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#EdTerpsDialogue Series

The #EdTerpsDialogue are a series of panels featuring educators, administrators, researchers, parents, and community leaders who engage in discussions around topics of interest within the education sector. The first dialogue: Critical Dialogues in Digital K-12 Communities centers around technology resources for K-12 students and their families. Check back for more updates. 


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On Tuesday, December 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM EST, COE presented the the third ed-pisode: "Preparing for Differentiation in Digital Contexts from Grades PK-12" which focuses on personalized learning and accommodating student differences in online platforms.

Featuring Dr. Kia McDaniel - Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Prince George's County Public Schools, Mr. John Nash - Principal at Anne Arundel County Public Schools and COE's Dr. Alexandra Shelton - Faculty Specialist/Project Director.

You must complete the registration form to participate in this event. Please click the link below to register.



Dr. Jennifer King Rice, Dean, University of Maryland, College of education


Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley, Executive Director of Teacher Education, University of Maryland, College of Education


Dr. Kia McDaniel, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Prince George's County Public Schools

Kia Myrick McDaniel, Ed.D., has dedicated her career to supporting and developing equitable educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students as a classroom teacher, ESOL teacher, specialist, and administrator.   She is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Prince George's County Public Schools, an adjunct professor, and consultant.

Mr. John Nash, Principal at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

John Nash is the proud principal of Lindale Middle School, a STEM magnet located in the Anne Arundel County Public School System. John’s passion and work is driven by the belief that ALL students must be provided with an excellent and equitable education. At Lindale Middle School, John and team believe strongly in the power of collaboration among faculty, staff, and students which has resulted in improved academic, behavioral, and social outcomes. John Nash has served as a principal of diverse schools for the last eleven years. John has also served as board member for the Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, selected as an “Emerging Leader” by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and selected as the 2013-2014 “Spirit of Excellence Principal Award” for improving the academic

performance of English of Second Language students.

Dr. Alexandra Shelton, Faculty Specialist/Project Director

Dr. Shelton's work focuses on improving literacy instruction and intervention for secondary students with reading difficulties and disabilities via intensive intervention and teacher professional development and coaching. She is currently the project director of two federally-funded grants (including one funded by the Institute of Education Sciences) that aim to provide professional development and coaching to middle school teachers to promote their use of evidence-based literacy practices. As a former high school special education teacher, she served students in the general and special education settings in English language arts, reading, math, and science.

On Wednesday, October 28, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM EST, COE hosted the second ed-pisode of our #EdTerpsDialogue series: "Anti-racist Practices in PK-12 Schools and Communities." During the second dialogue panelist will discuss countering systemic racism, anti-racist pedagogies, and asset-based resources for PK-12 students and their families. 

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Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley, Executive Director of Teacher Education, University of Maryland, College of Education

Featured Guests:

Dr. Rossina Liu, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Education

Rossina Zamora Liu, MFA., PhD. is a nonfiction writer, a Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies educator, and a faculty in the Minority and Urban Education specialty in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Policy, College of Education. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from the reknown Iowa nonfiction writing program and a PhD in language, literacy, and culture, also from the University of Iowa.  Her scholarship focuses on interrogating the onto-epistemologies of white supremacy, centering counter-storytelling and counternarratives, and fostering cross-racial coalition among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. She received the J. Michael Parker Award from the Literacy Research Association for her ethnographic essay on humanizing the witnessing of trauma narratives. She is co-author of a forthcoming book The Psychology of Privilege, White Supremacy, and Power (Oxford University Press), a guest co-editor for a forthcoming special issue, “Anti-Blackness in English Curriculum, Practice, and Culture,” in English Teaching: Practice & Critique, and a guest co-editor for a forthcoming special issue, “Race(ing) towards Futurity: Black and Latinx Youths’ Multimodal Compositions of

Future Selves and Literacies,” in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Dr. Tamyka Morant, Assistant Principal, Bruce-Monroe at Park View in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tamyka Morant has been a professional educator for over 20 years and currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Bruce-Monroe at Park View in Washington, DC. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Minority and Urban Education. Her dissertation is titled (Inter)FACE: A Study of Black Families Advocating for their Children Education, and her research interests include Black feminists pedagogies, grassroots parent and community based organizing for educational equity, and increasing access to tools and resources for college and career success for students from historically marginalized communities. 

Dr. Alana Murray, Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools

Alana D. Murray, PhD is an educator-activist who has taught world history on both the middle- and high-school levels and currently serves as a middle school principal at Shady Grove Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland public schools. She has created pilot lessons on African-American history, conducted youth leadership training workshops for several organizations and provided professional development to educators at conferences across the country. More recently, her research interests center on supporting principals in developing the skills to be culturally reflective school-based adminstrators.  In 2005, she served as the co-editor of the publication, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching with Deborah Menkart and Dr. Jenice View.  She is the author of The Development of the Alternative Black Curriculum, 1890-1940: Countering the Master Narrative. This book focuses on the impact of black women in shaping the social studies field. Murray received a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a M.A.T. from Brown University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Her work on this project stems from both professional and personal experience. She is the granddaughter of Donald Gaines Murray, whose landmark lawsuit against the University of Maryland Law School successfully desegregated the university. 

On Wednesday, September 30 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm COE hosted the first installment of this series. The first dialogue: Critical Dialogues in Digital K-12 Communities centered around technology resources for K-12 students and their families.


Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley, Executive Director of Teacher Education, University of Maryland, College of Education

Featured Guests:

Nora Mallernee, Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Apple

Nora began her career as an elementary school teacher where her passion to inspire children to learn through play lead her to LEGO®, there, she helped develop STEM curriculum to deliver playful learning experiences to make learning relevant and impactful.  Since then, she has been engaging audiences nationally and internationally as a member of the Apple Professional Learning team. She leads professional learning experiences to support the efforts of educators and administrators to transform teaching and learning while creating a holistic vision for teaching with technology. 

Heather Schrader, Supervisor of Digital Learning, ESSA & Title I Department, Prince George's County Public Schools

Heather Schrader is the lead Education Solutions Consultant in the Mid-Atlantic. She is a key point of contact for schools and district leaders, offering advice and recommendations about the placement and purchase of SMART solutions and professional development. Heather brings 11+ years of education and assessment technology experience as well as a passion for helping others and learning to her daily work.

Meri Robinson, Education Solutions Consultant, Mid-Atlantic, SMART Technologies 

Over the past 25 years Meri has supervised several different technology implementations across 75 Title I Schools. To successfully bring together cutting edge, fast changing, continually evolving technologies such as the mobile devices and robotics into an established large scale educational system requires patience, persistence, vision, discipline, dedication, and commitment. A successful entrepreneur in the area of team building and personal development, Meri’s straight from the heart, high-energy, passionate message motivates and engages all audiences to challenge the boundaries of education.