Office of Special Education

Teaching and Learning

In accordance with the Blueprint 2.0, the Teaching and Learning team seeks to close the achievement gap for students who are receiving special education and related services. Through collaboration with content area offices, student support services, related service providers, school-based staff, parents, and students, Teaching and Learning staff provides professional development and direct support in order to increase students’ accessibility to and progress within the general education curriculum via a multi-tiered system of supports and interventions and provision of a continuum of services. We strive to improve the abilities of general educators, special educators and paraeducators to make data-driven decisions, differentiate instruction, execute research- and evidence- based instructional strategies, and implement universal design for learning in order to meet the needs of all students in the least restrictive environment.

Teaching and Learning Resources

Common Core State Standard (CCSS) Initiatives

Consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  Opportunities to discover the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts are provided.

Maryland Common Core Curriculum Frameworks

Developed by Maryland educators to support the implementation of the new national Common Core Standards.

Maryland Learning Links

Resources for educators and families about issues related to special education and early intervention in Maryland.

National Center on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Principles for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Autism Resources

Autism Society of Baltimore - Chesapeake

An all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to acting as a voice for all people along the autism spectrum in the greater Baltimore area.

Pathfinders for Autism

Contains articles and other helpful information and resources for parents and professionals.

Alphabetical List of Local and National Autism Resources

An alphabetical listing of local and national resources.

Honestly Autism Day

Honestly Autism Day (HAD) is a day devoted to understanding autism and is presented by the Partnership Project, which is a collaboration between the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake,  the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Special Education, and the Department of Special Education at Towson University.


Dyslexia Resources

Testing Resources


Maryland State Testing Information

Overview of PARCC, HSA, and the Alternate Assessments, including sample test items and state curriculum.

Maryland Report Card for Baltimore County

Baltimore County’s data including School Progress Index (SPI), demographics, assessments, and graduation rate.

Partnership of Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers in order to build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.

National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) and the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)

New alternative assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate achievement standards, balancing flexibility and standardization, working closely with teachers, content, and assessment design experts.



Contact Information


Brenda Workmeister

Teaching & Learning

Phone: (443) 809-3660

Fax: (410) 583-8736


Sara Egorin-Hooper


Connee Hart



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