how to use it to support their growth. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and we're here to help!

What's different about the new tests?

Click here for some introductory information on how the new state tests work, and what they are measuring. If you’re not sure which test your child took last spring, select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of the page for more information.

How can I help at home?

On our site, we’ve developed two new one-stop-shop pages (one for Smarter Balanced and one for PARCC) packed full of useful information for parents from trusted partners such as GreatSchools, National PTA and Scholastic.  And we’re very excited to share new tools, including GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents and Skill Builder, which allows you to search by grade, subject and scoring category to find information and resources tailored to the areas where your child needs support..
 
Click here for our new page for parents: About the Smarter Balanced Test
Click here for our new page for parents in PARCC states: About the PARCC Test
Click here if you’re not sure which test your child took last spring.

How are they helpful to my child's teacher?

In this video, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, shares information about the new tests, and how they are helpful to your child’s teacher.   This video focuses on the Smarter Balanced test, if you live in a PARCC state, click here.

 

National PTA received a request from PARCC.

If you could find time to take the survey it would be greatly appreciated.

 

The PARCC states are seeking feedback to ensure they are delivering score reports and other information in a way that is both understandable and useful to parents and students. The answers parents give will provide the consortium with valuable information, and will help enhance the score delivery process for next year.

 

 

 


Lessons Learned: Bridging the Gap between School and Community

Posted by NASSAP on October 16, 2015

Guest Post by Eddie Gleason

Meaningful family-community engagement and principal leadership are two essential components for effective school improvement. Yet, these two elements often operate separately from each other, and collaboration... <READ FULL ARTICLE>

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Hey fourth graders!

A new White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! 

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting everykidinapark.gov.

 


Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Nominations are now open.  The nomination and application process is available online at https://www.paemst.org/home/view

As a parent, you may nominate an outstanding mathematics or science teacher from your school. Log on to the website given and follow the questions. It is a simple and easy nomination process. Once the nomination has been made, the teacher will be notified and they will complete the application process.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016 and all teacher applications must be received by May 1, 2016. Recognize the teachers who have made great contributions to your student’s mathematics or science education by nominating them for this reward. For additional information contact Maryland State Department of Education,

Linda Schoenbrodt via email at - linda.schoenbrodt@maryland.gov.

 


Have you checked the status of your unit's incorporation? 

If you are not considered  "In Good Standing" by the Maryland Department of Assessments, you need to contact them (410-767-1350) to find out what is required to bring you into Good Standing. Not being in good standing can result in the loss of your incorporation and the protection it provides.  It will cause your local to not be in good standing, and thus not be able to participate in several of our programs and benefits.  This loss of standing by the MD Dept of State is usually a result of not filing your property tax report. 

THIS REPORT NEEDS TO BE FILED WHETHER YOUR PTA/PTSA OWNS ANY PROPERTY OR NOT!!!

Check your status at www.dat.state.md.us

  • Click on Business Data Search
  • Click on Business Entity Search
  • Then enter either the PTA name as originally submitted OR enter the Incorporation number for your PTA.
  • When you see your PTA, click on general information
  • This will give you an overview of the status of your PTA.        

 


 

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