2018 Maryland Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network Conference 

May 5, 2018
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) 

Hosted by: 
The Maryland State Department of Education

The Maryland PDS Conference is designed to unite educators in sharing innovative practices, novel ideas and outstanding accomplishments.  Last year’s theme focused on teacher leadership and the development of new structures to enhance student learning.  The conference included an opening session with keynote speaker, Adell Cothorne; a collection of data-driven action projects created by our Maryland PDS interns; concurrent sessions for new and seasoned educators; and an EdCamp style plenary session to close out the conference. Interns also enjoyed a Teacher Panel, designed especially to address their fears as they prepare to enter the classroom as new first year teachers. Notes from the Teacher Panel and EdCamp Sessions have been provided below.

The 2018 PDS Conference will include keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III, a new and improved EdCamp style session, and a host of sessions to address a variety of educator interests. Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 Maryland Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network Conference!

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Freeman a. Hrabowski, III
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski has been President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. He is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school system, and was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Dr. Freeman has also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).
Dr. Freeman has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008).  He has also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which for the last eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.  In 2009 TIME magazine named Dr. Freeman one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents, and in 2011 he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

                    Findings from EdCamp                                               Findings from the Teacher Panel