Team BCPS welcomes teachers back for the 2013-2014 school year


A mere 10 weeks removed from the last day of the 2012-2013 school year, teachers across the Baltimore County Public Schools system are returning to their classrooms today for the 2013-2014 school year.

Although the first day of school for students is August 26, teachers are on duty a week earlier for "Pre-Service Week" to engage in school-based, professional development activities that are aligned to individual school progress plans. Halfway through the week, all BCPS teachers participate in professional development activities that relate directly to their content and/or grade level assignment. On this day, the Offices of Language Arts and Mathematics offer sessions for elementary school teachers to participate in at their respective schools, while other content-specific offices provide sessions for secondary teachers at several identified BCPS locations.

Summer professional development activities for teachers, however, are not limited to "Pre-Service Week." Beginning on August 5 and extending through the start of "Pre-Service Week," other professional development activities included the Elementary Language Arts Summer Academy, the Elementary Mathematics Grade Changers Academy, the BCPS Teacher Evaluation workshops, the New Special Education Teacher Academy, the New Teacher Orientation, the Elementary Mathematics Transition to the Common Core informational sessions and various Continuing Professional Development (CDC) courses.

Outside the school system, BCPS teachers pursued additional professional development opportunities, as well. Across the country in San Diego, California, David Schein of Dulaney High School led seminars on aerospace engineering for high school students as part of Project Lead the Way's Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program. In Beijing, China, Nowell Humphrey and Steve Russell of Dumbarton Middle School taught English to elementary school students. Also abroad, Grant Long of Catonsville High School participated in a fellowship to study the culture, economy and political climate of Japan.

Now, with the start of school just days away,Team BCPS welcomes its teachers – all 8,792 of them – back to school and wishes them all a year full of deliberate excellence.

Story by Blake Lubinski, Intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach
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