In its role leading the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is establishing the Expert Review Team (ERT) to support the implementation of the Blueprint at the school and district levels. Through a process of reviewing available data and information, and conducting a comprehensive school visit consisting of observations, interviews, and focus groups, the ERT will identify opportunities for improving the implementation of Blueprint initiatives with a focus on student outcomes and develop recommendations for support to improve student achievement.
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How will the Expert Review Team support the implementation of the Blueprint at the school and district levels?
MSDE will be launching the pilot phase of the Expert Review Team program during the 2022-2023 school year. The pilot phase will lay the foundation for future cohorts, allowing us to deeply engage with our school systems and gather meaningful feedback. The review process through the Expert Review Team program will provide opportunities for improving the implementation of Blueprint initiatives with a focus on student outcomes and developing recommendations to enhance student success.
Our Expert Review Teams will:
Review school data
Facilitate classroom observations
Conduct focus groups to identify effective practices
Identify opportunities for growth in a school
Current and/or retired teachers and leaders are encouraged to apply; this part-time position can be easily combined with full-time employment.
Expert review teams will consist of:
Leaders who demonstrate evidence of improving student outcomes
Experts with in-depth knowledge of effective school improvement practices
Motivated current and retired teachers and leaders
What is the compensation?
Expert review team members will facilitate reviews in at least four different schools over a two-year period. Review team members will be paid at least $5,000 for completing training, reviewing school data and completing pre-site visit protocols, facilitating on-site reviews (focus groups, classroom observations, etc.), and completing post-visit reporting. Additional payments will be made for those who complete more than four school reviews. Travel expenses and reimbursement will be provided in accordance with state guidelines. All reviewers will be provided with materials and supplies to facilitate reviews.
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