Cecilia Roe is the Director of Instructional Assessment, Professional Learning, and English Language Arts at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Cecilia’s responsibilities with MSDE include oversight of several federal grants, including Title II and the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grants. She has also served as a grant manager for three projects under the State Longitudinal Data Systems Program, as well as three Maryland Race to the Top projects. Among other duties, Cecilia directs coordination and implementation of Maryland state-wide professional learning initiatives, instructional assessment, and Maryland Graduation requirements, including College Readiness and the Maryland Bridge Plan for Academic Validation. Cecilia joined the MSDE family after 34 years with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). In addition, Cecilia served for eight 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.
Dan Capozzi is a specialist in the MSDE Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning. He has worked in Baltimore County as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and manager of the Office of Staff Relations, and in Talbot County as an assistant superintendent for support services. Dan came to MSDE in 2012 to work on a project that created an online application for teacher resources for professional learning under Race to the Top, and became a member of the Professional Learning team at the conclusion of his project. His responsibilities include Title II, Part A, teacher induction, professional learning, and grant management.