Weast Watch and MCPS Staff Travel

Weast Watch - A diary of the travels of Superintendent Weast and his staff.
15 - 18  NEW!   Daytona Beach, FL ~ 2008 National Dropout Prevention Conference - Effective Strategies, Presenter :  Marc Cohen, Principal, Martin Luther King, Jr Middle School, MCPS    

22-25  Orlando, FL ~ Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) 2008 Convention    Betsy Brown noted on her expense account logs; Bill Harman, Technology Consultant, MCPS p.34 of FETC program and on the FileMaker software company's press release

3-5     San Jose, CA ~ The New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is pleased to invite you to our Tenth National Symposium on Teacher Induction  "Celebrating the Lessons Learned     Keynote Speaker:  Kimberly Oliver is the 2006 National Teacher of the Year Award winner from Montgomery County Public Schools

6        St. Charles, MO ~ Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC),   Bill Harman, MCPS  This MCPS consultant's travels also highlighted in Filemaker software company press release 

12 - 14 NEW!  Sarasota/St Petersburg, FL ~ U.S. Education Research Summit 2008, Promethean two day users' conference including ActivBoards demonstrations, Mr.  Sherwin  Collette,  MCPS Chief Technology Officer in Google video of presentation showcasing examples of how Promethean Boards are used in Montgomery County classrooms (actually a good video to watch for the overview of the "Weast brand" school system as it is "sold" to other jurisdictions).  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1109307231497472954 Conference info found here:  http://sarasotacountyschools.net/scs-newsroom/2008_02_01_archive.html

15      Tampa, FL ~ 2008 AASA National Conference on Education, Building Successful Schools in Montgomery County Through Professional Learning Communities    Presenters  Joanne Smith, Principal, Glen Haven Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, MD  James Virga, Associate Superintendent for Organizational Development,  Montgomery County Public Schools, Germantown, MD  Jerry Weast, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools,  Rockville, MD  Sponsored by:ING 10:45 - 11:45 a.m  Handout NOTE:  Carey Wright also attended hotel deposit and registration for this conference made in Sept 2007

22 - 24   San Antonio, TX ~  National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Annual Conference  MCPS Principals; noted on Principal Garran's reimbursement receipts as well

28     Dallas, TX ~ 2008 Professional Conference -Celebrating Consortium Connections       How Advisories Can Help Support a STEM Program   John Haigh, The Science, Mathematics, and Technology Academy at Montgomery Blair High School, MD.  This presentation will detail how our STEM program uses an advisory structure to meet our core goals of enriching academic programs with career oriented activities, advising students within a specific career pathway, monitoring student academic progress and supporting student achievement.  John Templin (magnet teacher)Engineering/Tech/CS Chat Session,  Blair Science, Mathematics, Computer Science Magnet, MD 

6       Las Vegas, NV ~ Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)19th International Conference 3:45 PM RM 9 Technology Applications in Student Math Notes, Edward C. Nolan, Montgomery County Public Schools  

26     New York, NY  ~  2008 Annual Meeting AERA  p 25  Steven J. Fink (Montgomery County Public Schools - Maryland) School Climate and Student Achievement in Middle School Scheduled Time: Wed, Mar 26 - 10:35am - 12:05pm 

28     New York, NY  ~  2008 Annual Meeting AERA  p.1  Suzanne Merchlinsky (Montgomery County Public Schools - Maryland)  Findings From a Participatory Model for Evaluating Implementation of a Standards-Based Grading and Reporting System

29 - April 1     Orlando, FL  ~  NSBA 68th Annual Conference "Building Successful Schools in Montgomery County Through Professional Learning Communtities"  Moderator:  JAMES (JAMIE) VIRGA, Assoc. Sup. for Organizational Development, MCPS  Presenters:  JERRY WEAST, Superintendent, NANCY NAVARRO, Board President, Jamie Virga, and JOANNE SMITH, Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools  

7     Salt Lake City, UT ~ 2008 NCSM Annual Conference    Reach Up and Reach Out with Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Questions, Robyn Silbey, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland

8     Santa Clara, CA  ~ The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP),will feature two workshops demonstrating key FileMaker Pro database solutions for use within school administration and classrooms. "School Improvement: Student Assessment and Data Analysis" -- On Tuesday April 8, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Bill Harman, technology consultant, Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md., will show schools how to use databases to comply with No Child Left Behind, create powerful student data analysis tools  

18    Washington, DC ~ AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference   General Session: Maintaining Effective Media Relationships.Jerry Weast, superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md.

24 - 25     Omaha, NE  ~ Nebraska Educational Technology Association 2008 Conference, Bill Harman MCPS 

5-7     Houston, TX  ~ American Society for Quality (ASQ) World Conference on Quality and Improvement   APQC, a nonprofit benchmarking and best practices organization presented the inaugural C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medals (www.apqc.org/graysonmedal) today in Houston at the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) 2008 World Conference on Quality and Improvement (wcqi.asq.org).  Weast received one of the four awarded 

12     CEO Lunch with Jerry Weast '01 – Free  *For Dues-Paying Graduates and Current Class Participants Only 

19     Ocean City, MD  ~  ABSO 2008 Spring Conference   Presenters: Cathy Elliott, Instructional Technology Consultant, Montgomery County Public Schools  
22     Princeton, NJ ~  School Finance and the Achievement Gap: Funding Programs That Work,  Frieda Lacey attended

2-3          Las Vegas, NV  ~  7th Annual ISOneWorld Conference    p.5, Parallel Sessions, June 2, 3:00 -3:30, Analysis of Online Course Management Systems, by teacher Montgomery County Public School 

12-14     Denver, CO  ~  Everyday Democracy's National Conference:  Making Every Voice Matter  Workshop: TACKLING TOUGH SCHOOL ISSUES: SCHOOLS + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT = GOOD DECISIONS  John Landesman, Director, Montgomery County Public Schools Study Circles, Md.;Senior Associate, Everyday Democracy 

15 - 18   Boston, MA  ~ Achievement Gap Conference at Harvard

29-July  2   UPDATED!  San Antonio, TX  ~  29th Annual National Educational Computing Conference  Integrating Handhelds in the Classroom: Reaching Special Needs Populations [Poster : Traditional]
Nina Barbosa, Montgomery County Public Schools with Matthew George Monday, 6/30/2008, 3:30pm–4:30pm; HGCC Tower View Lobby, Table: 16  [Nina Barbosa, listed as special ed teacher at Sandburg] 
Tuesday, 11:00 am - noon, room 204, Integrating Interactive Technologies to Transform Instruction and Nurture Critical Thinkers, Sherwin Collette, Chief Technology Officer, Montgomery County Public Schools

16 - 20  Nashville, TN  ~  Developing Local Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Needs  Carey Wright reimbursement receipts

19 NEW!  New York, NY ~ Harold W. McGraw Jr. Seminar for Reporters New to the Education Beat, Teachers College, Columbia University, 11:30 What Constitutes Academic Rigor? Three Perspectives, Robin Aufses, Bellmore Kennedy High School, Becky Smerdon, Academy for Education Development, Jerry Weast, Montgomery County Schools

10      Belfast, Ireland    "Informal Meeting over Lunch with Dr. Jerry Weast, Maryland from 1.00pm to 2.00/2.30pm." 

29 NEW! New Orleans, LA ~ Summit for Courageous Conversation, New Orleans Marriott, Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching SET C, 1:20 pm – 2:50 pm, C06 Big Gap, Big Ideas, Big Plans for a Big District, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the nation's 16th largest district, is using Courageous Conversation to initiate and deepen meaningful dialogue and collaborative problem solving to move toward racial equity. Learn how the Diversity Training and Development Team ...Donna Graves, Supervisor; and Angela Burrell, Nora Nasser, and Bryan Avila, Instructional Specialists, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD 

2       College Park, MD ~ 7th Annual Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity Conference Laura Brown, Media Specialist, Wheaton High School ,Noon - 2:00 pm, Practical Ethics Activities for the Classroom Workshop

16, 17    St. Paul, MN ~  Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond, Assessing Reading and Writing in the Target Language: Tools to Guide Instruction, Thursday, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Room: Governors III, Iran Amin, Immersion Specialist, Donna Gouin, French Immersion Coordinator, Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools 
(on the 17th) Paper Session: Increase Comprehension through Integrating Arts into Content Areas 10:00 am, Room: Great River Ballroom IV, Iran Amin, Montgomery County Public Schools, Angie Loomis, Montgomery County Public Schools  

30      Denver CO ~  National Middle School Association's 35th Annual Conference & Exhibit Above & Beyond
...for the first time, a technology strand. The rooms for these sessions will be equipped with the technology needed to make them truly come alive. There are a number of sessions in this strand, along with featured sessions by Montgomery County (MD) Schools...  

5- 8         Houston, TX  ~  Forum 2008: Education First: Our Future Depends On It.  Program:  K-12 School System Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: On-the-Spot Admission/Scholarship Events
Presenter(s): Nancy Carlson, High School Counselor Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; Carey Wright, Associate Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; et al


NEW!  Washington, DC ~ National Staff Development Council's 40th Annual Conference  K15  BUILDING CULTURAL COMPETENCE AT VARIOUS SYSTEM LEVELS  Catherine Allie, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD; Lacey Robinson, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD, Donna Graves, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD; Dianne Hamilton, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD 

28-31  NEW!  Orlando, FL ~ Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2009 Orlando, ATIA 2009 Orlando Educational Session Speakers, Denise DeCoste, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland 

29 - 31     San Antonio, TX  ~   San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, School Attorneys Conference, Zvi Greismann, Montgomery County Schools, Rockville, Md., et. al., Hot Topics in Special Education Law,  9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Excerpt:  What difficulties do districts and IEP teams face when making manifestation determinations under IDEA 2004’s revamped rules? What effect will the revised regulation allowing parents to revoke consent to services have on your practice? Why do you really need to know Part C?

19-21  NEW!    San Antonio, TX ~ National Title 1 Conference, Attendee ID, Lanham Tarason, Felicia Montgomery County Public Schools (Dr. Felicia E Lanham Tarason, Director I , School Performance) 

25    Dallas, TX ~ TechSec Solutions, The Fairmont Hotel, 2009 Educational Program, Conference Session 5 :11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 201 track - "Building Blocks: IP solutions at Montgomery County Public Schools": MCPS has implemented on megapixel IP camera technology and advanced IP video management software across 25 high schools, 35 middle schools and 135 elementary schools that educate 138,000 students. In this presentation, speakers will highlight the critical steps to provide a system that exceeds customer needs while remaining within budget.  Robert B. Hellmuth, Director, Department of School Safety and Security, Montgomery County Public Schools; Paul Bodell, Chief Marketing Officer, IQinVision


1-3   Las Vegas, NV ~ ISC West International Security Conference and Exposition, Sands Expo and Convention Center  ISC Education  EU15: Montgomery County Public Schools: Utilizing Design Standards to Ensure the Right System
1:00PM - 2:00PM (Wednesday, April 01, 2009), Installed surveillance systems are inadequate typically not because the technology is incapable of providing forensic quality detail, instead because the system is often deployed incorrectly. In this presentation, using an on-going project implementation at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), ... Panelist:
John Murdock, Jr. - Vice President (Security Division), Netcom Technologies, Inc; Robert Hellmuth - Director, Department of School Safety and Security, Montgomery County Public Schools; Paul Bodell - Vice President Sales and Marketing, IQinVision

13-17  NEW!    San Diego, CA ~ American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2009 Annual Meeting Program ,  A School System's Participatory Approach to Evaluating and Advancing a Professional Growth System for Administrators.
Suzanne Merchlinsky, Montgomery County Public Schools -MD; David Steinberg, Montgomery County Public Schools
Evaluating Educational Reform: A 3-Year Study of Whole-School, Magnet Programs in Grades 6-8. Suzanne Raber,
Montgomery County Public Schools; Mixed Methods Used to Evaluate Strategies Instituted in School Settings to Improve Teacher Quality and Student Behavior. Chair: Suzanne Merchlinsky, Montgomery County Public Schools - MD; Division H Breakfast Business Meeting.7:30 am to 10:00 am, Shahpar Modarresi, Montgomery County Public Schools - MD
Thursday, 10:35, A New Measure of Staff and Student Perceptions of Safe, Drug-Free, and Conducive-to-Learning School Environments. Vasuki Rethinam, Montgomery County Public Schools - MD; Clare E. Von Secker, Montgomery County Public Schools; Huafang Zhao, Montgomery County Public Schools - Maryland

Board of Education Vice-President Christopher Barclay attended the April 10-12 National School Board's Association conference in Chicago

Here's a sample of travel for MCPS staff. Please note that these are conferences where MCPS staff is listed as a presenter. We have no idea how many conferences MCPS staff are attending just as participants! 

August 2-6, 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada John Brewer, MCPS Foundations Office at CompTIA Breakaway 2009.

October 5-7, 2009 Chicago, Illinois Janine Bacquie, MCPS Director Early Childhood Programs and Services at Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference.

October 15-16, 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota William McGrath, MCPS Occupational Therapist - HIAT; Linda Bastiani Wilson,MCPS Special Education - HIAT; Denise DeCoste, MCPS OTR Special Education - HIAT.

January 22-24, 2010 Louisville, Kentucky Jerry Weast, MCPS Superintendent at Kentucky School Boards Association Annual Conference.

February 7-10, 2010 Columbus, Ohio Michelle Pace, MCPS Reading Coach at the Reading Recovery of North America Conference.

March 4, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland Lynn Wiegand, MCPS Staff Development Teacher and Richard Jolles, MCPS Coordinator Student E-Learning at Maryland Distance Learning Conference.

March 10-12, 2010 Williamsburg, Virginia Sherry Watts, MCPS Division of AEI - Instructional Specialist at the National Curriculum Network Conference.

March 12, 2010 Union, New Jersey Jerry Weast, MCPS Superintendent at New Jersey Network for Student Success 

April 21-24, 2010 San Diego, California Robyn Silbey, MCPS Focus Teacher at National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics.

April 25-27, 2010 Denver, Colorado Jerry Weast, MCPS Superintendent at the 2010 Council on Foundations Annual Conference.

April 29-30, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia Christian Anderson, MCPS Division of AEI at the College Board A Dream Deferred Conference.

April 30-May 1, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland Beth Poss, MCPS Speech Pathologist at the MSET Conference.

April 30-May 3, 2010 Denver, Colorado Shahpar Modarresi, MCPS Supervisor Shared Accountability, Huafang Zhao, MCPS Coordinator Shared Accountability, Shihching Liu, MCPS Shared Accountability Evaluation Specialist, and Janine Bacquie, MCPS Director Early Childhood Program and Services, at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

July 15-17, 2010 San Antonio, Texas Robyn Silbey MCPS Focus Teacher at the CAMT 2010 Conference.

July 17-21, 2010 Seattle, Washington Keith Adams,  MCPS Resource Teacher at the National Staff Development Council Conference. 

January 26, 2011 Orlando, Florida Beth Poss, MCPS Speech Pathologist at the ATIA 2011 Orlando Conference.