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When Death Impacts Your School: Fostering Community and Compassion

November 15-16, 2017

Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) at St. Paul's School for Girls, this workshop is designed to help school personnel think through their policies and procedures when a death impacts their school community. It will incorporate video examples, draw on case histories, and participants will leave with a sample document to help develop or refine your school’s plans. For more information, visit the CSEE website.

Parent Session: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -- 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Faculty Session: Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- 9:00am to 3:00pm


12th Annual Summer Summit at Sidwell Friends School

December 1, 2017

The 12th Annual Summer Summit at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. will be held on December 1st. Summit is a full day of workshops, professional development and collaboration for staff working in Summer and Auxiliary Programs. Our theme for the Opening Session is Making Positive Impacts. We are hoping to highlight at least 5 ways our summer/auxiliary programs were making positive impacts on our communities! Further details and registration can be found here. Please email with any questions.  


Read Local Challenge

October 2017 to May 2018

The Read Local Challenge is a reading incentive program featuring traditionally-published books by authors and illustrators who live in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Schools, classes, book clubs, and even individuals can win autographed books and free Skype visits from authors by reading picture books, middle grade, or young adult books by local authors between October 2017-May 2018. This fall, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is also offering schools the opportunity to host a FREE Read Local kickoff party with one or more of the authors featured in the challenge. For more information and a full list of the challenge books, please visit or email Sign-up for a FREE Kick-off Party, Download Activities and Resources, or Read Local Challenge Book List.


Annual Educator Make IT Work Conference

March 10, 2018

MSDE along with other organizations is hosting the 2nd Annual Educator Make IT Work Conference on March 10, 2018. Proposals can be submitted through December 13th at Student proposals are also welcome! The conference will be "Pay what you can" for all educators. For more information, please see our event flyer or click here: Make IT Work Conference.


National Black Memorabilia Fine Arts & Crafts Show

April 14, 2018

The 34th Annual National Black Memorabilia Fine Art & Crafts Show takes place at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg; Saturday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday,10:00 am-5:00 pm. Admission is $7:00, free for students.The show is all indoors and includes free parking. There will be celebrity autograph sessions, seminars, vendors, and educational exhibits that include black memorabilia, historical artifacts, books, paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, autographs, toys, black dolls, advertisements, photos, political and civil rights memorabilia, collectibles, postcards, magazines, as well as Slavery Artifacts, Jim Crow memorabilia, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Black Panther Party, George Washington Carver, Dorothy Dandridge, and others.There will be autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players, Tuskegee Airman and other celebrities. This is an educational event on African American History and Culture. For additional information and vendor space reservations, call 301) 649-1915, email, visit or visit




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