In 2013, the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services unveiled its strategic plan for Moving Maryland Forward.  This document, a capstone of three years of vision setting, stakeholder input, data measurement, and strategic planning, represents the direction the State is implementing to narrow the gaps, in all their forms, between children and students with disabilities and developmental delays and their peers.

The Division’s strategic plan – Moving Maryland Forward, is available here.

Throughout Maryland Learning Links, you will find news, information, resources, and tools that support the strategic plan.  Specifically, under this tab, you will find information about:

From the Assistant State Superintendent

The DEISES has embarked on the implementation of its bold statewide Strategic Plan—Moving Maryland Forward. The Plan focuses on narrowing achievement gaps for students, particularly children with disabilities from birth through age 21. Over the next five years, the DEISES will target four strategically chosen Action Imperatives. The Plan, which is fully integrated into the overall aims of MSDE, includes a strong commitment to collaboration and shared responsibility, multi-tiered systems of support, and family and community partnerships. Moving Maryland Forward was developed and informed by the innovative thinking and transformative ideas of stakeholders from across the State. This included Local School System superintendents, special education directors, early intervention and preschool special education coordinators, instruction and curriculum specialists, family advocates and support coordinators, and parents and community partners. The DEISES Assistant State Superintendent’s Advisory Council, State Advisory Councils, and the DEISES leadership staff collaborated to produce this final plan.

I sincerely appreciate the significant contributions of all stakeholders, as well as the specialized and general educators who engaged in developing this Strategic Plan. I feel certain that—guided by Moving Maryland Forward—we will together improve outcomes for all children and families and narrow achievement gaps for specialized populations.

Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S.

Assistant State Superintendent

Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services