November 24, 2015
Our November 16 Signature Forum discussion with Jason Botel and Maryland Can and Wes Moore of BridgeEDU was one of the best yet! We had a capacity audience that was very energized and inspired by the discussion, I think it was clear to everyone in the room that we have many great ways to improve education for our children, and we must find the will to implement them.
Also on November 16, I had the pleasure of attending an event to celebrate the funding of five new Judy Centers by philanthropy groups in Maryland. Judy Centers are Early Care and Family Education Centers begun by Congressman Steny Hoyer in memory of his wife, Judy.
Dr. Bob Caret, a former Towson University President, had his inauguration as Chancellor of the University of Maryland System on November 19. I enjoyed the ceremony and wish him all the best in this important new position
I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!.
November 9, 2015
November 3 was our UTeach luncheon. I’m so proud of all Towson has accomplished and will accomplish on this program I helped bring to the campus. Dr. Linda Cooper and Dr. Christine Roland have been wonderful leaders.
Last Thursday I attended the Annual Meeting of the Maryland Business Roundtable, where there was a lot of discussion on the importance of educators and businesses working together. This is so important given the need to prepare our students for college and/or career. We need to align our goals to ensure our students have the necessary skills to excel in the workplace.
Friday was a special day, as I served as moderator at a presentation on our AP Calculus program and the College Forum in Washington, D.C. Presenters were Dr. Gail Kaplan, Professor of Mathematics; Kevin Dalsimer, Sean Selba, and Brent Hopkins, mathematics teachers in Baltimore County Public Schools. It was a great discussion and well-received by the attendees, including the head of AP for the College Board, Trevor Packer.
We are looking forward to our second Signature Forum of the fall semester on November 16. Wes Moore and Jason Botel will present on what is working, what is needed, and the important roles we can all play in the education of Baltimore’s children. After they present, I will be leading them in a lively discussion. Registration is full, but anyone interested in attending can register on the waiting list in case a seat opens up.
October 19, 2015
I am so pleased that this fall’s Signature Forums have been so popular. Elizabeth Green’s talk on September 29 was quite inspiring. She spoke to all of us; those in teacher preparation as well as our students, who asked some interesting questions.
On November 16, three of Baltimore's most visible voices on education and community for a frank and open conversation about what is working, what is needed, and what role everyone can play to support Baltimore's students and thus its future. I will moderate the discussion by Wes Moore, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst, and Innovative Education Leader; and Jason Botel, Former longtime Baltimore-KIPP Executive Director, Executive Director of Maryland CAN, and Charter School Expert. If you’d like to join us, please register early at signatureforums.org, as space is limited.
On October 14, I had an opportunity to meet with a delegation from Russia. They are developing a new and innovative school in Moscow, and shared interesting perspectives.
September 28, 2015
I continue to have inspiring experiences while here at Towson. Last Monday, I was privileged to attend the opening of Green Street Academy’s new building on North Hilton St. Congressman Elijah Cummings addressed the students with a moving speech. Green Street Academy is an innovative Charter School in Baltimore City with a focus on scholarship, citizenship, perseverance, integrity and sustainability. To promote the importance of higher education, each class is assigned a university name. Yes, there is a class named “Towson University!”
I was so pleased to see that one of the graduates of the Kennedy-Krieger Institute Center for Innovations and Leadership in Special Education fellowship program was featured in the September 16th edition of EdWeek. Carrie Shiel is a 2015 graduate of the program. These fellows receive their ADMIN I certification through a partnership between Towson University and Kennedy-Krieger Institute. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association features Carrie for her role as a Speech and Language Pathologist.
Tomorrow, my Signature Forum will host best-selling author Elizabeth Green. She will be discussing her book, Building a Better Teacher, and doing a book signing as well.