School Improvement in Maryland

State Curriculum

Heather Lageman serves as the Interim Director of Curriculum for the Maryland State Department of Education and Race to the Top Local Education Agency (LEA) Director for Maryland. Heather manages both programmatic and fiscal aspects of the district projects for Maryland's Race to the Top grant, as well as the statewide implementation of the Maryland Teacher Induction Program. Heather formerly served as an MSDE specialist managing NCLB Title IIA and providing leadership for the State Teacher Professional Development Programs and Policies, as well as the Professional Development Coordinators. Prior to that, she served as a specialist in MSDE's Secondary English Language Arts Office where her responsibilities included development and implementation of county curriculum, assessments, and professional development. Her work is largely focused on developing an inspired, dedicated and highly qualified teaching force in Maryland.

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Heather Lageman, Interim Director of Curriculum & RTTT LEA Director

“As Maryland implements the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, teams of educators from around the state have engaged in developing curriculum frameworks and tools that will provide all Maryland educators with the information and resources they need to ensure that our children receive a world-class education. Educators can access Maryland's frameworks for College and Career-Ready Standards through eConnect. The content teams coordinate the implementation of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards for Reading/English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, STEM Education, Environmental Education, Health Education and Physical Education for Kindergarten through grade 12.  The teams provide leadership, coordination, and alignment of professional learning opportunities for teachers because they are our greatest resource and MSDE is committed to their growth and development.  Ultimately, the content teams' work is focused on developing an inspired, dedicated and highly qualified teaching force in Maryland that is empowered to prepare world-class students.”
            —Heather Lageman, Interim Director of Curriculum & RTTT LEA Director

The State Curriculum defines what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in these content areas:

The State Curriculum is the document that aligns the Maryland Content Standards and the Maryland Assessment Program and will be available in a number of formats for teachers, central office staff, students, parents, and the other stakeholders. The curriculum documents are formatted so that each begins with content standards or broad, measurable statements about what students should know and be able to do. Indicator statements provide the next level of specificity and begin to narrow the focus for teachers. Finally, the objectives provide teachers with very clear information about what specific learning should occur.