Celebrating 100 Years of Advocating for Children
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.
STATE BOARD SEEKS INPUT IN SEARCH FOR NEXT STATE SUPERINTENDENT
BALTIMORE (January 20, 2016) – The Maryland State Board of Education is seeking public input as it begins the search for the next State Superintendent of Schools.
Working with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), the Board has scheduled a series of public forums to help identify the characteristics necessary to help lead the State’s education system. The forums, facilitated by a member of HYA, will be held at five locations throughout the State.
In addition, an online survey has been posted to collect information. The public can access the survey at www.ecrasurvey.com/MSDE.
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)
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?
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..
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.
Useful PARCC Websites
Other Helpful Links
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>...
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 - email@example.com.
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
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