Twitter: AACPS@AACountySchools January 30, 2015 AACPS Graduation Rate Climbs; System Shows Sharp Gains in Student Groups Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) continued to surpass the state four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2014, and the district saw significant improvement in the graduation rate for several racial and ethnic student groups, students who receive special education services, and those who receive free and reduced-price meals, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education. Belle Grove Earns National Title 1 Honor Tiny Belle Grove Elementary School has hit it big. www.facebook.com/aacps Miscellaneous Items St. Michaels Running Festival Earn A McDaniel Master’s at AACPS Annual Expo at GBHS Slated for April 22 Tweet of the Week: I'm in Avid!!!! This class has been my #1 class to get into Now I'm in it!! One of Anne Arundel County’s smallest elementary schools, with just over 265 students, leapt into the national spotlight when it was named a National Title I Distinguished School for the 2014-2015 school year. The school, which was honored for its sustained academic progress, is the only one in Maryland and one of just 38 across the United States to be honored. Northeast HS Signature Program Earns Gold Achievement Status from AHA The Human Performance Signature Program is proud to once again recognize Northeast High School as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The American Heart Association (AHA) criteria were met through a demonstrated commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees. Northeast High School will receive recognition on the AHA’s website, www.heart.org/FFWrecognition, and local recognition by the American Heart Association at events and in communications materials supporting the recognition program. Severna Park HS’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Tickets Go on Sale Soon Announcing Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival XXVI: Rockin’ out of this World! March 6-7, March 13-14, and March 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 and March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 2, 2015, online at www.sphsdrama.com or in the SPHS Main Office. Blast off! Crofton Elementary School Celebrates First Diversity Day On January 22, Crofton Elementary School held its first Celebrating Diversity Day. The purpose of the event was for the students to reflect on how all people contribute to society and how that diversity enriches everyone’s life. Parent volunteers from the community volunteered to participate in this event. Parents spoke about what diversity meant to each of them. Through books, video links, and PowerPoint, they also shared information about a historic person in history who was a “first” in their field. Some figures highlighted were President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and youth baseball star Mone' Davis. The goal is for students to begin to see the diversity not only in the community, but all around them. Photo, from left to right: Jacqueline Perdue, Rashida Queen, Mia Harris, Hannah Roth, Jennifer Wilbur, Tricia Mischler, Natifia Mullings, Ethan Ming, Roberta Langworthy, Nicole Riggs, Robert Landry, Rubi Myers, Ashley Allen, Luke Sopha, Toni Peterson, Irene Easter, Angelette Aviles, Gary Steen, Jr., Esau Venzen, Carol Streeter, Waverly McKnight, Steven Leigh, Michael Duru. Professional Development Opportunities MSDE College & Career Summer Conferences - Master Teacher Presenters Needed MSDE is offering another series of free regional conferences for teachers, administrators, and central office personnel during the early summer of 2015. These free College and Career Readiness (CCR) Conferences will be held in five regions around the state; dates and locations are noted in the attachment. MSDE is once again hiring Master Teachers as presenters for the conferences. Minimum qualifications are listed below. Applications are due to the Division of Professional Growth and Development via email at [email protected] by February 13, 2015. Teachers should carefully review the application requirements and schedule for trainings and the conferences to ensure they are qualified and available on the designated dates. Master Teacher Candidate Requirements: A candidate for this position should have experience and comfort in presenting to school leaders and/or Maryland educators. The candidate should possess working knowledge of Maryland College- and Career- Ready Standards; curriculum development and instructional practices; school improvement initiatives; as well as skill in presenting district staff development programs; and identifying key points and summarizing information in a clear and concise format. Minimum Required Qualifications: Master’s degree or Advanced Professional Certificate Successful teaching or co-teaching and /or administrative experience at the appropriate level Understanding of the instructional shifts and working knowledge of the Maryland College- and Career- Ready Standards Evidence of providing professional learning at the school, district, state, and/or national level Understanding of adult learning theory Additional Qualifications: Experience in delivering content to district and/or school leaders Possession of or eligibility for a Maryland Administrator I Certificate Participation in previous MSDE Educator Effectiveness Academies (EEAs) and/or College and Career Readiness Conferences Knowledge of the principles and practices of public education administration See pages 10 and 11 of the attached application regarding additional content specific qualifications. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Zamora at [email protected] or 410-7218304. SPRING 2015-MSDE Online Professional Development Courses Offered by the Maryland State Department of Education and MPT Thinkport Spring Specials! New MSDE courses will be piloted during Spring 2015. In addition to the assigned coursework, these pilots require participants to reflect on course technology and content. As a result, participants will not pay the standard fee. Instead, they will pay only the $25 registration fee and a 3% bank assessment fee. Due to limited space, educators may only enroll and participate in one pilot course. There will only be one open section for each course, so register early! The spring pilot courses are listed below. Please look inside the booklet (click link below) for course descriptions and registration details. http://goo.gl/ausiVb Registration for pilots began on Wednesday, January 14 • Practical Application of ELA Methods (Primary) K-2 • Practical Application of ELA Methods (Intermediate) 3-5 • Supporting Data Dialogue in the Classroom through the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process (CFIP) • Digital Portfolios for STEM NEW! Use your credit card to pay for your MSDE courses Registration for ALL MSDE courses will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Upcoming National Board Certification Information Meetings Staff Development Center Carver - Auditorium 2671 Carver Road Gambrills, MD 21054 Please sign up on ERO for the session you would like to attend. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515001 Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515002 Monday, February 23, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515003 Wednesday, March 5, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515004 Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515005 Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515006 Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515007 Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:30 p.m., SRN 9340515008 Application Deadline for Full Candidacy Your completed application packet must reach Angela Reisler, NBCT at the NBC Office/HR/Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 no later than: Friday, May 1, 2015, at 5 p.m. For more information about the revised NBC program check out https://intranet.aacps.org/Dept/HR/Pages/NBC.aspx 2015 Title I/AAA Summer Programs Staff Application The Title I Summer School Teacher Application is now available for elementary school teachers and teacher assistants (TA). Dates are July 6-30 at various Title I and AAA elementary schools across the county (locations are pending). Hours vary slightly, but on average run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. The purpose of the Title I/AAA summer program is to provide remediation in the areas of reading and math in a fun, engaging way for students in grades K-5. The program includes breakfast and lunch for students and instructional field trips. Teachers are paid $25/hour and TAs receive $12.50/hour. Please contact the Title I Office for more information or just fill out the application and turn it in to the Title I Office. Spring Professional Development Online Courses Do you want to earn CPD credit from the comfort of your home? Do you like the flexibility of online courses? Do you love to learn new things? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, be on the lookout for MSDE’s booklet of spring online professional development courses. The booklet is available now! Courses offered include, but are not limited to, adaptive PE, Gifted & Talented, English/Language Arts, STEM, and the list goes on! Spring Specials may be available for only a nonrefundable $25 registration fee plus a 3% online service fee. Spring specials were advertised in December in an addendum to the Spring Booklet. Announcing the 2015 College and Career Readiness Conferences: Due to the overwhelming success of the 2014 Summer Conferences, MSDE will be holding the 2015 College and Career Readiness Conferences. Since only five regional conferences are planned, space is at a premium and registration is required, so watch for emails and check the MSDE Blackboard site for registration details. Registration will open soon and all Pre-K to 20 educators from the classroom to the Board Room are invited to this professional learning opportunity. Please save the dates! Western Maryland - June 18-19: Hagerstown Community College Southern Maryland - June 23-24: North Point High School Eastern Maryland - June 25-26: Easton High School Central Maryland - June 30-July 1: Reservoir High School Northern Maryland - July 8-9: Edgewood High School International Parents Applications Accepted for IPCLA Just a friendly reminder that the Office of School & Family Partnerships is accepting applications for its annual International Parent & Community Leadership Academy (IPCLA). The goals of the IPCLA are to improve communication with international families and to diversify the pool of leaders in schools and the community in order to support the academic achievement of international students. The application is available in English, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese and is due on February 13. There is also a one-page overview of the program in English and Spanish. CALENDAR EVENTS CAN NOW BE FOUND HERE. 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