February 23, 2015
Last week Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC, invited me to attend a conversation with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. I attended that event and enjoyed it very much, including reconnecting with educators I had not seen in a while. I was interested in hearing what the Secretary had to say, especially given the recent discussion about the amount of testing students are exposed to. Duncan agreed with that concern, but noted that he was not willing to do away with all testing because we need accountability. I do believe most people think that many tests students take are government mandated, when in fact most of these tests are given at the discretion of the local school systems. It was good to hear the Secretary express his concern for the equal education of all students, and admit we may disagree on how that should be accomplished.
February 4, 2015
Today, I received notice that I am the recipient of the Baltimore County Commission for Women’s “2015 Woman of the Year Award.” I am so pleased that the Commission is recognizing the very important and innovative work in teacher and leadership development that I am leading at Towson University. I am humbled that they are honoring me with this award as “the most influential Marylander in the field of education.” I very much look forward to accepting this award at the ceremony on March 26th.
I am delighted to share with you that I have been invited to join with the Kennedy family and a small group of advisors, at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, in March 2015, to discuss a new and exciting national health initiative on “brain health.” My work at Towson University and Kennedy Krieger has taught me much about what we know about the neurosciences and how that knowledge can, and should, be used in educational settings. I am so excited to be able to participate in this “brain storming” session with this group of renown national experts.
Our work with Baltimore County Public Schools is continuing and expanding. We are exploring ways for Towson University and the school system to partner to improve mathematics instruction and achievement at the middle school level.
Teacher recruitment for the 2015 AP calculus summer program (part of Towson’s All SySTEMs Go initiative) is underway. This summer, we will partner with the Baltimore City Public School System and will recruit teachers from other counties, as funding allows.
January 7, 2015
Best wishes to all for a happy healthy new year full of wonderful accomplishments!
I am quite pleased to announce that in late December 2014, the St. John Foundation executed a memorandum of understanding with the Presidential Scholar and Towson University to fund $500,000 in support of the goals of the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation. I am very grateful to the St. John Foundation for their support and confidence in our initiatives.