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Cecilia Roe is MSDE’s Director of Instructional Assessment and Professional Development. Her responsibilities as Director include the Educator Effectiveness Academies, Race to the Top professional development initiatives, Title IIA, and HSA Bridge Plan coordination. Cecilia formerly served as a specialist in MSDE’s Secondary English Language Arts Office. She joined the MSDE family from Baltimore County Public Schools, where she served as the Coordinator of the Office of Secondary English Language Arts. Her responsibilities included development and implementation of county curriculum, assessments, and professional development. Prior to her tenure in the English Language Arts Office, Cecilia fulfilled 30 years as a secondary English teacher, department chairperson, and reading specialist. In addition, she has served for five years as an adjunct instructor for Graduate Programs in the Education Division of Goucher College.
Judy Kowarsky is a specialist in the MSDE Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning. She has worked as a researcher and an administrator in a variety of settings, ranging from the division of student affairs at the University of California to the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Judy was the lead MSDE researcher for the federally-funded Safe and Supportive Schools Grant, working in partnership with Johns Hopkins researchers at the School of Public Health and clinicians at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems to identify evidence-based best practices for attending to student mental health concerns, minimizing youth violence and creating a positive, safe and engaging learning environment. She is currently leading the MSDE CSM Curricular Support Materials (CSM) Collaborative, which is designed to facilitate district decision-making for the acquisition of high-quality, evidence-based curricular materials that are aligned to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.