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.

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  H.L. Mencken 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)

Finding My Strengths by Knowing Me H.L. Mencken Room
Examine how learning disabilities affect mental health in the workplace. Join us for insights from a teacher’s lived experience, gaining valuable understanding of the challenges and promoting a supportive environment.
Presenter: Denise Pfaff

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)

AI Age Critical Thinking: Unleash Your Cognitive Power! H.L. Mencken Room      
Explore the intersection of AI and critical thinking in this dynamic workshop. Engage in interactive activities to enhance your analytical skills, learn to navigate AI-influenced landscapes, and empower your decision-making in the digital age. Transform your cognitive approach with us!              
Presenter: Leonardo De Valoes

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


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