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
UMBC

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 Dwayne T.Wheeler, Principal of Rosemont Elementary Middle in Baltimore City; 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!


Dwayne T. Wheeler

In 1999, Mr. Wheeler began working in Harford County as a first grade teacher at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale.  In 2001, Mr. Wheeler migrated to Baltimore City Public Schools where he taught first grade until 2004, and second grade in 2005. During his tenure as an elementary school teacher, Mr. Wheeler was encouraged to serve as a teacher leader by his school’s administration.  They saw his potential to be a great teacher leader, and in 2005 he was named Teacher of the Year.  During his time as a teacher leader, Mr. Wheeler worked with teachers to advance their content knowledge and share best practices to raise student achievement. In 2006 Mr. Wheeler was promoted to Instructional Support Teacher, where he provided job embedded professional development, as well as teacher training 
After successfully serving as an Instructional Support Teacher, Mr. Wheeler was appointed Assistant Principal at Rosemont Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. One year after his appointment as Assistant Principal he was promoted to his current role as Principal of Rosemont Elementary Middle School. In 2009 he was recognized for academic achievement on the Maryland School Performance Program.  Most recently, he was named Transformational Principal by the Board of School Commissioners of the Baltimore City Public School System.  Under Mr. Wheeler’s leadership in 2010, Rosemont received the Certificate of Excellence for The Best Practice Charter School for the state of Maryland.  In 2011, the school was recognized as Charter School of the Year. 

Dwayne T. Wheeler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lincoln University.  He also attained a Master of Education with a focus in School Improvement and Leadership from Goucher College. Currently, Mr. Wheeler is pursuing a Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership at Morgan State University.



                    Findings from EdCamp                                               Findings from the Teacher Panel