The Presidential Scholar Signature Forums speaker series focuses on providing Maryland’s
leaders, parents, educators, and policy makers with access to the newest information
and research on current and pertinent topics.
These forums provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders to interact with national
experts at the top of their field and access to the most up-to-date research. The
Signature Forums are free to attend and open to everyone, although registration is
required. Educators, school administrators, and policy makers are encouraged to attend.
Canceled: Carla Hayden: A rare first edition
This event will be rescheduled for a future date.
2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional
right to vote. While not all women benefited equally, securing the vote was essential
for women to achieve economic, social, and political equality. This Signature Forum
is an opportunity to celebrate women who are continuing to push for equality and who
are making impacts in their communities.
Carla Hayden made history in 2016 when she was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Unlike
her 13 predecessors, she is African American and a woman. She is also only the third
librarian to hold the position. Previously, Hayden served as CEO of the Enoch Pratt
Free Library in Baltimore, MD, where she was celebrated for her impact on the community.
Join Dr. Hayden as she discusses the relevance of information accessibility in the
21st century. Hayden will also share experiences and lessons learned from an historic
and remarkable career.
Following her presentation, Hayden will be joined on stage for a brief conversation
on women in leadership with General Linda Singh, Deborah Nolan, and Joanna Morganelli.
An audience Q&A will follow.
4:00 p.m.—Welcome remarks
Dr. Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University
Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Presidential Scholar, Towson University
4:15 p.m.—Carla Hayden: A rare first edition
Dr. Carla Hayden shares experiences and lessons learned from an historic and remarkable
5:15 p.m.—Conversation on leadership
General Linda Singh, decorated military leader, global management consulting executive,
and TU’s inaugural Leader-in-Residence
Deborah Nolan, dean of university libraries, Towson University
Joanna Morganelli, assistant to the Towson University Women's Leadership Collective,
focusing on communications and collaboration between the Towson University Student
Leadership Advisory Council and the Baltimore County Public School System's Outstanding
Young Women Leadership Program.
5:30 p.m.—Q & A
5:45 p.m.—Closing remarks
Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Presidential Scholar, Towson University
Joanna Morganelli is a recent graduate of Towson University and currently provides
administrative assistance to the Women's Leadership Collective. She focuses on communications
and collaboration between the Towson University Student Leadership Advisory Council
and the Baltimore County Public School System's Outstanding Young Women Leadership
Program. As a student, she majored in political science and minored in women's and
gender studies. She was also a member of Towson's Honor's College Leadership Council.
Since January 2013, the Presidential Scholar has convened events featuring national
experts at the top of their field providing access to the most up-to-date research
for teacher preparation. Videos or Power Point presentations from the previous forums
are often available to download from below and are often accompanied by additional
Voices of Women and The Missing 33%™ (April 4, 2019)
Women represent 50% of middle management, however the percentage of women at top levels
of leadership is less than one-third of that number. Why are so many women 'stuck'
in the middle?
Kelly Lockwood Primus, president and COO of Leading Women, shared the key skills needed to get the position wanted along with infomration
about her committment to helping women achieve goals for women’s advancement.
Fight. Flight. Freeze. The Life-Long Implications of Childhood Stress and Trauma (April
Toxic psychological stress—violence, poverty, neglect, abuse—has negative effects
on a child's brain. Research has shown that this trauma alters the brain, affecting
behavioral, social, and emotional functioning. As a child ages, these effects continue
to influence brain development, educational outcomes, and social activity well into
adolescence and adulthood. Dr. Bethany Brand, one of the world’s foremost authorities
in psychological trauma, will discuss brain function changes in adults due to childhood
trauma and the repercussions for our society.
Bethany Brandis a professor of clinical psychology at Towson University with over 25 years of clinical
experience, with expertise in treating and assessing trauma.
Supporting Baltimore’s Students from Pre-K through College (November 16, 2015)
It takes a village to raise a child. That age-old saying has been reiterated across news cycles over and over again in
the wake of Baltimore’s uprisings. In the months that have past, we’ve seen stories
of communities coming together to support youth and their neighborhood schools; however,
much remains to be done. The statistics show those students coming from under-served
communities — fall far below Maryland state averages and national benchmarks in terms
of kindergarten readiness, high school completion, college entrance, and most importantly
college completion. Fortunately, there are approaches, programs, and partnerships
showing real promise. Panelists included:
Wes Moore, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst, and Community Leader
Jason Botel, Former longtime Baltimore-KIPP Executive Director, Executive Director of Maryland
CAN, and school choice expert
Moderator:Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Past Superintendent of Maryland State Schools and Towson University’s first Presidential
Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation
Author Elizabeth Green is co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit
news organization that covers educational change efforts across the country. Her
book “Building a Better Teacher”, a New York Times notable book, was published in
July 2015. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Sun, and
U.S. News & World Report. She was an Abe Journalism Fellow studying education in Japan
and a Spencer Fellow in education journalism at Columbia University. She serves on
the board of the Education Writers Association.
Following her talk, participants were able to talk to Ms. Green as she signed their
Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the founder and director of the Center for Autism
and Related Disorders (CARD) and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
She is also a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Landa is a speech-language pathologist. She has practiced in the public schools,
university clinics and hospital settings. Dr. Landa has consulted with schools and
families on an international level to establish state-of-the-science educational programming
for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Following a fascinating presentation on the application of research to the instruction
of children with autism, Dr. Landa presided over a panel discussion that included
parents, students with autism, and teachers.
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and
Family Policy, Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers
College, Columbia University, and Professor Adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study
Center. Dr. Kagan works with foreign governments, research institutions, UNICEF, the
World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank to analyze, plan, and establish
early learning policies in over 75 countries around the world.
At the forum, Dr. Kagan presented data showing the benefits of early childhood education
and discussed the nuances of implementing early childhood programs.
Leadership and the New Principles of Influence (October 15, 2013)
Daniel Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about changing the world
of work – including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind:
Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive:
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, and his latest book To Sell is Human:
The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. His TED talk on the science of motivation
is one of the 20 most watched ted talks of all time. In 2011, Harvard Business Review
and Thinkers50 named him one of the Top 30 Business Thinkers in the World.
Using an arts education lens, Mr. Pink provided the audience with numerous ways to
lead to inspire creativity and independence. After some questions he treated the
audience to a book signing.
This forum was inspired by several tragic incidences of school violence. Former Commissioner
Bealefeld had a distinguished career as a leader of the 8th largest municipal police department in the U.S. He identified best practices in police
training, invested in smart technology for officers on the street, used data driven
policing strategies, and served as a legislative advocate for tougher penalties for
gun offenders. His programs resulted in the lowest gun violence and homicide rates
in Baltimore since the 1970s.
His talk described aspects of a specific profile often apparent in the perpetrators
of school violence and discussed how many of their issues could be addressed prior
to their violent acts.
How Students Learn: An Inside Look at Neuroscience (January 17, 2013)
Part one of the first Signature Forum featured Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon. He is a full professor of neurosurgery,
oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
for over a quarter of a century. He provided the audience with a detailed conceptual
understanding of brain function.
The second speaker was Dr. Martha Denckla, a research scientist and Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic
at Kennedy-Krieger Institute. Dr. Denkla “translated” the neuroscience introduced
by Dr. Carson and presented it in a away that teachers could apply it in their classrooms
to enhance student learning.