October 7, 2014
On September 24 we had our second meeting of the new Advisory Council and it was a very successful one. The group is quite interested in promoting career technology programs, as the careers programs currently offered are for lucrative careers that are essential to our society. Often, the teachers for these programs are former (sometimes current) people working in the career field. This may be an opportunity for teacher preparation programs to find ways to support these career changers.
We had our meeting at Eastern Technical High School, one of the highest performing high schools in the state. We had a wonderful tour, spoke to students about their studies, and were served lunch by the culinary students. We saw very bright, energetic, and engaged students who are going to be very successful professionals. The Council members were amazed at all of the productive activities at the school.
Last week, we visited the Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC, Dr. Scott Casper. He is quite the program innovator too, encouraging his colleges to blend fields of study in order to prepare the innovators of the future with unusual but creative combinations of skill sets. Our next meeting will be here at Towson and we will explore some areas where we might work together.
I also attended the reception and dinner following the B&O Museum’s annual golf tournament and fundraiser at Caves Valley Golf Course. This organization is a Smithsonian affiliate and is dedicated to early childhood education programs. They premiered a wonderful video about their programs at the event.
September 23, 2014
I was so pleased when I received a letter from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) informing me that they were honoring me with the 2014 NAGC President’s Award. This award reflects a body of work or significant impact an individual or individuals have made – directly or indirectly- on gifted education. The award will be presented at the NAGC’s convention in Maryland in November.
Today I am attending the McGraw Prize in Education awards celebration in New York City. As a former winner of this prestigious award, and now a judge for the prize, I always look forward to honoring the newest winners and hearing about their amazing innovative contributions to education.
September 3, 2014
First I would like to welcome all of our wonderful Towson students back to campus! It has been too quiet and lonely here without you. I wish each of you a successful and fulfilling fall semester.
I was quite pleased to learn that The Daily Record has named me an Innovator of the Year award winner for our “AllSySTEMsGo” project with the College Board. This is our new title for our Advanced Placement initiative that has three important components: a teacher workshop and program to support AP teachers with effective teaching skills; a summer bootcamp, with follow-up support for students who need additional skills for success in their AP course and exam; and an endorsement program for teachers in preparation who meet criteria to effectively teach an AP course as soon as they begin their teaching careers. All three of these components are important to provide additional access and rigor in STEM content areas for students preparing for college, and for teachers graduating for Towson to meet with success in teaching these high level STEM courses.
This award is quite an honor that I could not have accomplished without the significant contributions of Dr. Gail Kaplan, Professor of Mathematics; Billy Burke and Dr. Dallas Dance of Baltimore County; Towson High School teacher Kevin Dalsimer; and of course the College Board.