Uniting business leaders in support of innovation in teacher preparation, Presidential Scholar Nancy Grasmick has raised more than $6.5 million for initiatives as of June 15, 2015.
The UTeach program at Towson University was inspired, in part, by Dr. Grasmick’s role as a board member of the National Math and Science Initiative. Through this initiative she learned of the need for highly qualified STEM teachers and how TU students could benefit by participating in such a program.
To increase student access to rigorous AP courses, Dr. Grasmick brought her close relationship with the College Board from her days as Maryland’s Superintendent of Schools to her role at Towson. Today, the university is not only providing additional pre-requisite skills to AP students but also preparing current and future teachers to be more effective AP teachers, and receive certification to teach AP courses.
The Signature Forums Speaker Series
In order to engage Towson University and the community in a dialogue on diverse and controversial education topics, Dr. Grasmick contacted national experts in education to create the Signature Forums speaker series.
Neurosciences and Special Education Dr. Grasmick has never forgotten her roots in the education of children with disabilities. Through her work, both as a Presidential Scholar at Towson University and a faculty member and Vice-President of the Board at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she has forged several collaborative partnerships:
A Fellowship in Innovation and Leadership in Special Education where fellows participate in extensive experiences at KKI while pursuing an Administrator I certificate at Towson University
A partnership among Towson University’s Special Education Department, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Kennedy Krieger Institute to introduce the principles of Universal Design for Learning at two middle schools
Support for Towson’s Department of Special Education in the development of an advisory committee, funding for further course development on diversity issues and funding for speakers.
Arts Integration and the Maryland Writing Project
A love of the arts has made Dr. Grasmick a supporter of the arts – in all schools, for all students. She worked closely with the College of Fine Arts and Communication in the development of Towson's Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion, a program that will produce more teachers with an acute awareness of the role the arts play in teaching key skills like creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.
As superintendent, Dr. Grasmick created curriculum and assessments to integrate many content areas, including writing. While the No Child Left Behind Act required those assessments to be replaced, the new Common Core standards do include writing. Dr. Grasmick convened and funded a group of Towson faculty and Baltimore County teachers who researched current methods of teaching writing, developed and piloted courses to prepare teachers to more effectively teach students to become good writers, and re-invented the Maryland Writing Project on campus. The project will conduct professional development for local teachers.
All SySTEMs Go
The Daily Record recognized Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick as an Innovator of the Year for 2014 for her work at Towson University to create an All SySTEMs Go approach to launching every Maryland student on a college and career pathway rich in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Awards and Recognition
2015 Woman of the Year, Baltimore County Commission for Women
2015 Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education, Arts Education for Maryland (AEMS) Alliance
2014 Innovator of the Year, for All SySTEMs Go, The Daily Record
2014 President’s Award, National Association for Gifted Children
As of April, 2015, Dr. Grasmick has been appointed as the Interim Director of the Carson Scholars Fund Board of Directors.