Towson University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke appointed Dr. Grasmick as Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation in March 2012.  

Uniting business leaders in support of innovation in teacher and leader preparation, Presidential Scholar Nancy Grasmick has raised more than $6.5 million for initiatives as of December 31, 2016.

As of June 2016, 9 Fellows have completed the Kennedy-Krieger/Towson partnership program, and 3 additional fellows will complete the program and receive their ADMIN I certification in June of 2017.

The Presidential Scholar’s Office has funded the development of a teacher learning community for over 30 Baltimore County elementary, middle and high school teachers who are working to develop a deeper knowledge of the writing process for students. This project is in collaboration with Baltimore County and the Maryland Writing Project.

Four fellows representing four school systems completed their work to advance knowledge and use of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

The LYNX School at Frederick High program has been designed, the teachers are planning for the incoming students and the school is set to open on September 5, 2017.

Teachers at the Norwood Lab School in Baltimore County have implemented the redesigned Maryland Writing Project, are integrating it with restorative justice, and are receiving on-going professional development in the neurosciences.

Through the Advanced Placement teacher preparation and student support program:

  • 58 teachers from Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Carroll counties, and Baltimore City have participated in the veteran teacher preparation program.
  • 43 at risk students from Baltimore County have participated in the AP calculus student boot camp, many received scores of 4 or 5 on the AP exam.

116 students participated in the Towson UTeach program last academic year, and 14 graduated (May and December).

The Presidential Scholar is proud to have played a part in the development of the College of Fine Arts and Communication's of its Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion program, which will train educators to infuse arts instruction throughout their curriculum.

Invited Presentations

  • February 2017 – Panama Bilingual Leadership Institute, American University, Washington DC
  • October 2016 – Southeast Association of Teacher Education – Keynote
  • August 2016 – National Center for Education and Innovation Conference
  • July 2016 – Chinese Delegation, Schaefer Center for Public Policy
  • March 2016 – Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Summit
  • July 2012  - Learning from Improving Systems at Home and Abroad, sponsored by the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance
  • November 2015 and January 2016 -  National College Board Forum, Advanced Placement Calculus program
  • Spring 2015, 2016 and 2017-  Towson University’s Women’s Leadership Program
  • March, 2015 -   Kennedy Forum on Brain Health and Fitness Focus Group, Kennedy Compound, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Trailblazer in Education Award, The Center Club’s Women in Business
  • 2016 William Donald Schaefer Award, William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy, University of Baltimore
  • 2016 Beacon of Light Award, Baltimore Teacher Network
  • 2016 (Inaugural class) Maryland Business and Civic Hall of Fame, Baltimore Sun
  • 2016 Torchbearer Award, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Dr. Grasmick served as a quarterly guest columnist for the Baltimore Sun from December 2015 through February 2016.
  • Dr. Grasmick was interviewed for and included in the report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation series “Laggards to Leaders: How Three States Found Their Way Forward” (2015)
  • 2015 Woman of the Year, Baltimore County Commission for Women
  • 2015 Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education, Arts Education for Maryland (AEMS) Alliance
  • 2014 Innovator of the Year, for All SySTEMs Go, The Daily Record
  • 2014 President’s Award, National Association for Gifted Children