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By LESTER A. PICKER | January 11, 1993
Last week I spoke of the importance for nonprofit managers to take time early in 1993 to plan for their own professional development throughout the year. By extension, it makes a great deal of sense to promote that self-nurturing to the entire staff.Naturally, financial constraints prevent nonprofit organizations from being able to grant every wish from every staff member's professional development list. A conference here, a certification course there, and pretty soon we're talking real dollars.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
It will soon be payback time for Maryland students who have spent those lazy snow days sleeping until 10 a.m., playing with friends and sledding. Twenty-two of Maryland's 24 school districts have already plowed through the days they build into their annual calendars for snow and bad-weather closings, according to an unofficial tally by state education officials made before this week's storm. State law requires students to go to school for 180 days.     See updated closings for Thursday So if the snow falls as predicted and schools close a day or two this week, local superintendents will have to start adding days.
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By Rosemarie Nassif | May 14, 1998
TRUE school reform is about improving the quality of teaching. But that simple fact can get lost in the push to transform a complex school system.More parental involvement, after-school academies, smaller class size, new books -- as valuable as they all are -- will not improve student performance if there's ineffective teaching in the classroom. These other elements complement, but do not substitute, for good teaching.National pushNationally, there is a growing recognition that on-the-job teacher training, also known as professional development, is key to improving student performance.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
On any given day, a teacher's mailbox is usually chock full of messages: leaflets advertising professional development, discount coupons for office supplies, publications from curriculum companies, and book club invitations. But under a contract that teachers are expected to vote on Thursday, they fear that such communication would cease - unless it comes from the Baltimore Teachers Union. City teachers are criticizing an unusual clause included in the proposed contract that appears to give the union the exclusive right to disseminate information via email or through teachers' mailboxes.
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By Michael Scarcella and Michael Scarcella,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2001
Baltimore public school teachers approved a two-year contract yesterday that included making salaries more competitive with surrounding school districts and the introduction of compensated professional development time. The contract was approved by a 4-1 margin in voting by just 721 of the Baltimore Teachers Union's approximately 7,000 members. Sharon Y. Blake, the union president, said it was a large voter turnout for approval of the contract granting teachers 5 percent raises this year and next, and payment for their required 20 hours of professional development.
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By Kevin T. McVey and Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2004
The future will be one focus of Cecil County public schools' professional development day, which will be held tomorrow at Cecil Community College and will feature a variety of workshops, many on technology, for more than 800 middle and high school teachers. The event, sponsored by Comcast and CCC, will feature speaker Ed Barlow, an advocate of understanding the future and the influences that will affect personal, professional and community settings. Other events will try to help educators effectively teach students.
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January 2, 2013
Fire Chief Christopher Scott Hurst of the Susquehanna Hose Company has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer). " The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met Nov. 6 to officially confer the designation upon Hurst, who is one of only 908 CFOs worldwide. The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.
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March 18, 2007
August Aug. 21 -- Staff returns (tentative) Aug. 27 -- First day of school for students Aug. 31 -- Countywide professional development day; schools closed for students September Sept. 3 -- Labor Day; schools and offices closed Sept. 13 -- Rosh Hashanah; schools and offices closed October Oct. 17 -- PSAT, grades 10 and 11 Oct. 19 -- MSTA convention; schools closed for students November Nov. 1 -- End of marking period Nov. 2 -- Professional development/work day; schools closed for students Nov. 19 -- Schools close three hours early for parent-teacher conferences; HS Professional Development; no pre-kindergarten-RECC Nov. 20 -- Schools close three hours early for parent-teacher conferences; no pre-kindergarten or RECC Nov. 21 -- All schools closed for students; parent-teacher conferences; non-teaching 10-month, school-based employees do not report Nov. 22-23 -- Thanksgiving vacation; schools and offices closed December Dec. 24-25 -- State holidays; schools and offices closed Dec. 26-Dec.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1996
The one-size-fits-all teacher workshop is about to become a misfit in Maryland.Putting another piece of school reform in place, the State Board of Education yesterday endorsed a plan to make professional development for Maryland's 45,000 teachers substantive, meaningful and tailored to the specific needs of those teachers, their students and schools.The plan would shift attention from general topics such as multiculturalism, and toward courses more closely linked to classroom work. But, for the precedent-setting plan to work, Maryland school systems probably will have to change the way they use two precious commodities: time and money.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | February 2, 1994
William E. Jenne, administrator of Carroll County's Office of Economic Development, passed the Certified Economic Developer examination on his first attempt last weekend in Washington."
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
A Baltimore startup said Thursday that it received a $100,000 investment from the Maryland Technology Development Corp. An Estuary LLC, which builds web and mobile social platforms for "next generation" professional development, said the money will support its technology development efforts. TEDCO is a quasi-state agency that invests in Maryland startups. The eight-month-old An Estuary - started by educators - has a tech platform in beta testing for teachers. It's based at Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center @ Johns Hopkins Eastern, a business incubator.
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January 2, 2013
Fire Chief Christopher Scott Hurst of the Susquehanna Hose Company has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer). " The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met Nov. 6 to officially confer the designation upon Hurst, who is one of only 908 CFOs worldwide. The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.
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By Marianne Amoss, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
Scott Butler is a busy man. A managing director at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network-Maryland, he oversees the Columbia, Frederick and Hagerstown branches. In addition to volunteering regularly at the Living Classrooms Foundation, for six years he coached both of his daughters' soccer teams, which meant he had to be on the field at 5:15 p.m. four days a week. How did he get away with that? He didn't have to: It's company policy. "We encourage our employees to do the exact same thing," Butler said.
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Erica L. Green | September 28, 2012
Representatives of the city's Coalition of Baltimore's Charter Schools presented to city school board members Tuesday, a range of issues they have raised in recent months about district policies and funding challenges that impact their ability to educate the districts 11,000 students--or 13 percent of the student population--they serve. In a letter, charter leaders said that in recent weeks, they received answers and assurances regarding federal funding for professional development, the charter renewal process, and a lack of communication from district officials about the future of charter budgets--concerns raised since May. The Coalition also said it had made progress on obtaining Title II funding for professional development from the district, and charters would receive flexibility to amend their applications after the district implements a new rubric and assessment tool.
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By Lillian Lowery and Betty Weller | August 29, 2012
There's excitement in the air for students, parents and educators as schools across Maryland open their doors for a new school year. Students enter new classrooms, parents learn about new expectations for their children, and educators begin another year with a renewed focus on continued academic improvement. There is an extra layer of excitement this year as new teacher and principal evaluation systems are piloted in each of the state's 24 school systems. The purpose of these systems is to strengthen the knowledge, skills and classroom practices of educators to improve the achievement of our students.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
The Institute of Notre Dame, a 165-year-old private all-girls high school in the city, has selected Gail Donahue as its new principal, according to the school. Donahue is currently the assistant principal of professional development of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. She replaces Ann Seeley, who is retiring June 30 after 12 years as principal of IND, the school said. Donahue, of Ellicott City, has taught in Catholic schools for 34 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in reading from Trinity University, and is expected to earn a doctorate in educational leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University — where she is also an associate faculty member — this month, IND said.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2004
Carroll County school officials are proposing changes that would provide more time for parent-teacher conferences as well as increase graduation requirements starting with the 2005-2006 school year. At last night's school board meeting, Superintendent Charles I. Ecker recommended eliminating one professional development day for teachers to add a parent conference day in the spring. The school calendar provides a conference day only in the fall. "It's important to have this extra day for parents to meet with teachers" before the end of the school year, Ecker said.
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August 26, 1999
BALTIMORE teachers leap at every chance to say they favor reform and have students' best interests at heart. Well, they can back up those claims now by backing off their current stare-down with school officials over a new contract.The issues that have snagged negotiations since June have nothing to do with student, instructional or classroom interests.They're about control. And in the context of the money school officials have heaped upon city teachers in the past few years -- including $21 million last year and another across-the-board 4-percent raise approved Tuesday night -- a squabble over who runs the system makes teachers look especially petty, perhaps even greedy.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
A month from now, editors will be converging on New Orleans for the sixteenth national conference of the American Copy Editors Society . If you have been before, you know what to expect. But if this conference is your first, let me offer some advice. As alluring as the fleshpots of New Orleans may be, you can expect that most of your colleagues will conform to the dorkish stereotype of our craft and actually attend the sessions . This doesn't mean that you should forgo cafe au lait and beignets at the Cafe du Monde, but you should study the schedule carefully to see what sessions most interest you, and check out the buzz when you arrive.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education considered on Wednesday policy revisions to the Citizen Advisory Committee, approved an increase in school meal prices and granted a request for five early-dismissal days next year for teacher professional development. The school system's office of school and family partnerships offered a first reading of a draft that outlined revisions to the countywide Citizen Advisory Committee structure. The committee is a state-mandated arm of the school board made up of county residents, including teachers and those with or without children in the school system, that advises the board on decisions affecting the system.
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