STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

DEFUNCT AGENCIES


ADMINISTRATION
Reorganized as Finance and Administration in July 2013.

ADMINISTRATION & INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
Under Division of Instruction, reorganized as Instructional Programs in July 2004.

ADULT EDUCATION & LITERACY SERVICES BRANCH
Effective July 1, 2009, transferred to Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning in Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (Chapter 134, Acts of 2008).

ARTS & SCIENCES BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, functions dispersed to Curriculum and Administration Branch and Curriculum Development Branch in Sept. 2002.

ASSESSMENT
Under Division of Instruction, combined with Teacher Professional Development to form Assessment and Professional Development in July 2004.

ASSESSMENT & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Under Division of Instruction, restructured as Instructional Assessment and Teacher Effectiveness in 2010.

ASSESSMENT BRANCH
Formerly within Division of Instruction, Assessment Branch joined Division of Planning, Results, and Information Management in 1994 (renamed Division of Accountability and Assessment in 2004). Branch was responsible for administration, scoring, and validation of Maryland School Assessment, as well as other student achievement tests.

Under Division of Accountability and Assessment, functions dispersed to other branches in July 2008.

BEST PRACTICES IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE WORK GROUP
Staff: Walter J. Sallee (410) 767-0292; e-mail: wsallee@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Janice Briscoe, Co-Chair
Sally A. Dorman, Co-Chair
Lauren Abramson, Ph.D.; Jessica L. Albrecht; Andrea L. Alexander; Sherrilyn D. Backof; Susan B. Barrett; Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D.; David S. Beard; David P. Burton; Jon Carrier; Katrina K. Debnam, Ph.D.; Theo Devine; Judith R. Docca, Ph.D.; Virginia L. Dolan, Ph.D.; Brad Engel; Martha Essenmacher; Meghan Finney; Rhona S. Fisher, Ph.D; Alexi Nunn Freeman; Barbara S. Grochal; A. Blaine Hawley; Nicole A. Joseph, Esq.; Leah Kang, J.D.; Heather Lageman; Megan Lucy; Debra S. Munk; Diane E. Powell, Ph.D.; Katherine Rabb, J.D.; Elizabeth W. Ray; Donna R. Riley; Carl D. Roberts, Ed.D.; Michael Rudinski; Regina E. Satterfield; Meghan Senisi; Valerie Smirlock; Sharon H. Stephan, Ph.D.; Frank H. Stetson; William O. Strein, Ed.D.; David Stouvenour; Maura Taylor; Stanley N. Truman; Lynsey C. Weston; Buzz Williams; Rosanne C. Wilson; John R. Woolums, Esq.; June L. Zillich.

Best Practices in School Discipline Work Group was convened in Nov. 2012 by State Superintendent of Schools. To help guide a statewide reform of school discipline policy and procedures, Work Group researched and identified school discipline best practices for implementing a pro-social approach to discipline. Further, it studied professional development needs of teachers and administrators, and also identified training programs for school resource officers.

Work Group submitted its report to State Board of Education in Feb. 2014.

CAREER & TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION STUDENT/PARTNERS BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, combined with Accountability and Coordination Unit to form Student and Assessment Services Branch in July 2000.

CAREER CONNECTION BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed in 1997 as Career Technology Instructional Services Branch.

CAREER TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed Career and Technology Education Instructional Branch on July 1, 1997.

CAREER TECHNOLOGY STUDENT SUPPORT BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed Career and Technology Education Student/Partners Branch on July 1, 1997.

CAREER TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS SUPPORT BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed Career and Technology Education Systems Branch on July 1, 1997.

COMMISSION TO STUDY LOCAL MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT [FOR EDUCATIONAL FUNDING]
Staff: Renee M. Spence (410) 767-0469; e-mail:
rspence@msde.state.md.us
Mary E. Clapsaddle (410) 767-0011; e-mail: mclapsaddle@msde.state.md.us

Calvin D. Disney, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Barbara A. Hoffman, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)

Appointed by Governor: Benfred B. Alston, Esq., 2005; Christopher F. Drummond, Esq., 2005.

Appointed by Senate President: Patrick J. Hogan; Edward J. Kasemeyer; Paul G. Pinsky.

Appointed by House Speaker: Terry R. Gilleland, Jr.; Justin D. Ross; one vacancy.

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools: William J. AuMiller, Ed.D.; Nelson K. Bolender; Jacqueline C. Haas; David Helfman; Thomas M. Himler; Esther Parker; Wilson H. Parran; William J. Phalen, Sr.; Marilyn J. Praisner; Carl D. Roberts, Ed.D.; C. Tolbert Rowe; Joan P. Shirrefs; Amber Teitt; Bebe Verdery; Raymond S. Wacks.

Ex officio: Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools.

Commission to Study Local Maintenance of Effort [for educational funding] was convened by State Superintendent of Schools in June 2005.

Final report submitted to State Board of Education in June 2007.

COMMUNICATIONS & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Under Division of Rehabilitation Services, renamed Office of Program and Community Support in 1999.

COMMUNICATIONS & POLICY BRANCH
Under Division of Academic Policy, merged with Office of Partnerships, Grants, and Resource Development in July 2013 to form Office of Communications, Partnerships, and Grants under Office of State Superintendent of Schools.

COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE
Under Academic Policy, renamed Communications and Policy Office.

COMMUNITY & INTERAGENCY SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.

COMPENSATORY EDUCATION & SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
Renamed Division of Student and School Services in 1999.

COMPENSATORY EDUCATION BRANCH
Under Compensatory Education and Support Services Division, renamed Program Improvement and Family Support Branch in 1999.

COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION & DUE PROCESS BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, reorganized as Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch in Jan. 2013.

CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
On July 1, 2009, transferred to Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning in Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (Chapter 134, Acts of 2008).

CURRICULUM & ADMINISTRATION BRANCH
In July 2003, reorganized as Administration and Instuctional Programs under Division of Instruction.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, renamed Curriculum in July 2003.

DIGITAL STATE PUBLICATIONS TASK FORCE
Formed in April 2006, Task Force issued final report in April 2007.

DIVISION OF ACADEMIC POLICY
In July 2013, merged with Division of Academic Reform and Innovation to form Division of Academic Policy and Innovation.

DIVISION OF ACADEMIC REFORM & INNOVATION
In July 2013, merged with Division of Academic Policy to form Division of Academic Policy and Innovation.

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTABILITY & ASSESSMENT
Restructured as Division of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Systems in Oct. 2010.

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTABILITY, ASSESSMENT, & DATA SYSTEMS
Merged in July 2013 with Division of Instruction to form Division of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability.

DIVISION OF CAREER TECHNOLOGY & ADULT LEARNING
Restructured as Division of Career Technology Education in July 2009 when adult education and correctional education functions transferred to Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

DIVISION OF CAREER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
Under Instruction and Academic Acceleration Office, renamed Division of Career and College Readiness in Sept. 2009.

DIVISION OF CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
In July 2013, renamed Division of Educator Effectiveness.

DIVISION OF INSTRUCTION
Merged in July 2013 with Division of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Systems to form Division of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability.

DIVISION OF INSTRUCTION & STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Renamed Division of Instruction in July 2000 when Staff Development Branch transferred to Division of Professional and Strategic Development.

DIVISION OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Restructured as Division of Academic Reform and Innovation in Oct. 2010.

DIVISION OF PLANNING, RESULTS, & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
In July 2004, renamed Division of Accountability and Assessment.

DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL & STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT
In Jan. 2003, reorganized as Division of Leadership Development.

DIVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Under School Improvement Services Office, renamed Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services in April 1999.

DIVISION OF STUDENT & SCHOOL SERVICES
Under Instruction and Academic Acceleration, renamed Division of Student, Family and School Support in March 2006.

DIVISIONAL & STATE INTERAGENCY SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, restructured as Family Services and Interagency Branch in Sept. 2008.

EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION & EDUCATION BRANCH
Branch formed in 1988 as Infants and Toddlers Program, initiated by State Department of Education. Program transferred to Office for Children, Youth, and Families in 1990 (Chapter 419, Acts of 1990). When Infants and Toddlers Program moved back to State Department of Education in 1997, Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Services Branch was created within Division of Special Education on July 1, 1997 (Chapter 386, Acts of 1997). In Sept. 2008, Branch reorganized as Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch within Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.

In Jan. 2013 restructuring, Branch was abolished and its functions dispersed to Policy and Accountability Banch, and Programmatic Support and Technical Assistance Branch.

EDUCATION COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Chair: Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools (410) 767-0462

Appointed by Governor: Brig. Gen. Robert A. Harleston (ret.), 2008

Ex officio: Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; James E. Lyons, Sr., Ph.D., Secretary of Higher Education; Karen-Lee N. Brofee, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Somerset County.

Education Coordinating Council for Correctional Institutions formed in 1975 to devise educational programs for each institution of Division of Correction (Chapter 539, Acts of 1975). While under jurisdiction of Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Council was within State Department of Education for budgetary and administrative purposes. Council oversaw and annually reviewed programs.

Council had five members. Four served ex officio. One was appointed to a four-year term by Governor (Code Education Article, secs. 22-101 through 22-104).

In 2008, authorization for Council was repealed, and Education and Workforce Training Coordinating Council created (Chapter 134, Acts of 2008).

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL INITIATIVES
Under Division of Professional and Strategic Development, restructured as Elementary School Initiatives Branch in Oct. 2001.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INITIATIVES BRANCH
Elementary School Initiatives Branch formed in July 2000 as Elementary and Middle School Initiatives within Division of Professional and Strategic Development. In Oct. 2001, it split into two branches: Elementary School Initiatives; and Middle School Initiatives. Branches rejoined in July 2002 as Elementary and Middle School Initiatives Branch and split again in 2005.

Under Division of Leadership Development, Elementary School Initiatives Branch developed methodologies, tools, and services geared to improve school accountability and student achievement in reading and mathematics programs from early childhood through elementary school.

Abolished in restructuring in Oct. 2010.

EQUITY ASSURANCE & COMPLIANCE BRANCH
Moved from Division of Instruction and reconstituted as Equity Assurance and Compliance Office under Administration on July 1, 2002.

FACILITIES OPERATIONS & PROCUREMENT SERVICES
Within Division of Rehabilitation Services under Business Support Services, renamed Human Resources and Facilities Management in 1997.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & DROPOUT INTERVENTION BRANCH
Under Division of Student and School Services, functions dispersed to other branches in Dec. 1999.

FAMILY SERVICES & INTERAGENCY BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, renamed Interagency Collaboration Branch in Jan. 2013.

FISCAL MANAGEMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, merged with Specialized Services Branch to form Resource Management and Monitoring Branch in July 2013.

FINANCE
Reorganized as Finance and Administration in July 2013.

GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, functions reassigned to a section under Adult Education and Literacy Services Branch in 1996.

GOALS 2000 PROGRAM
Goals 2000 Program began in 1995 when State Superintendent of Schools formed Strategic Planning Unit to conduct short- and long-term planning for Department divisions. Unit in 1997 was renamed Grants and Goals 2000. In May 1999, it became Goals 2000 Program and transferred to Office of Research and Development, which became Division of Professional and Strategic Development in July 2000.

This unit identified critical issues in education and found ways to use Departmental resources effectively. It oversaw State plans to meet national education goals set in Goals 2000 Educate America Act (P.L. 103-227) passed by U.S. Congress in 1994.

Federal funding ended in 2002.

GRANTS PROGRAM INITIATIVES BRANCH
Under Division of Academic Reform and Innovation.

HIGH SCHOOL & POSTSECONDARY INITIATIVES BRANCH
High School and Postsecondary Initiatives Branch began in July 2000 under Division of Professional and Strategic Development. Branch coordinated high school improvement initiatives, and worked on ways to improve student performance and high school school accountability. Leadership training for high school principals was coordinated and evaluated by Branch.

Under Division of Leadership Development, abolished in Oct. 2010.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Business Services, reorganized as Office of Human Resources and moved under Administration.

INFANTS & TODDLERS PROGRAM & PRESCHOOL SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, reorganized as Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch in Sept. 2008.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Planning, Results, and Information Management, renamed Accountability Branch under Division of Accountability and Assessment in July 2004.

INFORMATION PROCESSING BRANCH
Under Planning, Results, and Information Management Division, renamed Information Technology Branch in July 1999.

INFORMATION SERVICES & RESEARCH BRANCH
Under Division of Planning, Results, and Information Management, functions contracted out in July 2003.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH
In July 2001, renamed Office of Information Technology, and moved from Division of Planning, Results, and Information Management to Office of Deputy State Superintendent for Administration.

INQUIRY PANEL INTO BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM DEFICIT
Staff: John Sarbanes (410) 767-0552; e-mail:
jsarbane@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Barbara Kerr Howe, Chair
Sanford V. Teplitzky; Craig A. Thompson.

In Feb. 2004, State Superintendent appointed three-member Inquiry Panel into Baltimore City Public School System Deficit. Panel investigated financial practices of Baltimore City Public School System. Specifically, Panel worked to pinpoint any budget actions that contributed to deficit, and whether any individual wrongdoing was responsible for growth of deficit or lack of financial disclosure.

Panel reported to Governor, Attorney General, State Board of Education, State Superintendent of Schools, Mayor of Baltimore, and New Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on July 20, 2004.

INSTRUCTION & ACADEMIC ACCELERATION
Instruction and Academic Acceleration started in 1988 when Bureau of Educational Development formed. Bureau reorganized as School Improvement Services Office in 1992. In Jan. 2003, it became Instruction and Academic Acceleration.

Headed by a Deputy Secretary, office oversaw Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, Office of School Innovations, Special Projects, and five divisions: Career and College Readiness; Early Childhood Development; Instruction; Special Education and Early Intervention Services; and Student, Family, and School Support.

Phased out in Oct. 2010.

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSESSMENT & TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS
Under Division of Instruction, renamed Instructional Assessment and Professional Development in July 2012.

INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ENRICHMENT, & ADVANCEMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, reorganized as Curriculum and Administration in Sept. 2002.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ACCESS GUIDELINES COMMITTEE
Staff: Gillian F. Lewis (410) 230-2454; e-mail:
jlewis@lbph.lib.md.us

Appointed by Governor:
Michael L. Gosse, Ph.D., Chair (chosen by Governor)
Bonnie Beacher; Maureen A. Beck; Annetta J. Carter; Penelope I. Chambers; Elizabeth Delfs, Esq.; Carline M. Haga; Lynn A. Herstein; JoAnn L. Hutchinson; Gillian F. Lewis; Edward M. McCoyd, Esq.; Tiffany L. Miles; Lloyd G. Rasmussen; Patrick M. Sheehan; Stacy S. Skelly. Terms expire 2010.

Ex officio: Catherine A. Raggio, Secretary of Disabilities; Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; James E. Lyons, Sr., Ph.D., Secretary of Higher Education.

To coordinate distribution of instructional materials to blind and other print-disabled students, Maryland State Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped was authorized to convene Instructional Materials Access Guidelines Committee by Oct. 1, 2007 (Chapters 317 & 318, Acts of 2007).

Of Committee's seventeen members, Governor appointed fourteen, and three served ex officio.

Authorization for Committee ended Dec. 1, 2010.

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT & STAFF DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, merged with Program Administration and Support Branch in June 2001 to form Program Administration, Support, and Staff Development Branch.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, reorganized as Instructional Technology and School Library Media Services Branch, July 1, 2002.

INTERNAL AUDIT
Under Administration, functions assumed by Audit Office in July 2002.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT & EARLY LEARNING BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, reorganized as separate sections under Curriculum Development Branch in Sept. 2002.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT SECTION
Under Division of Instruction, functions split between Curriculum and Instructional Programs in July 2003.

MARYLAND ACADEMIC INTERVENTION & SUPPORT PROGRAM
Under Division of Professional and Strategic Development, Maryland Academic Intervention and Support Program was created in 2000 (Chapter 492, Acts of 2000). It coordinated granting of funds to local school systems for students with deficiencies in reading or mathematics (prekindergarten through 5th grade).

Abolished in 2002 (Chapter 288, Acts of 2002).

MARYLAND MATHEMATICS COMMISSION
Staff: Donna M. Watts (410) 767-0355

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Francis (Skip) Fennell, Ed.D., Chair
Robert Balfanz, Ph.D.; Honi Bamberger; Charles E. Barkley; Gary W. Bauer; Rebecca Berg, Ph.D.; Olivia Boswell; Patricia F. Campbell, Ph.D.; Karen B. Campbell; David Chia; Andy Dotterweich; James T. Fey, Ph.D.; S. Thomas Gorski; Linda Gosson; Keith Harmeyer; Susan Higley; Phyllis Kaplan; Michele Krantz; Carvel LaCurts; John Langley; Gary Martin; Richard Melzer; Paul Mills; Jack Pettit; Virginia H. Pilato, Ph.D.; Nancy Priselac; Frederick Thomas; Bonnie Ward; Tad Watanabe, Ph.D.; Georgia Wensell; Edmonia T. Yates, Ph.D.

Representing State Department of Education: Elaine Crawford; Linda Kaniecki; Karen Ross.

In Oct. 1999, State Superintendent of Schools formed Maryland Mathematics Commission. Commission reviewed data on how Maryland students perform in mathematics, and considered ways to improve that performance statewide. Issues studied included integration of math curriculum from prekindergarten through high school; qualifications of teachers in mathematics and opportunities for professional development; time devoted to mathematics during school day; role of technology in mathematics instruction; and public awareness of importance of mathematics for every student.

Commission submitted its recommendations to State Board of Education in June 2001. Until Aug. 2009, Commission continued to advise State Superintendent on developing a plan that incorporated its recommendations.

MARYLAND REHABILITATION CENTER
Under Division of Rehabilitation Services, renamed Workforce and Technology Center in Sept. 2001.

MARYLAND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Established in 1989 by State Board of Education, Maryland School Performance Assessment Program evaluated local education. Each spring, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 were tested in reading, mathematics, writing, language, science, and social studies. Results evaluated schools, with no scores for individual students. Testing under Program was last administered in Spring 2002.

MARYLAND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM REVIEW PANEL
Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools: Deborah Drown; Ann H. Dwyer; Ralph Fessler; Frederick Foreman; Christopher Lambert; Donald A. Manekin; Laura Nossel; Marilyn J. Praisner.

Appointed by Senate President: Gloria G. Lawlah; one vacancy.

Appointed by House Speaker: James W. Campbell; one vacancy.

Created by State Superintendent of Schools in July 1997, Maryland School Performance Assessment Program Review Panel completed its work in May 2002.

MARYLAND SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER POLICY ADVISORY COUNCIL
(410) 767-0313

Judith R. Covich, Chair (chosen by Governor, 2-year term), 2015

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms: Harold S. Goodman, D.M.D., 2011; Molly K. Marra, 2012; Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, Ph.D., 2013; Albert A. Zachik, M.D., 2013; Susan M. Antol, 2014; Letitia T. Dzirasa, M.D., 2014; Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D., 2014; Christine M. Perkey, 2014; Frances J. Caffie-Wright, 2015; Sara Rich, 2015; Donna M. Behrens, 2016; Francine J. Childs, 2016; Nancy A. Lever, Ph.D., 2016; Bryan Mroz, 2016; two vacancies.

Nominated by Senate President: Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.

Nominated by House Speaker: one vacancy

Ex officio: Nathan W. Bowen, designee of Secretary of Budget & Managment; Maria E. Lamb, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Sam Malhotra, Secretary of Human Resources; Jennifer Maehr, M.D., designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Kimberly A. Malat, designee of Executive Director, Governor's Office for Children.

In 1996, Maryland School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council began its work. In 2002, it was established by statute within Governor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families (Chapter 282, Acts of 2002). In July 2005, it transferred to State Department of Education (Chapter 585, Acts of 2005).

Council led interagency efforts to set up health centers in Maryland's schools. It set standards for school-based health centers, monitored their progress, recommended policy and legislation to promote centers, and sought funding for their support.

Seventeen of Council's twenty-five members were appointed by Governor who also named chair. Senate President and House Speaker each appointed one member, and six members served ex officio (Code Education Article, secs. 7-4A-01 through 7-4A-05).

In Oct. 2015, Council was replaced by Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers (Chapter 417, Acts of 2015).

MARYLAND STUDENT SERVICE ALLIANCE
Under Division of Student and School Services, reorganized as Student Service Learning in June 2004.

MARYLAND TASK FORCE ON READING
Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Patricia M. Richardson, Ph.D., Chair
Nancy Jane Adams; Pam Alexander; Karen K. Brown; A. Karen Blair, Ed.D.; JoAnne L. Carter; Andrew Cary; Suzanne Clewell, Ph.D.; Joseph G. Czarnecki, Ph.D.; Roseanne Fisher; John T. Guthrie, Ph.D.; Diane Hoffman; Judy Ramoy Johnstone, Ph.D.; Barbara Jones; Maggie Kennedy; Sandra Marx; Patricia Morris, Ed.D.; Peter L. McCallum, Ed.D.; Nancy Michelson, Ed.D.; John O'Flavahan, Ph.D.; Pamela J. Ruff; Deborah Taylor; Judith N. Thelen, Ph.D.; David M. Trudnak; Carol A. Williamson, Ed.D.

Maryland Task Force on Reading was convened in April 1997 by State Superintendent of Schools. Task Force considered status of student performance in reading; research developments in instructional practices; best methods for training teachers to teach reading; and how to improve student achievement through reading.

Report submitted to State Superintendent of Schools in Oct. 1998.

MARYLAND TASK FORCE ON PRINCIPALSHIP
Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Michael E. Hickey, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Donald Barron, Co-Chair
Helen Becker; Wendy Boardman; C. Thomas Bowmann; Dane Coleman; Elizabeth Crosby; Gerald R. DeGrange; Deborah Glinowiecki; Rochelle Ingram; Nicole Kim; Ted Knight; Kent W. Kreamer; Chris Nunzio; Jacqueline Pipkin; Roger Plunkett; Dorthea Pressey; Cynthia Rodgers; David D. Rudolph; Franklin L. Tull; Wayne Walbrecher.

Maryland Task Force on Principalship was formed by State Superintendent of Schools in December 1999. Task Force was to recommend ways to recruit more principals and improve their training.

In June 2000, Task Force sent its preliminary recommendations to State Board of Education, and in Aug. 2000, submitted its final report.

MARYLAND TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Staff: Nancy A. Carey (410) 767-0441; e-mail:
ncarey@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Hanne B. Mawhinney, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Colleen P. Seremet, Ed.D., Co-Chair
Kim M. Bobola; Nancy A. Carey; Carol Corwell-Martin; Kevin Dennehy; Paul Dunford; Clara B. Floyd; Leslie Hammond; Darren R. Hornbeck; Ann L. Hummer; Thea Jones; Julie Kimball; Rebekah Loker; Jeffrey A. Maher; Kalisha T. Miller; Pamela Morgan, Ph.D.; Kathy O'Dell, Ph.D.; Katharine M. Oliver; Jana Palmer; Margaret E. Pfaff, Ph.D.; Thomas Proffitt, Ed.D.; John E. Smeallie, Ed.D.; Phyllis M. Sunshine, Ph.D.; Carol A. Williamson, Ed.D.; Alexis Willing; Willie G. Woods.

State Superintendent of Schools convened Maryland Teacher Professional Development Advisory Council in Jan. 2003. Council was charged with developing a set of standards for continuing education and professional development for teachers. In Dec. 2004, Council made its recommendations to State Superintendent in a report, titled Helping Teachers Help Students: Imperative for High-Quality Professional Development. State Superintendent of Schools and State Board of Education then requested that Council continue to provide an annual update on status of its recommendations and their implementation. In Jan. 2006, Council submitted another report, Helping Teachers Help All Students: Responding to Imperative for High-Quality Professional Development for Maryland's Teachers, followed by Pursuit of Excellence in Teacher Professional Development in April 2008.

Final report, Ensuring High-Quality Professional Development for All Maryland Teachers, submitted in July 2009.

MARYLAND'S PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Staff: Maria Teresa Schaeffer (410) 767-0296; e-mail:
m-pac@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Esther Parker, Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Rev. Vaughn Adams, Sr.; Jovani Alexis; Kristin Brown; JoAnne L. Carter; Karen Colvin; Larry Crouse; Aaron Deal; Kirstie Durr; Peter Fernandez; Larry Gaines; Sam Georgiou; Rev. John A. Heath; Monica Heinsohn; Shelia Helton-Ingram; William Hill; Terri Hopkins; Shawn Johnson; Kay Kelley; Stephanie Kirby; Jean Lewis; Samuel Macer; Georgiana Maszcenski; Tonya Miles; Marva Mitchell; Mary Jo Neil; LaVerne Nicholson-Sykes; Christina Park; Jessica Pearsall; Richard Scott; Nancy Spence; Jessica Strauss; Howard Tutman.

In Oct. 2003, State Superintendent of Schools initiated Maryland's Parent Advisory Council (M-PAC). Council made recommendations to both Department and State Board of Education on issues and policies relating to parents, their rights and roles in their children's education, and how to keep them involved in their children's education.

State Superintendent of Schools appointed Council's members.

Final report submitted in Aug. 2005.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING & CROSS DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS BRANCH
Formerly under Division of Instruction, functions transferred in Sept. 2002 to Career and Technology Education Instructional Branch under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INITIATIVES BRANCH
In July 2000, Middle School Initiatives Branch originated as Elementary and Middle School Initiatives within Division of Professional and Strategic Development. In Oct. 2001, it split into two branches: Elementary School Initiatives; and Middle School Initiatives. Branches rejoined in July 2002 as Elementary and Middle School Initiatives Branch and split again in 2005.

Abolished in Oct. 2010.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STEERING COMMITTEE
Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Mary L. Gable, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools) (410) 767-0349; e-mail:
mgable@msde.state.md.us
Gerald E. Scarborough, Ph.D., Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools) (410) 588-5288; e-mail: gerald.scarborough@hcps.org
Ilene J. Swirnow, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools) (410) 767-5317; e-mail: iswirnow@msde.state.md.us
Mita Badshah; Kim M. Bobolah; Debra Calvert; Mark Conrad; Patrick C. Crain; Carrie Crawford; Michelle Dressel; Pamela Edwards; R. Lorraine Fulton, Ed.D.; Keith Gayler; Catherine E. (Kate) Gilbert; Lynne M. Gilli, Ed.D.; Ann Glazer; Margaret Golibersuch; Donna C. Hanlin; Scott Harrington; Gemma Hoskins; Linda Jackson; Michael Johnson; Hayley B. Jones; Stacey Kopnitsky; Deborah Kraft; Sheila LoCastro; Kim Long; Philip Lynch; Mary M. (Maggie) Madden; Brenda E. McCartney, Ed.D.; Mary Ann Mears; Deborah Montgomery; Jayne E. Moore; Pam Morgan; Anthony D. Pack; Dennis A. Pataniczek, Ed.D.; Marilyn Perez; Dennis Queen; David Reeder; Carl D. Roberts, Ph.D.; Kathy M. Seay; Colleen P. Seremet, Ed.D.; Margaret Sherrod; John E. Smeallie, Ed.D.; Debra J. Speed; Kate Stephansky; Ronald A. Thomas; Andrew Todd; Betty Weller; Sharon West; Marian White-Hood; Kenneth D. Witmer, Jr., Ph.D.

In July 2006, Middle School Steering Committee was initiated by State Superintendent of Schools. First, Committee considered recent research, reports, and studies on student achievement at middle school level. Then, Committee researched what policies or practices offered best potential for improving school performance for middle school students, and set up five work groups to focus on those most effective policies and practices. Finally, Committee reported on what practices should be established in all Maryland middle schools.

Committee reported to State Board of Education in June 2008.

NONPUBLIC SCHOOL BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education, renamed Community and Interagency Services Branch, July 1, 1997.

NUTRITION & TRANSPORTATION SERVICES BRANCH
Under Business Services, reorganized in July 2002 as School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch, with transportation functions moved to Office of Pupil Transportation.

OFFICE OF EARLY LEARNING
Under Division of Instruction, transferred to Division of Early Childhood Development as Early Learning Branch in July 2005.

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Under Office of State Superintendent of Schools, restructured as Office of Education Policy and Governmental Relations in Dec. 2014.

OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIPS, GRANTS, & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of State Superintendent of Schools, merged with Communications and Policy Branch of Division of Academic Policy to form Office of Communications, Partnerships, and Grants in July 2013.

OFFICE OF READING FIRST
Within Office of State Superintendent of Schools, Office of Reading First formed in May 2003. In July 2008, Office transferred to Division of Instruction.

Office of Reading First distributed federal funds competitively to local school systems. These funds were targeted specifically to improve children's reading abilities through scientifically proven methods of instruction in kindergarten through third grade.

Effective Oct. 2010, federal funds were cut off and Office discontinued.

OFFICE OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Reorganized as Division of Professional and Strategic Development in July 2000.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Under Office of State Superintendent of Schools, Office of Special Projects became responsible for oversight of Maryland's residential boarding schools in 2009. That oversight transferred to Office of School Innovations in April 2014.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS BRANCH
Under Division of Leadership Development, reorganized as Grant Program Initiatives Branch.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION, STAFF DEVELOPMENT, & SUPPORT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, restructured as Program Administration and Staff Development Branch.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION & STAFF DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, restructured as Student Achievement and Professional Development Branch in Sept. 2008.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION & SUPPORT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, merged in June 2001 with Instructional Support and Staff Development Branch to form Program Administration, Support, and Staff Development Branch.

PROGRAM & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES
Under Division of Rehabilitation Services, renamed Business Support Services in Jan. 1997.

PROGRAM & FINANCE COORDINATION BRANCH
Under Division of Business Services, renamed Financing Reporting Coordination Branch in Feb. 2001.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Under Division of Early Childhood Development, functions merged into Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch in Nov. 2008.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & ASSISTANCE BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education, renamed Instructional Support and Staff Development Branch on July 1, 1997.

PROGRAM EVALUATION & COMPLIANCE BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.

PROGRAM SUPPORT SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed in 1997 as Career Technology Systems Support Branch.

PUPIL SERVICES BRANCH
Under Compensatory Education and Support Services Division, renamed Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch in 1999.

QUALITY ASSURANCE & MONITORING BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, reorganized as Special Education Administration and Quality Assurance Branch in Sept. 2008.

RACE-TO-THE-TOP EXECUTIVE STEERING COMMITTEE
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., Co-Chair
Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Ex officio: John D. Ratliff, Director of Policy, Office of Governor; William E. Kirwan, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland; Edward W. Shirley, Ed.D., President, Public School Superintendents of Maryland; Cathy Allen, President, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; Samuel Macer, President, Maryland PTA; June E. Streckfus, Executive Director, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; Clara B. Floyd, President, Maryland State Education Association; H. Clay Whitlow, J.D., Executive Director, Maryland Association of Community Colleges; Loretta Johnson, Executive Vice-President, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO; Marietta A. English, President, Baltimore Teachers' Union; Judith Walker, President, Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals; Tina M. Bjarekull, President, Maryland Independent College and University Association; Christine Handy-Collins, President, Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

In 2010, State Superintendent of Schools convened Race-to-the-Top Steering Committee to guide preparation of Maryland's grant proposal for federal Race-to-the-Top funds. Through federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, $4.35 billion was made available to states on a competitive basis for ambitious and innovative plans for education reform. Act emphasized four areas: standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college, workplace, and global economy; comprehensive data systems to track progress of individual students and provide information upon which to base improved instruction; recruitment, retention, development, and rewarding of teachers and principals who are shown to be effective; and transformation of under-achieving schools.

Maryland submitted its application in June 2010, and in Aug. 2010 was notified it would receive a $250 million federal grant.

RECONSTITUTED SCHOOLS BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction, renamed Schools under Local Reconstitution Branch and moved to Division of Professional and Strategic Development in Oct. 2001.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Within Office of State Superintendent of Schools, renamed Resource Development and Grants Management Office in July 2000.

RESULTS BRANCH
Under Division of Planning, Results, and Information Management, renamed Information Management Branch in July 1999.

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY OUTREACH OFFICE
In Jan. 2003, reorganized as Communications and Strategic Planning Office.

SCHOOL HEALTH-RELATED SERVICES SECTION
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and as part of SPecialized Services Branch, renamed Autism Waiver and Health-Related Services Section in Jan. 2013.

SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES & STATE MEDIA SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Instruction and Staff Development, renamed School Library Media Services Branch in 1997.

SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES BRANCH
Abolished July 1, 2002; functions assigned to Instructional Technology and School Library Media Services Branch.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Under School Improvement Services Office, renamed Office of Research and Development in July 1997.

SCHOOLS FOR SUCCESS & GOALS 2000 ADVISORY PANEL
Last met in May 1997.

SCHOOLS UNDER LOCAL RECONSTITUTION BRANCH
Schools under Local Reconstitution Branch organized as Challenge and Reconstituted Schools Unit in 1994. Unit became Reconstituted Schools Branch in 1996 within Division of Instruction and Staff Development. In Oct. 2001, Branch reformed as Schools under Local Reconstitution Branch and transferred to Division of Professional and Strategic Development. In July 2002, that branch combined with Special Programs Branch to form Schools Under Local Reconstitution and Special Projects Branch. In Nov. 2002, Special Projects component moved to Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and Branch reverted to its former name. In July 2005, functions of Branch transferred from Division of Leadership Development to Program Improvement and Family Support Branch of Division of Student and School Services.

SOCIAL STUDIES TASK FORCE
Staff: Marcie Taylor-Thoma (410) 767-0519; e-mail:
mthoma@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Margaret R. Burke, Ph.D., Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Dixie L. Stack, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Jon Andes, Ed.D.; Sari J. Bennett, Ph. D.; Patricia Burnett; Deborah Cardin; Suzanne Chapelle, Ph.D.; Sylvester Conyers; Martin Creel; Rhoda M. Dorsey, Ph.D.; Patrick Dotterweich; Brad Engel; Dennis A. Fiori; Gary Gerstle, Ph.D.; Joseph M. Getty, Esq.; Geri Hastings; Louise L. Hayman; John P. Hutchinson; Carol Jarvis, Ph.D.; Ho Nguyen, Ph.D.; Toni Richardson; Caitlin Robinson; David D. Rudolph; Gerald E. Scarborough, Ph.D.; Madhu Sidhu; Alonzo T. (A.T.) Stephens; Mark Stout; Martin E. Sullivan, Ph.D.; Marcie Taylor-Thoma; Bruce A. Van Sledright, Ph.D.; John L. Wisthoff, Ph.D.; Barbara Yingling; Peter Zimmer.

State Superintendent of Schools convened Social Studies Task Force in Nov. 2004. Task Force was to study and review data on best practices for social studies education. It evaluated adequacy of instructional time and resources currently allotted to social studies. To enhance social studies education statewide, Task Force developed an action plan for professional development for social studies teachers and for creating partnerships with local museums and historical organizations.

Task Force last met in Aug. 2006. Its subcommittees, however, continued to meet, and a report was issued in 2010.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & POLICY BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, reformed as Policy and Accountability Branch in Jan. 2013.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS BRANCH
Under Division of Professional and Strategic Development, merged with Schools under Local Reconstitution Branch in July 2002 to form Schools under Local Reconstitution and Special Projects Branch.

SPECIAL PROJECTS UNIT
Under Division of Instruction and Staff Development, functions either were completed or reassigned on Nov. 1, 1998.

SPECIAL SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, renamed Specialized Services Branch in Jan. 2013.

SPECIALIZED SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, merged with Fiscal Management Branch to form Resource Management and Monitoring Branch in July 2013.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Professional and Strategic Development, restructured as Professional Development Grants Branch in Oct. 2001.

STATE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS (STEM) ADVISORY COUNCIL
Staff: Debra L. Ward (410) 767-0355; e-mail:
debra.ward@maryland.gov

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Katharine M. Oliver, Co-Chair
Colleen P. Seremet, Ed.D., Co-Chair
Winter Beckles; Sharon Boettinger; Karen Catron; Linda J. Dudderar; Valerie A. Emrich; M. Constance Finney; Douglas Handy; Stephanie C. Hill; Ted E. Imes, Sr.; Shelley A. Johnson; Dennis Kirkwood; Victoria Lee; John Lemmerman; Maria Lowery; Kenneth O. McCreedy; Enrique M. Melendez; Tonya E. Miles; C. Warren Mullins; Cathy M. Nelson; Kyle Rickansrud; Carl D. Roberts, Ed.D.; Anne Spence, Ph.D.; John Staley; Donald A. Thomas, Ph.D.; Rhonda Ulmer; Carl White, Ph.D.

State Superintendent of Schools convened State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council in Oct. 2009. Council advised State Superintendent on implementation of a statewide action plan to prepare Maryland's future workforce for a globally competitive knowledge-based work place.

Council last met in June 2010.

STATE TEACHER EDUCATION COUNCIL
Staff: Norma Allen; Michelle Dunkle; Virginia H. Pilato, Ph.D. (410) 767-0390

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Thomas D. Proffitt, Ph.D., Chair
Kathy Angeletti; Susan Arisman, Ph.D.; Marilyn Barber; Patricia Basila; Christopher Blake; Ginny Buckner, Ed.D.; Pamela Burger; Howard A. Burnett; Julius Chapman, Ed.D.; Robert Chapman; Brenda Conley, Ed.D.; David Cooper; M. Kirk DeBeal; Roxana Della Vecchia, Ph.D.; Russ Fazio; Clara Floyd; R. Lorraine Fulton, Ed.D.; Karen Ganjon; Cheri Jefferson; Diane Lesser, Ph.D.; Maureen L. McDonough, Ph.D.; Barbara M. Palmer, Ph.D.; Dennis A. Pataniczek, Ed.D.; Kenneth W. Pool, Ed.D.; Jill Schultz; Karen Shafer; Donna L. Wiseman.

State Teacher Education Council was formed by State Superintendent of Schools in 1984. Then, it was known as State Coordinating Council on Field Experiences. Under its present name, it reorganized in April 1992. Council advised State Superintendent on issues and practices in teacher education.

Last met in 2003.

STRATEGIC DELIVERY SYSTEMS
Under Division of Professional and Strategic Developments, functions dispersed to other branches in Oct. 2001.

STRATEGIC PLANNING UNIT
Within Office of State Superintendent of Schools, renamed in 1997 as Grants and Goals 2000.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, reformed as Programmatic Support and Technical Assistance Branch in Jan. 2013.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT & RESULTS BRANCH
Under Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, functions transferred to Student Achievement and Professional Development Branch in Sept. 2008.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION TASK FORCE
Staff: Donna R. Riley (410) 767-0858; e-mail:
driley@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Carol Ann Heath-Baglin, Ed.D., Co-Chair
JoAnne L. Carter, Co-Chair
Edward Barber; Susan Barrett; Virginia L. Cieslicki; James Doolan; James Dryden; Ellen Feifarek, M.D.; Clara Floyd; Revanette Gilmore; Edward Horsey; Ken Jackson; Addys Karunaratne, Ph.D.; Kent Kreamer; Marcia R. Lathroum; Min Leong; James P. McComb; Diane McGowan; Dana Murray; Kelli Nelson; Jessica Pearsall; Deborah Peterson; William Prestianni; Carol Quirk, Ph.D.; James M. Raley; Donna R. Riley; Martha J. Roulette; Diane Sakwa; John Sanders; Leslie Seid-Margolis; Sharon Starkey; Jane Walker; Albert A. Zachik, M.D.

In June 2002, State Superintendent of Schools convened Student Behavior Intervention Task Force (Chapter 230, Acts of 2002).

Regulations on student behavior intervention practices developed by Task Force were submitted to State Board of Education in Dec. 2002. Prior to Board action, Task Force reviewed revisions to proposed regulations.

STUDENT PARTNER SERVICES BRANCH
Under Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, renamed in 1997 as Career Technology Student Support Branch.

SUCCESSION INITIATIVES BRANCH
Under Division of Leadership Development, Succession Initiatives Branch was established in July 2005. To improve school achievement for every Maryland child, Branch worked to build and sustain State's network of principals, assistant principals, administrators and teachers who provide leadership within public school system. For assistant school principals and potential school leaders, Branch developed, implemented, and coordinated programs for professional development opportunities. Branch also assisted local school systems in creating their own programs to assure quality and quantity of persons trained and prepared for leadership positions in public school system.

Branch was phased out in July 2008.

SUPERINTENDENT'S FAMILY INVOLVEMENT COUNCIL
Renamed Superintendent's Family Engagement Council in 2010.

SUPERINTENDENT'S PANEL ON EXCELLENCE IN ADULT EDUCATION
Staff: Patricia L. Bennett (410) 767-0168; e-mail:
pbennett@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Edwin F. Hale, Sr., Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Linda D. Burgee, Ed.D.; JoAnn Crandall, Ph.D.; Christopher Eddings; Maggi Gaines; Gerald A. Heeger, Ph.D.; Fred D. Mason; Frances W. Miller, Thomas Perez; Ronald S. Pugsley.

Formed in Nov. 2004 to study and make recommendations for an ongoing funding formula for adult education services, Panel submitted its final report in Dec. 2005.

SUPPORT SYSTEM SECTION
Under Division of Special Education, reorganized as Program Evaluation and Compliance Branch in July 1998.

TALKING BOOK CENTER
Formerly under Maryland State Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped, closed in Dec. 1996 due to severe budget cuts. Center functions were assumed by Maryland State Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped.

TASK FORCE FOR REVIEW OF HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT OPTIONS
Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Carol Ann Heath-Baglin, Ed.D., Co-Chair (410) 767-0238
Leslie A. Wilson, Ph.D., Co-Chair (410) 767-0090
Ester Adams; Selene A. Almazon, Esq.; Supreet Anand; Stephen C. Bounds, Esq.; Linda Carter Ferrier; Charlene Cooper Boston, Ph.D.; R. Daniel Cunningham, Jr., Ed.D.; Michelle Daley; Sonia Diaz, Ed.D.; Lynne Ewing; Mary Ann Fairchild; Thomas B. Field; William H. Fields; Clara B. Floyd; Jodi French, PsyD.; Mary L. Gable; Debi Gartland, Ph.D.; Keith Gayler; Erin M. Gibson, Esq.; Allan Gorsuch; Barbara Granger; James Gresham; Gloria Maria Grimsley; Jacqueline C. Haas; Patrick J. McCormick III, Esq.; Mary Jo Neil; Kelli Nelson; Ronald A. Peiffer, Ed.D.; Catherine A. Raggio; Donna R. Riley; Joan M. Rothgeb; Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.; Leslie S. Margolis, Esq.; Jack R. Smith; Gene Streagle; Wendell D. Teets, Ed.D.; Shelley L. Tinney; Jane A. Walker; James M. Walsh, Ed.D.; Lois B. Wions; Sheree Witt; Carey M. Wright, Ed.D.; Marie Yuran.

Task Force for Review of High School Assessments convened in May 2007 to consider whether certain groups of students should have other options available in taking high school assessment tests. For students with disabilities and students leaning English as a second language, Task Force considered waivers, variances, delay, adjustment of scores, exemption, and differentiated diplomas.

Final report submitted to State Superintendent of Schools in Sept. 2007.

TASK FORCE ON COMPARABLE TESTING METHODS FOR MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS
Staff: Ronald A. Peiffer, Ed.D. (410) 767-0473; e-mail:
rpeiffer@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Sheldon K. Caplis, Chair
Jann Barber; Mary Baskar; Cascelia Burgess; Jon S. Cardin; Robin P. Church, Ed.D.; Trish DeWitt; Charles I. Ecker, Ph.D.; Sandra Erickson; Tanya Ferguson; Steve Ferrara; Clara B. Floyd; Harry T. Fogle, Ed.D.; Sharon Gardener; Kalman R. Hettleman; Patrick J. Hogan; Mary Horsmon; Leslie S. Margolis, Esq.; Mary Ann Mathews; Mary Jo Neill; Kelli Nelson; Debra Neubert, Ph.D.; Patricia B. O'Neill; Esther Parker; James Peters; Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.; Ann-Marie Spakowski; Aditi Srivastav; Leroy J. Tompkins, Ed.D.; Maria C. Torres-Queral, Ph.D.; Joan Valentine; Joseph Warfield; A. Barbara Wheeler, Ed.D.; Karen Whitehurst; Jacquelyn Wilhelm; Sheree P. Witt; Carolyn M. Wood, Ph.D.

In March 2004, Task Force on Comparable Testing Methods for Maryland High School Assessments was authorized by State Board of Education, and in Oct. 2004, was convened by State Superintendent of Schools.

Task Force was charged with examining alternate methods of determining how well students with disabilities or special challenges had mastered body of knowledge included in Maryland High School Assessments. Assessments cover English I, Algebra and data analysis, government, and biology. By 2009, passing Maryland High School Assessments is required for graduation.

Task Force studied and proposed options for alternate methods to assess knowledge and skills of students who have special difficulties with traditional testing methods, and how to implement those options so they are used as a last resort and limited to those students who demonstrably need them.

In Sept. 2005, Task Force submitted its interim report to State Board of Education, and in Oct. 2006, its final report.

TASK FORCE ON EDUCATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES
Staff: A. Skipp Sanders, Ed.D. (410) 767-0464; e-mail:
ssanders@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Dunbar Brooks, Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Orlan M. Johnson, Esq., Co-Chair (chosen by State Superintendent of Schools)
Angela D. Alsobrooks, Esq.; Grady Armstrong, Ed.D.; Rushern L. Baker III; Stanley F. Battle, Ph.D.; Charlene C. Boston, Ph.D.; Joann A. Boughman, Ph.D.; Michael Bowden; A. Wade Boykin, Ph.D.; James Brockington; Jesse Buggs; Julia Burgos; Sterlind Burke; Omari Daniel; Barbara S. Dezmon, Ph.D.; Earl El-Amin; Anne Osborn Emery, Ph.D.; Marietta A. English; Clara B. Floyd; Sharon Fries-Britt, Ph.D.; Irwin L. Goldstein, Ph.D.; Rev. John A. Heath; Bobby G. Henry, Jr., Esq.; Jarod Hightower; Andre J. Hornsby, Ed.D.; Carlessia A. Hussein, Dr.P.H.; Frederick C. Hutchinson; Dawn Kum, Ph.D.; Mary Ann Matthews; Marlene C. McLaurin; Robert M. Moore III, Ph.D.; Linda M. Nabb; Uchenna Okoji; Kenneth Oliver, Esq.; Esther Parker; Richard A. Rowe; Gordon Sampson; A. Skipp Sanders, Ed.D.; Edward W. Shirley, Ed.D.; Anthony E. Sims, Ph.D.; Jerry Stamper; Richard J. Steinke; Samuel C. Stringfield, Ph.D.; Frank Tull; Charles Turner; Jerry D. Weast, Ph.D.; Ronald A. Williams, Ph.D.

In Nov. 2003, Task Force on Education of African-American Males began its work. Task Force charge was to focus on educational issues of African-American young men, their achievement gaps, pre-school readiness, academic performance in elementary through high school, and their success rate in college. To accelerate their academic achievement, Task Force was to identify impediments and make recommendations, including plans to implement, evaluate, and monitor those recommendations.

Task Force reported to State Board of Education on Dec. 13, 2006.

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Under Division of Instruction, combined with Assessment to form Assessment and Professional Development in July 2004.

TEACHER SHORTAGE TASK FORCE
Staff: James V. Foran, Ed.D. (410) 767-0589; e-mail:
jforan@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by Pre-K-16 Leadership Council:
Patricia S. Florestano, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Edward L. Root, Ed.D., Co-Chair
Patricia Alexander; Stuart M. Bounds, Ph.D.; Mary A. Cary; James P. Clements, Ph.D.; Marietta A. English; Patricia A. Foerster; Gino J. Gemignani, Jr.; Michelle Hammond; William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.; Sherri Lind Hughes, Ph.D.; Brenda L. Hurbanis, Ed.D.; Arthur T. Johnson, Ph.D.; Bernard V. Khoury, Ph.D.; Carroll McGillin; Javier Miyares; Elizabeth M. Morgan, Ph.D.; Mary Jo Neil; Jonathan D. O'Neil; Eric Rice, Ph.D.; Ronald X. Roberson; T. Joan Robinson, Ph.D.; Sallie Hays Sarelas; Sr. Sharon Slear, Ph.D.; John E. Smeallie, Ed.D.; Wayne Thibeault; Karen A. Verbeke, Ph.D.; Richard T. Walker, Ph.D.; Donna L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

At request of State Board of Education, Teacher Shortage Task Force convened in Oct. 2007. Task Force was to collect and examine data on effectiveness of efforts in Maryland and nationwide to address chronic teacher shortages. Further, Task Force was to formulate recommendations, comprehensive and specific to Maryland, including higher education initiatives on teacher curriculum; issues concerning teacher certification; marketing and communications regarding teaching careers; and incentives for teachers.

Task Force submitted its report in June 2008, and completed its work with a presentation to State Board of Education in Dec. 2008.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY/SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSIONS TASK FORCE
Staff: Sharon Komornik (410) 767-0555; e-mail: skomorni@msde.state.md.us

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Alicia L. Mezu, Co-Chair
Edward F. (Ned) Sparks, Co-Chair
Kevin E. Crutchfield, M.D.; Joyce A. Dantzler; Cheryl D. De Pinto, M.D.; Gary A. Dix, M.D.; Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D.; Gregory LeGrand; John Lopez; Michael W. Mason; Wendell H. McKay, M.D.; T. J. Morgan; Mary Nasuta, R.N.; Gregory A. Penczek; Bryan Thomas Pugh; Andrew C. Roper, Ph.D.; Deborah C. Somerville, R.N.; Gaby von Nordheim; Andrew Warner; Michael L. Williams.

At instigation of State Superintendent of Schools, State Board of Education approved creation of Traumatic Brain Injury/Sports-Related Concussions Task Force in July 2012. Board passed emergency regulations concerning concussions in July, and charged Task Force to review best practices in prevention and treatment of head injuries in youth athletics.

In Jan. 2013, Task Force reported to State Board of Education further recommended actions on how to prevent such injuries, and how to identify and care for student athletes who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

In April 2013, Board approved regulations recommended by Task Force.

VISIONARY PANEL FOR BETTER SCHOOLS
George J. Funaro, Ph.D., Executive Director (410) 767-0439
web:
www.msde.state.md.us/Visionary_Panel/index.html

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools:
Sr. Helen Amos, Co-Chair
John F. (Jack) Jennings, Co-Chair
Raymond V. (Buzz) Bartlett; Kay G. Bienen; Sharon Blake; Debbie Bostian; Dunbar Brooks; Phyllis B. Brotman; Linda Chamberlain; Jay C. Chunn, Ph.D.; Michael Cohen; Dane A. Coleman; Bonnie S. Copeland, Ph.D.; Lorraine A. Costella, Ph.D.; Calvin Disney; Ralph Fessler, Ph.D.; Patricia A. Foerster; Sandra H. French; Harold Gray; Bryant Hall; Michael E. Hickey, Ph.D.; Murray K. Hoy, J.D.; Jann Jackson; Donna L. Jacobs, Esq.; Karen R. Johnson; Cynthia Kunckle; Donald N. Langenberg, Ph.D.; Min Leong; Michael Mark; Irving Pressley McPhail, Ph.D.; Scott Pfeifer; Henry J. Raymond, Ph.D.; Elaine Ryan, Ed.D.; Walter Sondheim, Jr.; Linda Storey; June E. Streckfus; Alvin Thornton, Ph.D.; Jerry D. Weast, Ph.D.

Ex officio: Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools

Created by State Superintendent of Schools, Visionary Panel for Better Schools began its work in June 2001. Panel reviewed and assessed State's educational reform policy and initiatives of past decade. Then, Panel formulated a plan for next ten years, incorporating most sucessful reforms of past and envisioning new ways to accelerate progress in future.

Seven task groups assisted Panel. Their concerns focused on: Accountability; Achievement Gaps; Assessment; Leadership; Learning; Public Schools; and Teacher Quality.

Final report submitted in Jan. 2002.

WEB-BASED LEARNING PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE
At request of State Superintendent of Schools, Web-Based Learning Project Steering Committee began its work in Dec. 2000. Under Division of Instruction, Committee developed an implementation plan and funding strategy to bring Internet-based learning (including credit courses) to teachers and students statewide. Plan was to include nontraditional learning opportunities and financial options, and use resources already developed by other states and Southern Regional Education Board.

In June 2001, Committee submitted its report and implementation plan to State Board of Education, and until 2004 oversaw its implementation and updating to reflect new technologies.

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