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AACPS Dance Ensemble Announced Following Auditions
Auditions On September 5, 2008, high school dancers from all over the county auditioned
for the Anne Arundel County Dance Ensemble. The ensemble rehearses and
Gratz College, performs all year, and is directed by Melissa Bell (Dance Company Director at
Regional Training Broadneck High School) and Melissa Norwood (Dance Company Director at
Center Add New Southern High School). Congratulations to the 2008-2009 Ensemble dancers.
Graduate Class to
Schedule for Fall Anne Arundel County Dance Ensemble
How to Log into
the Electronic Lianne Clark—Southern High School
Registrar Online Shelby Conrad—Southern High School
System (ERO) Lauren DiGiacomo—Broadneck High School
Cara Ervin—South River High School
Web-Based Rebecca Goodnow—Northeast High School
Course Accepting Emily Hurd—Broadneck High School
Registrations Holly Olsen—Broadneck High School
Brooke Partain—Broadneck High School
Career Choices Tobi Polland—Severna Park High School
Workshop Set for Emily Ragan—South River High School
October 30 Ariel Stanton-Penkert—Broadneck High School
Kathryn Thoemke—Broadneck High School
Annual ‘Flavors of
Fall’ Looking for Apprentices:
Participants Monica Herndon—Annapolis High School
Meagan Hohman—Severna Park High School
Anne Arundel Kayleigh Kehrer—Northeast High School
Among Four Lyndsey Pressley—Old Mill High School
Counties Caitlyn Pumphrey—Chesapeake High School
Presenting School Rachel Russell—Old Mill High School
Washington Gratz College, Regional Training Center Add New Graduate
University is Class to Schedule for Fall
Proud to Present
Graduate It’s All About You: Wellness and School (3-credit graduate course in
Certificate in education)
Teaching The impact of stress, poor nutrition, time management, and lack of physical
activity will be examined in order to better serve educators on both a personal
Technology MSDE level and in the teaching and learning process. Participants will learn stress
Courses from the management techniques, time management skills, elements of supportive
Fall 2008 Staff nutrition and physical fitness.
Workshops Dates: November 21 through November 23, December 6-7, 2008 -- New Date
A.A. County’s Times: Day 1: 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Arts-in-Education Days 2 - 5: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Showcase Dates Location: Gambrills, MD at Carver Center
Announced Tuition: $820 Includes all books and materials $75.00 deposit required
Interested in To register for M5935-3002:
Receiving Special Call 1-800-433-4740, Fax: 1-973-659-0700
Education Online: www.theRTC.net
Certification, Mail: Check, or credit card number with expiration date
Master of Arts in Include your name, address, phone number, email and school
Make payable to: “RTC for Gratz College” and mail to
Registration Now REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER
Open for Fall 486 Route 10 West
2008 Workshops Randolph, NJ 07869
Learn Behavior ---
Strategies with a How to Log into the Electronic Registrar Online System
The Electronic Registrar Online System is used to register for professional
development sessions courses. ERO can be accessed on the Anne Arundel
County home page. Once you are on the Anne Arundel County web page:
Click on the Human Resources/Employment tab
Click on For Current Staff—ERO Sign-in
Click on the blue box – ERO Sign-in
Enter your User ID – which is your social security number (without
spaces or dashes)
Enter your ERO Pin Number
articles may Please contact Nancy Koller at email@example.com or 410 721-8330 if you need
require assistance with ERO.
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viewed. You may
also read all Web-Based Course Accepting Registrations
issues of The
Afternoon Digest Web 2.0 Resources
on Minerva. (You
must log in with
your own ID and
view this site.) Course Details:
All new entries
ERO Course #: OIT32123
Dates: Wednesday, September 17 through Monday, September 29
The course is online, so there are no specific meeting times, just
assignments/discussions to be completed over the course of the week.
The Internet has been and is in a constant state of evolution. Changes have
been so drastic that a new Internet, referred to as Web 2.0, has evolved. Web
2.0 tools (Wikis, Blogs, etc.) encourage collaboration and communication as they
relate to learning, teaching, and the development of 21st Century skills. This
course will expose teachers to the many tools of the Read/Write Web
and provide weekly experimentation.
Career Choices Workshop Set for October 30
A one-day introductory Career Choices workshop will be held at the Hilton
Garden Inn BWI Airport in Baltimore on October 30, 2008. Space is limited and
we expect the workshop to fill quickly.
This one-day workshop for those not yet familiar with Career Choices is entitled
“Successful Strategies for Freshman Transition: A Career Choices Workshop.” It
is designed for educators and administrators interested in learning more about
how the Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes can be an effective
strategy for dropout prevention while exploring the Career Choices curriculum for
use in their programs.
Along with the practical ideas and proven activities shared at this workshop,
you'll also receive a set of the nationally-acclaimed Career Choices curriculum.
Providing a comprehensive, step-by-step course with exemplary scope and
sequence, Career Choices guides students through a process that culminates in
the development of a personalized ten-year career-inclusive education plan.
Each registrant receives a set of five (5) Career Choices books, lunch, and all
workshop materials, including a variety of handouts.
Register at least three weeks before the event and receive our special “Early
Bird” rate of $99. For registrations received after that date, the rate is $129.
If you're not yet familiar with Career Choices, visit
Annual ‘Flavors of Fall’ Looking for Participants
The 9th annual Flavors of Fall, Anne Arundel Academies Partnership Awards, will
be held on October 21, 2008, 6:00 p.m. at the LaFontaine Bleu, Glen Burnie,
Maryland. The keynote speaker for the evening is Mr. Leon Thomas, President,
Thomas Hospitality Services.
This event honors students, teachers, and business partners who participate in
academy activities. Flavors of Fall is the only fundraising activity for the
academies and it directly benefits the academy students. The Anne Arundel
County Public Schools’ Academies of Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information
Technology, Law & Public Service, and Teaching Professions will participate in
Some of the area’s finest restaurants will provide refreshments for the evening.
They include Aromi d’Italia, Bonefish Grill, Brian Birou, Costco – Glen Burnie, The
Grill at Quarterfield Station, Anne Arundel Community College’s H-CAT, Phillips
Seafood – Annapolis, Remomo’s, Three Brothers, and Truffles.
Individuals and businesses can provide support for this event by purchasing
tickets, participating in the silent auction, providing auction items, purchasing
ads for the program or providing a tax deductible contribution. Anne Arundel
Community College is a proud Key Sponsor of the Flavors of Fall Celebration.
If you would like to participate in this event please contact Sharrie Wade,
Treasurer, at 410-766-5400 or Lise Foran, Director of Anne Arundel Academies,
Inc. at 410-674-7710 ext. 277. For more information about the Anne Arundel
Academies, Inc. and the Flavors of Fall, please visit the website at
Anne Arundel Among Four Counties Presenting School
The Twice Exceptional organizations of Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince
Georges counties, together with Individuals with Differences in Learning (IDL) of
Howard County, present "What Works and Why: Unmasking Student Strengths
Through Innovative Learning Experiences," a two-day conference on November
20 and 21, featuring national and regional experts and student panels exploring:
Instructional Strategies for engaging and energizing
Multi-sensory, real-world oriented, strength-based instruction for
Arts and technology integration across the curriculum
This interdisciplinary conference will focus on sessions that emphasize issues for
students who don’t fit the ‘typical’ mold including Twice Exceptional and other
students who learn differently.
The conference is planned for teachers, administrators, clinicians, parents, and
others with an interest in reaching ALL students through innovative learning
experiences. Details and discounted one-day or two-day registration can be
found until September 30 at http://whatworksandwhy.eventbrite.com or
www.gifteddifferentlearners.org. CEU's awarded. Contact Cindy Heslin
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
George Washington University is Proud to Present Graduate
Certificate in Professional Teaching Standards
Join this interest meeting to explain how the new George Washington University
Graduate Certificate cohort can help teachers who are interested in achieving
National Board Certification. You can earn 15 graduate credits and a Graduate
Certificate in Professional Teaching Standards.
Who: Anyone interested in pursuing National Board Certification
When: Monday, September 15, 2008
from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
at Carver Staff Development Center
or Thursday, September 25, 2008
from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
at Carver Staff Development Center
If you are interested in attending or have further questions, please contact
Denise Levitine: email@example.com.
Technology MSDE Courses from the Fall 2008 Staff
To find out more about these courses go to:
Select Professional Development Opportunities > Fall 2008 Staff Development
Please consider taking a Computer Education Course this fall:
Grant Writing Made Simple- Develop an understanding of grant writing to
obtain additional technology resources. All classes are online. (1 MSDE credit)
Fundamentals of Computer Use- Learn to operate Windows XP computers.
Practice accessing and using programs and files, creating directories, saving to a
specific directory, and installing programs in a home stand-alone environment or
in a network environment. (1 MSDE credit)
Integrating Technology into Instruction (K-12) (A Hybrid Course-Online
and 4 Face-to-Face classes/Blackboard) Identify best practices in the
integration of instructional technology. Problem-based learning strategies will be
incorporated and aligned with national standards. Learn about emerging
technologies. (3 MSDE Credits)
Introduction to Microsoft Word-Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Topics
include basic formatting, page setup, spell check, thesaurus, borders and
shading, graphics, and tables. (1 MSDE Credit)
Introduction to PowerPoint- Learn the basics of creating and customizing
powerful presentations using slides, slide sorter, and outline views. Basic slide
styles will be introduced including bullets, 2-column text, clip art and hyperlinks.
(1 MSDE Credit)
Online-Infusion- (A Hybrid Course- [online and face-to-face]-
Blackboard) - Are you interested in using collaborative learning online with
your students? Learn the tools of Blackboard, including voice email and audio to
support student achievement. During the course, you will build a Blackboard site
that you will be able to use with your students. This course is required if you
would like to use Blackboard with students. (1 MSDE Credit)
Principles of Technology Leadership- A Hybrid Course-[9 hours online
and 2 face-to-face classes]-Blackboard)-This course is designed for
prospective and practicing administrators who want to develop an understanding
of technology leadership and best practices that will lead to effective technology
integration. (1 MSDE Credit)
Using Computers in the Curriculum - (PreK-5) - The course is designed to
give teachers a hands-on experience using the computer software and hardware
available in the schools. Investigate and use technologies such as the document
camera, Smart board and digital cameras. Create lessons that integrate the
Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum and the new Maryland Technology Literacy
Standards for Students. (3 MSDE Credits)
A.A. County’s Arts-in-Education Showcase Dates Announced
Sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Inc.
For cultural arts coordinators, principals, teachers, and administrators.
Free showcases presenting over 50 performing artists.
Artists demonstrate their talents in brief samplings of their work before
live audiences of children from the host schools.
Representatives are invited to attend all three showcases.
Different artists each day.
Artists provide assembly programs, workshops and residencies.
The Arts Council provides grants to county schools for assemblies and
Thursday, September 18, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1411 Cedar Park Road, Annapolis
Friday, September 19, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
401 East Pasadena Road, Pasadena
Friday, September 26, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1290 Odenton Road, Odenton
Interested in Receiving Special Education Certification,
Master of Arts in Teaching Degree?
Goucher College and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) have
expanded their existing partnership to offer a cohort of Special Education
For those who are teaching under a conditional teaching certificate, the courses
will count toward Goucher College’s MSDE-approved Master of Arts in Teaching
(M.A.T.) degree with Special Education Certification (either grades 1-8 or 6-
adult). Details of course requirements for the degree are available at
If you are already certified in Elementary Education or a content area, these
courses can help prepare you to take and pass the Praxis II Special Education
Exams which are required to add Special Education Certification (either grades
1-8 or 6-adult) to your existing certificate.
Even Better News! Providing there is sufficient enrollment in the cohort, all
special education courses and most other M.A.T. degree course requirements will
be offered in a school in Anne Arundel County. An enrollment of 15 participants
is needed to offer a class in Anne Arundel County.
In addition, teachers working in Anne Arundel County Public Schools may qualify
for additional funding in this high-needs certification. Please contact the
AACPS Human Resources Office for more details on the Critical Shortage
How much will the courses cost?
A total of 15 credits in special education will be offered at the reduced
tuition cohort rate (ED 686, ED 688, ED 689, ED 690, and ED 691). Each
participant must pay a $60 non-refundable registration fee per
course to Goucher College. After participants successfully complete the
course with the minimum grade required (B or higher), Goucher will bill
Anne Arundel County for tuition reimbursement for each participant.
(Participants who drop a class after the approved add/drop period or who
do not earn at least a grade of B, will be billed directly by Goucher for the
full tuition rate.) Students who withdraw after the first class are subject
to the withdrawal policies of Goucher College and may owe a portion or
all of the $750 tuition that would have been paid by AACPS if the student
had completed the course.
In addition, for participants who choose to complete the M.A.T. degree,
direct reimbursement from Anne Arundel County is also available for the
non-cohort courses, but without a discount in the tuition rate. For the
2008-2009 Goucher College academic year (July 08’ – June ‘09),
participants would be eligible to pay the difference between the Goucher
College tuition amount and the Anne Arundel County reimbursement rate
($1215 for a 3 credit class - $750 reimbursed directly to Goucher College
= $465 out-of-pocket cost).
Please note that, according to the TAAAC Negotiated Agreement, Unit I
members shall be reimbursed for a maximum of six (6) semester hours of
college credit per teaching year (September through August). If an
AACPS employee wishes to take reduced tuition cohort courses beyond
the six credits reimbursed by Anne Arundel County, then the AACPS
employee would be responsible for paying the registration fee ($60) and
the reimbursement amount ($750.00) directly to Goucher College. The
regular Goucher College tuition rate (currently $1215) would apply to any
non-cohort classes being taken in Anne Arundel County or at Goucher
Participants will also need to purchase the required textbooks. They will
be available for purchase online at
http://goucher.bkstore.com/bkstore/content or in person at the Goucher
What do I need to do if I am interested in applying to the M.A.T.
Call the Graduate Programs in Education Department at Goucher College
(410-337-6047) or email Tammy Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
receive an application packet.
Complete the application for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching
Program. This includes the application form, two letters of
recommendation, official transcripts from undergraduate degree and
graduate courses (if applicable). The essay and application fee are
What if I want to start by only taking a few courses in the reduced
tuition cohort option?
You can enroll in up to 12 credits as a non-matriculating student before
having to officially apply to one of the degree programs. Complete the
cohort application/registration form at the end of this document to
register for the fall semester.
Fall 2008 Reduced Tuition Cohort Offerings in Special Education:
Listed below are the courses available during the fall 2008 semester to eligible
AACPS teachers and administrators for the reduced tuition rate and direct
reimbursement (up to six credits per year).
ED 686.200 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:45 p.m., September 10 – December 10, 2008
Instructor: Jim Hargest
Offered at Overlook Elementary School, 401 Hampton Road, North
An examination of the characteristics of exceptional children, their
educational needs, their legal rights, and curricular and
methodological models for teaching them.
Historical and philosophical development of treatments, provisions,
institutions, programs, and services for exceptional children.
ED 688.200 Educational Assessment and Diagnosis for Students
with Special Educational Needs I (General) (3 credits)
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., September 9 – December 9, 2008
Instructor: Robert Hull
Offered at Marley Glen School, 200 Scott Avenue, Glen Burnie
Examine the legal requirements and processes for assessing
students with educational disabilities.
Identify and practice the skills special educators use to assess
students with suspected disabilities.
Examine and explore assessment instruments and procedures
used for diagnosing students experiencing learning problems.
ED 690.200 Curriculum Design and Adaptations for Students with
Special Needs I (General)
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:45 p.m., September 11 – December 11, 2008
Instructor: Janet Hull
Offered at Marley Glen School, 200 Scott Avenue, Glen Burnie
Principles of curriculum development, implementation, and
evaluation and their role in addressing students with disabilities.
Intervention, management, consultation, adaptations including
computer adaptations, and instructional procedures for students
with special needs.
How do I register for one of these classes?
All Unit I members should contact the Human Resources Certification
Specialist at 410-222-5077 for assistance regarding certification
requirements prior to registering for a course.
To receive an application/registration form please e-mail Wendy Tuttle
In order to secure your place in one of the fall 2008 classes, you must
complete the application/registration form and mail or fax it along with
your non-refundable registration payment of $60.00. If this is the first
class you are taking with the Graduate Programs in Education
Department at Goucher, we need verification of degree completion.
Please submit with your application a copy of one of the following
1) Copy of undergraduate or graduate transcript, or
2) Copy of Maryland State Certification.
(Please note these documents are only required of first time students in
the cohort program and your application cannot be completed without it.)
Please return the application/registration form, payment and necessary
documentation to Tammy Adams, Goucher College, Graduate Programs in
Education, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD, 21204 (FAX: 410-
You will receive a letter or e-mail confirming receipt of your
application/registration form. Please note that registrations cannot be
finalized until all required payment and/or documentation is received.
Purchase required textbooks prior to the first night of class. Textbooks
will be available for purchase through the Goucher College Bookstore at
For more information, please direct specific questions to Wendy Tuttle. E-
mail is the best way to reach Wendy and have your questions answered
(email@example.com), but you can also call her at 410-337-6047.
Registration Now Open for Fall 2008 Workshops
Spaces are still available for many courses. Credit and non-credit courses are
offered in the Fall Professional Development Workshop booklet. Several of the
reading courses offered satisfy the MSDE reading requirements.
Refer to the Fall Professional Development Workshop booklet located in each
school or access the 2008 Fall Booklet on the AACPS website,
http://www.aacps.org/html/teach/staffdevelopment.pdf for course descriptions
and additional information.
If you encounter difficulties send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration ends
on September 17, 2008.
Learn Behavior Positive, Effective Strategies with a CHAMPS
CHAMPs is a simple, positive, pro-active classroom management tool that helps
teachers develop, communicate, and teach classroom behaviors and
expectations easily at all grade levels. Using the CHAMPs acronym,
participants will learn how to clarify behavioral expectations, plan how to teach
them, prepare lessons to put them in place, and create a comprehensive
classroom management plan. Participants will also learn to identify the causes of
misbehaviors and identify appropriate intervention strategies to address
misbehavior in the classroom. CHAMPs will make the year run smoothly and
allow the emphasis to be on instruction rather than on discipline.
WHEN: Wednesdays (9/24, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29)
WHERE: Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MD
TIME: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
INSTRUCTORS: Betsy Fecher and Pat Klos, CHAMPs Trainers
CREDIT: 1 MSDE Credit
SIGN UP: ERO SRN 3191009002
Principal/Assistant Principal Vacancies Announced
Vacancy announcements for principal and assistant principal have been posted
on BrassRing and will be open through September 14, 2008. The announcement
8146BR Elementary Principal
8147BR Secondary Principal
8148BR Elementary Assistant Principal
8149BR Secondary Assistant Principal
Qualifications include a master’s degree, certification in Administration I and/or
II, and three years of successful teaching. Your coursework for administration
certification must be completed at the time of application. If you are currently
working on your coursework, you must wait until you have completed all of your
coursework. Interviews are held twice per year, in the spring and fall.
The vacancy announcements are for anticipated vacancies. Once you have
interviewed and received a qualifying score, you will be placed in a pool of
qualified applicants and may be eligible to apply for any posted vacancies that
are posted throughout the year.
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