School Improvement in Maryland

Educator Effectiveness Academies

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As part of the Race to the Top grant, MSDE held 31 regional Educator Effectiveness Academies between the summers of 2011 and 2013. The purpose of the academies was to provide professional development on Maryland's new reform initiatives to principals and teachers from each of Maryland's 1,600 schools. This innovative professional development model is the first of its kind in the nation.

The focus of the academies was to transition to the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards in English/language arts and mathematics; and to the STEM standards of Practice for integration of instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Evaluation results provided by participants after the academies indicated that the structure and activities were highly successful at achieving academy outcomes. Transition plans developed by school teams to guide professional development activities with school staff members demonstrated that academy activities were highly engaging and focused on transitioning to full implementation of the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards and STEM initiatives.

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2013 Academy Calendar

Summer 2013 Academy

MSDE will conducted 11 regional Educator Effectiveness Academies during the summer of 2013.

Summer 2013 Academy Agenda

Agenda and Outcomes


Dates TBD

Outcomes for the 2013 Academy
  1. Build internal capacity for full implementation the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum and STEM Education:
    • Mathematics and English/language arts — Understand the implications of the shifts in instruction; examine the PARCC resources; and apply best practices to maximize student learning;
    • Disciplinary Literacy — Understand the implications of the literacy shifts in instruction; identify the best practices that maximize student learning; and identify the interdisciplinary connections of the MD CCSS with the Next Generation Science Standards and with the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework in social studies;
    • STEM Education — Develop an understanding of how Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice can be incorporated across all disciplines and how they are aligned with college and career ready standards;
  2. Develop an understanding of the structure, content, and resources available in the Race-to-the-Top online portal that support implementation of ELA, Mathematics, STEM, and Disciplinary Literacy;
  3. Create a school transition plan to guide school staff to fully implement the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum, STEM Education, and the Educator Evaluation System.
2013 Summer Academy Resources
ELA Session Materials
Mathematics Session Materials
STEM Session Materials