More than 7,000 teachers and administrators will take part this summer in Maryland’s third and final round of Educator Effectiveness Academies, completing the largest professional development program in State education history. The Academies are preparing educators for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Eleven regional academies funded by Maryland’s Race to the Top grant will be held throughout the State beginning next week, involving teams of educators from all 1,450 Maryland public schools, and representatives from every college in the State. Academies also were held in 2012 and 2011.
This third round of academies will build school system capacity for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards and enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Master teachers will focus on the necessary shifts in instruction for both mathematics and English/language arts, examining resources available from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and applying best practices to classroom instruction. Principals will be examining best practices for observing Common Core and STEM-centric classrooms.
"The Common Core is a state-led initiative to further improve our schools and provide our students with the foundation for a bright future," said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. "The unique academy structure has allowed scores of Maryland teachers and administrators to become fully immersed in the standards. Participants will help train teachers at their individual schools, which will result in improved classroom instruction throughout the State."
The Common Core State Standards will be fully implemented in Maryland’s classrooms this coming school year. New assessments based on those standards will be administered during the 2014-15 school year. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Day 1 will be held at the individual schools, while days 2 through 4 will be at central locations.