Our Commitment to Children, Families, and Educators

The DSE/EIS strategic  planning process is rooted in a set of principles that will remain essential to the successful implementation and measurement of the Moving Maryland Forward plan and the achievement of its intended outcomes.


We maintain an open door to stakeholders and regularly keep our stakeholders informed through formal and informal feedback loops. This includes quarterly birth-21 special education and early intervention leadership meetings, the annual birth-21 Professional Learning Institute, meetings of the Assistant State Superintendent’s Advisory Council, and regularly scheduled convening of advisory groups. Advisory groups include the State Interagency Coordinating Council, Special Education State Advisory Committee, Education Advocacy Coalition, and the Autism Waiver Advisory Council.

Stakeholder Engagement

We involve stakeholders through participatory processes that promote innovation, the sharing of best practices, and dissemination of research and evidence-based models. We are also committed to strengthening partnerships and planning with other MSDE divisions and external stakeholder groups.


We make every effort to serve stakeholders in a timely and effective manner and to ensure the availability of “real-time” data for decision making and dissemination of models of best practices throughout the State.


We strive to improve results for all Local School Systems and Public Agencies.
The DSE/EIS has developed a tiered system of general supervision and engagement to identify systems and agencies in need of differentiated support and technical assistance.

by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Staff