On October 28, 2013, Loyola University Maryland School of Education and the Center for Innovation in Urban Education presented the Archdiocese of Baltimore Professional Development Workshop at the Timonium Graduate Center. Dr. Joshua Smith, Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland, and Dr. LaUanah King-Cassell, Principal of St. James and John in Baltimore City, kicked off the day by welcoming local educators. The workshop featured keynote speaker Ms. Kimberly Manns, Program Director of the Baltimore City Grade Level Reading Coalition
. In her current role, Ms. Manns is tasked with building a citywide strategy to increase the City’s 3rd grade reading scores by 100% by 2020. Formerly the Deputy Director of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office of Policy and Communications and Special Projects, Ms. Manns was a key partner in the design and implementation of the City’s summer and attendance strategies.
Loyola University Maryland faculty offered a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day. Dr. Margarita Zisselsberger, Assistant Professor in Literacy Education, discussed enacting best practices with the writing standards using zines and other multi-genre projects to explore text types and structures in the content areas. Ms. Monica Phelps, Clinical Faculty in
Education Specialties, led an interactive session working with ActivInspire for Promethean, a software package allowing participants to design more interactive assignments for their classrooms. Mr. Arthur Corvo, Affiliate Instructor in Teacher Education, explored the engineering design process by demonstrating how to incorporate modeling and inquiry in the classrooms.to engage students in meaningful STEM activities.
Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Educational Leadership Program, Dr. Peter Litchka provided both Catholic school leaders and teacher leaders with a framework for developing a foundation for school improvement by building and implmenting a shared set of core beliefs as well as mission and vision statements. Dr. Wendy Smith, Associate Professor of Literacy in the Teacher Education Department, examined how to make reading fun and interactive in K-8 classrooms using “close reading” strategy. Mrs. Laura Alpaugh, a PDS Coordinator for Loyola interns, explored how close analytic reading and text dependent questioning supports major shifts in the field of literacy and curriculum design for elementary reading. Workshop participants concluded the day in teacher work groups.