The MRPA Team would like to pass along this message from the Maryland State Department of Education. Mark your calendars, and join where possible!

Happy New Year!

We hope this message finds you well. Just a reminder of the listening tours taking place regarding Maryland’s Consolidated State Plan (see dates below). We encourage you to attend if you are able. Please make sure you register.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-essa-listening-tours-tickets-30254702630

Also, Maryland’s Draft Consolidated State Plan is available for review. Click here for the whole plan. Please complete the feedback survey here, which includes summaries of each section. This survey will remain open until January 31, 2017. Thank you for your input!

Your thoughts on the accountability system to low performing schools to family engagement are being heard and considered. This is a great opportunity to be involved in Maryland’s Consolidated State Plan. Thank you!

ESSA Listening Tours

This is your chance to provide your thoughts on how to best improve Maryland schools and classrooms in the coming years. We welcome and encourage ideas from parents, educators, students, and community members.

This series of meetings will be held across the state to provide overview information on ESSA and allow participants to engage in a group discussion regarding the ESSA State Plan. Each ESSA feedback session will include a welcome and an overview to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Participants chose specific topics to discuss in small groups. Within the small groups, participants will be provided an overview of the selected ESSA topic and then engage in discussion questions surrounding the topic.

The discussion topics include:

  • Accountability
  • Educator Supports
  • Student Supports
  • Supporting Low Performing Schools

Dates and Locations

· January 5: Western Maryland Session
Washington County Board of Education
10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

· January 10: Eastern Shore Session
Dorchester Career and Technology Center
2475 Cambridge Bypasss, Cambridge, Maryland 21613

· January 17: Baltimore Metro Session
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
1400 Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209

· January 19: D.C. Metro Session
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Rd., Springdale, MD 20774

· January 24: Southern Maryland Session
College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-essa-listening-tours-tickets-30254702630

Please forward to interested stakeholders.

Barbara Scherr
Education Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
barbara.scherr@maryland.gov
410-767-0291 office
410-767-8010 fax

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