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Franczkowski Leads Workshop to Address Educational Equity

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services held a two-day work session in May to develop the content for tools to assist Maryland’s local school systems as they address disparities in education based on race or ethnicity for students with disabilities. 

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services

What’s Happening: News & Events from the DEISES

Find out the latest happenings from Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

Developmental Disabilities Day: Feb 22, 2018

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, represented the Maryland State Department of Education and showed her support for students and their families at Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature on Feb. 22, 2018.

Transition Specialist of the Year Mary Pat Dye

Mary Pat Dye Awarded Transition Specialist of the Year

Congratulations to Mary Pat Dye from Carroll County, who was named Maryland’s “Transition Specialist of the Year” at the Western Maryland Regional Professional Learning Institute! The award was presented by Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent, and Christy Stuart, Secondary Transition Specialist, both of the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education & Early […]

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Training Videos for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute developed a series of online training videos to provide classroom tips and practical strategies for working with students on the autism spectrum. See the library of videos covering topics such as sensory supports, communication needs, helping victims of bullying and harassment, legal issues around school removal, and addressing behavioral challenges.

Improving Students’ Lives by Engaging Their Minds

Principals at schools in Baltimore and Dallas believed they could transform students’ lives and improve academic performance by trying strategies that changed the way students engaged their brains.
The novel approaches worked.

Seven Tips to Bring Your Innovative Educational Program Into More Schools

Many of the workshops at BrainFutures 2017 focused on innovative solutions to problems and gaps in schools. But why haven’t these already been implemented en masse? The “Advancing Strategies to Improve School Outcomes” workshop addressed this question of how to channel scientific advances into improvements in schools.

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Successfully Closing the Achievement Gap Using Neuroscience

Teachers work long and hard hours to create lesson plans that engage and effectively teach every child in their classes. However, each individual child’s success depends on more than just a great lesson plan: Their neurological development and their socioeconomic status can heed their ability to perform at grade level.

State Knowledge Utilization Spotlight: Maryland

Although all steps of the TAP-IT process are critical, this spotlight describes how the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services uses the plan and implement stages of TAP-IT to assist local school systems (LSSs), instructional coaches, and educators with implementation