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Shaping the Future: Examining Critical Issues in Education 

Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core

Video: Click here to watch the video from this recent Shaping the Future event

On Monday, December 3, the SOE hosted a discussion about the new statewide curriculum - Common Core - which takes effect next year.  Maryland's Secretary of Education, Dr. Lillian Lowery, gave an overview of Common Core and Callie Riley of Achieve discussed the new assessment process that ties students performance to teacher evaluation.

Panel Members

Dr. Lillian LowryDr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Lillian M. Lowery became Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on July 1, 2012. She moved to Maryland from Delaware, where she served as Secretary of Education since January 2009. As the State Chief, she facilitated a broad-based statewide strategic planning and grant application process, resulting in Delaware being selected one of the first states to be awarded a coveted federal Race to the Top grant. She led efforts to establish Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Units as well as Turnaround Units within the Department, which have assisted in the implementation of the grant and the improvement of instructional opportunities for students. Read Lowery's full bio here.

Callie Riley of AchieveCallie Riley, Program Associate, Achieve Inc.

Joined Achieve in August 2010 and currently serves as Program Associate for Postsecondary Engagement. As a member of the Postsecondary Engagement team, she supports Achieve's college- and career-ready mission through work with the postsecondary community, including the higher education outreach and engagement strategy for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and several other Achieve initiatives that promote K-16 alignment activities and policy reform.  Read Riley's full bio here.

Dave VolrathDave Volrath, Maryland State Department of Education

Dave Volrath has worked with the Department of Education since 2011, after a lengthy career in Harford County Public Schools. His current work for the State Superintendent is to insure that Race To The Top projects related to Teacher and Principal Evaluation are properly implemented. His education career includes practitioner experience as a teacher, coach, administrator, and district executive administrator and he has presented nationally on such diverse topics as secondary school reform, high school facility design, and college and career education. A native of Baltimore City, he attended school Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).


Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Moore was a Rhodes Scholar, studying international relations at Oxford University before serving as a paratrooper and Captain in the U.S. Army. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Moore is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nation's youth.