Maryland Teacher Education Summit 2024


Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute

Linda Darling Hammond

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is the President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute. She is also the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. She led the Obama education policy transition team in 2008 and the Biden education transition team in 2020. In 2022, Darling-Hammond received the Yidan Prize for Education Research in recognition of her work that has shaped education policy and practice around the most equitable and effective ways to teach and learn.

Jennifer King Rice, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Maryland College Park

Jennifer Rice

Dr. Jennifer King Rice has served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost since July 2021. She was previously dean of the College of Education at UMD, where she focused her efforts to align educational resources with initiatives to advance excellence, equity and social justice in preschool through graduate school. Rice has served on the faculty and in college leadership roles at UMD for more than 25 years, and has been recognized as a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

Kimberly Griffin

Kimberly A. Griffin
Dean of the College of Education, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Kimberly A. Griffin is Dean of the College of Education and a Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization). Dr. Griffin earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, her Master's degree in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Psychology. Prior to completing her doctoral work, Dr. Griffin worked in higher education administration, primarily focusing in the areas of diversity recruitment, admissions, and retention in undergraduate and graduate education.

Laurie Mullen
Laurie Mullen
Dean of Education, Towson University

Dr. Laurie Mullen is Professor and Dean of the College of Education at Towson University.  Her research interests are in the areas of teacher education, curriculum, university-school partnerships, and educational technologies for teaching and learning. Mullen earned her B.S. in secondary education and Spanish from Southern Illinois University in 1983. She was awarded an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois in 1994 and 1997, respectively.  She has served on the boards of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Maryland Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is currently President of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities.
Sean Bulson

Sean W. Bulson
Superintendent, Harford County Public Schools

Dr. Sean W. Bulson became Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools on July 1, 2018. Dr. Bulson holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from American University, a master's degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Marymount University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.

Judith White

Judith J. White
Chief Academic Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dr. Judith J. White has spent twenty-one years committed to cultivating excellence and increasing student achievement.  She is a native of Prince George's County and a graduate of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS); she furthered her learning at Salisbury University, the University of Maryland, and Bowie State University.  During her career in education in PGCPS, she has worked at every academic level.  She has served as a high school Special Education teacher, a middle school Academic/Testing Coordinator, a HR Hiring Supervisor, an elementary school Assistant Principal, an elementary Principal, an Instructional Director, and most recently as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  

Rachel Hise

Rachel Hise
Executive Director, Accountability and Implementation Board

Rachel Hise is the first Executive Director of the Accountability and Implementation Board, which was established to oversee the successful implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future to provide a world-class education to Maryland students. Ms. Hise was selected for the position in February 2022 after a more than 28-year career with the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, the nonpartisan professional staff agency to the Maryland General Assembly, primarily as an education policy and fiscal analyst. In that role she served as lead staff to numerous commissions including the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, which developed the recommendations that became the Blueprint.

Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson
Member of the Accountability and Implementation Board and Numeracy Coach, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dr. Justin Robinson is a National Board Certified Prince George’s County teacher and a member of the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board. Robinson, appointed by Governor Wes Moore in early May, is a numeracy coach in Prince George’s County, and a member of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association Board of Directors, the local negotiations team, and the county’s Blueprint Implementation Committee and Career Ladder Development Team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland and is currently a student in the EdD program at Johns Hopkins University with a research focus on teacher attrition. 

Cheryl Bost

Cheryl Bost
President, Maryland State Education Association

Cheryl Bost has been an elementary classroom teacher in Baltimore County for more than 25 years. She is currently on leave to serve as MSEA president. In 1989, Bost began her teaching career in Baltimore County Public Schools. She taught fourth grade for 14 years at Mars Estates Elementary, a Title I school, as well as fifth grade at Prettyboy Elementary. In 2003, Bost was named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year and was a state finalist.

Joshua L. Michael

Joshua L. Michael
Executive Director, Sherman Family Foundation 

Joshua L. Michael, Ph.D. is the vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education and the Executive Director of the Sherman Family Foundation, which provides grants to non-profit organizations to promote education and opportunities for young people in Baltimore focusing on early childhood and K12 education. Previously, Dr. Michael served as the Director of Baltimore School Partnerships, taught middle school math and served as an instructional leader for six years at two turnaround schools in Baltimore City. Dr. Michael received his Ph.D. from the UMBC School of Public Policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMBC in political science and secondary education and a Master of Science in school leadership from Johns Hopkins University.   

Kurt S. Sudbrink, Assistant Dean for Development, University of Maryland College of Education

Teacher Education Summit 2024 Announcer Kurt Sudbrink


Kurt Sudbrink is the Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland College of Education. In this role he oversees Alumni Relations and the Annual and Capital Campaigns for the College of Education. Kurt received his Bachelor of Science from Towson University (1992) and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore (2002). He is currently completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation at Frostburg State University.

Maria Hyler

Maria E. Hyler
Director and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute (Washington DC Office)

Dr. Maria E. Hyler serves as the Director of the Learning Policy Institute (LPI)’s Washington, DC office. She directs the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) in partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education. EdPrepLab is a center on teacher and leader preparation for deeper learning and equity working to transform educator preparation through the alignment of research, practice, and policy. Prior to taking her position at LPI, Hyler served as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hyler received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Stanford University, an M.Ed. with a teaching credential from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a dual degree in English and Africana Studies from Wellesley College

Dr. Keisha McIntosh Allen

Keisha McIntosh Allen
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Professional Development, University of Maryland College of Education

Dr. Keisha McIntosh Allen is an assistant professor of teacher education and professional development at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on frameworks, practices and policies that foster humanizing approaches to teacher learning and their relationship to educational equity in schools. Specifically, her research seeks to acknowledge the full humanity of Black teachers and students by examining how schools can be spaces that affirm the lives of Black children and their teachers. Through four inter-connected strands of research (critical multicultural teacher education, professional learning, humanizing pedagogies, and teacher diversity), Allen’s work aims to pursue systemic changes that can transform teacher preparation and the contexts of teachers’ work.

Nancy Shapiro

Nancy Shapiro
Associate Vice Chancellor for Education and Outreach, University System of Maryland

Dr. Nancy Shapiro builds sustainable state-wide partnerships with public schools in Maryland promoting teacher recruitment, retention, quality, quantity, and diversity. As the PI on major grants from NSF and USED, she studies pathways into teaching and student success interventions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University and earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland.

Donna Wiseman

Donna L. Wiseman
Professor of Teacher Education, University of Maryland College of Education

Dr. Donna L. Wiseman served as the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland from 2008-2017. Prior to her appointment she served as interim dean of the college during the 2007-08 academic year and was Associate Dean for Academic Programs from 2001-2007. Before joining the University of Maryland in 2001, she held various leadership positions at Northern Illinois University and Texas A&M University. Dr. Wiseman received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University, her master's degree in reading from Arkansas State University, and her doctorate in reading from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ebony Shockley

Ebony Terrell Shockley
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Educator Preparation, University of Maryland College of Education, and State of Maryland Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board Member

Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley is the College of Education's Associate Dean for Teacher Education and a Clinical Professor. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and graduate degrees in Curriculum & Instruction, Reading, Instructional Technology & Leadership, and Minority & Urban Education; she is a proud HBCU graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Dr. Terrell Shockley researches culturally and linguistically diverse, marginalized, and under-represented learners who identify as Black, Latina/o/x, and/or Native American and their experiences in STEM, literacy, and exceptional education contexts. Dr. Terrell Shockley is the recipient of the 2015 College of Education Teaching Award, the 2018 College of Education Service Award, the 2019 Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education Service Award for Faculty, and the 2019 Provost's Excellence Award. In 2021, she and her research team received the Audubon Nationalist Taking Nature Black Award.

Segun Eubanks

Segun Eubanks
Director, Center for Education Innovation and Improvement and Professor of Practice, University of Maryland College of Education

Dr. Segun Eubanks is the Director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement and Professor of Practice at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD).  Prior to joining UMD, Dr. Eubanks worked in various leadership roles at the National Education Association, including as Director of Teacher Quality and Director of Professional Educator Support.  He previously served 11 years as the Director of Teacher Quality for the NEA. Dr. Eubanks also served as the Chair of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools, a 132,000-student school district bordering Washington, DC. Dr. Eubanks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Advocacy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Springfield College, and a Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Megan Peercy

Megan Madigan Peercy
Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives and  Professor in Applied Linguistics & Language Education and Teacher Education & Professional Development, University of Maryland College of Education

Dr. Megan Madigan Peercy is the Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives and a professor in the Applied Linguistics and Language Education and the Teacher Education and Professional Development programs at the University of Maryland, where she also served as an associate dean in the College of Education. Her research focuses on pedagogies of teacher education; the development of teacher educators; and the preparation and development of teachers throughout their careers, as they work with linguistically and culturally diverse learners. She has taught ESOL and Spanish to students from preschool to adults.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Nihat Polat

Nihat Polat
Chair of the Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership Department and Professor, University of Maryland College of Education

Dr. Nihat Polat, a first-generation college graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in English language teaching from Marmara University (Istanbul, Turkey) and his doctorate in Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Education from The University of Texas at Austin. He has had over 15 years of leadership experience at various institutions, most recently as professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Texas State University. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Duquesne University’s School of Education, where he also served as the Director of the Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice. Dr. Polat's research is situated at the intersection of applied linguistics, teacher education, and educational psychology. He recently received the 2022 Leadership through Research Award from the Second Language Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).