Nancy Grasmick named Presidential Scholar by Towson University

University alumna, state leader in education will advance teacher preparation at TU

Nancy GrasmickTOWSON, Md. (March 13, 2012)—Nancy S. Grasmick, former superintendent of Maryland State Schools, has been named a Towson University Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education.

"I am honored to join the talented individuals on this campus who have dedicated their efforts to making the education of our teachers and leaders a priority," says Grasmick.

"Education has been my life's work and I am delighted to continue to pursue goals that will enable all of our students to meet the demands of the 21st century."

An alumna of Towson, Grasmick will be charged with transforming the university’s teacher preparation and early career support program into a national model, one that will produce effective educators with the knowledge and commitment to prepare students for success in a challenging industry.

To accomplish this, Grasmick will:

  • Lead a team of teacher and leader educators from the university and region to develop and implement a national leadership program to prepare teachers for the 21st century;
  • Engage Towson's teacher education faculty to reflect that vision in the strategic redesign of current teacher education programs;
  • Organize and convene a series of public forums involving national academic and policy leaders in education to examine such emerging topics as curriculum, academic assessment, performance evaluation, organizational and economic issues, charter schools, and non-traditional preparation programs;
  • Work with the private sector to extend cutting-edge professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders that align with the national education agenda;
  • Maintain a critical feedback loop with educators, parents, students and the community to ensure fidelity of the initiative and translate research practice to achieve best possible program effectiveness;
  • Publish findings from these activities in an edited volume titled Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century.

"Today is one of Towson University's finest hours, as a national icon of excellence in education is coming home to her alma mater to guide and implement a powerful vision for preparing teachers and education leaders," says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

"Dr. Grasmick's work will tie together all three of the university’s top priorities: innovation in teacher education; STEM education for teacher preparation and for the workforce; and leadership development for students, faculty and staff."

Grasmick began her career in education as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore. She later served as a classroom and resource teacher, then principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent in the Baltimore County Public Schools system.

In 1989, then-Governor William Donald Schaefer appointed her Special Secretary for Children, Youth and Families, and in 1991 the State Board of Education appointed her State Superintendent of Schools. She received her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, her master's degree from Gallaudet University and her bachelor's degree from Towson University.






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