MSEA’s Annual IPD Conference

Collaborate, Celebrate, Connect: Making a Difference Together


DoubleTree BWI Airport Hotel
890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Come inspire and empower fellow educators at MSEA’s IPD Conference! The IPD Committee, led by member experts, develops strands of workshops designed to meet the professional needs of MSEA members. The theme for our 2024 conference is Collaborate, Celebrate, Connect: Making a Difference Together. From keeping up with the demands of an increasingly challenging education environment to meeting the needs of a diverse range of students, the IPD Conference will prepare members to deliver the best possible outcomes for students. Participants will come away with strategies that can be employed right away. You may also win door prizes and a raffle for an IPEVO! (Must be present to win.)

Conference strands

Turning Pages, Forging Pathways: Career Transitions in Education
Transformative Discipline: Shaping Future Learning Environments
Making Connections, Building Relationships


Welcome: 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
Keynote: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Session 1: 9:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Plenary Session: 11:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. 
Lunch*: 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Break: 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session 3: 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Closing: 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Caucus (Optional): Starts at 4:30 p.m.
*(Optional Round Table Session Concurrent with Lunch)

PLENARY SESSION: Moving From Awareness to Action: Antiracist Strategies that Transform School Culture
Recognition of the systemic obstacles that our students encounter is a necessary step in school improvement, but we must transform that awareness into action if we want to make meaningful change in our students’ lives. This session describes critical antiracist school leadership principles that can reorient your school or district toward a more equitable environment for your students and their families. You will consider how antiracist school leaders educate themselves, commit to the mission, develop professional learning plans, embrace resistance, elevate antiracist curricula and instruction, and evaluate their antiracist impacts. You will identify the current state of your organization and how you can chart a path toward your desired state, which leads to more equitable outcomes for students and their families.

Dr. Daman Harris, Manager, Professional Development Schools Program and Institutions of Higher Education Partnerships for Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Creating Inclusive Space for Students and Colleagues

Dr. Harris, Keynote Speaker

This keynote will focus on creating inclusive spaces for students and colleagues. The instinct to form and coordinate within groups has served humanity well for thousands of years. When it comes to contemporary school and community work, that natural inclination leads to both positive and negative outcomes. This keynote conversation will explain how we intuitively use our identities to form groups that include some people and exclude others. The talk will also highlight leadership strategies that leverage our instinctive desire to connect in ways that invite diversity and strengthen our bonds with our colleagues and the students and the students we serve.

Dr. Daman Harris is the co-founder and co-director of the Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project, a nonprofit that supports the recruitment, development, retention, and empowerment of male educators of color. During his 28 years as a Maryland public school educator, Dr. Harris has had a wide range of experiences as a classroom teacher, staff developer, consulting teacher, principal, district administrator, adjunct professor, speaker, writer, and consultant. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park, McDaniel College, and the University of Maryland Global Campus, where he leads graduate courses relating to teaching strategies, research methods, and antiracist education. He supports public university partners by serving on educator preparation councils for Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Towson University, the University of Maryland at College Park, and Walden University. In addition to hosting the BONDCast, an audio podcast available on all platforms, and co-hosting #UMustLearn, a live public radio show on WPFW in Washington, D.C., Dr. Harris has authored peer-reviewed research on teacher retention and recently authored his first book: The Antiracist School Leader: What to Know, Say & Do.

9:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Session I Attendees choose one workshop from each of the three sessions.

Managing The New Normal: Living Emotionally Intelligent  Johns Hopkins Room            
Studies reveal that 59% of teachers and 48% of principals are burnout and emotionally drained from their work. Managing the New Normal is a workshop for educators to experience impactful approaches that will increase social emotional intelligence and build resilience.       
Presenter: Carol Campbell-Fullard

Trauma-Informed Wellness Strategies in the Classroom  Billie Holiday Room      
The Wellness in the Classroom session will explore the benefits of incorporating trauma-informed wellness strategies into classroom routines and instruction to improve teacher and student well-being.
Presenter:  Eleanor Jones

Respecting Identities: Creating a Classroom of LGBTQ+ Inclusion Frederick Douglass Room            
Focusing on LGTBQ+ identities, this workshop will challenge educators to explore the explicit and implicit ways we may be asking our students to check their identities at the door. Learn specific ways to create an inclusive school.
Presenter: Dr. Tony Martinet

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Session II (Choose 1)

Trauma, Social/Emotional Learning and Verbal De-escalation Johns Hopkins Room
More and more, educators are confronting the realities of trauma and stress related behavior in our day-to-day work. It can be overwhelming to consider all the factors that lead to escalated student behavior and how they impact the learning environment. But with some basic understandings of what how trauma and stress impact learning, how the social/emotional domain is key to that learning and how to use practical, next-day strategies to help students manage stress responses- it doesn’t have to be so daunting.
Presenter: Evan West

Autism, Anxiety, and Trauma Billie Holiday Room             
Research shows thirty-five million students have suffered some form of trauma. This hands-on out-of-the-box, unconventional, innovative, informative, workshop will examine Quantum Healing Therapy and many more techniques. Participants will take a deep dive into healing and walk away empowered.       
Presenter: Dr. William Clay

Reading Remediation, Standards, MCAP & ChatGPT Frederick Douglass Room
According to NAEP data, two thirds of elementary students cannot read at a proficient level. Using the MCAP as a framework, we suggest how students deficits might be remediated, including the advantages of ChatGPT.             
Presenter: Bruce Taylor

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Session III (Pre-selected session from Registration)

Unlocking Potential: A Journey through National Board Certification, PAR, and Educator Growth John Hopkins Room
In this session, we’ll dive deep into the transformative powers of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future—a pioneering policy designed to inspire and sustain educators within our profession. Together, we’ll explore guidance related to education retention, funding/salary increases, explore instructional practices, and unpack legislative initiatives tailored to our unique member population. Whether you’re seeking to enrich your teaching practice, aiming for National Board Certification, or looking to influence educational policy through Grow Your Own Models, this session offers insights and tools to do so.           
Presenters: Géraldine Duval, Danielle Jones, Evan West, Queen Nwafor, Frank Skinner

Powerful Language for Reluctant Learners!  Billie Holiday Room
This powerful session will jumpstart and engage your reluctant learners in the classroom. It’s simply a matter of establishing positive teacher/ student relationships through powerful and positive words.  
Presenter: Gary Hughes

Mentoring Male Educators of Color Frederick Douglass Room
While studies have examined mentors and their communities of practice, researchers haven’t filled in the gaps to attain and maintain male Teachers of Color. This seminar delves into the usefulness of mentoring as a tool for recruitment and retention.
Presenter: Robert Barnes

12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Optional Round Table Session Concurrent with Lunch

Campaigning 101 for an Association Position at All Levels Johns Hopkins Room
To achieve campaign success, one must be able to collaborate, celebrate, and connect with members to give one’s campaign something that individuals can identify with.  Learn the fundamentals of campaigning and what successful and effective leadership looks like.   
Presenter: Veronica Henderson

How the State Retirement and Pension System Works Billie Holiday Room
This workshop is for new teachers, mid-career and veterans to become familiar with important questions before retirement. Participants will surf the retirement agency’s website to understand how the system works and how it invests in retirement benefits. 
Presenters: Ayana English-Brown and Doug Prouty

Navigating the Federal Student Loan Program with help of NEAMB John Hopkins Room
With the ever-changing guidelines to see if you are eligible for Federal Student Loans assistance, come and learn about the NEA Member Benefit Navigator.  Have this tool guide you through the process.             
Presenter: Michael Gavin

Science of Reading-Are you Ready? Frederick Room                                                         
On January 23 ,2024 The Maryland State Board of Education called for the statewide adoption and implementation of literacy instruction based on the Science of Reading starting with the 2024-25 academic year.  Are you ready?
Presenter: Danillya Wilson

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Caucus (Optional)

American Indian and Alaska Native Caucus Johns Hopkins Room
Presenter: Veronica Henderson

MSEA Minority Caucus Billie Holiday Room
Presenter: Deidra Daniels

Educators of Exceptional Children Caucus Frederick Room
Presenter: Portia Deal


Joshua Davidson Co-Chair, Carroll County
Paul Guerin Co-Chair, Frederick County
Jennifer Berkley Cecil County
Enid Collison Lee Anne Arundel County, Retired
Simeona Prince George’s County
Cassandra Whitaker Worcester County
Nikki Woodward MSEA Board Liaison, Montgomery County