January 7, 2015
Best wishes to all for a happy healthy new year full of wonderful accomplishments!
I am quite pleased to announce that in late December 2014, the St. John Foundation executed a memorandum of understanding with the Presidential Scholar and Towson University to fund $500,000 in support of the goals of the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation. I am very grateful to the St. John Foundation for their support and confidence in our initiatives.
November 19, 2014
I’m so honored to have been asked to serve on the Transition Team for Governor-elect Hogan. The announcement was made to the press Monday afternoon. I will be the advisor on education at all levels – an awesome responsibility but an opportunity I look forward to with great excitement.
Also on Monday I spoke at the groundbreaking at the Maryland School for the Blind. It was a very rainy and wet celebration, but a celebration just the same.
Education Week has always been an exciting time for me, and I commemorated this year by reading to first and second graders at Wellwood International School. Special thanks to Cook Library for selecting some wonderful books. The first graders just loved “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt.
November 4, 2014
I’ve had a very busy few weeks! The group that supports my work on All SySTEMs Go celebrated my award at the Innovator of the Year awards ceremony at the Visionary Arts Museum on October 15th.
Last week I attended the meeting of the Board of the National Math and Science Initiative in Washington, D.C. This group continues to do important work to ensure that our country has a workforce with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century. I’m very proud to serve on the board of this distinguished group.
Dr. Peter Beilenson, former Health Commissioner of Baltimore City and Howard County, and founder of Evergreen Health, invited me to participate in his class at Johns Hopkins on “The Wire.” For those of you too young to remember, this was a television show that documented Baltimore City from 2002 to 2008. And each season concentrated on a different aspect of the city. I was there to discuss some clips on the education system. I had a very stimulating conversation with about 100 very bright students who asked some very compelling questions. I really enjoyed the interaction, and sharing my thoughts about the history and issues surrounding the city’s education system.