The State has published Phase 3, the final phase, of its strategic plan on education, Maryland Transforms.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland State Board of Education (SBOE) released Phase 3, the final component of the Strategic Plan: Maryland Transforms to implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (“The Blueprint”). Upon the release, the SBOE adopted the complete Strategic Plan, which “anchors the vision, mission, values, priorities, enablers, goals, and strategies to realize the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future promise of an excellent and equitable education for every child.”
The Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education are developing a multiyear Strategic Plan that will be released in three phases leading up to June 2023. The Strategic Plan will anchor the vision, mission, values, priorities, enablers, goals, and flagship programs, initiatives, and strategies to realize the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future promise of an excellent and equitable education for every student.
Phase 1 laid the foundation for the implementation timeline, and The Blueprint’s five pillars, Phase 2 focused on goals and metrics to evaluate implementation and outcomes, and Phase 3 identifies flagship strategies, initiatives, and programs that will support the concrete work that needs to be completed to achieve the goals developed in Phases 1 and 2.
A press release announcing Phase 3 states:
Informed by innovative and unprecedented stakeholder engagement across Maryland, Phase 3 identifies flagship strategies, initiatives, and programs which will support the concrete work that needs to be completed to achieve the goals developed in Phases 1 and 2. Multiple and meaningful engagement strategies were used across the state including surveys, roundtables, data walks, and strategic planning charettes. This broad spectrum of engagement was designed to provoke deep conversations with education experts, practitioners, and decision makers from early childhood to K-12 education as well as from students, families, the business community, and institutions of higher education about the vision for the future of Maryland education and actions that need to be taken.
The publication Phase 3 marked the final phase of the State’s Comprehensive Plan. Now, implementation planning is complete, and the State and locals move into full Blueprint implementation and continued partnership.
In the meantime, the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is soliciting feedback on proposed updates to its Comprehensive Implementation Plan to help guide the Blueprint. Public feedback is due July 17 via an online form.
At the 2023 MACo Summer Conference general session, “Embracing Without Spacing: Pre-K Expansion and Early Childhood Education,” an esteemed panel of education leaders and policy experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges counties face to expand universal pre-K. From unexpected obstacles like a limited workforce, supply chain, and construction disruptions to new budgetary considerations and a jarring lack of dedicated space for early education teaching, this panel will tackle some of the pressing considerations of Pre-K expansion and the counties’ role in ensuring all Maryland children can access quality early childhood education.
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