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First Ever Western MD Ed Practices Summit Set for August 2

Jun 20, 2024

WCTA is pleased to host the first ever Western Maryland Education Practices Summit on August 2, 2024. The summit will be on EDUCATIONAL EQUITY & OUR SCHOOLS: What Does it Mean for Western Maryland?

The free event will give Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) members in Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties the chance to network with other members from the region while earning credits/points for licensure renewal.

Since September, WCTA President Carol Mowen has been working to bring professional development resources offered by MSEA to Washington County to make it easier for Washington County’s MSEA members to have access. This includes certificated members and educational support members that belong to WCTA and WCESP respectively.

“MSEA offers outstanding PD opportunities for members, but western Maryland members have historically had to travel to Baltimore, Annapolis, or Ocean City, to participate,” said Mowen. “This event has been planned by the MSEA local presidents and UniServ directors of the 5 western Maryland counties specifically for our region to bring these resources to our doorstep.”

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on site. The day long event will be held at the Washington County Public Service Training Center.

The following sessions will be offered at the summit, and each participant may choose to attend up to three sessions.

  1. Blueprint: What’s up with Certification & Licensure? MSEA Center for Educational Policy and Practice (CEPP)
  2. Introduction to Building Classroom Culture Using Restorative Circles – Lauren Weaver
  3. Trauma-Informed Wellness Practices in the Classroom – Eleanor Jones
  4. Trauma, SEL, and Verbal De-escalation – Evan West
  5. The Community Circle – Building Positive Learning Environments, Relationships, Respect – Monifa Nero
  6. Lessons & Legacies About Our Historic Communities – What We Learned from “The House on Jonathan Street – Carol Mowen and Mary Fortson (WCTA) with Russ Hodge, Executive Producer and President of 3 Roads Communications, Inc.
  7. ESP Power and Respect: Topics from the ESP Conference – Evan West
  8. Community Cultural Wealth (Asset-Based Lens vs. Deficit Based Lens – for all roles) – Tina Dove
  9. Equity and the NBC Process – Danielle Jones and Josh Davidson
  10. Organizing and Advocacy: A Look at the History of MSEA and NEA – Sean McKillop

In addition, the afternoon includes a panel discussion on the Promise & Intent of the Blueprint, moderated by incoming MSEA Vice President Nikki Woodward.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the event. MSEA members can click here to register! 

For more information or for inquiries, please contact Mowen (301-797-7682).


  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Workshops Session 1
  • 10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Workshops Session 2
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.   LUNCH (Provided)
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion on the Promise & Intent of the Blueprint
  • 1:55 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.  Workshops Session 3   OPTIONS TBD)
  • 3:10 pm – 3:30 pm    Closing Remarks / Evaluations / Next Steps

OPTIONAL ADD ON for Participants:

3:30    Post-Summit Informational Session on the  Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and NEA Member Benefits


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