Teacher talk

Sen. Melony Griffith and Darla Strouse, Maryland State Department of Education executive director, meet with current and graduate members of the Frostburg State University Maryland Accelerates Program during the Maryland Accelerates Third Annual Leadership Conference held at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. The partnership between FSU’s College of Education and three high-need, rural school districts was created to improve the preparation of new teachers, address the needs of rural schools and improve student achievement in Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. Keynote speaker Linda Darling-Hammond emphasized the importance of leadership and preparation programs for educators. Bestselling author Tiffany Jewell spoke on her book, “This Book is Anti-Racist,” and educated students on the process of waking up, taking action and doing the work to become an anti-racist. The conference closed with a panel of leading experts from Maryland Accelerates district partners discussing the impact of the pandemic on student and teacher mental health.