April 15, 2015
Yesterday, I participated on a panel discussion of amazing women leaders at the seventh session of the Towson University Women’s Professional Leadership Program. The session was entitled “Exceling within Your Organization – Leveraging Organizational Culture”. We had a very lively discussion and answered some thought-provoking and intelligent questions from this inaugural class of wonderful women leaders. On the panel with me were Christine Aspell, Partner at KPMG, LLP Accounting Firm; my friend Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library; and
Jeanette Partlow, President, Maryland Chemical Company.
On April 1, I attended the State of the Schools event hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools. Each year Dr. Dallas Dance provides the achievements of the last year and his vision for the future. I always enjoy the stories told by the students, and their wonderful performances.
March 31, 2015
Last Thursday evening I was formally presented with the Baltimore County “2015 Woman of the Year” award. As a long-time Baltimore County resident, this distinction means a lot to me. The ceremony was followed by a reception where many of my friends, family and co-workers celebrated with me.
I had the honor of meeting with 20 TU students in a Baltimore County cohort working toward their ADMIN I certification last Tuesday. These students are members of Dr. Ron Thomas’ curriculum class. We had a lively discussion about the Common Core standards, the implementation of the new PARCC assessment, politics in education, and the rationale for some of the decisions made while I was State Superintendent, among other interesting topics. It was a fun evening; they are a tremendous group of professionals, and promising school leaders.
March 24, 2015
First, I’d like to welcome our Towson students back to campus. It was lonely here without you, but I hope you had a restful and reinvigorating spring break!
Last week I made my way to the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port to begin the planning for a new national health initiative on brain health and fitness. The meeting began on St. Patrick’s Day, and in Kennedy Irish tradition, we were served corned beef and cabbage for dinner that evening.
This was an incredibly energizing conversation with a room of absolutely amazing, accomplished individuals. As the lone educator in the group, I gave a presentation on ways we must work to get the knowledge of these neuroscience experts into the hands of the teachers who need it so desperately. I am looking forward to continuing this work and am honored to have been chosen to participate.