School Improvement in Maryland Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Maryland’s selected framework for school improvement is the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement. This session will focus on processes, structures, resources and tools to support districts and schools in the continuous cycle of school improvement. A panel of state, district and school staff will share their journey of continuous improvement and the impact of a systemic approach on school improvement and student achievement. Learn how Maryland embraced resources from their partnership with Center on School Turnaround at WestEd in building the capacity of district and school leadership teams.
Download Session Materials
- Handout Four Domains NAESPA Presentation.pdf
- NAESPA Conference School Improvement in MD Under ESSA.pdf
Tricia Crafton currently serves as the Coordinator for School Improvement/Title I in the Title I - Program Improvement Office at the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE). Prior to joining MSDE, Tricia enjoyed her roles as a biology teacher, science department head, assistant principal, and principal in Baltimore City Public School System. Tricia has a deep commitment to school improvement work in all schools and increased student achievement for all students.
Dana Denny is a Specialist in the Office of State and federal Programs for Prince George's County Public Schools. As an Instructional Specialist she provides guidance in the areas of designing, implementing, and monitoring Title I programs. Over the past two years one of her main focuses has been to provide additional strategic support to the county’s Priority Schools, one of which is the first Title I designated high school in the State of Maryland. With over 20 years of experience in the field of education, Dana Denny has been instrumental in initiating school improvement and reform strategies within Title I schools and communities and sees those tasks as her life’s work. Prior to working in Prince George’s County, Mrs. Denny served as a Title I Coordinator with the Maryland State Department of Education as well as Coordinator of Title I for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Dr. Gail Clark Dickson is the Section Chief, Title I – Program Improvement, Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Dr. Dickson provides leadership and oversight supporting schools and districts implementing school improvement initiatives ensuring quality instructional practices and compliance with state and federal guidelines and requirements. Prior to joining MSDE, Dr. Dickson held leadership roles at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Mid-continent for Research Education and Learning (McREL), Kentucky Department of Education, and Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY. She holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Bowie State University, Masters in Social Work, from University of Kentucky, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Western Kentucky University.
Michele Stansbury, Baltimore County Public School Title I coordinator, has 20 years of educational expertise in advocating for students and families residing in highly vulnerable communities. She has an M.A. in STEM Education (University of Maryland Baltimore County) and an M.S. in Educational Leadership (Towson University).